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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #510
                    Wednesday, April 24, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC REQUESTS COMMENTS ON NRSC'S "EVALUATION OF THE IBIQUITY
  DIGITAL CORPORATION IBOC SYSTEM"
  By this Public Notice, the FCC seeks comments on the NRSC
report, conclusions, and recommendations concerning the iBiquity
hybrid-mode AM IBOC DAB system, as well as on the iBiquity AM IBOC
test results.  Interested parties may file comments on or before
June 18, 2002, and reply comments on or before July 18, 2002.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-899A1.doc
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  THE COMPLETE REVISED EAS RULES
  The revised and final version of the EAS rules was published
in the Federal Register on April 16th.
  To view and print a copy of the final rules, visit:
  http://www.sandiegopictures.org/eas/
  For the Adobe Acrobat version, click on: "Revised EAS Rules
  Posted in Federal Register (4/16/2002)"
  For the HTML version, click on: "Revised EAS Rules
  (HTML Version) (4/16/2002)"
  Assuming there are no additional changes, the revised rules
will go into effect on May 16th, 2002.  One of the rule changes
will increase the time requirement for relaying a Required Monthly
Test (RMT) from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego LECC EAS
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  BROADBAND SATELLITE SERVICE MOVES FORWARD
  The FCC has taken another step forward to advance delivery of
broadband services by Ku-band satellites (10.7 GHz -14.5 GHz).
This action will affect data, video and telephony services to
businesses, governments and individuals.
  Once in orbit, there will be times when multiple satellites
of the new system will see the same Earth Terminals, creating
co-channel interference problems.  The Commission has crafted a
dynamic scheme to avoid this snafu.  See:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-221704A1.doc
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  R&O ON ULTRA WIDEBAND TECHNOLOGY RELEASED
  The Commission has released a Report & Order ("R&O")
allowing the marketing and operation of certain types of new
products incorporating ultra-wideband ("UWB") technology.
Beware: The R&O runs 118 pages!
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-48A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - $8,000 FINE UPHELD FOR UNLIT TOWER LIGHT
  The FCC has affirmed an $8,000 fine against Eure Family
Limited Partnership for failure to exhibit red obstruction
lighting on its Mathews County, Virginia antenna structure.
Passing the buck to an employee or independent contractor is
NOT an acceptable excuse according to the FCC.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-878A1.doc
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  COMPLETE LIST OF RECENT FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
  For a complete list of recent FCC enforcement actions, see:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-929A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  RETIREMENT PARTY FOR JIM ZOULEK - MAY 23
  The SCFCC will be giving a retirement party for Jim Zoulek
from the LA FCC office to celebrate his long career with the
Commission.
  Thanks to a donation from a broadcaster, we will be able to
pay for the first 20-25 people who attend.  There will be a $10
charge per person after the first 25 people.  The location has
yet to be determined but will be in the LA or Santa Monica areas.
  The date is scheduled to be Thursday, May 23rd, in the early
evening.  Please contact Howard Fine and let him know if you will
be able to attend: <howard@pactv.com>.
  Scott Mason, Infinity/Viacom
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  A "TASTE OF NAB" ROAD SHOW COMES TO LOS ANGELES & SAN DIEGO
  Larry Bloomfield's "Taste of NAB" road show is coming to town!
Per Larry, this mobile show is one solution to reaching those who
could not attend this year's NAB convention in Las Vegas.  Road
show will provide some micro-exposure to the technologies and
services that were on display at that monumental event.  Here is
Road Show's schedule:
  LOS ANGELES:  Monday, April 29, 2002
  Location: KCET-TV, Main Auditorium, Main Bldg.
  4401 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
  Time:  10 AM - 5 PM  with presentations through out the day.
  Telephone: 323-666-6500
  (The local SBE Chapter, STE and SMPTE have been invited.)
  SAN DIEGO:  Wednesday, May 1, 2002
  Location:  TV Magic, 4887 Ronson Ct., Suite E, San Diego, CA
  Time:  10 AM - 5 PM or until we're finished with presentations
  through out the day.
  Contact: Warren Wright, <WarrenW@TVMagic.TV>
  (The local SBE Chapter has been invited.)
  For more info, see:  http://www.tech-notes.tv/Trip/Trip2.htm
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  FM TRANSMITTER ENGINEERING OPENING/S - VARIOUS COMMUNITIES
  KUSC is looking for transmitter engineer/s to maintain
and/or support KUSC in Los Angeles (Mt. Harvard), its auxiliary
transmitter on Flint Peak, KFAC in Santa Barbara, KCPB in Ojai
(licensed to Thousand Oaks) and KPSC in Palm Springs.  We can
work with a number of engineers and their location preferences.
