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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #500
                  Wednesday,  February 13, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  TRACES OF ANTHRAX FOUND AT FCC
  Traces of anthrax, scant amounts consistent with cross-
contamination of mail - have been found at the FCC's Capitol
Heights, Maryland mail processing facility.  Nevertheless, that
facility will be decontaminated and retested, and U.S. Postal
Service mail deliveries to FCC headquarters will not resume
until the process is completed.
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OMD/Factsheets/020802anthrax.html
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  FCC PROPOSES TO REVOKE RADIO LICENSES OF PENINSULA
  COMMUNICATIONS, INC.; ALSO IMPOSES $140,000 FINE
  The FCC has proposed to revoke all radio licenses held by
Peninsula Communications, Inc. (Peninsula), and also imposed a
fine of $140,000, after finding that Peninsula failed to comply
with a Commission order to cease translator operations in
various communities in Alaska.
  In proposing the fine last year, the Commission warned
Peninsula that continued unlawful operation of the translators
could place at risk all of Peninsula's full service radio station
licenses and other translator station licenses.  In light of
Peninsula's continued defiance of the Commission's order to cease
operations, the Commission has now begun a hearing on whether to
revoke all of Peninsula's licenses.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-219764A1.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-31A1.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-32A1.doc
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  FILING OPPORTUNITY FOR CERTAIN PENDING REQUESTS
  FOR NEW NTSC TELEVISION STATIONS ON CHANNELS 52-59
  The FCC has announced a filing opportunity to allow
applicants with certain PENDING requests for new analog (NTSC)
television stations on Channels 52-59 to modify their requests.
The window opened January 22, 2002 and will close March 8, 2002.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-270A1.doc
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  PROPOSED SERVICE RULES FOR 27 MHZ OF TRANSFERRED SPECTRUM
  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with
service rules for licensing a total of 27 MHz of spectrum from
the 216-220, 1390-1395, 1427-1435, 1670-1675 and 2385-2390 MHz
bands.  This spectrum was transferred from Government to
non-Government use.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-15A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  JACK GERRITSEN ARRESTED (AGAIN) FOR UNLICENSED RADIO
  OPERATION AND PAROLE VIOLATIONS - POSSIBLE RPU CONNECTION
  On November 14, 2001, the amateur radio license for Jack
Gerritsen, KG6IRO, granted on November 8, 2001, was set aside
after the Commission received information that he had been
arrested in 1999 and later convicted for radio interference
to the Los Angeles Police Department, and that he was out on
parole after serving one year of a five year term.
  According to an FCC source, Gerritsen continued operating
and causing deliberate interference to numerous Amateur radio
repeaters in the Los Angeles area.  Some suspected him of
causing interference to broadcast RPU frequencies as well.
  On January 29, 2002, Los Angeles agents participated in a
pre-dawn arrest of Gerritsen, in response to complaints of death
threats made by Gerritsen on two-meter Amateur frequencies.
A no-bail search and arrest warrant was served on Gerritsen for
violating the terms of his parole, which prohibited him from
possessing radio transmitting equipment.  Gerritsen, at the time
of arrest, had over 20 radios, and eight were capable of
operating on frequencies in the Amateur, Marine, Land Mobile
and Public Safety bands.
  He had a Marine radio hidden in a closet with batteries
connected to it, and a length of antenna line running outside
his residence.
  (Advance report courtesy of Amateur Radio Newsline)
  For background information:
http://ftp.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Enforcement/News_Releases/2000/nren0002.html
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ARRL UNVEILS ANTENNA MODELING COURSE
  The ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Program
will soon offer its first technical course - Antenna Modeling.
Using computer simulations - models - students will study the
performance of a wide variety of antennas, without having to
invest in a test range or a room full of test equipment.
  The course has been through extensive beta testing during
the past several weeks, and even the experts found they'd picked
up some new knowledge on the subject. "I've been modeling
antennas using a computer for about 15 years, and I certainly
learned a great many things in this course," one participant
commented.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/02/0208/
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  THE FALLBROOK FIRE OF FEBRUARY 2002
  Thanks to those who have called or written asking about
our well being in light of the recent wildfire.  From media
accounts, one might surmise that a good portion of Fallbrook -
where our office is located - has burned to the ground.  We
are fine, and are pleased to report that our office is not
located in the fire-prone portion of town.
  The Fallbrook fire of February 10 started in the Santa
Margarita River valley area (dense brush) which is located a
few miles to the north of us.  The flames affected only the
extreme northwestern portion of town and destroyed 34 homes
as of this writing (2/12).  We are sorry to report that Rita
Coolidge's house was among those damaged - extent unknown.
  For an inside look at the Fallbrook fire from an amateur
radio perspective, see:
  http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/farc/
  and click on:
  "Fallbrook On Fire Feb 2002"
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                       LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  GREEN FLASH PHOTOGRAPHED
  I recently had some success in photographing the illusive
"green flash" that sometimes occurs just as the last sliver of
the sun goes below the horizon as it sets.  If you'd like to see
the photograph, I've posted it at my website:
  http://sandiegopictures.org/greenflash/index.htm
  Oscar Medina
  [Another green flash photographer is Lu Rarogiewicz
(pronounced RAR-o-GEV-itch), the postmaster at Mt. Wilson.
- Ed.]
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT
  AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPTVL-20020109AAW  K06MB   51654   PARK PLACE BROADCASTING CO.
                 E   CHAN-6                  INDIO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/01/2002
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BP-20000804AAN      KCBQ    13509    RADIO 1210, INC.
              P     1170 KHZ            SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPEDT-19991221AAV  KLCS  38430  LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL D....
                P   CHAN-41               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KLCS.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTT-20011226AAL   K26GN  67901   TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                E   CHAN-26               LANCASTER, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-20010803AAO,
  callsign K54DN.
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  BLTTL-20020110AAU    KBLM-LP  38561      LOUIS MARTINEZ
                 E     CHAN-25         RIVERSIDE AND PERRIS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20010116AIV,
  callsign KBLM-LP.
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  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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20010112AAZ   KSDX-LP  22162  KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                  P   CHAN-34           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSDX-LP.
  Dismissed - Mexican Objection.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20020206ABK  K209CO  86849  FAITH COMMUNICATIONS CORP...
               E   89.7 MHZ              PALMDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20011205ABH    K216DW  88469  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                 P   91.1 MHZ             CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities Dismissed for overlap.
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