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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #493

                    Thursday, January 3, 2002

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  BROADBAND COMING TO AIRLINE PASSENGERS AND CREWS

  The FCC has authorized The Boeing Company to operate up to
800 technically identical transmit and receive "mobile earth
stations" aboard aircraft in the 11.7-12.2 and 14.0-14.5 GHz
bands - this to provide broadband communications via satellite
for passengers and flight crews.  Communications will be via
the Telstar 6 satellite.

  Broadband for the common man will undoubtedly be one of
the hallmarks of the 21st century.  The call sign for Boeing's
innovative service is E000723.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-3008A1.doc 

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  FCC ALLOCATES ADDITIONAL SPECTRUM FOR NEW WIRELESS SERVICES

  The FCC is reallocating 27 MHz of spectrum - transferred
from Federal Government use - for new flexible services.  The
reallocated spectrum is 216-220, 1390-1395, 1427-1435, 1670-1675
and 2385-2390 MHz.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-218837A1.doc 

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  COMMENTS INVITED ON PROPOSED SATELLITE TV MERGER

  Should EchoStar and DirecTV be allowed to merge, creating
a monopoly in the satellite-to-home TV industry?

  Comments (and Petitions to Deny, if any) are due at the FCC
on February 4, 2002.  The Reply deadline is set for February 25,
2002.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-3005A1.doc 

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  CALLERS TO FCC CONSUMER CENTER ARE GREETED BY AN AUTOMATON

  People calling the FCC consumer center (1-888-CALL-FCC) are
now being greeted by an automated response system with touch tone
options providing prerecorded answers to common questions, in
English and Spanish.

  For those with uncommon questions, the automated snarl may be
avoided by dialing "0" during regular business hours (8:00 AM -
5:30 PM eastern time Mon-Fri).  Zero should connect you with a
human being - still the best computer around - provided the call
center is not being flooded with other incoming calls at the time.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-218659A1.doc 

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  NPRM LOOKS TOWARD ALLOWING GPS DATA TO BE SENT VIA FRS

  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
looking toward allowing Family Radio Service (FRS) radios to
transmit Global Positioning System (GPS) location information in
addition to voice communications.  Specifically, "(GPS) digital
data transmissions shall not exceed one second, must be initiated
by a manual key press, and shall be limited to no more than one
digital transmission within a ten-second period."  Comments to
the Commission are invited.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-366A1.doc 

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               XM SATELLITE RADIO -  SPECIAL FEATURE
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  COMMENTS ON XM SATELLITE RADIO

  A number of CGC Communicator readers have commented on the XM
Satellite Radio rollout, and a synopsis of their remarks follows.
Selected quotations from readers are appropriately noted:

  * Engineering excellence:  Grade A

    XM Radio is a noise-free, high-fidelity, receive-almost-
    anywhere service.  The XM satellites are said to be 30-40
    times more powerful than direct-to-home TV satellites, making
    reception on small omni-directional antennas possible.


  * Ease of receiver installation:  Grade C

    "Installing the radio is sort of a Heathkit do-it-
    yourself adventure, and I've seen very few XM antennas
    on the road."  This will undoubtedly change as XM (and
    Sirius) receivers are built into cars and trucks, and
    stand-alone home receivers are introduced.

  * Receiver Design (Sony):  Grade B

    The Sony Plug & Play receiver has a DC fan, the noise of
    which is covered by ambient car noise, but the racket is
    said to be "totally unacceptable" for indoor applications.

  * Promotion of the service:  Grade D-

    "They [XM] have done a lousy job in promoting their
    product.  They did tons of cute commercials but didn't
    give any information on how, when, where, phone number...
    nothing of substance."  Their billboards are equally
    disappointing; "the writer should take Advertising 101."

  * Sound quality and ease of listening:  Grade A

    The audio is true CD quality with wide dynamic range,
    thanks to the lack of audio compression.  In addition,
    there are 30 commercial-free music channels.  XM is
    "radio that is once again fun to listen to, and possible
    to listen to for long periods of time."  One former radio
    GM adds, "I never turn on my [AM & FM] radio anymore."

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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  ENFORCEMENT BUREAU - LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN

  Of the actions taken by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau in
November 2001, the following local item caught our eye:

  Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules violation - equipment
operational readiness issue.  Notice of Apparent Liability for
$10,000 issued by the San Diego FCC field office to Navajo
Broadcasting Company, Inc., KDJI(AM) & KZUA(FM), Holbrook, AZ.

