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                                        THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                                                        CGC #498

                                              Friday, February 1, 2002

                                         Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

                    Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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NEW FCC FORM: APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME
TO CONSTRUCT A DTV STATION

New FCC Form 337 (Application for Extension of Time to
Construct a Digital Television Broadcast Station, commercial
and non-commercial) has been approved by the Office of Management
and Budget and is now available for use. The Commission will
begin accepting the new form on February 17, 2002.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-216A1.doc

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EXTENSION OF TIME GRANTED FOR COMMENTS ON GROUP OWNERSHIP
OF RADIO STATIONS

The deadlines in the above-captioned matter have been
extended as follows:

Comments: March 13, 2002

Reply Comments: April 10, 2002

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-156A1.doc

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SYNOPSIS OF FCC RULE VIOLATIONS (BROADCAST)

The FCC has issued a list of "actions taken" by its Enforcement
Bureau during the period of December 1 to December 31, 2001. Aside
from the normal citations for EAS and tower violations - including
antenna structure registration, posting of the registration numbers
and painting and lighting issues - the following more obscure rule
violations surfaced (FCC Rule section numbers in parenthesis).
How does your station stack up on these compliance issues?

Determination of Operating Power (73.267 & 73.1560)

Availability of Station Logs & Records (73.1226)

Posting of Station Licenses (73.1230)

Chief Operator Issues (73.1870)

AM Directional Monitoring Points (73.158)

Tower Fencing (73.49)

Equipment Performance Measurement Results (73.1590)

RFR Exposure Issues (1.1310)

Carrier Frequency Departure Tolerances (73.1545)

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-197A1.doc


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LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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TOWER FALLS IN THE VICINITY OF TUCSON, AZ

Radio station KEVT(AM) in Cortaro, AZ, lost one if its four
towers on 1/27/02. The initial indication is that there was no
foul play. The tower, built in the early 1990s, appears to have
had a failure in one of its guy anchors. The metal anchor,
embedded in a large concrete block, appears to have simply pulled
out of the concrete. The metal anchors have cross-bars welded
across them to ensure they are retained in the concrete and don't
pull out. It has not yet been determined whether rust, corrosion,
or a failure in the cross-bar weld was the cause of the collapse.

Robert Malsbury, robert.malsbury@citcomm.com


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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89.9 MHZ TRANSLATOR ACTIVATED IN SAN DIEGO

KCRW from Santa Monica has launched a station in Lemon Grove.
Officially it's a "translator" or repeater of [their] main signal.
The call letters are K210CL.... [Reportedly] the station can be
heard in several cities east of San Diego (re LARadio).

Chris Carmichael

(According to the FCC's CDBS database, the KCRW translator is
located atop San Miguel Mountain and uses a directional antenna
aimed at 240 degrees true (southwest) with a 6 dB beamwidth of
about +/- 40 degrees. The maximum ERP is 1-watt and circular
polarization is used. -Ed.)

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CONFERENCE CALLS VIA THE INTERNET

I'm curious as to whether any of the readers of this
newsletter have used the internet for a voice or text conference
with 6 to 12 participants. If so, what software was involved?
Was it available for both Mac and PC? If a third party was
involved in setting up the conference, how much did that cost?

Roy Trumbull, rtrumbull@bay.csuhayward.edu

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TIDY UP THE TOWER

A few years ago, we had problems with a normally quiet
[satellite] receive-only site as did several other dish users
at the same location. We were near a tower with several FM
antennas on it and old pieces of transmission line and waveguide
hadn't been removed. When there was enough wind, they would wave
back and forth and the induced RF from the FM stations was
sufficient to make them arc to the tower leg. That would take
out a range of transponders on several birds.

Roy Trumbull, rtrumbull@bay.csuhayward.edu

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XM COMMENT #13

In reply to XM Comment #11: Fred, "Don't bet your ranch" on
the public going back to conventional radio after playing with
the XM toy. I haven't even scratched the surface of what XM is
offering me.... I spend most of my time between five channels.

