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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #519
                    Wednesday,  June 19, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  LIGHT BEAM TELEPORTATION CLAIMED
  Dr. David Whitehouse, BBC News Online science editor, reports
that scientists at Australian National University have succeeded
in teleportation - the disembodiment of a thing in one location
and its reconstruction in another.  In this case, a beam of light
allegedly disappeared in one place and reappeared in another, a
short distance away, via the mechanism of quantum entanglement.
Data imbedded in the beam were also recovered.
  If verified, this experiment would herald an entirely
new means of communications not amenable to interception or
regulatory intervention, and would certainly be regarded as one
of the most remarkable findings of the century.  We, of course,
are skeptical and will await the results of independent tests.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_2049000/2049048.stm
  (Kudos to Jason Thornton for the URL)
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  FCC DISMISSES EMP SHIELDING PROPOSAL
  The FCC has dismissed a petition that would have required
all electronic equipment subject to the Commission's jurisdiction
to be shielded against electromagnetic pulse (EMP) damage.  EMP
is a high-powered broadband "spike" of electromagnetic energy
that is a side effect of a thermonuclear explosion.
  The FCC concluded that a voluntary EMP standards development
process was "the best method for developing guidelines and safe-
guards to address protection of the communications infra-
structure."  The FCC added, "it appears that government
intervention is not warranted" at this time.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/02/0614/
  (Also see CGC #487 and #488.)
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  FCC INITIATES PROCEEDING TO PROMOTE COMMERCIAL
  DEVELOPMENT OF SPECTRUM IN THE 71-76, 81-86 AND 92-95 GHZ BANDS
  The FCC seeks comments in the above-captioned matter to
allow the use of these radio bands for a broad range of new fixed
wireless services.  Potential uses include high-speed wireless,
local area networks, broadband access systems for the Internet,
point-to-point communications, and point-to- multipoint
communications.  These bands have never before been occupied by
non-government users.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-223386A1.doc
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  POLICIES & RULES FOR THE DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE
  SERVICE (VIDEO) REFORMULATED
  The current rules for direct broadcast video satellites were
adopted almost 20 years ago and are in need of reformulation.
  Beware.  The following Report & Order which accomplishes
that reformulation is gigantic.  Perhaps the best way to gain
an overview is to read the statements prepared by some of the
FCC Commissioners; their letters are posted at the very end of
the document:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-110A1.doc
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  MO&O RELEASED ON THE "LOWER 700 MHZ BAND" (TV CH-52 to 59)
  The FCC has published a Memorandum Opinion & Order ("MO&O")
dealing with (among other things) the details for clearing TV
stations from the Channel 52 to 59 region:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-185A1.doc
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  MEDIA-OWNERSHIP RULES TO BE REVIEWED SIMULTANEOUSLY
  The FCC said it would review nearly all of its media-ownership
rules simultaneously instead of in separate proceedings.  The
decision came as a blow to media firms seeking decisions.
  Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2002
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  FCC'S ENFORCEMENT BUREAU PROPOSES 21 FINES TOTALING $171,000
  Rule infractions involve such things as unauthorized operation
and equipment, antenna structure registration, tower lighting and
painting, Emergency Alert System, AM fencing and cable signal
leakage.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1367A1.doc
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ENGINEERING OPENING AT BIG CITY RADIO
  Wanted to let you know that I have taken a new role at Big
City Radio as VP of Engineering.  The Assistant Chief in LA (Alex
Roman) has been promoted to Chief Engineer.  Thus, we are looking
for an Assistant Chief for our LA cluster.  (We are also looking
for a Chief for our New York City cluster.)
  Interested parties can contact me by e-mail.  Please be sure
to include a telephone number and days/times when you can be
reached.  Big City Radio is an EOE.
