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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #524
                    Wednesday,  July 17, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC CHAIRMAN DECLARES TELECOM INDUSTRY TO BE IN STATE
  OF "UTTER CRISIS"
  Declaring the telecommunications industry to be in a state
of "utter crisis," FCC Chairman Powell suggested his agency
could allow a Baby Bell to take over WorldCom Inc., an
acquisition once seen as unthinkable due to concentration
of control.
  (Wall Street Journal, 7/15/02, Page 1)
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  DTV PLAN UPDATE -- STATEMENT BY FCC CHAIRMAN POWELL
  "....Virtually every industry - cable, broadcast and
satellite - has either fully embraced my plan, or made real
commitments to advance the transition (to DTV)....  The missing
piece of the DTV puzzle is the consumer electronics industry.
We have not yet received a final response from the manufacturers
on the phased-in inclusion of DTV tuners in new sets.  I hope
they will join their industry colleagues and come forward with
real and tangible commitments to advance the transition."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-224218A1.doc
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  NEXT DAY > MORE FROM CHAIRMAN POWELL ON THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
  INDUSTRY'S FAILURE TO MAKE REAL COMMITMENTS ON DTV TUNERS
  "The CE industry's response on DTV tuners is so limited, and
loaded down with so many conditions, that I believe it amounts
to no commitment at all.  Not only does the CE industry demand
that certain issues be resolved before they will act, they demand
they be resolved to their satisfaction....  I hope that the CE
industry will reconsider its position and join with its industry
colleagues in the effort to make progress today...."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-224289A1.doc
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  FCC OKAYS DOTCAST
  Dotcast is offering TV broadcasters the ability to transmit
4.7 megabits/second ("MBPS") of data over their analog channel,
and 10 MBPS over their digital channel, in addition to the
regular TV picture/s and sound.  The Dotcast system has FCC
certification, meaning that it may be implemented without any
additional FCC approvals.  Over 200 ABC, Paxson and PBS stations
have already signed on to use Dotcast.
  Broadcasting & Cable, 7/8/02, p8.
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  ANTENNAS AT HISTORIC PLACES
  If you are concerned with antennas mounted at locations that
"may affect districts, sites, buildings, structures or objects....
that are listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register
of Historic Places," this FCC Order is for you:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1609A1.doc
   The FCC has entered into an agreement with the Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation and the National Conference of
State Historic Preservation Officers for the collocation of
antennas.
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  OET ESTABLISHES WAIVER PROCESS TO PERMIT EXISTING ULTRA
  WIDEBAND ("UWB") DEVICES TO CONTINUE OPERATION
  Common applications of UWB equipment include inspections of
highways, bridges and runways, and determining the locations of
gas pipelines.  Forensic and archaeology studies constitute
other uses.  Waivers to permit the continued use of the equipment
will be contingent on no evidence of harmful interference to
authorized services.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-224279A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1658A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  MT. WILSON HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RF FIELDS STORY
  Several compliments have been received on the letters and
comments carried in CGC Communicator #523, dealing with the FCC's
surprise human exposure to RF fields inspection on Mt. Wilson.
  CGC is currently assembling the reply comments.  Watch for
another Special Edition Communicator soon.
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  GROUND PENETRATING RADAR - A USEFUL TECHNOLOGY
  I saw your note on ground penetrating radar.  We recently used
this device to locate the post-tensioning cables in the parking
structure at Univision's new location.  We mounted many satellite
antennas on the roof of the structure, which had a number of high
tension cables in a grid pattern throughout the concrete.  If a
cable were to be severed by the concrete coring machine, the
severed portions would fly out of the concrete at high speed,
possibly hitting adjacent buildings.  Then there would be the
problem of the slab possibly collapsing.
  .... We suspected that there were multiple cable layers.
The radar proved us right, and we were able to orient all of the
anchor bolts to miss the cables.  It is amazing the ways in which
technology is changing such a traditional and basic business as
construction.
  Steve Hopkins, Tower Structures, Inc.
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  GROUND PENETRATING RADAR - AS ADVERTISED ON E-BAY
  I actually saw one of these units for sale on e-bay the
other day:
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1747527715
  Gray Haertig
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  UNUSUAL SCA ACTIVITY DETECTED ON KXLU
  I was surprised during the evening of July 4th to find KXLU
running a 92 kHz SCA.  They had a loop saying, "July 4th, 2002."
Once the local fireworks began at 9:06 PM, a man was just reciting
numbers, mostly one-at-a-time, but sometimes two.
  Since this was my first time home on July 4 in the evening
since 1996, I wouldn't have noticed something unusual like this
[before].  I think this is the first time I've heard KXLU with
an SCA since around 1984.
  Larry Hart, an avid FM-and-TV DXer, Culver City
  [Presumably the numbers were to coordinate a fireworks display
with music; we would appreciate a confirmation from KXLU.   -Ed.]
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  THE AUGUST 2 ROADSHOW GAINS MOMENTUM
  FYI, Henry Engineering will also be part of the "Roadshow"
in Burbank on August 2nd.  We will offer a preview of our all-new
product line.  About 10 new Henry Engineering products will be
introduced over the next few months.   Stay tuned...
  Hank Landsberg, Henry Engineering
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  RE DOWNLOADING THE INTERNET   ;)
  Someone already has downloaded an awful lot of the Internet!
See <http://www.archive.org/>.
  Harold Hallikainen
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  250' OF ANDREW 3-INCH HELIAX STOLEN
  Thieves have hacked off 250' of 3-inch Andrew Heliax from a
10-foot spool at KYWL(FM) in Spokane, Washington.  According to
Ken Broeffle, regional engineer for Citadel Communications,
"We're not sure if they took it for the copper or to sell the
cable."  Just in case a large chunk of black-market Heliax
surfaces, let Ken know: <ken.broeffle@citcomm.com>.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=1731
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  None in our area.
  (FCC Report 436)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20000128AAP   NEW  122346   FAITH PLEASES GOD CHURCH CORP.
                E   89.9 MHZ              MISSION VIEJO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/08/2002
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20020703AAF    KATY-FM  33611  ALL PRO BROADCASTING, INC.
                E   101.3 MHZ             IDYLLWILD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20020708AAI    KRLH  58808     CARON BROADCASTING, INC.
              E   590 KHZ              SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20020328AAT    K210CL  90642   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
                 P   89.9 MHZ           COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         LEMON GROVE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20020612ADJ    K205DK   92058   PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM
                 E   88.9 MHZ               YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20020520AAT   KWRP-FM1  135884    MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                  E   96.1 MHZ                SAN JACINTO, CA
  Lic. to cover
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