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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #430

                    Monday,  January 29, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC RULES ON CERTAIN TV ISSUES - ASKS FOR COMMENTS ON OTHERS

  With the change of administrations at the FCC come some
interesting last minute TV rule makings and a request for
comments on other issues.  The trade press will cover the basic
stories; for those interested in the full texts on such items as
DTV must-carry (or the absence thereof) and ongoing measures to
remove TV signals from the 700 MHz band, see:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0124/fcc01022.doc 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0123/fcc01025.doc 

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  PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO SYSTEMS: INTERFERENCE CONCERNS @ 700 MHZ

  The FCC has informed the public safety radio sector that
its systems should be sufficiently robust so as to accommodate
an interfering signal that is 10 dB above the noise floor of the
victim receiver, at least in the new 700 MHz band.  While this
ruling set off concerns within the public safety sector (there
is an obvious preference for no interference at all), the ruling
does in fact establish a benchmark for what constitutes acceptable
interference.

  In a related action, the FCC has affirmed that commercial
base station transmitters may operate in both of the new
commercial 700 MHz band segments (746-764 and 776-794 MHz)
instead of allowing base stations in only one of the segments,
and mobile radios in the other, which has been the traditional
allocations approach.

  Here is the document; ignore the misleading title:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0112/fcc01002.doc 

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  2 GHZ PROCEEDING: COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, CITY OF LOS ANGELES,
  CITY OF LONG BEACH AND CITY OF BURBANK, PETITIONER

  The FCC has granted in part and denied in part Petitioner's
Request for Declaratory Ruling Regarding Use of the 2450-2483.5 MHz
Band for Airborne Video Public Safety Communications.  The ruling
appears to clarify a number of issues but confuses one vital point
right at the very end.  Much discussion will undoubtedly follow.

  This "slow loading" URL is the only one currently available:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8888/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-160A1.doc 

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  FCC DISMISSES FEDERAL SIGNAL'S PETITION TO USE
  87.9 MHZ FOR EMERGENCY SIGNALING TO TRAVELERS

  Emphasis will now be placed on carrying emergency warning
messages in the 5.85-5.925 GHz band.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0124/da010157.txt 

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  ENFORCEMENT BUREAU:  LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN

  Sample Item:  Aside from EAS violations, KDAP, Douglas, AZ,
was cited for the following rule infractions: AM Transmission
System Emissions, Antenna Resistance and Reactance Measurements,
Posting of Station License, Transmission System Operation, Carrier
Frequency Departure, Operating Power and Mode Tolerances, Equipment
Performance Measurements, Chief Operator Requirements and Local
Public Inspection File for Commercial Station issues.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0122/da010102.txt 

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  CGC'S TOWER RIGGER LIST - CONFIRMATIONS STILL NEEDED

  If you are a tower rigger active in the southern
California area and have not contacted us - or returned our
phone calls - for a verification of our listing of your
services, please give us a call at this time: (760) 723-2700.
Every attempt is being made to revise our list with the most
accurate and up-to-date information available.

  Thanks.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  SHOULD EAS CARRY ROLLING BLACKOUT ALERTS? - COMMENT #1

  I second Bill Wysock's motion (CGC #429) to use EAS for
rolling blackout warnings.  I was in power block #6 which went
"down" on Thursday morning (1/18) for two hours (when they said
it would be 60-90 mins).  Luckily, I am retired and had access to
daytime TV for early warning, but then stayed with KCBS-74 news
radio during the outage using my battery radio.  I wondered what
all the automated radio stations did to warn of the impending
shutdowns, and my guess is "nothing."  Using EAS would help their
listeners if the warnings were given early and often enough.

   Russ Jackson, Vacaville, CA

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  SHOULD EAS CARRY ROLLING BLACKOUT ALERTS? - COMMENT #2

  In Northern California, the broadcast and print media have
done, at the very least, a marvelous job reporting the energy
situation.  Everyone should be aware of power problems.  The power
grid status, and if there is a real possibility of outages, is
announced on the radio several times a day.  PG&E even indicates
those groups slated to lose power.  With this information so
readily available, Mr. Rudman's fear (CGC #429) of both over &
misusing EAS becomes very real.  However, the decision to alert
should always be left to professionals: emergency managers, the
operational area groups and finally the individual station.

