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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #505
                     Monday,  March 18, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  REDUCING ORBITAL DEBRIS
  The FCC has opened a proceeding to help dispose of orbital
space junk.  As Commissioner Copps put it, "An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure."
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-220821A1.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-220821A2.doc
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  FCC CLASSIFIES CABLE MODEM SERVICE AS "INFORMATION SERVICE"
  This is another major rule making, part of a series by the FCC,
to promote the widespread deployment of broadband services.  (The
first URL cited below is not working properly as we go to press,
but the problem will hopefully be corrected soon.)
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-220835A1.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-220835A2.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-220835A3.doc
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-220835A4.doc
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  INQUIRY CONCERNING HIGH-SPEED ACCESS TO THE INTERNET,
  INTERNET OVER CABLE DECLARATORY RULING &
  REGULATORY TREATMENT FOR BROADBAND ACCESS OVER CABLE FACILITIES
  Following is the whole enchilada.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-77A1.doc
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  MAJOR EAS UPGRADE TO TAKE PLACE AT CLEAR CHANNEL STATIONS
  Clear Channel's voluntary commitment to upgrade the EAS
equipment at all of its stations will hopefully encourage
other stations and group owners to do likewise.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=1339
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  KPBS-DT: AN AGGRESSIVE HIGH DEFINITION PUBLIC BROADCASTER
  In this web-posted article, HDTV Magazine interviews Doug
Myrland, General Manager of KPBS TV/DT/FM, San Diego, and KPBS'
refreshing and aggressive stance toward digital television
broadcasting is revealed:
  http://www.kpbs.org/dtv/content_hdtv_interview.htm
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  TABLETOP NUCLEAR FUSION
  Fission is the process that powers today's nuclear electric
generating plants.  A potentially much cleaner process - fusion -
has been in development for years, but the research reactors are
gigantic (e.g. General Atomic's test reactor in Sorrento Valley)
and still nowhere near the point of practical power generation.
  Is there a shortcut to nuclear fusion?  Researchers at Oak
Ridge National Laboratory - using relatively simple "tabletop
equipment" - have created a reaction with the look and feel of
controlled fusion.  That achievement has long thought to be
improbable with a small and simple device.  It is not yet known
whether the new process represents full fusion, or if the process
can be adapted to generate electricity - and there is controversy
over the published report.  Nevertheless, the subject is well
worth watching.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/science/20020304-1739-tabletopfusion.html
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  UP-TO-THE-MINUTE SOLAR DATA
  See up-to-the-minute solar data from NOAA (six charts) at:
  http://www.maj.com/sun/noaa.html
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  A NEW HOME FOR VERTEX STANDARD/YAESU
  Vertex Standard USA, better known in some circles as Yaesu,
is moving to a huge, beautiful new facility.  The new address is
Vertex Standard U-S-A, 10900 Walker Street, Cypress, California,
90630.  The new phone number is 714-827-7600.
  All e-mail addresses will remain the same but telephone
extensions will change.  Vertex Standard makes the move -- no
joke -- on Monday, April 1st.
  (Amateur Radio Newsline)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  No local FCC Broadcast Applications & Actions are included
in this week's newsletter - an early edition being sent to help
test a revised subscriber database.  We plan to catch up on
Applications & Actions next week.
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