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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #515
                     Wednesday, May 22, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  NEW "MEDIA SECURITY AND RELIABILITY COUNCIL" LAUNCHED
  TO STUDY AND IMPLEMENT EMERGENCY MEDIA COORDINATION
  More than 40 media industry CEOs, organization executives
and public safety officials have met in Washington to discuss
the events of 9/11 and how to coordinate both internal and public
communications in future emergency situations.  The Media and
Security Reliability Council will meet periodically over the
next two years and issue recommendations and "Best Practices"
guides.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-222643A1.doc
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  FCC SETS RULEMAKING TO ESTABLISH "REMEDIAL MEASURES"
  FOR UNEXCUSED FAILURE TO CONSTRUCT DIGITAL TV FACILITIES
  The FCC has initiated a rulemaking proceeding to examine
what measures it should take regarding television broadcasters
who fail to meet their digital television ("DTV") construction
deadlines.  The tentative proposals contemplate an increasingly
severe level of sanctions every six months that the licensee
fails to construct.
  Further, the Commission clarified that its "minimum-facilities"
STA policy regarding licensees who construct less than their
authorized facilities will NOT be applied to network-affiliated,
top-thirty television market licensees.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-222561A4.doc
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  PART 15 RULES AMENDED TO PROMOTE THE
  DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH SPEED WIRELESS DEVICES
  The FCC has amended its rules to promote new digital
transmission technologies for high-speed wireless communications.
Specifically, the Commission has modified Part 15 of its rules
to permit new digital transmission technologies to operate in the
902-928 MHz (915 MHz), 2400-2483.5 MHz (2.4 GHz) and 5725-5850 MHz
(5.7 GHz) bands.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-222567A1.doc
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  TV "CARS BAND" TO BE SHARED
  The FCC has adopted a Report and Order that has expanded
eligibility for licenses in the Cable Television Relay Service
(CARS) to all Multichannel Video Programming Distributors.  Now,
Private Cable Operators, Direct Broadcast Satellite Operators,
Open Video Systems, and others who provide multiple channels of
video programming can join Cable Television Systems and Wireless
Cable Systems (MDS, MMDS) in using CARS microwave frequencies to
support their video programming distribution needs.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-222569A1.doc
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  ARE YOU ELECTROSENSITIVE?
  Are some individuals "electrosensitive" - unusually sensitive
to radio frequency fields?  The Cellular Phone Taskforce (CPT)
thinks so, and believes that the FCC should NOT allow certain RF
telemetry equipment in health care facilities because, in CPT's
opinion, the fields will have the "unwanted, illegal and
unconstitutional effect" of depriving "electrically sensitive"
persons of access to health care.
  Turns out that the electrosensitivity issue was considered
and dismissed some time ago by the FCC.  ET Docket 95-177, see:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-135A1.doc
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  FCC ADOPTS SERVICE AND LICENSING RULES FOR 27 MHZ
  OF SPECTRUM REALLOCATED FOR NON-GOVERNMENT USE
  This FCC action affects spectrum chunks in the 216-2390 MHz
range.  While many of the chunks will be auctioned off, the 216-
220 and 1429.5-1432 MHz bands can be used for licensed telemetry
services using a frequency coordinated site-by-site approach per
FCC Part 90 telemetry rules, and there is no mention of bidding
for this spectrum.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-222572A1.doc
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  FCC PROPOSES TO FINE AT&T WIRELESS $2.2 MILLION FOR
  E911 VIOLATIONS
  "E911" stands for "Enhanced 911" which is a system for
electronically locating cellular handsets with precision when
911 calls are placed.  Put simply, AT&T wanted to postpone the
accuracy requirements of its GSM locator system for six months,
but got into a legal tangle by its own actions and inactions.
As if the proposed $2.2 million fine were not enough, the FCC's
Enforcement Bureau is continuing its investigation into whether
AT&T Wireless misrepresented information to the Commission.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-222664A1.doc
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  TELEPHONE FACTOIDS AVAILABLE FROM THE FCC
  As of November 2001, over 1% of households reported that
they had only a wireless phone.  This and other data are available
at:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-222677A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  UNPRECEDENTED FIRE SEASON AHEAD - 100' BRUSH CLEARING
  STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
  According to Richard Hawkins, Acting District Ranger for the
Trabuco District of the USDA Forest Service, southern California
is facing an extraordinarily dangerous fire season.  Water levels
in vegetation are at an historic low.
