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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #443

                      Monday, April 2, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  AMENDED EMERGENCY INFORMATION RULE NOW IN EFFECT

  TV broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors
(MVPDs) must make the "critical details" of emergency information
accessible to people with visual disabilities when they provide
that information as part of a regularly scheduled newscast, or a
newscast that interrupts regular programming.  TV broadcasters and
MVPDs must accompany emergency information with an aural tone when
they provide that information in any other manner, such as through
a crawl or a scroll.

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0330/da010799.txt 

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  NPRM ON THE REALLOCATION AND SERVICE RULES FOR 698-746 MHZ
  (TV CHANS 52-59)

  The Notice of Proposed Rule Making ("NPRM") on this item
is now available on the web, but it is a large document:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0328/fcc01091.doc 

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                          LOCAL NEWS
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  SECOND USDA FOREST SERVICE MEETING TO AMEND ITS
  LAND AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLANS ("LRMPs") SET FOR
  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001, 9AM - NOON

  Don't miss this IMPORTANT meeting if you have
communications interests on local Forest Service lands.
See the Forest Service announcement at:

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

  See CGC #436 for details.

  Once again, video taping is strongly recommended.  Active
participation is essential.  Let the Forest Service know the
importance of broadcasting, and how public lands should not be
used to discriminate against any form of communications,
especially broadcasting.

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  C-BAND RADAR HITS FLARE UP AGAIN

  There has been intermittent interference to C-band satellite
receiving dishes in San Diego recently.  The last episode reported
to our office began sometime Friday morning, March 30, and ended
about 11:15 AM that day.

  Comments from a CGC Communicator reader and Cox's own staff
have identified a suspect: a military-style radar which has been
camping on or near Fortuna Mountain for the past several weeks.
Comments from Cox staff include the following:

  "It is on Miramar Marine Corp base.  They are green trucks
with tents all around them.  I would assume the Marines.  If you
want to see them go 52 west and get off on Santo Rd....  The
antenna and trucks are east/northeast of there.  (The radar
antenna) was rotating about the same rate as the interference
we have had the past two days....  They are all up on the hill.
When it's not spinning, (the antenna) looks like a huge solar
panel."  The saga continues.

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  AS ICE VANISHES ON MT. WILSON, MORE DAMAGE APPEARS

  For a view of what happened on the KCBS-TV tower on
Mt. Wilson as a result of our recent ice storm, see:

  http://www.steveblodgett.com/icewilson.html 

  Gaze in amazement at close-up views of a dismembered FM
antenna bay, a crushed raydome and a fiberglass two-way antenna
snapped like a toothpick.  See the engineer's note which reads,
"All side marker lights on the tower have been destroyed, along
with the conduit that connects them together" and view the
damage on your personal computer.

  Thanks to Steve Blodgett (Director, Technical Operations, KNX/
KCBS-FM, Los Angeles) for this clear and concise posting, part
of our educational series on the local effects of falling ice.

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  COFDM MICROWAVE OPERATING IN SAN DIEGO

  Extract from the SDFCC Minutes of 3/28/01:

  "Discussion of COFDM digital microwave - KSWB is operating a
COFDM system on a daily basis with good results."

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  TWO OPENINGS: RADIO RF ENGINEER & STUDIO ENGINEER

  Multicultural Radio Broadcasting in Pasadena is looking for
an experienced RF engineer to handle their five AMs and one FM
in the L.A. area.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and
AM directional antenna experience is a must.  Also, the stations
are looking for a part-time studio engineer to maintain their
new studios in Pasadena.  Applicants may contact Dave Sweeney
at 626-844-8882.

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  SEEKING A POSITION IN LAS VEGAS

  Seasoned broadcast engineer seeks position in the "city
that never sleeps."  Interested in broadcast radio or TV,
theatrical or video security.  Available to relocate.

  To receive my resume and contact information, please send
a "blank e-mail" (leave the subject and message sections blank)
to the following address:

  yourengineer@getresponse.com 

  My resume and contact information will be automatically
sent to you by e-mail.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  DTV POWER REDUCTION IN SAN DIEGO

  Starting today, March 29, KFMB temporarily reduced power
from its KFMB-DT Channel 55 UHF-TV transmitter.  The (Effective
Radiated Power) has changed from 703 kW to 78 kW -- a 10 dB drop.