  Bottom line:  Keep your EAS equipment well oiled, and your
operators thoroughly trained - not just to avoid a fine, but
because the equipment can be vital in the event of a local or
national emergency.  Despite the many criticisms and obvious
shortcomings of EAS, don't sell the system short.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-01-2948A1.pdf 

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  MANNY MELLO, DECEASED

  Manny Mello passed away 12/27/2001 after battling cancer.
Manny built many telecommunication sites in the southwest US and
was prominent in the repair and control of roads and gates to
many of the local (radio) sites for the past 30 years.

  John MacFarlane

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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  EXPERIENCED RADIO ENGINEER AVAILABLE NOW

  Broadcast Engineer with 45 years experience looking for
either full time or contract work in the San Diego and so. Cal
areas:

  Dick Warren, (858) 279-0759

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  TV EDITING JOB OPEN

  Small TV station with studios in Santa Maria has an opening
for a technically-savvy person to do camera production and NLE
(non-linear editing), and oversee editing and play-to-air
operation.  Bilingual (English/Spanish) would be helpful.

  Contact KIDIKTAP@aol.com 

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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR JANUARY 8

  Please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, at 11:30AM for the
Los Angeles SBE Meeting.  This month's meeting will be sponsored
by SCMS Inc. and Wheatstone Corp.  Lunch will be provided,
followed by a presentation on the new Wheatstone digital router,
and digital console.  The meeting will take place at the Burbank
Holiday Inn, at 150 East Angelino Ave.  Please RSVP with me at
dgtharp@aol.com or 866-673-9267.

  Doug Tharp

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  DEGRADED PICTURE QUALITY ON SATELLITE TV

  Regarding degraded Dish Network picture quality, see:

http://dbsforums.com/cgi-bin/forumdisplay.cgi?action=topics&forum=General+Information+Forum&number=1&DaysPrune=2&LastLogin= 

  Dave Rickmers

  [The promise of digital clarity has been compromised by the
advent of various video compression schemes, to the point where
over-the-air analog reception may once again become competitive
for local television reception.   - Ed.]

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  BEST WISHES FOR 2002!

  Sometimes informal notes from readers convey the most
meaning, like this one from Ken Orchard who had asked his wife
Millie what gifts she remembered from years past.  The one that
really stood out was the ham radio Gonset 6-meter receiver and
transmitter.  He added, "That was Christmas 1958.  We are still
married all these years.  Where the ham box went, I don't know."

  It is great to see that Ken & Millie have their priorities
straight.  And may each of you have the best health, happiness
and success in 2002!   - Ed.

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLTT-20011203AMO  K31FE  51366  PALO VERDE VALLEY TV CLUB,INC.
               E   CHAN-31                BLYTHE, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601IZ,
  callsign K31FE.

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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BXLH-20011121AAP    KWXY-FM  24253  GLEN BARNETT, INC.
                 E   98.5 MHZ         CATHEDRAL CITY, CA

  License to cover auxiliary permit.

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY OPPOSITION

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

  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Objection of RM B/G LLC to request for waiver filed 10/29/2001
  Opposition to Informal Objection filed 12/13/2001 by (LAZER)

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPCT-20011217ABM   KVEA  19783   ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   CHAN-52                CORONA, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVEA.

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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLET-20011221ABG  KPBS  6124 BD. OF TRUSTEES FOR SAN DIEGO UNIV.
              E   CHAN-15                SAN DIEGO, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPET-20000526ABT,
  callsign KPBS.

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

  BPTT-19980601NR K49GN  13455 COMMUNITY TV OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
             P   CHAN-49                VICTORVILLE, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 47
  TO CHANNEL 49; TPO: .081 KILOWATTS; ERP: .964 KILOWATTS AND
  OFFSET: MINUS. (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED

  BPED-19990719MA    990719MA  93871   CSN INTERNATIONAL
                 P   89.3 MHZ            WESTWOOD, CA

  CP FOR NEW NCE STATION
  Dismissed by letter dated 12/20/2001 per applicant's request.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED

  BZ-20010828ABG     KLTX  58625     HI-FAVOR BROADCASTING, LLC
               P   1390 KHZ                LONG BEACH, CA

  Direct Measurement
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