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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #455

                      Monday, June 11, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC'S "TV QUERY" PROGRAM IMPROVED

  Thanks to the efforts of Dale Bickel, the FCC's TV Query
program has been improved as follows:

  *  The program has been modified to pull up DA patterns
     faster, and

  *  DTV records can be identified at a glance; just look
     for the red lettered word "Digital."

  Check out the new features at:

  http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/vsd/tvq.html 

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  FILING DEADLINES EXTENDED FOR RESPONDING TO PETITION SEEKING
  DECLARATORY RULING THAT EPG INFORMATION MAY BE STRIPPED FROM
  BROADCAST VBI SIGNALS

  Time Warner has requested that the Commission rule that
electronic program guide ("EPG") data transmitted in the vertical
blanking interval ("VBI") of local TV broadcast stations are not
entitled to must-carry protection.  Comments and Oppositions to
Time Warner's petition are now due on or before June 18, 2001;
Reply Comments are now due on or before June 28, 2001.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-1336A1.doc 

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  NEW CONSUMER E-MAIL SERVICE ANNOUNCED BY FCC

  The FCC is offering a new, free, consumer information e-mail
service.  FCC fact sheets, consumer brochures and alerts, news
releases, public notices, notices of proposed rulemaking, reports
and orders, and other consumer-related information are the types
of items that will be sent out via their list server.

  For instructions on how to subscribe and unsubscribe, see:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-213374A1.doc 

  (Essentially the same publications are also posted on the
FCC's web site if you prefer that route, or you can continue
to enjoy the CGC Communicator for the finest in fat-free reading.)

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  $15,000 FINE

  KDAP(AM), Phoenix, AZ, has been fined $15,000 for various rule
violations including failure to provide a copy of the station's
antenna measurements during an inspection, and failure to conduct
annual equipment performance measurements.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-1364A1.doc 

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  FM PIRATE ARRESTED

  The FCC has announced the arrest of Mr. Ibar (Robert) Mohamed
for operating an unlicensed FM radio station on 89.3 MHz in Queens
and Brooklyn, NY.  A repeat offender, it seems that arrest was the
only way to silence the guy.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-213206A1.doc 

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                           LOCAL NEWS
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  TEST SIGNAL ON 1690 KHZ

  John H. Unrath writes,

  "It appears that somebody is transmitting test tones on 1690
(kHz) locally in north Orange County.  It is a 1000 Hz tone
during daytime intermittently.  I have not been able to catch a
legal ID yet and the FCC database is not particularly helpful in
identifying who it might be.

  [John undoubtedly heard the ground conductivity tests from
Montebello; FCC call sign KI6XEV.  The STA expired 6/6/01, so
the tests are history.   -Ed.]

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  EXPERIENCED CE AVAILABLE

  Dick Vosper is available for contract work in radio or TV:
20 years TV experience at KTBN-TV, last 2 1/2 as Chief. Concurrent
radio experience with last six months as interim Radio Chief at
Liberman Broadcasting in L.A. (KHJ, K-Buena, etc.).

  Dick is now hanging out his own shingle in Carlsbad for monthly
or project work and currently has clients in Orange, Riverside and
San Bernardino Counties.  He is available in San Diego County as
well.  Proficient in studio, transmitter and AM directionals, he
may be reached at 760-845-8580 (cellular) or:

  dickvosper@earthlink.net 

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        LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT PLEASE)
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  MORE ON BIRD KILLS

  "The man-made mountain range that looms over Lake Michigan
is noticeably dimmer on spring nights, not because of an energy
shortage but to keep migratory birds from slamming into Chicago's
clusters of glassy towers....."

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010531/sc/environment_birds_dc_2.html 

  "Squeak" Porray, AD7K

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  RE COMMUNICATING OVER LIGHT WAVES

  There's a guy near where I live, W1VLF, who has been using
infrared ("IR") LEDs.  He used to be the Chief Engineer of the
local cable company, so he ended up with THOUSANDS of defective
IR remote controllers for parts, as emitters for ECE (Earth-Cloud-
Earth or "cloudbounce") operations.

