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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #451

                      Monday,  May 14, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC PROPOSES TO AMEND 2.4 GHZ RULES TO ADD FLEXIBILITY

  The FCC has proposed to revise its rules for spread spectrum
systems operating in the license-free 2.4 GHz band (2400 -
2483.5 MHz).  The basic plan is to allow new non-interfering
digital modulation modes which go beyond frequency hopping and
direct sequence spreading techniques.  This will allow new
products to be introduced without the need for rule changes
with each new modulation scheme.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-212714A1.doc 
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-158A1.doc 

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                           LOCAL NEWS
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  8VSB SEMINAR SET FOR L.A.

  SBE and Zenith are sponsoring a one-day seminar on 8VSB
on June 18th from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Los Angeles Airport
Marriott.  The enrollment fee is $65 and space is limited.  A
light lunch will be provided.  (SBE offers a credit to any member
who attends this seminar.)  Contact Mike Gianneschi at 847-
941-8043 or <mike.gianneschi@zenith.com>.

  (Via Roy Trumbull & Tech Notes #79 as
  confirmed and expanded by Mr. Gianneschi)

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  KFMB-FM OPERATING AT REDUCED POWER

  KFMB-FM, 100.7 MHz, San Diego, has been operating at 10% power
for much of the week on their Aux antenna.  A new transmitter is
being installed.  (Info. from KFMB Engineering.)

  Presumably KFMB-FM will soon be operating on its new master
antenna system, and we wish them the best of success with this
exciting venture.

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  EDIS ON THE WEB

  The State of California's Emergency Digital Information
Service (EDIS) bulletins are available on the web.  Watch for
power shortage announcements and the like at:

  http://edis.oes.ca.gov/ 

  (When the introductory page downloads, wait several seconds
and a new page with bulletins should automatically pop up.
Unless, of course, the state is out of power.)

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  WHERE TO BUY THE CHEMICAL THAT SILVER PLATES COPPER

  Cool-amp's website is:  http://www.cool-amp.com 

  Fred Vobbe, WLIO(TV), W8HDU

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  The company that makes it is:

  Cool-Amp Conducto-Lube
  15834 Upper Boones Ferry Rd.
  Lake Oswego, OR  97035
  Tel: 503/624-6426  -  Fax: 503/624-6436
  E-mail: coolamp@teleport.com

  "Squeak" Porray, AD7K, Sales, AES/Las Vegas

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  RE: TOWERS THAT KILL BIRDS

  I recently retired from 46 years of working around broadcast
towers.  I still work around them with my part time KBLA job.  If
the situation was as bad as it is portrayed on the referenced web
page, I would think I would have seen a lot of dead birds around
the towers.  I don't remember seeing any.  I do remember seeing a
lot of parts of mice and rats that the birds left after catching
them.

  I remember many birds crashing into the windows of my house
over the years.  My cat thinks bird crashes are great.

  Marvin Collins (CE retired, KFI(AM), Los Angeles)

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  [Authoritative reports indicate that bird kills are significant
in certain parts of the country.  Migratory patterns and birds
running into towers at night (perhaps attracted by their lights)
seem to play important roles.  However, reports of "no kills" are
common here in so. California.   -Ed.]

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  QUESTION ABOUT OLD 1/2" VIDEO TAPES

  A question for the older ladies and gentlemen of TV:  A fellow
stopped by our station and wanted to get copies of some 1/2" reel-
to-reel video tapes shot sometime in the early 70s on a portable
machine.  According to the person who saw the tapes, they looked
like 7" reels of audio tape except thicker, and were stored in
cans.  Anyone know what format this might be, and (more
importantly) how I might get it transferred to M-II or DV-Pro?

  Fred Vobbe, WLIO(TV), w8hdu@wlio.com 

  P.S.  I have both film and 2" helical tape here on my desk
and can't find a place to get them transferred either.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  WORLD'S FIRST SPACE TOURIST CREDITS AMATEUR RADIO

  The world's first space tourist, Dennis Tito, has called
the ham radio contact with his sons in California the most
poignant moment of his trip to the International Space Station.
The great publicity for amateur radio was wonderful!

  (Amateur Radio Newsline #1239)

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  HAM RADIO SATELLITE UPDATE: AO-40

  Good news about the ailing ham radio satellite Amsat Oscar
40 - the first amateur bird in a high elevation orbit.  The first
successful transponder test has taken place and the satellite
appears to be "open for business" with limitations.

  On April 28, the satellite's 70 and 23-centimeter receiver
passbands were connected to the 13-centimeter transmitter downlink
and were briefly checked out by command stations using PSK, CW, and
SSB.  The tests worked extremely well despite a possible hole that
may have been blown in the satellite from an earlier on-board
explosion - an accident that has damaged some of the radio gear.

  For information on operating through the bird, see:

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/01/0511/ 

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

  KCKC(AM), San Bernardino, to KEWS

  FCC Report #405

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED

  BPFT-19981214TC   K216FM  92354  LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
               P   91.1 MHZ               PACOIMA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW.
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 3/21/2001
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 3/21/2001 IS GRANTED AND
  APPLICATION IS REINSTATED NUNC PRO TUNC TO PENDING STATUS ON
  5/3/2001.
  APPLICATION IS GRANTED ON 5/4/2001. (NO STAFF LETTER SENT).

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED

  BPFT-19990412TE   990412TE  93129   LIVINGWAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                P   88.9 MHZ                 NEWHALL, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  APPLICATION IS DISMISSED 5/8/2001 BY STAFF LETTER.
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  BPFT-19990426TF   990426TF  93210   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                P   88.9 MHZ               SANTA SUSANA, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  APPLICATION IS DISMISSED 5/8/2001 PER STAFF LETTER.
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  BPFT-19990609TC   990609TC  93637   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
                P   88.9 MHZ                  RAYMER, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW
  APPLICATION IS DISMISSED 5/8/2001 BY STAFF LETTER.
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