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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #514
                     Wednesday, May 15, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  RADIO FREQUENCY HAZARD FROM CELL PHONES?
  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) have established a joint web page
called "Cell Phone Facts" to provide reasoned answers to the
public's never ending health and safety questions concerning the
radio frequency (RF) power produced by cellular and PCS phones,
and their base stations.
  http://www.fda.gov/cellphones/
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  LICENSEES OF CERTAIN BROADCAST AUXILIARY RADIO STATIONS
  MUST SUBMIT INFORMATION TO THE FCC
  The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) is currently
updating licensing information for Broadcast Auxiliary Radio
Stations authorized under Part 74, Subparts D, E, F and H.
  There are more than 9000 Broadcast Auxiliary licenses which
the WTB has not associated with a Parent Broadcast Station
License.  If you hold one of these unassociated licenses, you
should provide the FCC with accurate Parent Station Data pronto.
  Effective July 1, 2002, Broadcast Aux licenses which are not
associated with a broadcast station "will be allowed to expire."
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1094A1.doc
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  MEDIA BUREAU IMPLEMENTS MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FILING OF
  FCC FORMS 301-CA, 346, 349 AND 350
  Effective May 21, 2002, mandatory electronic filing will be
required for the following FCC Forms (unless accompanied by an
appropriate waiver request):
  * 301-CA: Application for Authority to Make Changes in a
  Class A Television Broadcast Station (June 2000 Edition),
  * 346: Application for Authority to Construct or Make Changes
  in a Low Power TV, TV Translator, or TV Booster Station
  (June 2000 Edition),
  * 349: Application for Authority to Construct or Make
  Changes in a FM Translator or FM Booster Station
  (March 2001 Edition), and
  * 350: Application for a FM Translator or FM Booster Station
  License (April 2001 Edition).
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1087A1.doc
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  JOINT U.S.-MEXICAN COMMISSION MEETING XXVI CONCLUDED
  The FCC Enforcement Bureau has participated in the 26th formal
meeting of the Joint (U.S./Mexican) Commission, in Mexico, during
the week of April 22, 2002.  The group reviewed 115 cases of
harmful radio interference in the U.S./Mexican border zone and,
of these, officially closed 47 cases.
  The Joint Commission (formerly known as the Mixed Commission)
is composed of representatives from both the U.S. and Mexico.
On the U.S. side are officials from the U.S. State Department,
the FCC, the National Telecommunications Information
Administration ("NTIA") and other Federal Agencies.  On the
Mexican side are officials from the Secretaría de Comunicaciones
y Transportes (SCT) and the Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones
(COFETEL).
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1063A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  PAUL SAKRISON APPOINTED DE AT KFWB(AM), LOS ANGELES
  Congratulations to Paul Sakrison who will become the new
Director of Engineering at KFWB Newsradio 980 in Los Angeles on
Monday.  He will have four weeks of overlap with Richard Rudman
who is retiring.  Paul's e-mail address will be
<sakrison@kfwb.cbs.com>, and his phone (323) 871-4601.
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  SURPRISE RETIREMENT PARTY FOR JIM ZOULEK ON MAY 23 - UPDATE
  As mentioned in CGC #510, there will be a retirement party
for Jim Zoulek, former Engineer in Charge of the LA FCC office,
to celebrate his long career with the Commission.  The latest
details follow:
  Location: El Cholo Restaurant
  1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica (@11th Street)
  Date/Time: Thursday, May 23, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
  Details:  The first 40 RSVPs will receive a free meal;
  the rest will be at $ 10.00 per person.
  To RSVP:  Call 323-930-5288 and leave a message.
  Remember, the party is being billed as a surprise.
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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  THE DOLLAR VALUE OF FCC FINES
  Roy Trumbull directs our attention to the FCC's "forfeiture
proceedings" list which shows how much money different Rule
infractions could potentially cost.
  Visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-retrieve.html#page1
  In the box labeled "Title," insert 47
  In the box labeled "Part," insert 1
  In the box labeled "Section," insert 80
  The hit the "Retrieve" button.
  (This FCC rule searcher works for other Commission rules too.)
