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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #476

                   Friday,  September 21, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FINAL CALL FOR THE SCFCC MT. WILSON PICNIC

  Please join us at the Mt. Wilson gathering for broadcast
engineers on September 26th at 10 a.m., and RSVP Howard Fine
if you have not done so already:  howard@pactv.com 

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         WORLD TRADE CENTER AND PENTAGON LETTERS & NOTES
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  REVIEW THE OFFICIAL AT&T OUTAGE REPORT FOR NYC

  The following handwritten report filed by AT&T is an historic
document.  Telephone carriers are required to file major outage
reports with the FCC.  The referenced report was filed by AT&T -
the nation's largest telecom company - and conveys a particular
sense of urgency following the World Trade Center disaster.  Be
sure to reassemble the long URL into one continuous line:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Filings/Network_Outage/2001/reports/01-148.pdf 

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  REVIEW ALL OF THE NYC TELCO OUTAGE REPORTS

  Kent Kramer, Engineering Manager for KLYY, Los Angeles,
furnished the AT&T URL (above) and also pointed to other extensive
damage to the telco infrastructure in and around the WTC area.  He
said, "Looks like Verizon lost not only the switch in the WTC but
had damage to another one within a couple of blocks which in turn
took out several co-located telco facilities."  All of the recent
telco outage reports are indexed at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Filings/Network_Outage/2001/report.html 

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  INFORMATION REQUEST

  TV studio in So. CA needs connectivity to Richmond, CA
(Loral Sky net station) via terrestrial line (encoding is MPEG2).
I recommended a DS3 (45Mg) Private line.  Was told another 45Mg
private line, called "TV1," is available for broadcasters @ less
than typical Private line DS3 cost.

  Am not familiar with TV1.  Studio has quote from Vyvx (Williams
Comm).  Need explanation of "TV1" and need to learn about other
providers besides Williams, and how they stack up.

  Many thanks, John Schofield, telegod1@yahoo.com 

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  COMMENTS ON THE PERSONAL COMMENT FROM HAL WILLIAMS (CGC #474)

  Yes, it is time we rethink the EAS system to make sure that
IT WORKS; we need it to!

  Bob Malsbury

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  Hats off to Hal Williams to have the courage to say what
we are all thinking about the EAS system (that it is designed
for failure and that we need to rethink the whole approach)!

  Rick Hunt

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