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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #513
                     Wednesday,  May 8, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  ULTRA-WIDEBAND R&O AVAILABLE
  The First Report & Order on Ultra-Wideband Transmission
Systems is now available, all 282 paragraphs plus attachments.
  ("We have got to get word processors out of the hands of
government employees."   - Joel Saxberg, circa 1980)
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-48A1.doc
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  DOES THE FCC HAVE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OVER RFI?
  Cingular Wireless LLC has filed a Petition for Declaratory
Ruling with the FCC requesting that the FCC preempt recent
amendments to the Anne Arundel County, MD zoning ordinance.
  Cingular maintains that the FCC has exclusive jurisdiction
to regulate RFI, and that the Anne Arundel amendments conflict
with the Commission's rules regarding the resolution of RFI.
Obviously, this case could have widespread implications.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1044A1.doc
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  CURIOUS EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS
  WC2XUT -  South Coast Air Quality Management District -
New experimental to operate on 915 MHz to operate a wind profiler
radar for meteorological studies.  Fixed: El Toro/Irvine, CA
  WC2XVO - New experimental to operate @ 192-198 and 662-668 MHz
for test, development and demonstration of digital communications
during the vertical blanking interval of a television signal.
Fixed: Jackson, MS; Jackson/Ridgeland, MS
  WC2XUK - New experimental to operate in 55-59 and 61-65 MHz for
simulation of lightning discharge using pulsed VHF signals.
Mobile:  Tower Peak (Tucson), AZ
  WC2XSB - New experimental to operate in 2400-2473 MHz to operate
a remote controlled Off-Road Robot.  Mobile:  Fort AP Hill, VA
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-221981A1.doc
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  "911-ONLY" CELL PHONES
  A little known regulation requires cellular companies to
forward 911 calls from all cellular phones, even those which
are not registered with any carrier.  The advantage for the
customer is that there is no monthly fee.  The disadvantage is
that the phones can ONLY call 911, and have no way of being
called back should the 911 call be disconnected.
  The Commission has determined that it is still "technically
infeasible" to add callback provisions to unregistered phones.
However, the FCC has implemented a consumer awareness program
to inform the public that 911-only phones cannot receive calls.
  In addition, the FCC has mandated that handsets donated
through carrier-sponsored programs, and newly manufactured 911-
only phones, display "123-456-7890" as the pseudo callback
number to alert 911 operators to the fact that the phones lack
callback capability.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-221940A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  NPR'S WEST COAST PRODUCTION CENTER IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  NPR hopes to have its West Coast Production Center open in
September according to Radio World:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=1442
  The latest estimate from NPR is, "Installed in September,
originating programs in October."  The address of the new
facility is 9909 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA.
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  I LIVE WHERE THE PLACENTIA TRAIN ACCIDENT HAPPENED
  I know [a lot] about the train accident (CGC #512).  I live
right where it happened.  Was having breakfast, and then there
were two sounds like big cardboard boxes being stomped and crushed.
The sound at 8:09AM was very unusual but not enough to race out.
Within five minutes, the sirens, and out the door we went!
  It was quite a day.  My buddy and I assisted EMS personnel as
best we could (we were some of the first on scene)....  Most of
the day no fewer than seven media helicopters were present.  One
of the local radio traffic reporters pretty much got busted by
"barnstorming" - flying right off the deck - and the Anaheim PD
chopper ordered him to leave!
  One of my closest friends, Mark Denis, rode Metrolink thru
here for years.  He passed away exactly two years ago due to
complications from heart valve replacement and is still missed
and loved by everyone in the industry.  He rode in the "cab
forward" car with the engineer numerous times.  Mark and I worked
at KEZY till 1984, and then he moved on to KFI to provide voice
imaging and THE BEST TRAFFIC reporting LA has heard.  He did
this to his last day.
  Mark Moceri, CE of KMRJ, Rocmark@aol.com
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  IS KIEV(AM) DEAD IN THE WATER?
  The CGC Communicator has received two letters indicating
that the CP for KIEV, 1500 kHz, Culver City (Burbank), has
expired, and that no extension request has been filed with
the Commission.
  Does anyone have information to the contrary?
  rgonsett@ieee.org
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  WHAT IS THE NIELSEN VBI LINE NUMBER?
  Can anyone tell me which vertical blanking interval line
number is used to transmit Nielsen data that accompanies network
shows as an aid for audience surveys?
  Jim Hancock, Hancock Video Engineering, jimhancock@cox.net
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  IT'S NEVER OKAY TO OVERLOOK A TOWER LIGHT OUTAGE
  The following words came out of someone's mouth this week
concerning a tower light outage:
  "It's too much work to do what the FCC is asking."
