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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #429

                    Monday,  January 22, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  PROPOSED FINES TOTALING $327,000 - ANTENNA STRUCTURE VIOLATIONS

  A total of $327,000 in fines has been proposed against four
major site operators for tower rule violations in the following
categories:  Marking, lighting, construction, ownership reports,
tower registration and the posting of registration numbers on the
towers themselves:

  Summary:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0117/nren0101.txt 

  Details of the major fine:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0116/fcc01009.txt 

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  PROPOSED $133,000 FINE FOR CABLE TV SIGNAL LEAKAGE

  Involves Callais Cablevision, Inc. and a complaint of
interference to aircraft approach frequencies from the FAA in
Houston, Texas.  Involves excessive leakage found, and related
issues.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0119/fcc01018.txt 

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  FCC CORRECTED TEXT:  AUXILIARY BROADCAST FREQUENCY COORDINATOR
  DESIGNATED FOR THE 2002 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES IN SALT LAKE CITY

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0116/da010035.txt 

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  FM MINOR CHANGE APPLICATION FREEZE

  FCC will not accept CP applications for minor FM changes from
March 7 to March 19, 2001.  This short-term freeze will prevent
collisions with Auction No. 37 participants.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0119/da010118.txt 

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  DTV - MOVING AT A GLACIAL PACE

  According to the Consumer Electronics Association (press
releases of 4/24/00 & 11/2/00), less than 48,000 DTV receivers
were delivered to retailers through Nov 00.  At that rate of
adoption, it will take 12,500 years to replace the installed base
of 300 million analog sets....

  Tech-Notes #070, Summary of remarks of Mark E. Hyman,
  Vice President, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  JOHN RUSSELL NAMED CHIEF ENGINEER FOR KCAL(TV), LOS ANGELES

  John A. Russell has been named Chief Engineer for KCAL9 in
Los Angeles.  John - well known for his SCFCC roles - was most
recently Chief Engineer for KLCS-TV.  Prior to joining KLCS-TV
in 1989, he was Director of Engineering at two electronic
firms, Qintar and JP Associates.  Before that he was Director
of Engineering for KBSC-TV and National Subscription Television.
Congratulations John!

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  CHIEF ENGINEER WANTED AT KLCS-TV

  KLCS(TV), CH-58, Los Angeles, is looking for a Chief now that
John Russell is moving over to CH-9.  Interested parties may
contact John at (323) 960-3719, or at <jrussell@kcal9.com>.  KLCS
is owned and operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  COULD EAS CARRY ROLLING BLACKOUT ALERTS?

  Let me offer the suggestion that the EAS system (be used)
to alert the general public if "rolling black-outs" occur in
the future.  This would be a completely appropriate usage of
this system in my opinion.  Helping the public be warned of an
imminent chance of being "turned-off" BEFORE it actually happens
may help motorists' and others prepare to be more cautious and
not get stuck in elevators, etc.  Several hospitals and police
departments that were promised that they would not be "switched-
off" (but were anyway) would also benefit from an advance notice.

  Bill Wysock, N6UXW, wysock@ttr.com 

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  ROLLING BLACKOUT EAS ALERTS - IDEAS FROM RICHARD RUDMAN

  While Bill Wysock's idea of using the EAS system to carry
power alerts is excellent on the surface, Richard Rudman (with
extensive EAS experience) paints the other side of the coin:

  Visit:      http://www.bext.com/cgc/ 
  Click On:  "Additional Postings"
  Click On:  "ABOUT USING EAS FOR ROLLING...."

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  POWERING DOWN DTV TRANSMITTERS TO SAVE ELECTRICITY - COMMENT #2

  I am not an attorney and I don't play one on television.  But
turning our DTV transmitters off or greatly reducing power to
conserve energy may end up costing more than expected.

  With all due respect to my dear friend Howard Fine and others
with whom I agree wholeheartedly on this subject, I remind my
broadcast colleagues of our obligations under 73.1740 and 73.1750.

  I had much more to write on this subject but the sand remaining
in the egg timer I keep on top of my computer is just about all
gone.  Time to power down.

