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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #463

                     Thursday, July 26, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  INTELSAT PRIVATIZES ITS COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS;
  NEW COMPANY AN FCC LICENSEE

  INTELSAT has completed privatization of its commercial
operations.  INTELSAT owns and operates a global satellite
system that transmits a significant portion of the world's
international telephone, video, data, Internet and other
communications.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-214655A1.doc 

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  LOW POWER OPERATIONS TO BE ALLOWED IN THE 450-470 MHZ BAND?

  On September 11, 2000, the Land Mobile Communications Council
(LMCC) filed a Petition for Rule Making requesting revisions to
the Commission’s Rules to allow low power (i e. two watt)
operations in the 450-470 MHz band.  The resulting Notice of
Proposed Rule Making asks for comments on the proposals set forth
in LMCC’s Petition, as well as other matters related to low power
operations in the private land mobile radio (PLMR) 450-470 MHz
band.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-199A1.txt 
  or
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-199A1.doc 

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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANT OF MORE THAN ROUTINE INTEREST

  KA2XXD, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION, INC.:
New experimental, to operate in 54-72, 76-88, 174-216, 420-432,
470-608, and 614-806 MHz for wildlife research.  Mobile:
Continental United States, Alaska & Hawaii (remote areas).

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-213476A1.doc 

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  ERI's TOM SILLIMAN TO BE FEATURED ON RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

  Electronics Research, Inc.'s president and CEO, Tom
Silliman, profiled recently on ABC's 20/20 as a person "living
on the edge," has been tapped by "Ripley's Believe it or Not"
for a segment which will present yet another perspective on Tom's
unique hands-on high-tower work.  The show airs August 8, 2001
on TBS at 8 PM Eastern.

  (Synopsis of message relayed by Dave Burns of Allied AirNet)

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  SVETLANA APPOINTS NEW PRODUCT DISTRIBUTORS

  Tube manufacturer Svetlana of St Petersburg, Russia,
has announced the appointment of PM Components Ltd. of Chatham,
England, as its primary worldwide distributor of Svetlana glass
and ceramic vacuum tubes, effective immediately.  PM of America,
in Memphis, Tennessee, has been formed to handle distribution
responsibilities for North America.  This should eliminate the
supply problems caused as a consequence of stopping product
distribution through SED Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama.

http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2001/07/25/2/?nc=1 

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  TOWER CLIMBER DIES WHILE PAINTING 1,350 FOOT TOWER

  A 41-year-old painter was found dead about 500 feet up a
television tower in Shoreview, MN by a co-worker who climbed
to rescue him Tuesday, officials said.  Puzzling story at:

http://www.startribune.com/st/qview.cgi?template=metro_a_cache&slug=towr25 

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  ENFORCEMENT BUREAU - LIST OF RECENT ACTIONS

  Nothing earthshaking locally, but always interesting:

http://www.fcc.gov/eb/Public_Notices/da011756.html 

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  CGC NEWS

  CGC's Internet Service Provider, Connectnet, suffered a major
server outage on Monday and most of Tuesday during which time we
could not receive e-mail.  Most of the messages were stored and
have since been downloaded, and hopefully none were lost.

  Reminder:  When writing to the CGC Communicator, please
do not send attached files.  Our firewall removes them.  Also,
while we have permitted long Letters to the Editor recently
covering a variety of interesting subjects, we would like
to return to our short-form format.  Please hold all Letters to
a nine line maximum using our short-line format.

  Thanks.

