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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #479

                    Tuesday,  October 2, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  OVERVIEW

  There being virtually no FCC/broadcast news of nationwide
interest, we turn to a number of ancillary issues.  One item is
that our office is now 100% caught up on its emergency project
for New York City; many thanks to CGC Communicator readers who
offered assistance during this critical period of time.

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                            EAS CENTRAL
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  EAS TESTS TO RESUME

  The moratorium on RMT and RWT EAS tests expires today,
October 2, and no extensions of the moratorium are in the
works as far as we know.  Periodic testing must now resume.

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  EAS PROBLEM HELP

  Here is how to contact the folks at TFT and SAGE who can
help diagnose strange or difficult EAS problems:

  Darryl Parker (TFT): 408-943-9323 x215, DParker@TFTInc.com 

  Harold Price (SAGE): 724-942-1085*

  * Harold's number is only for truly strange and unusual
technical phenomena.  Harris has the first-level technical
support team, and they can be reached at 513-459-3503.

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  AN EMERGENCY NEWS NETWORK?

  "Some years ago while the EBS was being reworked, there was
an idea to create an emergency news network for situations which
in my view would have been useful on 9/11."

  Larry Hart, Culver City, CA

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  In reply, Richard Rudman reminds us that such a system exists
already:  It is the California State Office of Emergency Services
("OES") information product called "EDIS," the web incarnation
of which may be viewed at:

  http://www.edis.ca.gov/ 

  EDIS can also be delivered over-the-air to anyone in ASCII with
a scanner and an AX.25 packet modem.  Richard concludes: "We badly
need to let more of the world in on what EDIS can do," and he
thanks Mr. Hart for his inquiry.

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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  MT. WILSON PICNIC PICTURES AND MEETING NOTES

  Hats off to Steve Blodgett for preparing an excellent
"htmlified" version of the Mt. Wilson engineers' picnic:

  http://steveblodgett.com/scfccxmas.html 

  Click on any photo for an instant enlargement.  As Steve
put it, "We have a lot to be thankful about as we find ourselves
still productive and well, remembering those who lost their lives
in New York on September 11th."  Well said.

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  CHARA (MT. WILSON) TELESCOPE ARRAY ACHIEVES MILESTONE

  Two weeks ago, astronomer's at Mt. Wilson's CHARA telescope
array achieved a significant milestone by combining light from
two of their telescopes to create a stable image from those
beams.  Optical combining has been done many times before on
Mt. Wilson and elsewhere, but this time the telescopes were
separated by 330 meters (considered far for optical combining).
The CHARA array consists of six-telescopes that are slated to
begin routine operation next year as a phased optical array,
offering high resolution images.

  http://www.skypub.com/news/news.shtml#chara 

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  L.A. COUNTY:  WHY NOT TAX SPACE SATELLITES?

  The County of Los Angeles has asked the State Board of
Equalization if L.A. could tax satellites in outer space.  After
all, if L.A. can tax boats, construction equipment and other
moveable equipment, why not satellites?  The far-out concept
came up when the County's tax assessor was doing a routine audit
of Hughes Electronics, the $7 billion company that owns DirecTV,
the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster.

  The Board of Equalization shot down the assessor's brainstorm
in a 5-0 vote this summer.  Property that is taxed usually gets
something in return, like fire protection, and that would be a
bit of a stretch with an orbiting satellite.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000056844jul11.story 
  and
http://www.forbes.com/technology/communication/2001/07/18/0718satellite.html 

  (URLs courtesy of Mark G. van der Hoek.)

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  STOLEN CAR

  Be on the lookout for a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport, stolen
Friday from the FCC/San Diego parking lot.  It belongs to
June Butler!  Color: greenish-blue.  License: 4 GZL 274.

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  REFLECTIONS ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER

  Following is a simple web page with three photos and a
number of facts about the overall FM & TV picture in NYC.
It's worth a few minutes to review (URL courtesy of N6ZXJ
and WA6ITF):

  http://world.std.com/~fybush/site-010912.html 

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  CHECK YOUR E-MAIL VIA THE WEB

  The following web site has been given strong positive local
reviews for allowing folks to check their e-mail accounts from
any web terminal:

  http://www.mail2web.com/ 

  Be sure to click the "secure login" option so the communi-
cation will be encrypted (a shortcoming noted with some other
web-based e-mail checkers).

  (Thanks to Rod Dinkins, AC6V, for the tips.)

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  ED CLEGG PASSES AWAY

  Edward T. "Ed" Clegg, W8LOY, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died
September 7 at the age of 80.  An ARRL member and a New
Jersey native, Clegg was founder of Clegg Communications Corp.,
one of the early and popular amateur VHF radio manufacturers.
Among his designs were the Clegg Zeuss transmitter and companion
Interceptor receiver, the Clegg 99er 6-meter rig and the AV-44
All Bander receiving converter.

  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/01/0928/ 

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  AUSTRALIAN MAN PATENTS THE WHEEL

  Australians, complaining that the cost of obtaining a patent
was too high, had their patent system revamped to do away with
patent attorneys and examiners.  Now, anyone can prepare a patent
application and the patent office will essentially rubber stamp
it.  If there is ever a dispute about a claim, the matter goes
to court.

  Within days of the new liberalized patent rules going into
effect, freelance patent attorney John Keogh was issued with an
Innovation Patent for a "circular transportation facilitation
device," but he said he has no immediate plans to patent fire,
crop rotation or other fundamental advances in civilization.

  Read the entire hilarious (but true) account at:

  http://www.theage.com.au/news/state/2001/07/02/FFX0ADFPLOC.html 

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

  None in our area.

  FCC Report #415

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLFT-20010921AAE  K202DM    20525    FAITH COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
               P   88.1 MHZ                   BARSTOW, CA

  Lic. to cover

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTT-20010907AAM  K66BM  68071   TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK...
               E   CHAN-66               PALM SPRINGS, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20010123AAF,
  callsign K66BM.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE GRANTED

  BAL-20010910AAE     KPRO  50281     OLIVE L. SHERBAN
                E   1570 KHZ           RIVERSIDE, CA

  Involuntary Assignment of License
  From: OLIVE L. SHERBAN, DECEASED
  To: LARRY S. LAPICA, EXECUTOR
  Form 316

  (This item will be of special interest to those who knew
  Ollie Sherban personally.  The industry has lost a fine and
  talented person.  -Ed.)

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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED

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

  CP for auxiliary purposes

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

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

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSMV-LP.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPH-20010925AAN   KXRS  36829   LAZER BROADCASTING CORPORATION
             E   105.7 MHZ                 HEMET, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED

  BMLH-20010619AAJ  KUNA-FM  52182  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                E   96.7 MHZ                LA QUINTA, CA

  Lic. to modify

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