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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #448

                     Monday,  April 30, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  SENDING DATA INSTEAD OF PICTURES OVER LPTV STATIONS

  Twelve Low Power Television (LPTV) stations are eligible
to provide high-speed wireless digital data, including Internet
access, as part of the "LPTV Pilot Project Digital Data Services
Act."  The station closest to so. Calif. is KPHE-LP (K19DD),
Phoenix, AZ.  Read about the program, and the frequencies to
be used as return data links, at:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-137A1.doc 

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  FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  Italy: Italy has announced that it intends to switch off
its analog television services on December 31, 2006.  In so
doing, it becomes the first European country to announce a
definite date for ending analog transmissions, and the date
is considerably earlier than that envisioned in other countries.

  Vatican/Italy: RFR readings taken on behalf of the government
of Italy have confirmed that human exposure to RF radiation from
the Vatican's radio transmitters is excessive.  The inhabitants
of the area around Santa Maria in Galeria, north of Rome, where
the transmitters are situated, are reportedly concerned and
immediate steps are being taken to reduce the RFR levels.

  Germany/Powerline Communications:  The first commercial
launch of powerline communications ("PLC") is slated for July.
Germany's largest power utility, RWE, says the service, branded
as PowerNet, will offer a maximum data transmission rate up to
30 times faster than ISDN and at a price better than even the
fastest broadband cable deals currently offer.  We shall see.

  http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/html/medianews.html 

  (URL courtesy of Marvin Collins)

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                       NAB CONVENTION NEWS
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  AM RADIO

  One expert estimates that the recent FCC R&O on Docket
93-177 (see CGC #438) will cut the cost of full AM antenna
proofs in half, and the cost of partial proofs by two thirds.

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  AM & FM DIGITAL IN-BAND RADIO

  Steady progress was noted with the in-band on-channel (IBOC)
digital radio group, iBiquity, which now seems more like an IBAC
effort (in-band adjacent-channel).  Some important technical
questions remain including how much interference weak first
and second adjacent channel stations will receive due to the
presence of the digital sidebands.  Nevertheless, the company's
progress is encouraging and their field testing is extensive.

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  DIGITAL SATELLITE RADIO

  A financial forum estimated that by 2005, 9% of American
automobiles will be equipped with satellite radio receivers,
and that 2% of radio advertising revenue will have shifted
to the satellite services.

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   TV & LPTV

  An FCC official commented that the Commission had "once and
for all" settled on the 8-VSB DTV transmission standard, and
would not allow COFDM even as an optional transmission scheme.

  Per Keith Larson of FCC's MMB, the Commission's TV Query
page should be reactivated very soon, perhaps within a matter
of days.  Watch:  http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/vsd/tvq.html 

  Lodestar/Spectrasite reported that its big Mt. Harvard tower
is "maxed out" with TV stations (all available space has been
sold), but that a new facility will be built if there is
sufficient interest.

  The acronym NIMBY ("not in my back yard") has a new cousin:
NOMP ("not on my planet").

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  GENERAL

  As of Monday, 4/23/01, NAB attendance was 112,776 with
29,632 from foreign countries.

  The bright light atop the Luxor hotel attracted thousands
of newborn moths which looked like dots of snow.  Plentiful
rains in February and March made ideal breeding conditions.
The moths served as a free Bat Buffet, courtesy of the Luxor.

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                      JOB & EQUIPMENT SHOPPE
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  EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

  Marketplace Productions is moving to new digs and has
equipment for sale or to donate to a non-profit organization.
For a list of equipment, please e-mail a request to:

  ccreekmore@mpr.org 

  Clayton M. Creekmore, KPCC Chief Engineer, Marketplace LA

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  WANTED: COMPOUND THAT SILVER PLATES COPPER

  There was a product that could be applied to copper tubing
to "silver plate" the copper.  I used it 20 years ago to plate
coils made for an AM phaser/ATU.  Does anyone know if this stuff
is still sold, what it's called and where I can get it?

  Frederick Vobbe, VP/CE WLIO Television, w8hdu@wlio.com 

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  COMMENTS ON USING CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING

  Best Buy had a sign up saying that it was illegal to use a
cell phone when driving.  When I asked them what the law was,
they stated that it was only a law that says that you cannot
be distracted while driving.

  Howard Fine, SCFCC

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  We heard the same story (illegal to use cell phones while
driving), so we called the CHP and they confirmed CGC's
understanding, that it's NOT illegal.  However, I think that
there's a generic law about not being in full control of your
motor vehicle that an officer can use to give you a ticket if
you're plainly not able to drive the car because the cell
phone is more important....

