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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #492

                   Thursday, December 20, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC REQUESTS COMMENTS ON NRSC's DAB FINDINGS

  The FCC is seeking comments on the National Radio Systems
Committee (NRSC) Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) subcommittee's
report entitled, "Evaluation of the iBiquity Digital Corporation
IBOC System."  See CGC #490 for an overview of the report, and a
link to the report itself.

  Comment deadline: February 19, 2002
  Reply Comment Deadline:  March 21, 2002

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2001/db1219/da012932.doc 

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  REFARMING OF TV CHANNELS 52 TO 59

  The FCC has adopted allocation and service rules for 48 MHz
of spectrum in the 698-746 MHz band (the "Lower 700 MHz band")
currently occupied by television channels 52-59 in many markets.
This spectrum is being reclaimed for new commercial services as
part of the transition of television broadcasting from analog to
digital.

  One little problem:  The FCC has not adopted specific band
clearing rules.  Requests related to voluntary band clearing in
the Lower 700 MHz band will be considered on a case-by-case basis,
considering "all relevant public interest factors."

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-218377A1.doc 

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  NEW FCC MAIL ADDRESSES, AND A NEW FAX NUMBER

  Ordinary U.S. Postal Service mail to the FCC (including Express
and Priority Mail) should continue to be sent to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington, DC 20554 where it will presumably be routed to the
nearest decontamination facility (speculation on our part based on
a previous FCC announcement).  However, non-USPS hand-delivered
and messenger-delivered documents are to use two other addresses.
And the public may now fax general correspondence to the
Commission at (202) 418-0188.  The details reside at:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-2919A1.doc 

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  24 GHZ ACTION

  The Commission is amending its Part 15 rules to allow the
operation of fixed point-to-point transmitters in the 24.05 -
24.25 GHz band at field strengths of up to 2500 mV/m @ 3 meters.
Devices operating at these higher levels will be required to use
highly directional antennas to minimize the possibility of creating
harmful interference to other services in the band.  The FCC states
that, "This action will facilitate the introduction of a variety
of new, innovative products and services.... such as managing the
network traffic on a high-speed wireless Internet service or
connecting a multiple building intra-office network."

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-357A1.doc 

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  NEW EEO RULES PROPOSED

  The FCC has adopted a Second Notice of Proposed Rule Making
seeking comments on new equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules
for broadcast and cable, including multichannel video program
distributors (MVPDs).  The Commission reaffirmed its long-standing
anti-discrimination rule, and proposed to require a broad outreach
to all qualified job candidates for positions at radio, television
and cable companies.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-218378A1.doc 
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-218378A2.doc 

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  FCC SERVER CRASH

  Due to the crash of an FCC server, neither Broadcast
Applications nor Actions public notices were generated for
December 13, 2001.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-218388A1.doc 

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  FCC INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT

  The latest report of the FCC's Office of the Inspector General
contained very few items of intrigue.  One of the more colorful
incidents involved a person who allegedly used the name of an FCC
employee to obtain the government-rate for a hotel room in
conjunction with a government-sponsored event.  Turns out that
the suspect (a) was legitimately attending the event, (b) was
entitled to the government room rate and (c) just happened to
have the same name as the FCC employee.  Case dismissed.

  http://www.fcc.gov/oig/Semiannual093001-1101.pdf 

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  FCC CLOSED ON DECEMBER 24

  The President has declared December 24, 2001 a holiday for
Federal employees.  Accordingly, the Commission will be closed
to the public that day.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-218582A1.doc 

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  NEXT CGC COMMUNICATOR TO BE PUBLISHED IN TWO WEEKS

  The next CGC Communicator is scheduled to be published just
after New Year's Day.  Please accept our best wishes for a warm
and special Holiday Season.

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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  MT. WILSON SUV ACCIDENT - ICY ROADS

  Ralph Ortiz of Univision writes, "The roads at Mt. Wilson
are still Icy 12/18/01.  The (attached) photos were taken near
KCAL's transmitter site.

  "On Tuesday 12/18/01, a member of [a tower company] crew,
working on the new KMEX tower, was late for work.  With only 200
feet to parking he rounded the last turn, which he'd been doing
for months, and forgot the roads were icy.  The vehicle went over
the edge into the trees.  The trees saved him from a 100 foot
fall to the lower road.  He was uninjured and recovered his own
vehicle."

  Ralph's pictures follow, and underscore the need for extreme
caution when navigating the Mt. Wilson trails.

  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/carwreck.jpg 

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  XM SATELLITE RECEPTION PUT TO THE TEST

  I just completed a drive from San Diego to Madison, Wisconsin
and back using the XM Sony Plug and Play receiver.  The radio and
the quality of the audio were impressive.

  It was only in the narrowest of canyons that the satellite
signal faded away, and then only briefly.  I would have had better
results if I had the magnetic mount antenna mounted outside the
vehicle, but for portability I had it on the dash of the Ryder
truck.  Satellite acquisition seems almost instantaneous.  I've
had XM radio for about a month now.

  Ron Foo

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  SOFT PICTURES AND MPEG ARTIFACTS ON SATELLITE TV

  Jim Mendrala writes, "Is this my imagination or are the
pristine images that are being provided by the various networks
to the two DBS companies, DirecTV and Dish.... being degraded
to VHS quality" to save data bits?  He believes the answer is
"yes," and provides evidence in his long-form letter.

  Although Jim begins by discussing the virtues of StarBand
(Dish Network's satellite-based high speed Internet service),
the second half of his letter concentrates on the dramatic loss
of quality on (in particular) Dish Network's TV signals.  He
asks, "What ever happened to true broadcast quality?"  See:

  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/ 
  Click on Additional Postings
  Click on the 12/17/01 item.

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BNPTTL-20000831CDM  NEW  130067  EQUITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                E   CHAN-28                 BARSTOW, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 12/10/2001

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

  BLED-20011019AAN   KLVJ  49854   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
              E   100.1 MHZ               JULIAN, CA

  Lic. to cover

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

  BPFT-20011205ABH   K216DW  88469   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                P   91.1 MHZ              CATHEDRAL CITY, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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

  BPFT-20011205ABH   K216DW  88469  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                P   91.1 MHZ             CATHEDRAL CITY, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION

  BPFT-19990623TC  K205EP  93751   LIVING WAY MINISTRIES, INC.
              P   88.9 MHZ          LA CANADA,FLINTRIDGE, CA

  CP NEW STN:  PRIMARY STATION KTLW;
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 11/15/99
  APPLICATION IS DISMISSED, PETITION TO DENY IS DISMISSED AS MOOT
  PER STAFF LETTER. 12/11/2000.
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 1/16/2001 PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  IS GRANTED 11/30/2001, APPLICATION IS REINSTATED NUNC PRO TUNC
  TO PENDING 11/30/2001.
  APPLICATION IS GRANTED.... 11/30/2001. (NO STAFF LETTER SENT)
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 12/10/2001

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