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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            
                            CGC #497
 
                   Thursday,  January 24, 2002
                           
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                              
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  REORGANIZATION AT THE FCC

  The FCC has approved a plan for another internal 
reorganization, and will establish the Media, Wireline 
Competition, and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureaus.

  The International Bureau will be realigned and the Enforcement
Bureau will handle common carrier audit functions (among other 
things).  These changes are subject to Congressional notification
before they become effective.  See the details at:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-219283A1.doc

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  EDMOND J. THOMAS TO BE APPOINTED CHIEF OF OET

  FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell has announced that Edmond J.
Thomas will be appointed as the Chief of the FCC’s Office of
Engineering and Technology (OET).

  Mr. Thomas brings over thirty-five years of management
experience in engineering and technology to the Commission.
He formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer of a subsidiary
of Philips Electronics.  He has also served in several senior
positions in Bell Atlantic/NYNEX and AT&T.  Mr. Thomas received
a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pace University.
He also holds both a Masters of Science degree and Bachelors of
Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer
Polytechnic University.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-219271A1.doc

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  REPORT & ORDER ON THE REFARMING OF TV CHANNELS 52-59

  This is the "full enchilada" report, complimenting the FCC 
press release cited in CGC #492:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-364A1.doc


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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  MORE ON THE UL STORY

  In reply to the letter entitled "No UL Rating Could Cause
Insurance Problems" (CGC #495) there are several aspects to "UL"
labeling.  The first is that they are NOT the only 'show' in town.
As just one example, the City of LA has its own labs that are as
well accepted as the UL.

  Second, one must also ask, "Does UL rate these devices?"  In
a number of instances, they do NOT, or the Real Listing is for a
power supply and not the balance of the equipment.

 A.R. Ogden [a Very Retired Sr. Inspector.], arog@gte.net

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  REGARDING THE MYSTERIOUS SATELLITE LINK HITS AT KUSC(FM)

  ....We have several digital links, which have been rock solid
for years, now failing due to what appears to be some type of
interference.  This interference comes and goes, and is enough
to take out the digital links for a couple of hours or more,
several times a day.  Received signal strength remains unchanged.
We have watched the receive signals with a spectrum analyzer but
haven't been able to see anything....

  Markets we have seen affected include Beaumont, TX, Texarkana,
TX, and Tyler, TX.  The only solution we have found has been to 
replace the equipment with analog units.

  Wayne Blackwelder, wayne@broadcastworks.com

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  CORRECTION ON THE MICROMAX CART MACHINE E-MAIL ADDRESS

  I entered the wrong e-mail address for help with Micromax
Cart Machines and parts (see CGC #496).  The correct e-mail
address should be: 

  rjagminas@cbs.com

  Sorry for the mistake.

  Romie Jagminas

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  MAX ELLIOTT AND JACK GUYER (N6MDA) PASS AWAY

  The aforementioned land-mobile radio engineers, both prominent
and well respected in their fields, are now deceased, as reported
by Gary Gray of Orange County Communications in a long-form letter
dated January 16.  Max Elliott is said to have "installed the
first radio transmitter owned and operated by the County of
Orange, California, for the County, its cities, and California
Highway Patrol and California Division of Forestry units in Orange
County."  For the complete posting:

  Visit http://www.bext.com/_CGC/
  Click on "Additional Postings"
  Click on "MAX ELLIOTT AND JACK GUYER PASS AWAY"

  Please be patient if there is some delay in obtaining the
posting this week.  It should be available soon.

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  XM COMMENT #9

  ....Being CD quality doesn't make the song a good song if
it's a bad selection...this is what is so great about XM....
if a [bad] song comes up, I push a button to another channel
until it's over, then go back if that's my favorite channel.
I'm hearing songs I have not heard in years....

  Helen Jones [former radio station GM]

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  XM COMMENT #10

  I may have a different perspective on XM's sound quality.
Since a lot of us in radio are forced to engage in loudness wars,
we greatly compromise the sound of our stations.  We often fatigue
our listeners in the name of cume, knowing full-well they won't
stay long enough to enjoy the programming.  Processing for TSL
just isn't competitive in most formats.

  Because of this, radio listeners are bound to notice the
improvement of XM over FM.  Should we not remove the plank from
our own eye before plucking the splinter from our brother's?

  Jeremy Preece

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  XM COMMENT #11

  While many of us in the technical field are debating the
merits of XM's audio, let us not forget that "beauty is in the
eye of the beholder."  I've met people who think CDs have
artifacts, but more [true] to life have been the folks that feel
stereo TV audio and decently designed AM stations have good
fidelity.  The American public is a finicky consumer.  After the
initial "playing with the new toy," I suspect there will be a
percentage of the public moving back to conventional radio.

  Fred Vobbe

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  XM COMMENT #12

  Watch out for the fan noise inside Sony's XM receiver.
It's covered by car noise when driving around, but it's a killer
in a quiet room at home.  I've heard my friend's XM.  I know.

  Jose Martinez

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  HAM RADIO ANTENNA RESTRICTIONS "HOW TO" CHART

  The ARRL Regulatory Information Branch has made available
a "triage center" of sorts for amateurs facing the prospect of
dealing with various roadblocks to erecting an antenna system
at their residence.  The new Antenna Restrictions "How To" Chart
offers three separate outlines that help users to logically work
through issues involving local government zoning restrictions,
deed covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), or rental/
lease restrictions relating to antenna structures.

http://www.ARRL.org/FandES/field/regulations/ant-how-to-charts.html


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

  KJQY(FM), Carlsbad, to KOCL
  KSZZ(AM), San Bernardino, to KRLH

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-219141A1.pdf

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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE FOR AN AUXILIARY
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BXMLH-20020116AAL   KSEH  6666     ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   94.5 MHZ               BRAWLEY, CA

  Mod of license for auxiliary purposes.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED

  BLTVL-20011030AAD   KYAV-LP  2961   JDF INVESTMENT COMPANY LLC
                  E   CHAN-12             PALM SPRINGS, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20010627ABX,
  callsign KYAV-LP.

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED

  BMPTTL-JG0601JD  KNLA-LP  72270  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP,LLC
               P   CHAN-67                LOS ANGELES, CA

  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TO CHANGE CHANNEL 68
  TO CHANNEL 67; TPO: .358 KILOWATTS AND ERP: 1.58 KILOWATTS.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)

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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BMJPTTL-20000821AHL KVES-LP  51659  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  P   CHAN-28              PALM SPRINGS, CA

  Engineering Amendment filed 12/26/2001

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

  BLTTL-20020115AAE   K63EN  11608    CIVIC LIGHT, INC.
                 E   CHAN-63           SAN DIEGO, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20001218ACH,
  callsign K63EN.
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  BLTT-20011226AAL    K54DN  67901  TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                 E   CHAN-26               LANCASTER, CA

  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20010803AAO,
  callsign K54DN.

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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION

  BMPFT-20010803AAG  K204DY  93930 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
                P   89.1 MHZ             LAKE ELSINORE, CA

  Mod of CP.
  PETITION FOR RECON FILED 10/22/01.
  LETTER SURRENDERING CP (BMPFT-20010803AAG) FILED 11/6/01.
  BY STAFF LETTER DATED 1/17/2002, MODIFICATION OF CP FOR K206DE
  IS CANCELLED, PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 10/22/01 IS
  DISMISSED AS MOOT, CALLSIGN K206DE IS RETURNED TO INITIAL
  CALLSIGN K204DY, AND INITIAL GRANTED CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  BPFT-19990727TB REMAINS IN EFFECT WITH EXPIRATION DATE OF
  3/29/2003.


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