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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #494

                   Wednesday,  January 9, 2002

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  DETAILS ON THE 27 MHZ OF SPECTRUM TRANSFERRED FROM
  GOVERNMENT TO NON-GOVERNMENT USE

  Last week, we mentioned the reallocation of 27 MHz of
spectrum (216-220, 1390-1395, 1427-1435, 1670-1675 and 2385-
2390 MHz) from federal government to non-government use.  The
details are now available in the following FCC Report & Order/
Memorandum Opinion & Order:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-382A1.doc 

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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  HIGH DEFINITION TV RECEPTION IN NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

  The North County Times is working on a story about HDTV,
and would like to talk to people who live in the North County and
own HDTVs.  If you fit that description and are willing to be
interviewed, please email the KPBS Director of Public Information,
Tammy Charnow, as soon as possible:

  tcharnow@kpbs.org 

  Doug Myrland, KPBS

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  COMMENT #1 ON XM SATELLITE RADIO

  As an owner and operator of my very own XM Satellite Radio
receiver, I can say that the audio quality is nowhere near CD
quality.  XM uses digital bit-rate reduction (compression) at
64kbps in stereo, which is pushed way beyond where IBOC is
destined to go.

  XM uses AAC+ licensed in the US from Dolby.  IBOC is proposed
to run at 96kbps pac.  Both algorithms are substantially better
than MP3, but not considered "transparent" (diff scale close to
5.0) until 128kbps.  MP3 was never considered "transparent"
at any bit-rate.

  As far as the actual sound of XM radio, the bit-reduction is
audible on most everything in my opinion, due to the low bit-rate
in use.

  Greg Ogonowski

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  COMMENT #2 ON XM

  I have been enjoying my Sony XM receiver for about a week.
Friday I took my Toyota to the car wash and put the mag mount
antenna in the trunk.  After the car wash I drove off and punched
the XM "on" button, and the radio came on with a clear signal.
Later I realized that the antenna was in the trunk (it's metal,
including the rear window package shelf).  My guess is that XM
won't need that repeater on Mt. Soledad.

  To my ears (not much hearing above 12K), the music channels
are equal to the sound out of the car CD player.  I think there
is less compression than the average Orban-driven FM station.
I enjoy a wide variety of musical types and that is where XM
Radio really shines.

  Sherman George, UCSD Media Center, La Jolla

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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FCC ASKS WLW AND POWER COMPANY TO CURE INTERFERENCE PROBLEM

  The FCC has written Cincinnati's WLW(AM) and the electric
utility serving that region to help resolve an unusual and
longstanding interference situation affecting local amateur
radio operators.  Sharon Bowers of the FCC's Consumer Information
Bureau recently wrote to Clear Channel-owned WLW, which broadcasts
on 700 kHz, and Cinergy Corp., citing numerous reports of
apparent spurious signals associated with the WLW transmissions
that have been monitored over a wide area and frequency range.

  ARRL Letter report via Dale ("Squeak") Porray

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  UNIDEN DEBUTS NEW APCO 25 DIGITAL SCANNER MODELS

  Uniden has unveiled its much-anticipated APCO 25 digital
scanner models, including base/mobile (BC785D) and handheld
(BC250D) units slated for distribution in late 2002.  For
a copy of the press release, contact:

  Jack Dobbs, bigaxw@pacbell.net 

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  EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - NORTHERN CAL TOWN CHOOSES HAM RADIO

  Ham radio started the year with some very positive public
exposure in the Los Angeles Times.  Worried that a disaster will
knock out e-mail and cell phones, Los Altos Hills has turned to
its local ham radio community to augment disaster communications.
And as you might expect, the hams are more than ready to help.

  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000000203jan01.story 

  Via Amateur Radio Newsline

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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  LOCAL CALL SIGN GRANT

  KMSX(FM), San Diego, to KMYI

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-218885A1.pdf 

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

  BPH-20011227AAK    KSEH  6666     ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
               E   94.5 MHZ               BRAWLEY, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPTT-20011228AAM  K59BM  43826  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-21         JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K59BM.
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  BPTT-20011228AAN  K57EV  43816  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-17                JOSHUA TREE, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K57EV.

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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BL-20011213ABQ     KPLS  50516     CRN LICENSES, LLC
               P   830 KHZ               ORANGE, CA

  Lic. to cover

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

  BPH-20011217AAH    KGBA   66640   THE VOICE OF INTERNATONAL
                                   CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM, INC.
              E    100.1 MHZ              HOLTVILLE, CA

  Minor change in licensed facilities
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