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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #503
                    Wednesday,  March 6, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  UNITED KINGDOM TACKLES RFI UP TO 1600 KHZ
  The United Kingdom is attempting to implement new regulations
to prevent interference from digital subscriber lines, power line
technology and home local-area networks.  For example, Asymmetrical
DSL technology is important to the development of the information
society.  However, because it operates at radio frequencies over
cables that may become unbalanced and hence radiate, there is a
risk of interference to medium-wave broadcasting and to some
aeronautical and other services.
http://www.ce-mag.com/archive/02/01/newsline.html
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  50 MHZ OF SPECTRUM @ 4.9 GHZ ALLOCATED TO PUBLIC SAFETY
  The FCC has allocated 4940-4990 MHz for fixed and mobile
services (except aeronautical mobile service) and has designated
this band for use in support of public safety.  This will provide
public safety users with additional spectrum to support new
broadband applications such as high-speed digital technologies
and wireless local area networks (WLANs) for incident scene
management.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-47A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  THE LAST LOS ANGELES EAS TEST: A FAINT PATINA
  KTLA, CH-5, Los Angeles, reported problems receiving the
last Los Angeles EAS RMT, so the test was not perfect after all
(CGC #502).  However, the majority of stations posting statements
on the LA-EAS list server did report great reception, so the
record is only slightly tarnished.
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  NEW LOS ANGELES EAS LIST SERVER
  Due to expense cutbacks, Mike Callaghan is no longer able
to operate the Los Angeles Emergency Alert Listserver.  We
sincerely appreciate his stellar efforts to date.  The good news
is that Mike has set up a replacement server.  If you have a need
to be added to the list and did not receive a message from Mike,
contact him at <mikecallaghan@clearchannel.com>.
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  KRCA(TV) INAUGURATES OPERATION FROM MT. HARVARD
  KRCA(TV), CH-62, Riverside, has completed its transmitter
move from Sunset Peak to Mt. Harvard.  Full time operation on
Harvard began at 12:04 am on March 1, 2002.  Chris Buchanan
is their Chief Engineer.
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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  THE C. CRANE FM TRANSMITTER: APPARENTLY OKAY TO MARKET
  The [mini-FM transmitter from C. Crane Co. discussed in
CGC #502] is type-accepted.  You can see it at:
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/oet/forms/reports/Search_Form.hts?mode=Edit&form=Exhibits&application_id=502193&fcc_id=BYG006
  It is made by Sangean Electronics Inc. who makes most of C.
Crane's stuff.  The type-acceptance testing shows the radio does
about 1/5 of the Part 15 limit field strength.  So it does meet
Part 15.  Admittedly the marketing is kind of slimy.
  Tim Pozar
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  THE OLDEST COMPUTERS
  Think you've got the oldest computer on earth?  Now you can
find out - and feel a little better about that upgrade you've put
off.  Old-Computers.com depicts and describes over 500 computers,
categorized by year, manufacturer and alphabet.  The site traces
personal computers from their introduction in 1973 with the Micral,
the first microprocessor-based computer, to around 1994.
  Anyone remember the Apricot, or the 1980 SuperBrain? ....
  http://www.old-computers.com/
  Jerry Lewine
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  RE CGC #500
  I want to "chime in" on congratulating you and your staff
on your 500th email edition.  Bill Wysock-N6UXW
  I used to call it the Gonsett-Gram....  it has been a
fantastic and un-biased way to stay informed for the engineering
community.  THANKS and keep it coming!!!  Mike Tosch, Scanz Comm.
  Bob lo felecito por la publicacion de el numero 500 de su
boletin, a los ingenieros de la frontera con California nos es
de mucha utilidad.  Jose Marquez, XEWT, CH-12, Tijuana, Mexico
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ARRL SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION CONVENTION, AUGUST 16-18, ESCONDIDO
  This year's American Radio Relay League ("ARRL") Southwestern
Division Convention will be held at the California Center for the
Performing Arts, Escondido, CA on August 16-18, 2002.  Featured
speakers: Jim Haynie, W5JBP, President, ARRL; Riley Hollingsworth,
K4ZDH, FCC Enforcement Bureau, Special Counsel for Amateur Radio.
For advance registration or more information:
  http://sd2002.hamcon.net/sd2002.index.html
  Information courtesy of Jack Dobbs, WB6AXW, SANDARC VP
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  LEONIDS METEOR MYSTERY DE MYSTIFIED
  CGC engineers strip-charted VHF signals bouncing off the
November 18, 2001 Leonid meteor shower (see CGC #487).  But the
biggest signal reflections did not occur at night when folks in
the U.S. were watching; the real action happened late the
following morning - almost noon our time.  How come?
  Science News, Vol. 160, p. 395, explains that the 2001 shower
had two peaks.  The first - visible from the U.S. - had about
800 meteors/hour, while the second - visible from Asia - had
several thousand per hour.  The times given for the second shower
matched those in our recording.
  While it's always nice to have a mystery explained, the
important message is to watch for events at odd-ball times.
You never know when wondrous things will come your way.
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  VOICE OF AMERICA TURNS 60
  The Voice of America is celebrating 60 years of broadcasting.
  http://www.voa.gov/
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  CORRELATION HYPOTHESIS
  [a] The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart
attacks than the British or Americans.
  [b] On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also
suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
  [c] Conclusion: Eat what you like. It's speaking English that
kills you.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN GRANTS:  None in our area.
  FCC Report No. 427
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  LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR GRANT PROPOSED
  NEW, CH-18, HESPERIA, CA, KSLS, INC., BNPTTB-20010809AAD
  Petitions to deny, if any, are now due in less than 30-days.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-220413A1.doc
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20020225AAS     KSSE  58809     ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   97.5 MHZ                RIVERSIDE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20020220AAC     KMXX  6665      ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   99.3 MHZ                IMPERIAL, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20001027ABC      KIRN  69743     LOTUS OXNARD CORP.
                 P   670 KHZ           SIMI VALLEY, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 02/20/2002
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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 02/26/2002
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20020215ACB K31FC  13022  COMMUNITY SERVICE TELEVISION CO..
               P   CHAN-36                 SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K31FC.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20020227ACC  KPMR  12144     ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   CHAN-21              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-20000427ABZ
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20020122AAB   K08MX  10533    CHARLES R. MEEKER
                 E   CHAN-8              INDIO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-19981027JA,
  callsign K08MX.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPED-20011031ABU  KCSN  62949   CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
              P   88.5 MHZ               NORTHRIDGE
                                       NORTHRIDGE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20020219ABE  KSDS  58818  SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.
              P   88.3 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20020225ACA  KECY-DT  51208  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                  P   CHAN-48              EL CENTRO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991101AHI
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