A required University of Southern California official RFP form
with all details is available for those interested.  Inquiries
should be sent to <pgarcia@kusc.org>.
  Pablo Garcia, Director of Engineering and Operations
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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  QUESTIONABLE BIRD KILL STATISTICS
  Re "Bird Kills, and Other Incendiary Matters," CGC #509,
does this mean we are spending money to autopsy 4-5 million
birds to determine the cause of death?  Are we assuming guilt
by association?  How many birds are helped by towers?  I've
seen more birds nesting at tower sites than dying.  The age
of silly is upon us.
  Jerry Susoeff
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  TOWERS BENEFIT BIRDS
  Hal Williams points out that tower structures and guy cables
do in fact benefit birds of prey by providing perches for hunting.
He cites specific examples in a long-form letter and concludes by
saying, "Never did I see any bird of any type be harmed by the
towers or guy cables [at my station] from 1971 to 1998, but just
the opposite seemed to be my experience."  For his complete
letter:
  Visit http://www.bext.com/_CGC/
  Click on "Additional Postings"
  Click on the story entitled, "TOWERS ALSO BENEFIT BIRDS"
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  EDITOR'S NOTE
  Experts tell us that some of the findings in the Fish and
Wildlife Service's tower guidelines mentioned in CGC #509 stand
on very questionable ground.  Nevertheless, those are the
guidelines that are in place for now.  In case you have not seen
what the Fish and Wildlife Service has published, visit:
  http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/
  Click on the button labeled "Issues,"
  then click on "Service Guidance on the Siting, Construction,
  Operation and Decommissioning of Communications Towers."
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  BIRDEE-FOAM
  Once again, our product, "BIRDEE-FOAM" Tower Padding could
probably cut the number of bird-crash tower related deaths (BCTRD)
by 90%.  All three of my own towers are coated with it and so is
the south side of our neighbor's barn.  Remember:
  Help them little birdies home,
  Coat your towers with BIRDEE-FOAM!
  Mike Lonneke, WYR, W0YR@aol.com
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  RE INTERFERENCE TO THE SATELLITE SIGNALS OF XM & SIRIUS
  All I can say [to XM & Sirius] is welcome to the club!
I field daily calls about interference to our two AM stations.
The interference generally consists buzzes and static; most can
be directly blamed on dimmers, touch lights, computer monitors,
yard lights, compact fluorescent bulbs and the like.
  If the FCC decides to protect the SDARS concerns from
unlicensed devices, then terrestrial broadcasters deserve
nothing less.
  Joe Mauk, Market Engineer, KMJ Fresno
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  THANKS
  CGC #509.  Another EXCELLENT report!!!
  Thank you for this service!!!
  Robert Lonn, Cox Communications
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  DON'T MISS THE IMAX FILM "SPACE STATION"
  The new IMAX 3-D film "Space Station," filmed aboard the
International Space Station, is a must-see.  According to KA3HDO,
the picture is simply breathtaking.  "It was the closest way that
an individual could experience space without going to it
themselves.  It was spectacular from the perspective that you
really felt like you were there - that you were part of the team
that was making Space Station happen.  It just was phenomenal.
Breathtaking views of the Earth, of space station and inside the
cabin of the space station."
  Of course, amateur radio is part of the film and an important
part of the space station mission itself.  Astronaut Bill Shepherd
is shown talking to the Texas school children using ham gear.
  (Extracts from Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1288)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20020111ABD     KFOX  87242     CHAGAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
               P   1650 KHZ                 TORRANCE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE
  FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY GRANTED
  BXMLH-20020116AAL   KSEH  6666      ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   94.5 MHZ                 BRAWLEY, CA
  Mod of license for auxiliary purposes.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCT-20010209ABS    KPMR  12144     ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                 P   CHAN-38              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-19840720KG,
  callsign KPMR.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER PETITION TO DENY
  BLED-20020405ABG  KSDS  58818  SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.
              E   88.3 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Lic. to cover; PETITION TO DENY FILED BY TELEVISION, S.A.
  de C.V. AND BAY CITY TELEVISION, INC. 4/11/02
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  INFORMAL OBJECTION
  BNPL-20010613AAT     NEW  134510     IGLESIA DE CRISTO MIEL -
                 E   103.1 MHZ        CONDADO DE SAN BERNARDINO
                                            REDLANDS, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  INFORMAL OBJECTION FILED 4/16/02 BY JOHN O. BROOMALL, SR.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20020418AAW   K26FT  13450  COMMUNITY TV OF SO. CALIF.
                E   CHAN-26            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-19981202JC,
  callsign K26FT.
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