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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #453

                      Monday,  May 28, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM 2001 HANDBOOKS AVAILABLE ON LINE

  The FCC has released the 2001 edition of its Emergency
Alert System (EAS) AM/FM/TV and Cable Handbooks.  Section 11.15
of the Commission’s rules requires that a copy of the Handbook
be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations
when an operator is required to be on duty, and be immediately
available to staff responsible for authenticating messages and
initiating actions.  Read the full story at:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-1197A1.doc 

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  FCC STREAMLINES LICENSING OF C-BAND SMALL EARTH TERMINALS

  The FCC has adopted a First Report and Order streamlining
licensing of certain satellite earth station networks in the
C-band.  The new rules will provide much needed relief in the
implementation of satellite networks using small aperture antenna
terminals in the C-band for provision of broadband, data and
other satellite telecommunications services.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-213115A1.doc 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION OF ROTATING POWER OUTAGES

  The following web site contains an on-line application
for certain California businesses to apply for exemptions from
the much anticipated rotating power outages:

  http://www.rotating-outages.com/default.asp 

 Business customers who can demonstrate clearly that rotating
power outages are likely to pose a significant threat to public
health or safety are welcome to apply.  Claims of economic harm
or inconvenience to the customer will not be considered.

  (URL courtesy of Kent Randles)

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  TREE HUGGERS?

  Regarding Mr. Mark vanderHoek's comment on towers and birds
(CGC #452), I personally object to highly inflammatory political
catch phrases like 'tree huggers' appearing in a technical
publication such as this.  I for one believe that if all the
readers of this newsletter put our heads together, we could come
up with a practical way of making towers and guy wires more
visible to birds in flight.  Our intellect and opposable thumbs
have put men on the moon.  The bird vs. tower problem is trivial
by comparison.

  Chris Hays, ABC

  [Mike Worrall of ABC expressed similar sentiments.  The bottom
line is that bird/tower impacts are a serious issue.  There have
been a number of academic studies on the problem and suggestions
for averting crashes are mentioned in the trade press from time
to time.   -Ed]

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  LASER "COMMUNICATOR" DEMO TENTATIVELY SET FOR JUNE 23

  It appears that last year's demonstration of a full duplex
voice laser "communicator" will be repeated at this year's Palomar
Amateur Radio Club Field Day Site in Valley Center.  The tentative
date and time:  June 23, at dusk.  Watch the CGC Communicator for
details.

  This story from CGC #400 provides valuable background info:
Ham radio operators have invented a simple way to beam voice
signals through space using inexpensive over-the-counter 'red
pointer' lasers.  Here's how they did it, using cheap stuff,
a proud tradition in the amateur community:

  http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=33595&a=6972623 

  Download the four photos from left to right by clicking on
each one; download even the two that appear to be all one-colored
thumbnails.  Text explanations accompany each picture.

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

  KSPA(AM), Escondido, to KFSD
  KFSD(FM), Escondido, to KFSD-FM
  KFSG(FM), Los Angeles, to KXOL-FM
  KMJR(FM), Redondo Beach, to KFSG
  KNJR(FM), Ontario, to KFSB
  KBBV(AM), Loma Linda, to KCAA

  (FCC Report #406)

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLH-20010109AAA  KFXM  85012   NEWCO, A CALIFORNIA LLC
             E   103.3 MHZ             TEMECULA, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

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

  Mod of CP.
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 2/28/01
  PETITION FOR RECON GRANTED; APP IS REINSTATED AND GRNTD 5-17-01

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMPCT-20010511AAQ   KSCI  35608     KSLS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-18        LONG BEACH, CA

  Mod of construction permit file number BMPCT-20001109ABA.

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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED

  BNPL-20000608AEV NEW  124829 CALVARY CHAPEL OF IMPERIAL VALLEY..
             P   93.7 MHZ                EL CENTRO, CA

  Low Power FM CP New Stn.

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