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  HIGHLY EXPERIENCED IT MANAGER AVAILABLE

  I have had over 16 years of experience in the computer
field with one year of it in the broadcast industry.  I am MCSE
certified and have extensive experience in both hands on and
managerial positions.  I am well versed in Window NT and Novel
environments.  Also have experience in computerized telephone
switches.  Currently living in the southern California area but
willing to relocate if the position is right.  Please send all
inquires to:

  caitguy2001@yahoo.com 

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                    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  COMMENT #1 ON "MAJOR POWER GLITCHES AND THE MYSTERIOUS
  DEMISE OF BIRDS"  (CGC #461)

  This story (CGC #461) reminds me of an incident that occurred
while I was Chief Engineer of KSHO TV & FM in Honolulu in 1983.
We lost one of our three electrical phases, evidently due to a
bird that had glided in for a landing on top of the site's utility
pole.  The bird's wings shorted across the lines and the creature
lit up and blew the power company's fuse.  When we held the dead
bird up and spread its wings, we could see the burn arc across the
front of our feathered friend from wing tip to wing tip.

  Bill Hayes, Iowa Public Television, wthayes@earthlink.net 

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  COMMENT #2:  MULTIPLE BIRDS CAN BE KILLED IN A SINGLE POWER
  LINE INCIDENT

  A couple of years ago I had a major surge at KROP(AM), Brawley,
that originated with birds.  About a mile from the station our
12kV line passed under a 33kV line.  At that particular time, for
unknown reasons, pigeons gathered by the hundreds, perhaps
thousands, on the lines.  According to witnesses, a huge number
suddenly took flight - as flock birds are wont to do.  Their
wing-tip-to-wing-tip formation closed the gap between the 12 and
33 kV lines; our 12 kV line went high and fresh roasted squab
rained from the sky to the delight of no one but the coyotes.

  Re the WJKM web assertion that, "We have surge protectors
plugged into surge protectors."  Note that the average plug-in
surge arrestor clamps at or near 500V (read the fine print on the
box or unit) and will only handle a fraction of the current a
big surge may present.  Also, since telco equipment and MOSFETs
in the transmitter blew, someone needs to investigate ground in
that facility - earth ground, not neutral.

  Synopsis of letter from Clif Glasgow, CBT, KROP/A; KSIQ/F;
  KICO/A; KQVO/F; KGBA/F - clifglasgow@yahoo.com 

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  ANTIQUE RADIO TUBES

  Here is a web site dedicated to antique lamps and tubes
(generally pre-1930). This link goes right to the radio tube page:

http://www.bulbcollector.com/cgi-bin/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Vacuum_Tubes/Radio_Tubes&img=1 

  And here's the web site index page for radio tubes:

http://www.bulbcollector.com/links/pages/Radio_Tubes/ 

  And finally the URL of the Tube Collectors Association:

http://www.tubecollectors.org/ 

  This will give Communicator readers points of contact for
unloading some of their very old tubes that would otherwise
get tossed.

  Phil Wells, MCSE, San Diego, phil@philwells.net 

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  WHAT'S COOKING

  Imagine a microwave oven that knows how long to cook your
TV dinner, and even rotates the food if necessary.  Such an oven
is being developed now by Samsung, with Rutgers University
researchers.  The idea is to have the oven read the dinner's
bar code, then contact the manufacturer via Internet to determine
the detailed cooking instructions.  Samsung officials say they
hope to have their oven in stores next year.

  In a related development, Sharp has developed a convection
microwave oven that can download recipes from the company's Web
site.  The oven then automatically sets the time and adjusts the
power for roasting, baking, broiling and grilling.  Sharp began
selling its product in Japan last October and hopes to introduce
it to a hungry world soon.

  Synopsis from Tomorrow's Technology via A.R. Newsline #1249

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTTA-20010709AAP KVMM-LP  18741  CABALLERO TELEVISION TEXAS....
                E   CHAN-41               SANTA BARBARA, CA

  Application to convert: BPTTL-20010116AFP to Class A station....
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  BLTTA-20010712AAA K43DM   58927   BLUE SKIES BROADCASTING CORP.
                E  CHAN-43                 SAN MARCOS, CA

  Application to convert: BLTT-19941201JC to Class A station....

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BMLH-20010717AAF   KFMB-FM  42117  MIDWEST TELEVISION, INC.
                E   100.7 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  Lic. to modify

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