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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #441

                     Monday,  March 19, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  AUDIO RECORDING OF THE 3/8/01 FOREST SERVICE/
  COMMUNICATIONS MEETING NOW AVAILABLE ON THE WEB

  If you didn't get a chance to attend, sound files of the
3/8/01 USDA Forest Service meeting in Ontario are now available
on the Web.

  The meeting addressed the moratorium against any further
construction on Mt. Wilson as well as the two-year process to
update the Forest Land and Resource Management Plans for
3,800,000 acres from Monterey to Mexico - see CGC #436.

  The recordings are broken up into 30 minute segments.
The URL is:

  http://www.hottips.org/forest.html 

  (Letter from Mike Callaghan, Clear Channel Communications)

  [At the upcoming meeting (Monday, 3/19/01) for Mt. Wilson
users only, we hope the Forest Service will have technical
experts available to answer your engineering questions.  If not,
ask for another meeting with their experts.  In the Santiago
proceeding, these individuals NEVER MATERIALIZED despite repeated
requests.  Keep recording and documenting these gatherings; the
future of key communications sites is at stake.   -Ed.]

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  FCC DENIES L.A. COUNTY 2.4 GHZ APPLICATION, CANCELS
  EXPERIMENTAL GRANT TO CITY OF LOS ANGELES

  Following objections from the Amateur Radio Relay League
(ARRL) and others, the FCC has turned down an application from
Los Angeles County for an experimental license permitting airborne
microwave TV downlinks in the 2402-2448 MHz range.  The FCC also
canceled an experimental license grant to the City of Los Angeles
to operate an identical TV downlink system in same band.

  For details, see ARRL Bulletin #10 dated March 15, 2001:

  http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/2001-arlb010.html 

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  FCC PROPOSES TO UPDATE RULES FOR BROADCAST AUXILIARY SERVICE

  The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update
the Broadcast Auxiliary Service rules to enable the use of the
latest digital technology, and to make other fundamental changes
to the Rules themselves.  The Commission also proposed to allow
certain additional users of wireless video devices on unused
TV channels.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0316/nret0102.txt 

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  WIDEBAND INTERFERENCE TO CELL SITE

  In a private e-mail from a source within U.S. West (cellular),
hearsay information has reached our office about a new wideband
RFI device.  You may have seen the novelty accessories that attach
to cell phone antennas and light up when a phone is transmitting.
Various cell phone shops apparently now have a mini-wideband
transmitter that causes the lights to illuminate for display
purposes.

  In one case in Tempe Arizona, the transmitter was said to
have created a "-72 dBm broadband signal at a cell site receiver
several blocks away from the store.  This was causing a very high
number of failed call attempts on the cell."  The communique goes
on to state that the transmitters are wideband radiators in the
700 to 1950 MHz range.  The author adds that, "I am choosing to
pass on this unconfirmed third party information immediately in
case this device is already causing undiscovered interference."

  CGC is attempting to verify the information.

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  WTB SEEKS COMMENTS RE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
  APPLICATIONS USING DEDICATED SHORT RANGE COMMUNICATIONS

  The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is seeking
information regarding current, emerging and potential Intelligent
Transportation System (ITS) applications that use Dedicated Short
Range Communications (DSRC).

  Comment Date: April 16, 2001; Reply Date: May 1, 2001

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0316/da010686.txt 

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  WWVB OPERATING AT REDUCED POWER

  Frequency standard station WWVB (60 kHz) is temporarily
operating at reduced power while tower repairs are underway.
Although it is hard to say when full power operation will resume,
it may be April.  The station is having "some parts made."

  (Information from Matthew Deutch, Engineer-in-Charge,
  WWV/WWVB, Ft. Collins, Colorado)

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  STRANGE SIGNAL REVISITED

  Many of us at the National Radio Club are still trying to
find the source of the carrier at 1136 kHz in the SW.  If any
AM engineers are running radials, or monitor points, see if you
hear it and send me the vector from your location, and the field
strength reading.

  Fred Vobbe, fredv@nrcdxas.org 

  [See CGC #438 for more information.  -Ed.]

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  RE THE STORY OF MT. WILSON

  Loved Marv Collins' piece on Mt. Wilson (CGC #438).  As
an old Los Angeles denizen, I relate to it.

  Don Sinex, Ex CE, KOCE

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  1080 KHZ DX OPPORTUNITY

  Broadcast listeners will get a clear shot at clear-channel
1080 kHz on Sunday, March 18, when the two dominant stations on
the channel shut down briefly.  WTIC in Hartford, Connecticut,
and KRLD in Dallas, Texas - both Infinity Broadcasting outlets -
have arranged to briefly "go dark" so enthusiasts can listen
for the other station as well as for the other stations that
occupy 1080.  For more information, see:

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/01/0316/ 

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

  K28ET, Palm Springs, to KVES-LP
  KSSC(AM), Thousand Oaks, to KACD
  KACD-FM, Santa Monica, to KSSC

  FCC Report #401

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPEDT-20000605AOH  KPBS  6124 BD OF TRUSTEES FOR SAN DIEGO UNIV
                P   CHAN-30                SAN DIEGO, CA

  Modification of construction permit file number BPEDT-19981125KF

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

  BPCDT-20000427ABZ  KPMR-DT  12144  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                 P   CHAN-21             SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KPMR.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLFT-20001211AEN  K202DJ  59091 SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE..
               P   88.3 MHZ                PALMDALE, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BMP-20001107AAV  KJAZ  43937   MOUNT WILSON FM BROADCASTERS...
             P   1260 KHZ               BEVERLY HILLS, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 02/28/2001
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION

  BMP-20001107AAV  KJAZ  43937   MOUNT WILSON FM BROADCASTERS...
             P   1260 KHZ               BEVERLY HILLS, CA

  Mod of CP.
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 2/28/01

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPCDT-19991005ABH  KPXN  58978  PAXSON LOS ANGELES LICENSE, INC.
                E   CHAN-38               SAN BERNARDINO, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/13/2001

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BNPTVL-20000802ACX  NEW   125381    VERONICA O. FARIAS
                E   CHAN-7             PALM SPRINGS, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/09/2001
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  BNPTVL-20000829AXS  NEW  131240     JEFF CHANG
                 E   CHAN-6         JOSHUA TREE, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/12/2001

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

  BPFT-20010305ABU K215BA  59090 SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE...
              P   90.9 MHZ                   BEAUMONT, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BNPTTB-20010221ABJ  NEW  132738    SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
                P   CHAN-64            EAST LOS ANGELES, CA

  Construction permit for a new station for EAST LOS ANGELES,
  CA on channel 64, Effective Rated Power 90.0, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 12 min 50 sec WL 118 deg 3 min 43 sec.

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