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  KIEV(AM)
  Regarding the question, "Is KIEV(AM) dead in the water"
(CGC #512), several responses were received.  A radio broker
summed up his opinion by saying:
  "While Royce International has filed two pleadings for
reconsideration as of today.... the odds of recon are worse
than AM Stereo or AM IBOC."
  Another party wrote:
  ".... that for some reason [this case] has been ongoing
since 1986.  I know that in the early 90s they had it for sale
for $12 million, were offered three and raised the price to
$18 million after rejecting the offer."
  One way or the other, it looks like the FCC is taking a
hard line with KIEV now.
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  WILL NOAA'S "S.A.M.E." SYSTEM RENDER EAS OBSOLETE?
  Check this advanced family of programmable NOAA alert receivers,
some with local LCD map readouts, at: http://www.sharecom.com/
  See NOAA's latest efforts to improve "All-Hazards" alerts at:
http://tgsv5.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/index.html
  Stephen H. Blodgett, KNX/KCBS-FM
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  CELLULARVISION, ETC.
  What is CellularVision?  How does wireless cable work?
What is ITFS, MDS, MMDS and LMDS?  Here is an easy-to-read
tutorial by Brian J. Catlin of Colorado State University
(last copyrighted in 1995):
  http://www.faqs.org/faqs/wireless-cable/
  URL courtesy of Rod Dinkins, AC6V
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  NEW HAM BANDS IN THE MAKING
  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to allocate
the 135.7-137.8 kHz and 5250-5400 kHz bands to the amateur radio
service on a secondary basis.  The Commission has also proposed to
upgrade the existing secondary amateur radio service allocation
in the 2400-2402 MHz band to primary status, and to add a primary
allocation for the amateur-satellite service in this band.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-222294A1.doc
  The ARRL's ecstatic opinion is available at:
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/02/0510/
  The 136 kHz band can properly be called the "two kilometer
band" because of its wavelength.  Don't even dream of using a
rubber duck antenna down there.
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  SCIENCE NEWS: PERIODIC EARTHQUAKES
  Once every 14 months or so, portions of coastal British
Columbia and northwestern Washington State experience an ultra-
slow ground motion that, if released all at once, would generate
an earthquake measuring more than 6 on the Richter scale.  That's
what data from a network of GPS equipment spanning the region
show, say scientists who presented their findings in the April
meeting of the Seismological Society of America, held in
Victoria, British Columbia.  The "silent earthquakes" are so
slow that no one notices them, and no structural damage occurs.
  http://www.sciencenews.org/20020427/fob4ref.asp
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  INCREDIBLE PHOTO SEQUENCE
  Following is a most amazing sequence of photos:
  http://koti.mbnet.fi/~soldier/towboat.htm
  The photographs are guaranteed to provide a great topic for
lunchtime conversations, but beware:  The URL is slow to download
on Neanderthal Internet connections.
  URL courtesy of Bill Houlne, WB6BNQ.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR CP TO REPLACE EXPIRED PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BP-19970703DA    KIEV  57893    ROYCE INTERNATIONAL
             P   1500 KHZ         BROADCASTING COMPANY
                                      BURBANK, CA
  REPLACEMENT OF CP (BP-20111) REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF SECTION
  73.3598 FILED 12/7/01
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 2/22/02 BY ROYCE
  INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BMAP-20001020AAT    KIEV  57893     ROYCE INTERNATIONAL
                E   1500 KHZ         BROADCASTING COMPANY
                                         BURBANK, CA
  Major modification to construction permit no.: BMP-19990609AC
  AUCTION 32 FILING 12/20/2001--73.3598(a) waived to the extent
  that permit expires 84 days after condition (ITU) on permit is
  resolved.  Ltr action, ref. 1800B3-GDG. 1/11/2002--12/20/2001
  and 1/8/2002 actions (stipulating 1/31/2002 expiration)
  RESCINDED, Request returned to pending status. Request then
  denied and Royce given to 4/25/2002 to construct.  Ltr Action,
  Ref. 1800B3-IB. PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 2/11/02 BY
  ROYCE INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20011213ABQ      KPLS    50516    CRN LICENSES, LLC
             P      830 KHZ                ORANGE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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