  73, Bob Sudock/WB6FDF, KTTV-TV 11 and KTTV-DT 65, Los Angeles

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  GET CREATIVE ON THE POWER OUTAGE ISSUE

  Regardless of who is to blame in the California electrical
shortage, fast and creative action is needed to deal with the
situation.  During peak demand hours, why not switch your entire
station to generator power (assuming that is a viable option) and
lighten the load on the grid?  If you have a DTV plant and can't
stand the thought of going dark temporarily, why not reduce power
by 3 dB?  Involve your news crews, show the public that your
station cares and encourage your audience to save power.

  Sam Robinson

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  FREE ELECTRIC POWER - OR SO IT IS CLAIMED

  Here's an interesting device for your information, or
amusement.  It promises free electrical power.  If it works,
let me know.  I'll let you buy one first.

  http://home.att.net/~lbenterprises/ucsahome.html 

  Steve Blodgett, Director, Technical Operations, KNX/KCBS-FM

  [This invention has the hallmarks of a 'perpetual motion
machine' set to snag the unwary.  At least the pages are colorful.
Have fun with the material!   -Ed.]

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  MORE ON THE MOSCOW TV TOWER FIRE

  Regarding the August 2000 fire which gutted Moscow's
Ostankino television tower - the second tallest free-standing
structure in the world - it now appears that the flames were
fanned by the failure to use plenum-rated cables - in addition
to inadequate fire suppressant systems which either never
activated or soon ran out of foam.

  During construction, designers chose not to purchase
non-flammable Western cable, and used cheaper Russian lines.
"The designers knew the tower was dangerous even when it was
being built," Moscow electrical engineer Mikhail Ryzhok, a
veteran of the cable installation, told Business Week.

  The fire is believed to have started in the upper spire,
in electrical equipment owned by a Moscow paging company.  The
fire rode down the cable ducts and was stopped at the 70 meter
level where an asbestos barricade was erected.  Steel support
cables internal to the building were damaged by the intense heat,
and the top of the tower now tilts two meters off vertical.
"With an estimated repair cost of US $1 billion, the tower
faces an uncertain future" (IEEE Spectrum, 12/01, p.50).

  http://www.tvtower.ru/52_SmotrovyaPl/eng/ 

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  BIRD KILLS & RUSTY/NEGLECTED AM TOWERS

  The following URLs were forwarded by Mike Morris and may
serve as valuable reference tools:

  Bird kills caused by tower structures, summary information:

    http://www.towerkill.com/index.html 

  Dilapidated AM towers; lack of AM transmitter site maintenance:

    http://www.monsterfm.com/am/910.html 

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  AMAZING PHOTO

  Here is a fabulous photo taken "by a military observer from
the deck of an aircraft carrier just as (an F-14) jet broke the
sound barrier."  Photo and information courtesy of Oscar Medina,
CE of KNSD(TV), San Diego.  Oscar assures us that the photo is
authentic - and not an e-artist's creation - even though the
ocean's surface is obscured by haze.  The photo was first
published about two years ago.  See:

  http://members.nbci.com/sandiegopics/index2.htm 

  About half way down the text on the left side of the page,
  click on "Amazing Photo!"

  Oscar adds:  "One of my coworkers told me he has actually
witnessed the same thing happening when he was in the military.
The flares are there for a fraction of a second just as the sound
barrier is broken.  This photo is formatted for 800 X 600.  Makes
a great background."

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC PROPOSES TO ADD FM CHANNEL 281A (104.1 MHZ) TO MURRIETA

  In response to a PRM filed by Helen Jones, the FCC has proposed
  to add 104.1 MHz (Class A) to Murrieta, CA.  Comments due
  3/12/01; Reply Comments due 3/27/01.  Looks like a great
  little allocation in the heart of the Temecula valley.

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0119/da010132.txt 

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-20010102AAI   KVYY  33567     BIG CITY RADIO-LA, L.L.C.
                  107.1 MHZ                VENTURA, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPFT-20010108AAK  K212EP 83977 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS,INC.
                   90.3 MHZ                 LANDERS, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPTTL-20010116AFP  K41EP  18741  CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS,LLC
                    CHAN-41               SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVMM-LP.

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