  This is a "good neighbor" move to use up less electrical
power so that homes have more power to share during the current
energy crisis.

  Gary Stigall, KFMB-TV, GStigall@KFMB.com 

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  THE 1136 KHZ MYSTERY - COMMENT

  Maybe (the mystery signal on 1136 kHz is) coming out of Groom
Lake in Nevada?  I haven't heard it here in Colorado, but the MP3
of it online sure sounds like slow scan TV to me!!

  Cris Alexander

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  THE END OF THE INTERNET

  After years of surfing the web, I have finally found it!

  http://www.shibumi.org/eoti.htm 

  Mark vanderHoek

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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   SIRIUS AND XM SATELLITE USE DIFFERENT ORBITAL IDEAS

  According to the publication "New Scientist," our
nation's two satellite-delivered radio broadcasters will orbit
their birds in very different ways:

  The elliptical orbits used by Sirius Satellite Radio mean
that each of their three satellites will spend 16 hours of the
day over the US, then race around the rest of the world in eight
hours.  At any given time there will be two satellites in sight
of North America.  A car receiving antenna will follow one of
the satellites across the sky, switching to the alternate if
transmission is blocked by an obstruction.

  The two satellites used by XM Satellite Radio will sit in
geostationary orbits.  They will be lower in the sky than the
Sirius craft, "making it more likely that the signal will be
blocked by hills, trees or buildings" according to the
publication.  How all this will play out in reality, however,
remains to be seen.

  To learn more, use this URL provided by Oscar Medina:

  http://www.newscientist.com/tech/music.jsp 

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  LIQUID ANTENNAS

  Two amateur radio stations have made contact from Florida
to Wisconsin using liquid antennas consisting of 10 foot tall
x two inch wide columns of concentrated saltwater.  The QSO took
place on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday - March 17, 2001, at 1719 UTC
with SSB on 18.157 MHz.

  The group responsible for the contact is also known to
experiment with other exotic antennas such as rain gutters,
highway guard rails, trees, windmills, abandoned telegraph lines
and anything else that resonates.  Story and URL via Amateur
Radio Newsline:

  http://www.wireservices.com/livewire.html 

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  MAJOR FM CHANNEL ACTIONS

  Read about the migration of 92.7 MHz from (in one case)
  Avalon to Fountain Valley and (in the other case) from
  Riverside to Adelanto.  Other changes are underway too.

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8888/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-631A1.doc 

  The doc may take a minute or so to open (FCC computer delays).

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  CALL SIGN GRANTS

  K05JY, Indio, to KEVC-CA

  FCC Report #402

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  PROPOSED LPTV GRANTS

  Includes KPSP-LP, CH-38, Cathedral City-Palm Springs
  and KHEM-LP, CH-27, Hemet.

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db0330/pnmm0111.doc 

  FCC Report PGL01-1

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

  BPCDT-19991028AES  KMEX-DT 35123  KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
                 P   CHAN-35               LOS ANGELES, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KMEX-TV.

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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLTTA-20010111AAR  K21DO  67013  THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NET..
                E   CHAN-21              PALM SPRINGS/INDIO, CA

  Application to convert: BLTTL-19941013JF to Class A station...

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BNPTTL-20000831BLO  NEW  128965  PURI FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
                P   CHAN-22                  HEMET, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/13/2001

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-20010109AAA  KFXM  85012  NEWCO, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIAB..
             E   103.3 MHZ                TEMECULA, CA
  Lic. to cover

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPED-20010321ABF   KPBS-FM  58823  SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
                  P   89.5 MHZ              SAN DIEGO, CA

  Mod of CP to chg

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

  BPTT-20010309ABS  K38DK  14003  BILTMORE BROADCASTING CORP...
               P   CHAN-51               SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K38DK.

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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED

  BXLH-19991001ABV    KBUA  10097     LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                P   94.3 MHZ             SAN FERNANDO, CA

  Lic. to cover auxiliary permit

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION

  BPFT-19981214TC  981214TC  92354  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
               P   91.1 MHZ                PACOIMA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW.
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 3/21/2001

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