On a rare occasion I jump over to what used to be my favorite
(conventional radio) station to see what they are playing - most
of the time hit talk or a commercial, and happily bounce right
back to XM. Try it, Fred, you might get hooked like I did.

Helen Jones

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XM COMMENT #14

Regarding XM quality and the consumer market place, I would
point out that without a doubt, Beta was a superior technology
to VHS. Other than me, who still has a Betamax?

Bill Hayes

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THE MAN WHO GOT ME STARTED

(Extracts from a long letter)

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Jack Guyer. Jack gave
me my start in this interesting business [by installing] these
new fangled cellular phones - new in May of 1984. It was Jack,
two salesmen, and me. He was a good boss.

Now they call me a senior RF engineer in the wireless business,
working for an international consulting firm, and on a contract
job in China.... It's been a long and interesting road, and Jack
[started me along my professional path].

Mark van der Hoek, Wireless Facilities, Inc.,
captainhoek@postmark.net


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MISCELLANEOUS
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WACOM SELLS TO TX RX

TX RX Systems has purchased Wacom. According to word over
the VHF Reflector, the current factory is to be shuttered and
manufacturing of Wacom products is to be transferred to the
TX RX facility. TX RX has promised to continue the Wacom line.

(VHF Reflector via Amateur Radio Newsline #1276)


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LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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LPTV/XLATOR CONSTRUCTION PERMITS PROPOSED

The FCC has proposed granting the following LPTV/TV Translator
Construction Permits. Petitions to Deny (if any) must be filed
in the near future, see the URL below for details:

Channel 16
BPTT - JG0601DH K63CG TWENTYNINE PALMS, ETC
COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70

Channel 21
BPTT - JG0601DE K60AY MORONGO VALLEY
COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70

Channel 30
BPTT - JG0601DD K64AU MORONGO VALLEY
COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-219442A1.doc

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TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
AMENDMENT RECEIVED

BNPTTL-20000807AEP NEW 125290 LAURIE MINTZ
E CHAN-20 BARSTOW, CA

Engineering Amendment filed 01/22/2002

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

BPTVL-20010122ABE K06MB 51654 PARK PLACE BROADCASTING COMPANY
E CHAN-6 INDIO, CA

Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K06MB.
Dismissed - Request of Applicant.

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TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
AMENDMENT RECEIVED

BPTVL-20020109AAW K06MB 51654 PARK PLACE BROADCASTING COMPANY
E CHAN-6 INDIO, CA

Engineering Amendment filed 01/24/2002

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DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

BPCDT-19991028ACX KHIZ 63865 SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
E CHAN-44 BARSTOW, CA

Engineering Amendment filed 01/28/2002

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AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
FACILITY GRANTED

BP-20010814AAT KYPA 18273 MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING..
E 1230 KHZ LOS ANGELES, CA

Minor change in licensed facilities

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AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

BP-20011031AAJ KRLA 61267 NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING COMPANY
E 870 KHZ GLENDALE, CA

Engineering Amendment filed 01/22/2002

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AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BZ-20020118ABB KBLA 34385 RADIO UNICA OF LOS ANGELES LICENSE..
P 1580 KHZ SANTA MONICA, CA

Direct Measurement

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AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BL-20020111ABD KFOX 87242 CHAGAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
P 1650 KHZ TORRANCE, CA

Lic. to cover

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FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BLFT-20020122AAL K220IF 121962 EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
E 91.9 MHZ BARSTOW, CA

Lic. to cover

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FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED

BLH-20011031AAX KIOZ 13504 CITICASTERS LICENSES, INC.
E 105.3 MHZ SAN DIEGO, CA

Lic. to cover

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FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
PERMIT GRANTED

BXPH-20011018AFB KSSE 58809 ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
E 97.5 MHZ RIVERSIDE, CA

CP for auxiliary purposes


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