  This means that large fires could burn "around the clock"
without giving fire fighters the ability to "catch up" at night.
It is strongly recommended that brush be cleared at least 100 feet
from building structures instead of the usual 30 feet.  This needs
to be done NOW.
  TDEUA Annual General Membership Meeting of May 16, 2002
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  IBAC MEETING WEDNESDAY IN SAN DIEGO
  According to Joel Saxberg, Broadcast Electronics ("BE") will
present a seminar on implementing iBiquity's digital audio
broadcasting system as follows:
  Wednesday, May 22, 2002, 2 p.m.
  Courtyard Marriott Hotel
  8651 Spectrum Center Blvd.
  San Diego, CA (Kearny Mesa area)
  (858) 573-0700
  [This story reached CGC Tuesday evening, too late to be
verified by BE; however, the hotel did confirm the seminar
room reservation.   -Ed.]
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  EIGHT-TRACK TAPE DEVELOPER PASSES AWAY
  Norman Racusin, the former president of RCA Records who....
was instrumental in developing the eight-track tape, died April 29
at his home in Carlsbad after suffering a stroke.  He was 82.
  [Extract from L.A. Times article forwarded by Chris Durso
from his father Roy.  -Ed.]
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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  REVISED EAS RULES NOW IN EFFECT
  The revised EAS rules have now gone into effect.  For those
facilities that are planning on upgrading their equipment, the
following link may be useful:
  http://www.sbe24.org/eas/encode.html
  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego LECC EAS
  [For full information on the revised EAS rules, including
the 60 minute window for relaying RMTs, see CGC #510.  -Ed]
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  MMDS UPDATE
  CGC #514 gave the URL for a tutorial on CellularVision,
ITFS, MDS, MMDS and LMDS, but with the caution that the
information was dated (last copyrighted in 1995).  According
to Lawrence Behr, a more current discussion of MMDS may be
found at:
   http://www.lbagroup.com/associates/lbatn120.htm
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  KUDOS
  THANKS for your great newsletter!  I read it the minute it
comes in.
  Harold M. Hallikainen
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  MONOPALMS AND OTHER STRUCTURES THAT OBSCURE ANTENNAS
  Monopoles in the configuration of fake palm trees
("monopalms") are a favorite for hiding cellular/PCS antennas
in environmentally sensitive areas.  There are also fake pine
trees, water tanks, windmills, boulders and now even a fake
Saguaro Cactus to conceal antennas:
  http://www.utilitycamo.com/prods.html
  The question is:  How often have you seen warning signs
posted on concealed radiators - signs cautioning repairmen,
painters, firemen, tree trimmers and others to remain at least
X feet from the structures in order to comply with the FCC's
human exposure to RF signals rules?
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  LANDMARK BILL COULD PROVIDE AMATEUR RADIO
  OPERATORS RELIEF FROM RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS
  A bill introduced in Congress last week could provide relief
to amateurs prevented by private deed covenants, conditions and
restrictions--CC&Rs--from installing outdoor antennas.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/02/0517/
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  NPRM ON THE PROPOSED NEW HAM BANDS
  The FCC has published its Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM) on its plan to allocate the 135.7-137.8 kHz and 5250-5400
kHz bands to the amateur radio service, and upgrade the existing
secondary amateur radio service allocation in the 2400-2402 MHz
band to primary status.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-136A1.doc
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  INCREDIBLE PHOTO SEQUENCE REVISITED
  If you were impressed with last week's photo sequence of
a tugboat rolling under a lowered drawbridge and emerging from
the other side, this URL will provide valuable background
information:
  http://www.snopes2.com/photos/towboat.htm
  URL courtesy of Harold M. Hallikainen
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20020220AAC    KMXX  6665     ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
               E   99.3 MHZ               IMPERIAL, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  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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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFTB-20020409AAK  KWRP-FM1  135884   MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                  E   96.1 MHZ               SAN JACINTO, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPFT-20020405ABJ  K212DP  121801  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                P   90.3 MHZ                 BIG BEAR, CA
  Mod of CP
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20011113AAB   NEW  130845    SHAHRAM HASHEMIZADEH
                 E   CHAN-18           MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BNPTTL-20000828BHX.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE FOR AN AUXILIARY
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXMLH-20020516AAQ   KKLA-FM  48453  NEW INSPIRATION B'CASTING
                 E   99.5 MHZ                 CO., INC.
                                           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Mod of license for auxiliary purposes.
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