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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #436

                  Wednesday,  February 28, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY FREEZE AT FOREST SERVICE SITES -
  MAJOR CHANGES UNDERWAY  -  FIRST MEETING SET FOR MARCH 8

  "Many readers of the CGC Communicator may be interested to
know that the four national forests in southern California are
beginning a process to update their Forest Land and Resource
Management Plans.  It is possible that the results will have
national implications regarding telecommunications sites on
Forest Service (and possibly Bureau of Land Management) land.

  "March 8 is the date of the initial public meeting....."

  Richard "Rich" J. Reichler, RJR Wireless, RJRWireles@aol.com 

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  WHERE TO READ MORE

  The official text of the USDA Forest Service announcement is
posted at this government web address:

  http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/cleveland/electronic.letter.htm 

  CGC has posted a better formatted copy of the document at:

  http://www.bext.com/cgc99/forest.htm 

  According to the Forest Service announcement, a freeze
is now in place on the construction of new communications
facilities and the expansions or modifications of existing
facilities until a Communications Site Management Plan is
in place.  This could take a very long time.

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  YOUR PARTICIPATION AND VIDEO TAPING ARE ESSENTIAL

  If you have communications interests on Forest Service land
in southern California, it is vital for your station to be
represented in person at the meetings scheduled for March 8,
April 4 and May 3.  Let the Forest Service know the importance
of broadcasting and your interest in fair and non-discriminatory
use of public lands.

  Readers of the CGC Communicator who have followed the
Santiago proceeding know that the Forest Service is already
heavily biased against broadcasting, and recently added paging
transmitters to its hit list.  There is no way of predicting
the potentially dangerous turns that these meetings could take.

  Please send a film crew to tape the proceedings, or make
arrangements with others to do so.  We cannot overemphasize
the importance of these meetings which should be recorded by
more than one crew.  Again, this is not a passive event.  Your
active participation is essential.

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  NEXT CGC COMMUNICATOR IN A WEEK TO 10 DAYS

  Because of the extraordinary Forest Service announcement
above, we are publishing our newsletter early this week and do
not anticipate publishing again for a week to 10 days.  As usual,
we will publish a special edition any time one is warranted.

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  C-BAND RADAR HITS - DIRECTION FINDING SCHEME PROPOSED

  Cox Cable, San Diego, last reported receiving C-band radar
hits on Friday, February 23.  All is calm now.

  Should future outbreaks of interference occur, you can
calculate lines-of-bearing to the interfering radar station
by (a) determining the sweep rate of the radar and (b) measuring
the time interval between your C-band dish hit and the hit at
someone else's dish a distance away.  Use the telephone for
coordination.  Involve more ground stations to enhance the
calculations.

  If you are in the greater San Diego area, monitor over-the-air
CH-29, KSDX-LP, which recently began broadcasting from San Miguel
Mountain.  KSDX rebroadcasts a shopping channel that is received
on C-band (Telstar 401, Transponder 19).  The C-band receiving
dish is also located atop San Miguel.

  According to CE Chris Buchanan, the KSDX C-band dish has
taken radar hits "on and off" ever since it was installed
several weeks ago.  The dish's view is obstructed to the west by
a metal building but it "sees" fairly well in other directions.

  Because KSDX retransmits whatever it receives on C-band,
you can use CH-29 as a remote "radar detector."  Thanks to John
Reiser and others for suggesting the timing idea as a quick
and easy way to determine lines of bearing.


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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  MAINTENANCE ENGINEER OPENING AT KTLA, CH-5, LOS ANGELES

  KTLA TV has an opening for a Maintenance Engineer.  Applicant
should have minimum 3-5 years experience.  Contact Chris Neuman
at 323-460-3918 or via e-mail at <cneuman@tribune.com>.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  COMMENT ON FALLING ICE

  For the two new 1000' towers just finished in Portland, OR
  (Skyline Tower and Sylvan Tower), the city required that the
  roofs of the new transmitter buildings at ground level be
  capable of withstanding the impact of a 50 pound chunk of ice
  falling from the top.  That's a LOT of force.

  Phil Kane, K2ASP, writing from a Clearing in the Silicon
  Forest, Beaverton (Washington County), Oregon

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  OPEN HOUSE @ WESTERN RADIO, SAN DIEGO

  We would like to invite everyone to our open house, on
Wednesday, March 7, 2001, featuring factory reps such as Belden,
Paladin, Tripplite, NTE, Tannoy, Shure, Fluke, Weller-Xcelite,
and more.  Join us all day long @ 5555 Kearny Villa Road from
8am-6pm and don't miss freebies, new products, new technology,
and most important: lunch @ noon.

  Look forward to seeing you there.

  Jim Dujowich, <shopwre@hotmail.com>, Western Radio Electronics

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