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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #442

                     Monday,  March 26, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC PROPOSES EAS RULE CHANGES

  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update
its Emergency Alert System ("EAS") rules.  It is proposed that
the relay window for Required Monthly Tests be extended from 15
minutes to 60 minutes, and that the minimum modulation level be
50% instead of 80% (which would allow EAS equipment to be
connected ahead of audio processing equipment).  Other
possible changes include new or modified EAS codes and
the establishment of a detailed text transmission capability.

  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2001/fcc01088.doc 

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  FCC PROPOSES TO UPDATE RULES FOR BROADCAST AUXILIARY SERVICE

  Following is the URL for the complete Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking ("NPRM") in the above captioned matter.  As you may
recall from last week's story, this NPRM proposes to update the
Broadcast Auxiliary Service rules to enable the use of the latest
digital technology, among other things:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0320/fcc01092.doc 

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  FCC TAKES STEPS TO REALLOCATE AND ADOPT
  SERVICE RULES FOR TELEVISION CHANNELS 52-59

  The FCC has begun the process of reallocating television
Channels 52-59 for new commercial wireless and broadcast services,
and proposing rules for the licensing, operating, and competitive
bidding of wireless and other services.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0316/nrwl0109.html 

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  COMMENTS REQUESTED ON REPORTS ADDRESSING POTENTIAL
  INTERFERENCE FROM ULTRA-WIDEBAND TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS

  Watch the following FCC Daily Digest for the full story.
The URL has yet to be posted:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2001/dd010323.html 

  (Even the above html version of the Digest is missing from
the web as we go to press, but that defect should be remedied
soon.   -Ed.)

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  FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS

  * WACR(AM) fined $6,500 for failure to register its antenna
structure and to enclose its antenna structure with an effective
locked fence.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0322/da010721.txt 

  * SpectraSite Communications, Inc. fined $17,000 for failure
to post antenna structure registration numbers on three of its
towers, failure to post the correct ASR number on one of its
towers and failure to notify the Commission of changes in
ownership information for three of its towers.
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0319/da010701.doc 

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  FCC TO INCREASE ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES

  FCC Chairman Powell, at the CTIA 2001 Wireless Show in Las
Vegas, is quoted as saying, "We are putting increasing emphasis
on an enforcement model as opposed to a regulatory model (at
the FCC).... When you cheat, we'll get you at the back end."

http://www.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/01/03/20/010320hnpowell.xml?0321weam 

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  HANDY FCC URLs

  To determine if the height of a proposed tower would
cause problems for nearby airports, use the FCC's "Towair"
program.

  Towair using NAD27 coordinates is now located at:
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/genmen/tow_air.hts 

  Towair using NAD83 coordinates is located at:
http://wtbwww05.fcc.gov/antenna/towairapplet.html 
(Be sure Java is enabled.)

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  To obtain information on FCC registered towers, use:
http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/antenna 

  You can, for example, enter coordinates and search for
registered towers within a given radius of that place.  The
program works best with Netscape 4.7 but requires fundamental
mods to your software and those mods are not trivial!

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  GEORGE JACOBS, W3ASK, IS DAYTON HAMVENTION'S
  AMATEUR OF THE YEAR

  Dayton Hamvention has named broadcasting engineer and
propagation guru George Jacobs, W3ASK, as its Amateur of the
Year.  A renowned international broadcast engineering pioneer,
Jacobs has authored hundreds of technical articles and is a
co-author of a handbook detailing shortwave radio propagation
characteristics.  Jacobs is perhaps best known in the amateur
community as propagation editor for CQ for 50 years, and as a
contributing editor for World Radio-TV Handbook for 39 years.

  Jacobs is credited with pioneering and developing the
worldwide Voice of America system and with overseeing the
post-1974 modernization of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
He also served as a delegate on international regulatory
conferences.

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/01/0323/ 

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTTL-20010301AAT   K46GC  52216    PENNY DRUCKER
                 E   CHAN-46        SANTA BARBARA, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20000505AAJ,
  callsign K46GC.

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPCT-20010220AAE    KHIZ  63865    SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
                E   CHAN-64                BARSTOW, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/19/2001

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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BXPH-20010320AAE   KJQY    58821     CITICASTERS CO.
                E  94.1 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA

  CP for auxiliary purposes.

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

  BNPED-20000118AAN   NEW   122214    EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                 P  88.9 MHZ                   BARSTOW, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/07/2001

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

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

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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