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                                   THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                                                   CGC #499

                                    Wednesday, February 6, 2002

                                  Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

              Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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JIM ZOULEK RETIRES FROM THE LOS ANGELES FCC FIELD OFFICE

Jim Zoulek, until recently District Director for the Los
Angeles FCC Field Office, has retired after 34 years of service
to the Commission, all in the L.A. Office. The new District
Director is Catherine Deaton.

Many of us who have had occasion to work with Jim through the
years will miss his presence, and we wish him well in retirement.

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FCC ACTING SECRETARY APPOINTED: WILLIAM F. CATON

Mr. Caton has been named Acting Secretary of the FCC
effective immediately, following the departure of Magalie Roman
Salas.

Mr. Caton began his career with the FCC in 1983. Since 1984,
he has served in the Office of the Secretary, holding the
positions of Assistant Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Acting
Secretary.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-219648A1.doc

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FREEZE ON AM EXPANDED BAND MAJOR CHANGE APPLICATIONS

The Mass Media Bureau has imposed a freeze on the acceptance
of applications for major changes in authorized AM expanded band
stations (1610 - 1700 kHz). Minor change applications will
continue to be accepted under established first-come, first-
served filing procedures.

The freeze will provide the FCC an opportunity to study
novel and complex AM expanded band licensing issues, including
protection standards, facility classes, and eligibility
requirements. The Commission is also concerned that the continued
acceptance of AM expanded band applications that specify new
communities of license and propose relocating facilities
substantial distances may be limiting opportunities for additional
expanded band stations.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-239A1.doc

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FCC INVITES COMMENTS ON THE USE OF SATELLITE EARTH STATIONS
ON BOARD VESSELS

The key questions are: Should frequency sharing with fixed
stations be allowed and, if so, under what circumstances to avoid
interference to the fixed operations? Obviously, this is a
complex proceeding.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-18A1.doc

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COMMENTS INVITED ON CINGULAR WIRELESS' WAIVER REQUEST
TO USE DUAL POLARIZATION ANTENNAS

FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau seeks, by 2/11/02,
comments on the Petition for Waiver filed by Cingular Wireless.
Cingular requests a waiver of FCC Rule 22.367(a)(4) which
requires cell sites to use vertical polarization. Instead,
Cingular proposes to use diversity (dual-polarization) antennas,
presumably to enhance communications with randomly polarized cell
phones. The proponent claims that favorable action on its waiver
request will not present significant interference concerns to
UHF television frequencies.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-240A1.doc


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MISCELLANEOUS
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SOLAR MAXIMUM PEAKS TWICE

Amateur radio operators and others are enjoying a bonus this
year: Enhanced propagation thanks to a second peak in the sunspot
cycle. The sunspot count (which promotes high frequency "skip")
has generally been declining since its peak in 2000. Now, however,
NASA solar observers say that it looks as if Solar Max is back
with us again.

According to one researcher, there is a widespread miscon-
ception that solar activity cycles every eleven years in a pure
sinusoidal fashion. In fact, solar activity is somewhat chaotic,
and there can be more than one sunspot peak in any given eleven
year period.

Adapted from Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1277


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LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
ACCEPTED FOR FILING

BZ-20020111ABF KWKW 38454 LOTUS COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
P 1330 KHZ LOS ANGELES, CA

Direct Measurement

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TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED

BNPTVL-20000818ACP NEW 125846 GULF-CALIFORNIA B/C COMPANY
P CHAN-10 PALM SPRINGS, CA

Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
on channel 10, Effective Rated Power 3.0.... Dismissed -
Settlement Agreement.

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BNPTTL-20000830BTP NEW 131308 TELECOM WIRELESS, LLC.
P CHAN-34 EL CENTRO, CA

Construction permit for a new station for EL CENTRO, CA on
channel 34, Effective Rated Power 10.0.... Dismissed -
Settlement Agreement.

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BNPTTL-20000831AKM NEW 127763 KM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
P CHAN-34 EL CENTRO, CA

Construction permit for a new station for EL CENTRO, CA on
channel 34, Effective Rated Power 10.0.... Dismissed -
Settlement Agreement.

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