  Tom Hora, FCC

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  LARGE FINES FOR RULE BREAKERS ARE IMPORTANT

  Being from "The Old School," it does my heart good to see
the Commission getting around to making the rules mean something
(by issuing substantial fines for rule violations).  For too long
the thought of an inspection/fine was a "cost of doing business."
Maybe a Broadcast Engineer with 18 inspections under his career
will be worth something again.

  Edward A Slimak, Chief Engineer, KADY-TV

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  CORRECTION: F-18

  In the CGC #429 story entitled "AMAZING PHOTO," the aircraft
pictured is an F/A-18, not an F-14.

  Rick Olsen, N6NR (and others)

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  AMATEUR RADIO GIANT, BILL ORR, W6SAI, SK

  Another Amateur Radio legend is gone.  William I. "Bill" Orr,
W6SAI, of Menlo Park, California, died in his sleep January 24,
thus becoming a "Silent (Morse Code) Key" ("SK") to hams.  He
was 81.

  An ARRL member, Orr was best known for his numerous amateur
radio books and reference works, many aimed at beginners.  His
titles include The Radio Handbook, The Beam Antenna Handbook,
The Quad Antenna Handbook, The VHF-UHF Manual and The W6SAI HF
Antenna Handbook, some written in collaboration with Stu Cowan,
W2LX.

  For many years Orr worked with tube manufacturer EIMAC.
Orr's application notes for EIMAC products were memorable.
Chip Margelli, K7JA, of Yaesu, said that a hallmark of Orr's
talent was that he always published information for designs
that had actually been proven in the field.  He had a knack for
making technical topics easy to follow and understand.  He will
be greatly missed.

  Condensed from ARRL Letter of January 26, 2001

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED

  KIEV(AM), Glendale, to KRLA

  FCC Report #397

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED

  BML-20000519AEB   KECR  20977     FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
                  910 KHZ               EL CAJON, CA

  Lic. to modify from commercial to noncommercial

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

  BPTVL-20010122ABE  K06MB  51654  PARK PLACE BROACASTING COMPANY
                     CHAN-6                 INDIO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K06MB.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION

  BPFT-19990623TC  990623TC  93751  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                   88.9 MHZ          LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE, CA

  CP NEW STN: PRIMARY STATION KTLW; PETITION TO DENY FILED 11/15/99
  APPLICATION IS DISMISSED, PETITION TO DENY IS DISMISSED AS MOOT
  PER STAFF LETTER. 12/11/2000.
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 1/16/2001

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  CLASS A TV APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTTA-20001219ADK   KBNT-LP  4035   ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, L.L.C.
                  P   CHAN-17               SAN DIEGO, CA

  Application to convert: BLTTL-19971121IF to Class A station
  status.
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  BLTTA-20010105AAZ   KDFX-LP  51207  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                  P   CHAN-40          INDIO/PALM SPRINGS, CA

  Application to convert: BLTTL-19990219JC to Class A station
  status.

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

  BPTTL-20010112AAZ   K29DX  22162    KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                 P   CHAN-34            SAN DIEGO, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSDX-LP.

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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BNPFTB-20001010AAX  KWVE-FM1 128509  CALVARY CHPL OF COSTA MESA
                 P   107.9 MHZ              SAN CLEMENTE, CA

  CP New Stn.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER GRANTED

  BLTTL-20001219ABP  K17EO  5340  BILTMORE BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                E   CHAN-17             PALM SPRINGS, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-19891208H4,
  callsign K17EO.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPTTL-20001220ACZ  K17EO  5340  BILTMORE BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                 P   CHAN-17               PALM SPRINGS, CA

  Modification of construction permit file number BPTTL-19891208H4.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPTTL-20010116AFP KVMM-LP  18741  CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS,LLC
                E   CHAN-41              SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 01/23/2001

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

  BPTT-20010123AAF  K66BM  68071        TCCSA, INC.,
                           D/B/A TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                E   CHAN-66       PALM SPRINGS, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K66BM.

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