  "If we get fined, then we call our Congressman."
  "Planes should not be flying so close to this mountain anyway."
  I could not believe I actually heard these statements.
  Jason Houts
  Ed. Note:  Tower light violations are taken very seriously by
the FCC, as well they should.  For example, KACD(AM), 850 kHz,
Thousand Oaks, was just issued a $10,000 Notice of Apparent
Liability for a variety of violations including Sec. 17.49
(recording of antenna structure light inspections).  See:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-929A1.doc
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  COMMENT ON 911-ONLY PHONES
  Thanks for the advance copy of the article on unregistered
cell phones that can call 911 for free.  The cellular industry
has always fought having to forward 911 calls gratis (including
from stolen and non-pay-disconnect phones), but has never won.
  If a customer understands that the 911 operator can't
reconnect a disconnected call from a 911-only phone, that's all
that is needed in my opinion.
  Mark van der Hoek
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  TVI CASE STUDY
  Here is a TVI problem that might be of general interest:
  There is a 4 MHz hole between TV CHs-4 & 5 where paging
repeaters operate.  If you are close enough to one of them,
TVI on CH-4 or 5 may result.  (The links sound like data bursts
with Morse code identification every ten minutes or so, but on
most TVs only visual interference will be seen.)  Interference
results from the lack of an isolator between the paging
transmitter and its antenna.  That permits intermod between
two or more signals to take place within the transmitter.
  Roy Trumbull
  [Interference can also result from a single 72-76 MHz trans-
mitter.  CGC has a consumer-type TV receiver in Fallbrook which
picks up visual interference on KNBC, CH-4.  The interference is
caused by a linking transmitter in the 72 MHz band on Santiago
Peak, some 31 miles away!  The transmitter owner has provided a
notch filter for our receiver at no cost (per FCC Rules), and the
problem is solved.  Makes one wonder how many unsuspecting
consumers are victims of 72 MHz interference.   -Ed.]
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  ACORN LOADING
  Last year I removed approximately 50 pounds of acorns from
one of the dual towers on Palomar mountain.  We need acorn loading
specs.
  Bob Layton
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE CANADIAN CUSHION
  Removing a large microwave dish from the roof of four story
building can result in disaster if the load cuts loose from the
crane.  The good news is that the dish won't be heavily damaged
if it lands squarely on something soft.
  The following photo was taken about two weeks ago by a Canadian
appraiser on his way to an appointment -- Bathrust Street and
Lakeshore, Toronto.  Check it out and discover what familiar
object pampered the fall:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2002/oops4.jpg
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  TRAIL OF A TORNADO
  A powerful tornado touched down in southern Maryland and
ripped through the town of La Plata, destroying most of the
historic downtown.  The twister - the strongest ever recorded
to hit the state and perhaps the strongest ever recorded in the
eastern U.S. - flattened everything in its path along a 24-mile
swath running west to east through the state.
  The tornado's path can be clearly seen in the following
image acquired May 1 by the Advanced Land Imager aboard NASA's
EO-1 satellite.  The colored path of the tornado is the result of
the vegetation flattened by the storm.  Put simply, flattened
plants reflect more light upward than untouched vegetation.
URL courtesy of Fred Vobbe @ WLIO-TV:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NasaNews/2002/200205029304.html
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  SCIENCE NEWS: LATEST HUBBLE TELESCOPE IMAGES
  Jubilant astronomers have unveiled humankind's most spectacular
views of the universe, courtesy of the newly installed Advanced
Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
  See the new pictures at:
  http://sites.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/2002/11/
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20020415AAG   KRCK-FM  52808  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
               E   97.7 MHZ                 MECCA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION
  OF AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMXPH-20020429AAA   NEW  136180     WILL D. SIVAD
               E   92.5 MHZ         MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  Mod of CP for auxiliary purposes
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20020419AAL KMIR-DT  16749 JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
                 E   CHAN-46              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991029AFZ
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTT-20020311ABC  K24FA  51360  PALO VERDE VALLEY TV CLUB,INC.
               E   CHAN-24                BLYTHE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601SL,
  callsign K24FA.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20020122AAL  K220IF  121962  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   91.9 MHZ                 BARSTOW, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20020429AAQ    KKUU  11658    MCC RADIO, LLC
               E   92.7 MHZ            INDIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  BPED-20020430ABC  KCSN  62949   CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY...
              E   88.5 MHZ              NORTHRIDGE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20020501AAC  KWHY-DT  26231  TELEMUNDO OF LOS ANGELES
                  E   CHAN-42           LICENSE CORPORATION
                                          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-19990420KE
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