  I saw his array, and it was about 12" square covered in LEDs.
I think its current draw was over 10A.  It worked pretty well on
CW.  It seems that voice is pretty garbled by modal dispersion
(optical multipath) just like aurora.  It's pretty interesting.
As I remember, yellow sodium street lights give him heck.  They
must have a lot of IR output.

  rod.lane@espn.com 

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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   "UTC" NO  -  "CUT" YES

  Some people think UTC stands for "Universal Coordinated Time"
when in fact it means "Coordinated Universal Time."  It is hard
to tell which phrase is correct with the abbreviation "UTC."

  To solve the problem, NIST (the U.S. timekeeper) has changed
the abbreviation to "CUT" - at least on their Web Site Index page.
With the new abbreviation you can remember the proper word order
even if you don't have a lot of time on your hands.

  http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/siteindex.htm 

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  GIN POLE STANDARD

  Early in 2002 there will be a TIA/EIA standard on gin
poles that will pretty well tie down all of the particulars of
a permitted pick.  Everything will be spelled out.  The impact
on you will be that you'll want to reference that spec. in any
contract you sign for tower work.

  Picks not permitted by the spec. will require an on-site
professional engineer to supervise the work.  You need to be
familiar with this to avoid potential liability.  The proposed
spec. is TIA/EIA-PN-4860-Gin Poles.  After you read it, you'll
be able to tell a "rooster head", "bridle" and "basket" from
one another.

  San Francisco SBE Chapter 40 Newsletter, May 2001, Roy
Trumbull, Editor <roy547@msn.com>.  Reprinted from Tech-Note #81

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  WHERE TO GET THE GIN POLE SPEC

  EIA specs are sold by Global Engineering Documents:
1-800-624-3974.  The few I've gotten from them weren't cheap.
The (final gin pole) spec won't be published until 2002.  For
the draft document, I'd check with NATE (National Association
of Tower Erectors); they're on the web.

  Roy Trumbull

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  THE WRISTWATCH CAMERA

  Casio's model WQV1D-8CR Wrist Camera ($230) is an amazing
little device, and undoubtedly the beginning of an important
trend.  One push on the big silver camera button turns the inch-
square screen on your wrist into a viewfinder that lets you
electronically look through the pinhole lens on the far edge of
the watch, and another push snaps an e-picture.  100 photos fit
into memory, each 120 pixels square with a 16-shade gray scale.
The wrist camera is reportedly a lot of fun to operate and a new
model, due in August, will take color photos.  See samples of
the Triscuit-sized photos at:

  http://www.camborg.com/bestof2000/index.shtml 

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  GUGLIELMO MARCONI

  To explore the life, science and achievements of Guglielmo
Marconi, visit this clean and neat web site:

  http://www.marconicalling.com/introsting.htm 

  URL courtesy of Chris Durso

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  AIRCRAFT WEB SITE, GREAT PHOTOS AND MORE

  http://www.airliners.net 

  URL courtesy of Bob Anderson, XETV/Fox 6

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  USEFUL NEW TERMS

  The Washington Post asked readers to take any word from the
dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one
letter, and supply a new definition.  Here are some recent
winners:

  Dopeler effect:  The tendency of silly ideas to seem smarter
  when they come at you rapidly.

  Giraffiti:  Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

  Inoculatte:  To take coffee intravenously when you
  are running late.

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

  KZIQ(AM), Ridgecrest, to KWDJ

  FCC Report #407

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT

  BPTTL-20010529ABP  KSMV-LP  14002   COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC
                E    CHAN-33               SIMI VALLEY, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 05/30/2001

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED

  BPFT-20010305ABU  K215BA  59090  SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLL...
               P   90.9 MHZ                BEAUMONT, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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