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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #474

                   Monday,  September 17, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC EXPRESSES SYMPATHY AND PLEDGES CONTINUED SUPPORT
  FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY

  "I am deeply saddened by the loss experienced yesterday by
the people of New York and Washington, DC, rescue workers,
federal employees, and all Americans affected by yesterday's
tragedies.  I am grateful for the tireless and heroic efforts
of those in the telecommunications industry who are working hard
to keep our most fundamental communications systems - such as
telephone service, wireless phone service and television service
- operating efficiently under the circumstances.  This is a
difficult time for everyone and we must be patient."

  September 12, 2001 statement of FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell

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  FCC BUILDING EVACUATED BRIEFLY MONDAY

  FCC headquarters in southwest Washington was temporarily
evacuated Monday morning, September 17, while an unidentified
package was checked out, a spokesman for the agency said.  At
about 10:15 a.m., the employees were evacuated out of an
"abundance of caution," said David Fiske.

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010917/tc/attack_fcc_evacuation_dc_1.html 

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  FCC PROVIDES CERTAIN ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY TO FACILITATE
  VOLUNTARY CLEARING OF INCUMBENT BROADCASTERS ON CH-60 to 69

  The FCC has affirmed its rules and granted certain flexibility
to facilitate voluntary clearing of incumbent broadcasters in the
upper 700 MHz band.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-216145A1.doc 
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-258A1.doc 

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  FCC ADOPTS RULE CHANGES TO FACILITATE
  DEPLOYMENT OF SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIOS

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-216078A1.doc 
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-264A1.doc 

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  FILING PERIOD FOR COMMERCIAL RADIO OPERATOR LICENSE RENEWAL
  APPLICATIONS

  No URL available yet.  Watch this Daily Digest for info:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2001/dd010917.html 

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  REMINDER: SCFCC NEEDS RSVPs FOR THE MT. WILSON PICNIC

  If you plan to attend the Mt. Wilson gathering for broadcast
engineers on September 26th at 10 a.m., please don't forget to
RSVP to Howard Fine:  howard@pactv.com 

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                    EAS TEST SUSPENSIONS
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  PRELIMINARY INFORMATION FROM THE FCC

  I have heard from our HQ that EAS testing has been suspended
until further notice.  However, I should receive more details
today.  I will let you know when I get the official word.

  JUNE BUTLER, FCC/SAN DIEGO
  (Mon, 17 Sep 2001 12:26:01 -0400)

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  FROM LOS ANGELES

  I have received word from an FCC field office that the FCC
will officially suspend enforcement of 11.61 (requirement for
RMTs and RWTs) until October 2.

  This move would basically leave it up to local and/or state
committees to make the call based on what they think is
appropriate for testing, or not testing.

  An initial call for this came from FEMA who I believe wanted
to better assure that EAS communications channels would be as
clear as possible in case of the need for a national activation.

  Another reason for this decision is a concern voiced by
some of us that RMT's could cover up on air non-EAS emergency
information when done automatically on AM, FM or TV, or on cable
systems.  There were also concerns about not unduly alarming
people who may misinterpret tests due to the events of last week.

  The point should be made in the Notice that local/state
committees will have to make the call based on local needs and
conditions.  I would certainly hope that NOAA/NWS is included in
these local decisions.

  I have it on good authority that the FCC should have a Public
Notice out on this later today, or by tomorrow hopefully at the
latest.

  Richard Rudman
  (Mon, 17 Sep 2001 20:01:12 GMT)

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  FROM SAN DIEGO

  ....all EAS RWTs (Required Weekly Tests) and RMTs (Required
Monthly Tests) are suspended until further notice.

  FEMA has made this request and I have confirmed the request
with the Federal Communications Commission.

  Each week, a copy of this email should be attached to your
EAS compliance log in lieu of the Required Weekly or Required
Monthly Test....

  This "suspension" does not apply to "activation" requests.
Activations should immediately be broadcast as required by FCC
rules and regulations.

  If you have any questions please email me at:
sandiego@1stconnect.com or call me at [(858) 274-0665].

  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego LECC EAS
  (Mon, 17 Sep 2001 14:22:43 -0400)

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  PERSONAL COMMENT FROM HAL WILLIAMS

  ....Add to [other shortcomings] that the EAS system was not
activated either in New York or Washington, and it does not take
much imagination to see that this system is designed for failure.

