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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #459

                     Thursday,  July 5, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  PETER DOYLE NAMED CHIEF OF MMB'S AUDIO SERVICES DIV.

  The new Chief of the Mass Media Bureau's Audio Services
Division is Peter Doyle, an experienced attorney who graduated
cum laude with a J. D. degree from Georgetown University Law
Center in 1985.  For more, see:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov:8835/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-214015A1.doc 

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  CROSSED FIELD ANTENNA TESTS IN UK: POSTPONED (AGAIN)

  U.S. broadcast engineers have had their suspicions aroused
by the Crossed Field Antenna ("CFA") which the inventor claims
will emit signals with the efficiency of a much taller antenna,
such as a quarter wavelength vertical used in the AM broadcast
band.  Trouble is, very short antennas, like the CFA, have
traditionally been very poor radiators.

  After a long, long wait to make efficiency tests on a CFA in
the United Kingdom (with transmitter power and field strength
measurements by U.S. engineers), the proponents of the CFA were
unable to put the antenna into operational condition prior to
the time the tests were originally scheduled in early June.  As
of this writing, no known U.S.-sponsored tests have taken place.
Presumably the tests will be rescheduled.

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  MOVING UPWARD

  This is a few weeks belated, but I thought I'd let you know
that I am no longer with KFMB in San Diego.  It was a great two
years with the radio engineering department there, but I accepted
a job with the K-Love / Air-1 Radio Networks engineering team in
Sacramento.  It's been a dream of mine for many years to work in
a Christian radio format, and the door has finally opened!

  Thanks for your great newsletter.  Take care and God bless,

  Jeremy Preece

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  WWVB BACK AT FULL OPERATING POWER

  Q.  Is WWVB (60 kHz) back up to full operating power
      following antenna repairs?     - Mark Moceri

  A.  WWVB broadcasts resumed full power operation on
Thursday, 14 June 2001, at 2355 UTC.  The station is currently
operating at the normal level of 50 kW radiated power.

  Glenn Nelson (technician)
  National Institute of Standards and Technology
  Radio Stations WWV/WWVB

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  TAX EXEMPTION FOR DTV EQUIPMENT

  Thought you might be interested to know that the Texas
Governor signed a bill on 6/15 that exempts all DTV equipment
from state sales tax.  Studio equipment was already exempt, but
this further exempts all transmission equipment.  Perhaps other
States should follow suit.

  Neville Cumming, District Sales Manager (TV), Harris Broadcast

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  TRAMWAY STRUCK BY LIGHTNING - KTSM(TV) ENGINEERS ON BOARD

  Interesting article about the hazards of traveling to a
transmitter site [this one involving the El Paso Aerial Tramway]:

  http://www.ktsm.com/news/story.ssd?c=c7a2b77f6a2011d5 

  Oscar Medina

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  SAN DIEGO'S TALKING BILLBOARD

  Noted on the I-8 near the San Diego Sports Arena, a
  billboard that reads:

  "Tune in Cadillac Radio on 1610."

  Tuning to 1610 kHz reveals a low power, information radio
station with a several minute "loop" hawking the Cadillac SUV...
Coverage is about 1-2 miles...  Is this legit?  No call sign was
heard.  Moving away reveals the Balboa Park Information broadcast.
Welcome to "Tune-an-ad" on your AM dial.

  Roger McCollough

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  EDITOR'S COMMENT

  The topic of unlicensed AM stations was covered in CGC #206
for November 24, 1997; see the second and third stories at:

  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/1997/cgc206.htm 

and follow the FCC link for more information, such as this
neat quote: "On the AM broadcast band, these [unlicensed]
devices are limited to an effective service range of
approximately 200 to 250 feet."

  It would be interesting if someone DFed the billboard
station and determined if its transmitter was FCC-approved.  It
would be even more interesting to know how much power the
transmitter is actually running and if the very short antenna
(required for unlicensed operation) just happens to be coupled
into a much taller structure which becomes the real antenna.
People are always trying to skirt FCC Rules.

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  COMMENTS ON THE 87.9 MHZ L.A. PIRATE

  The Boston FCC office has been fairly successful in
shutting down pirates in the past.  I don't know the current
status of pirate operations in the area though.

  The population and radio station density is sufficiently
high here in New England that just about any frequency that a
pirate chooses will cause "harmful interference" to someone.

  Lew Collins

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  It might be noted that a mention of Pirate Cat Radio showed
up in a cover story called "Killradio" in the LA Weekly almost
a month ago.  According to this article, the FCC has already
investigated and inspected the station.  In any event, Pirate
Cat Radio is heard well in the mid-Wilshire area.

  Carl Swanson, CBRE, CEA, Broadcast Engineer, KFI AM 640

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  THANKS!

  I never fail to enjoy each issue of the CGC Communicator.

  Lew Warren, KVCR, General Manager

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  CW SIGNALS TO EMANATE FROM KPH AGAIN

  On July 12 at 5 PM PDST, famed maritime CW station KPH will
transmit a recreation of the old commercial code days, this for
the second time since the station was closed down two years ago.
For details, see:

  http://www.radiomarine.org/ 
    and
  http://www.radiomarine.org/schedules.html 

  This web site also describes the recreation of a shipboard
transmitting station at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco.
It was interesting to note that the two people who restored the
station will fire up the old transmitter for interested
spectators on the first Sunday of each month.

  Jim, W6YA

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BXPH-20010621AAL   KPWR  35498   EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION
              E    105.9 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA

  CP for auxiliary purposes

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BML-20010621AAQ     KSZZ   58808    LCG HOLDINGS, L.L.C.
              P     590 KHZ            SAN BERNARDINO, CA

  Lic. to modify

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

  BPTTL-20010116AFP KVMM-LP  18741 CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS, LLC
                E   CHAN-41              SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVMM-LP.

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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING

  BNPFTB-20010620AAY  KWRP-1  135884  MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                 P   96.1 MHZ             SAN JACINTO, CA

  CP New Stn.

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