  Kent Kramer, kentkramer@att.net
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           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
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  A LOOK AT SIRIUS SATELLITES' OPERATION
  Whereas XM has set up home in one of the rougher parts of
Washington, Sirius has settled in the well-to-do parts of high-
rise Manhattan:
  http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/features/html/sirius020614.html
  Marvin Collins
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  MORE ARTIFICIAL FOLIAGE + SIGNAL ABSORBTION BY TREES
  Steel framed "preserved cypress trees" now join the ranks of
artificial foliage, and the manufacturer even offers Feng Shui
tips (seriously) to satisfy the most discriminating customer:
http://www.soul-utions.com/outdoortrees/outdoorcypress.htm
 In other news, an Australian cell phone operator blames red
gummed eucalyptus tree leaves for excessive signal absorbtion:
http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2002/06/10/1022982819833.htm
  (URLs courtesy of Mark van der Hoek & Rob Branch, respectively)
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  PHOTOGRAPHS OF UNUSUAL (AND BEAUTIFUL) TOWER STRUCTURES
  I enjoyed the links to camouflaged cell sites.  Here are
some unusual structures worth looking at, especially the top-right
image (the Lightning Bolt Tower @ Dominos' Pizza Headquarters,
Ann Arbor, MI):
  http://www.mei1inc.com/photo.htm
  Wayne Blackwelder
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  WATER COOLED PCs ARE A REALITY
  CGC #518 asked when water cooled audio tubes will be
available in laptops.  Actually, water, glycol, freon, etc.-
cooled PCs have been around for some time for hobbyists:
  http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/01q2/010528
  In fact, I have seen "cooling" kits at Frys that are water
based.  Now water-cooled laptops are actually going to be
manufactured:
  http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,86363,00.asp
  Tim Pozar
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  SILLIMAN SHOW DELAYED
  In CGC #516, Dave Burns informed us that The Discovery Channel
would profile Tom Silliman and his involvement with the Nashville
Tower Project on June 14 at 9 PM ET.  Dave now informs us that
the segment has been delayed and will "go into a more prime time
slot on August 23, time to be announced."
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  THANK YOU
  Thanks again for such a useful and informative newsletter.
We at KOCE-TV really appreciate all the time and effort you put
into publishing the CGC Communicator for all of us!
  Bruce Reed
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  SOME STORED CARBON RESISTORS MAY CHANGE VALUES
  One author claims that old and unused carbon resistors
(e.g. 15-30 years old) may display significant resistance
increases.  For example, the writer recently measured an old
resistor marked 1,600 ohms and found that it read 4,090 ohms,
while an old resistor marked 820 ohms read 2,220 ohms (04/02 QST,
page 70).
  However, tests on 30-year-old never-used carbon resistors in
storage at CGC showed no such problems.  Ten resistors ranging
widely in value were checked with a digital ohmmeter, and all
but one fell within their 10% specification.  The one exception
was only slightly outside the allowable 10% range.
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  MORE WEB LISTENERS, BUT FEWER ONLINE RADIO STATIONS
  4.3 million people listened to Webcasters in May - up from
3.9 million in April - this despite a drop in the total number
of Internet radio stations.
  There were 1,294 Internet radio stations in May, down from
1,351 in April and 1,414 in March.  Data by MeasureCast - story
by Radio World.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=1606
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20020607AAN     KDES-FM  67354    KDES RADIO CORPORATION
               E     104.7 MHZ             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20020611AAT   K205DK  92058   PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                E   88.9 MHZ              YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTT-20020311ABI  K29EZ  51365   PALO VERDE VALLEY TV CLUB,INC.
                E  CHAN-29                 BLYTHE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601SH,
  callsign K65CP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20001002AGT   K41HW  57054    LAURIE MINTZ
                 P   CHAN-41        OCEANSIDE/CARLSBAD,
  Minor change in licensed CA facilities, callsign K33FZ
  Dismissed - Mexican Objection
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20020612ABP    K205EE  88897   PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                 E   88.9 MHZ               BARSTOW, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  BPFT-20020612ADJ    K205DK  92058   PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                 E   88.9 MHZ              YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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