  Phil Wells, MCSE, San Diego, CA

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  There are two California Assembly Bills pending regarding
cell phones and their use in motor vehicles.  The first (AB 770)
is a bill which would require CHP and others to simply note
whether use of a cell phone or other electronic device was "a
known or suspected contributory factor to the cause of the
accident or violation."  The second Bill (AB 911) would require
drivers to use a cell phone that is "specifically designed to
allow hands-free operation and is used in that manner while
driving" except for emergency calls.  See and read more at:

http://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0751-0800/ab_770_bill_20010416_amended_asm.html 

http://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0901-0950/ab_911_bill_20010417_amended_asm.html 

  URLs courtesy of Harold Hallikainen

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TRUSTED TO MICROSOFT?

  Interactive Week has published an excellent article on
Microsoft's ".Net" vision and HailStorm in particular.  Sample
quotation:

  "Microsoft is asking the public to fork over their most
personal information, like address books, calendars and credit-
card numbers."

  If you are at all curious about trends in new software and
operating systems, or advise others on same (which many of us
do), this article is essential reading:

  http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/stories/news/0,4164,2707840,00.html 

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  COMPLAINING ABOUT RFI MAY COST MONEY

  What if the neighbor of a ham radio operator filed a radio
frequency interference ("RFI") complaint and received a bill
because the ham was NOT directly causing the problem?  That's
exactly what's about to happen in the United Kingdom where that
nation's Radiocommunications Agency - or "RA" - will soon be
charging citizens who file baseless complaints.

  Under the new system, the complainant will be charged
50 if, following the investigation, the RA finds that the
interference is not due to any illegal use of radio or faulty
electrical equipment other than the complainant's own TV or
radio installation.  However, there is a provision whereby
suspected illegal use of radio transmitters can be reported
without exposing the complainant to possible fees.

  Amateur Radio Newsline #1237, RA-179 Leaflet

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  NEW CLASS-ACTION LAWSUITS AGAINST CELLULAR INDUSTRY

  A pugnacious Baltimore lawyer, who made his fortune suing
asbestos and tobacco manufacturers, recently sued the wireless
telephone industry, twice.  The two suits accuse cell companies
and manufacturers of knowingly selling dangerous products that
have allegedly inflicted damaging radiation on their customers:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39271-2001Apr19.html 

  Whether the suits have any merit whatsoever remains to be seen.

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  FIREARM DISGUISED AS A CELL PHONE

  At first sight it looks like a regular cell phone.  Same
size, same shape, same overall appearance.  But beneath the
digital face lies a .22-caliber pistol, a "phone gun" capable
of firing four rounds in quick succession with a touch of the
otherwise standard keypad.  Will police now have to draw their
weapons whenever a person being checked reaches for their
mobile phone?

  http://www.cellular.co.za/phones/gunphone/gunphone1.htm 

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

  KTMK(FM), Temecula, to KOGO-FM
  K38DK, Santa Barbara, to KBAB-LP

  FCC Report #404

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  NEW FM ALLOCATION

  Effective June 11, 2001, the FM Table of Allotments will
  be amended for MCKINLEYVILLE, CA.  Watch for a link with the
  details at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2001/dd010427.html 

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

  BMPCDT-20000428ABV  KUSI-DT  10238 CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                  E   CHAN-18               SAN DIEGO, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 04/18/2001

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

  BMPH-20010410AAA    KRCK-FM  52808  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
                  E   97.7 MHZ                MECCA, CA

  Mod of CP to chg

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

  BPTT-20000728AGA  K28GY  13469  COMMUNITY TV OF SOUTHERN CAL.
               P   CHAN-28              SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K55AP.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BNPTTL-20000831CHL  NEW  130913  VICTOR VALLEY PUBLIC TRANSLA...
                P   CHAN-15                VICTORVILLE, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/14/2001
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  BNPTT-20000831CHM  NEW  130914  VICTOR VALLEY PUBLIC TRANSLA...
               P   CHAN-17                 HESPERIA, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/14/2001
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  BNPTTL-20000831CHO  NEW  130915  VICTOR VALLEY PUBLIC TRANSLA...
                P   CHAN-19                HESPERIA, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 03/14/2001

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

  BPED-20010119AFD    KCLU  8220    CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
                P   88.3 MHZ              THOUSAND OAKS, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED

  BPCDT-19991029AFZ  KMIR-DT  16749  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
                 P   CHAN-46               PALM SPRINGS, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KMIR-TV.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT DISMISSED

  BZ-19990504DD    KGAM   35496     KPSI RADIO CORPORATION
             P   1450 KHZ              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  DM

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPFT-20010212AAY  K220IF  121962  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                P   91.9 MHZ                BARSTOW, CA
  Mod of CP

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

  BPTTL-20000328ACO   KSZZ-LP  8126   ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  P   CHAN-53               SAN DIEGO, CA

  Construction permit for minor changes.
  Dismissed - Mexican objection

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