  Here is hoping that [this] chain of events will be a creative
force to re-think this whole EAS approach.

  This is my own thinking and does not reflect any opinion of
my employer.

  Hal Williams, Salem Communications
  (Sun, 16 Sep 2001 17:12:50 -0700)

  [Even though most of us are keenly aware of serious problems
in the EAS program, the system itself may yet be called upon to
relay timely, lifesaving information for southern California.
CGC suggests that you use this opportunity to hold an extra
training session with your operators; be sure they are ready
to patch through vital information if need be.  -Ed.]

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         WORLD TRADE CENTER AND PENTAGON LETTERS & NOTES
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  EDITOR'S NOTE

  CGC is moving away from broadcast recovery and fund raising
stories since there are many other newsletters better equipped
to handle that aspect.  Our sincere thanks to the many broad-
casters and manufacturers who provided us with information
during the early hours.  NY/Washington stories with local
connections or intriguing technical aspects are still welcome,
of course.

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  EYEWITNESS TO THE PENTAGON DISASTER

  Ric Tell, well known for his RFR work nationwide and a
resident of Las Vegas, was in a meeting at FCC headquarters
when news of the World Trade Center disaster hit:

  "We turned on a TV monitor in the room and immediately got
the news of what was happening.  By that time, the second plane
had just hit the second tower.  In disbelief, we just stood
speechless watching the monitor.  After a bit, I wandered over
to just stand and look out the big windows....  I saw a large
plane in a steep turn but thought it was just a plane taking off
from National, you almost look directly down the runway from the
(FCC building).  Moments later I was looking at the Pentagon and
then directly witnessed a giant fireball, perhaps about one-half,
or less, the diameter of the Pentagon.  This was the attack on
the Pentagon!  At this point, we began to wonder if we might
be next!"

  To see Ric's entire letter, visit:

  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/ 
  Then click on "Additional Postings,
  then click on the story dated 9/15/01.

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  WASHINGTON, D.C. TO CALIFORNIA BY CAR

  On Tuesday I was in Washington, DC working on the annual
medical teleconference.  It ended up being canceled on Wednesday
morning.  I was then faced with no way to get back to LA by air
since the airports were closed.  Fortunately, I had a Hertz Rent
a Car, so on Wednesday at noon I started to drive back to LA
(2835 miles extra when I arrived at LAX).

  I arrived Saturday afternoon after driving through Virginia,
Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and finally
California.  I wish that I had more time to see New Mexico and
Arizona.

  Howard Fine, SCFCC
  (Sun, 16 Sep 2001 21:14:49 -0700)

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  AT&T WORLD TRADE CENTER SWITCH REPORTEDLY SURVIVES

  "AT&T's local network switching equipment, which routes
telephone calls, was located in the basement of the World Trade
Center towers and survived the implosion of the buildings"
according to a Yahoo business story at the following URL:

  http://biz.yahoo.com/rf/010912/n12333517_1.html 

  "We were amazed" AT&T spokesman Dave Johnson is quoted as
saying.  "It was several stories under ground and all I can say
is that they must have built up that basement very sturdy."

  URL courtesy of Chip Morgan.  [CGC remains heavily skeptical
of the Yahoo report and was unable to verify the account by
visiting the newsroom at att.com.]

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                 OTHER LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  BILLBOARD COMMEMORATING TALL TOWERS

  Can I lighten the mood for a second?  Here's a picture that
I forgot I had on an archive page:

  http://www.privateline.com/dailynotes/index2.html 

  I'm wondering if other small towns in California or elsewhere
are so proud of their [towers] that they put up a sign board to
commemorate them?

  Tom Farley

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  THANK YOU

  I have been a subscriber for only a few months now.  I just
wanted to say how much I appreciate the diverse and more recently
poignant information that your newsletter has provided.  Thank
you so much for your fine efforts!

  Charles Dubé, Infinity Broadcasting, WTIC Radio Network

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC CALL SIGNS GRANTED

  There are no grants affecting our local area.

  (FCC Report #414)

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  FCC "APPS & ACTIONS" REPORTS TO RESUME SOON

  CGC will resume its reporting of local FCC applications
and actions in about a week.  A special "catch up" edition of
the CGC Communicator is planned to cover just those items.
Thanks for your patience.

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