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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #527
                     Tuesday,  July 23, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  CHAIRMAN POWELL ON THE WORLDCOM BANKRUPTCY
  "Today [Sunday, July 21, 2002] WorldCom filed for relief
under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.  While I am deeply
concerned by this development, I want to assure the public that
we do not believe this bankruptcy filing will lead to an immediate
disruption of service to consumers or threaten the operation
of WorldCom's Internet backbone facilities...."
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-224526A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH
  The FCC has proposed 43 forfeitures in various amounts
totaling $502,200 in June 2002.  There were only two California
actions, both for alleged tower painting/lighting-type violations.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1689A1.pdf
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  COMMISSION REQUIRES RADAR DETECTORS TO COMPLY WITH
  EMISSION LIMITS TO PREVENT INTERFERENCE TO SATELLITE SERVICES
  The FCC has imposed new emission limits and certification
requirements on radar detectors, to prevent them from causing
interference to very small aperture satellite terminals (VSATs)
which operate with downlink frequencies in the 11.7-12.2 GHz band.
Tests at the Commission's Laboratory have shown that some radar
detectors emit radio signals in the VSAT downlink band far in
excess of the limits that apply to other unintentional radiators.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-224518A1.doc
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  PLEASE DELIVER TO YOUR GENERAL MANAGER, CHIEF ENGINEER,
  NEWS DIRECTOR, and PROGRAM DIRECTOR
  At 6:02 p.m. on Friday, July 19th, one of the San Diego
television stations ran a news story about the Emergency Alert
System.
  During the story a "simulated" activation of the Emergency
Alert System was broadcast along with audible data bursts and
a text crawl along the upper third of the screen that would
accompany an actual activation.
  Broadcasting of simulated EAS data bursts, tones,
messages etc. is specifically forbidden under the FCC Rules and
Regulations.  Broadcast of a simulated activation complete with
data bursts can result in a Notice Of Violation being issued by
the Enforcement Division of the FCC resulting in a monetary fine.
  I would be very surprised if the station that broadcast the
simulated EAS activation doesn't hear from the FCC in the near
future.  Do your facility a favor and don't follow their lead.
  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego Emergency Alert System
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  RF INTERMOD PROGRAM NEEDED
  Are any readers aware of any decent intermod software?  In
doing studies for cellular carriers, we usually don't know what
channels are actually being used, so we have to include all the
channels in a given band.
  I'd like to find some software that would accept a lower and
an upper bound, with a channel spacing and bandwidth, and do the
calculations from there.  (Strictly mathematical - looking for
"hits" up to the 5th order without taking power into account.)
  Mark Van der Hoek, <mvanderh@bechtel.com>
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  RE UNUSUAL SCA ACTIVITY DETECTED ON KXLU - COMMENT #1
  Re Larry Hart's comment in CGC #524 that, "I was surprised
during the evening of July 4th to find KXLU running a 92 kHz
SCA.... Once the local fireworks began at 9:06 PM, a man was
just reciting numbers, mostly one-at-a-time, but sometimes two."
  I'm not from KXLU, nor was I involved in that particular
fireworks show, but as a fireworks pyrotechnician (one of my
sidelines), that sure sounds like firing queues to me.  It's
becoming far more common to coordinate fireworks shows with
music from radio stations and using sub-carriers is a common
way to do that.
  Jim Walls, K6CCC, Mobile Radio Operations, So. Calif. Edison
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  RE UNUSUAL SCA ACTIVITY DETECTED ON KXLU - COMMENT #2
  Under the "Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986,"
it is unlawful to monitor SCAs (and, by the way, STLs).
  Dave Rickmers
  http://www.net.ohio-state.edu/security/links/ecpa-1986.html
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  MORE ON THE AUGUST 2 LOS ANGELES SBE ROAD SHOW
  We have chosen to bring our new digital Starlink Composite
STL to the SBE meeting on August 2.  This will be the first
demonstration of the actual product since our NAB introduction
earlier this year.
  Dave Chancey, Moseley
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  PREDICTA TVs - THAT RETRO LOOK
  Following is a URL that you and your subscribers might be
interested in:
  http://www.predicta.com/
  Sherman George, Director, UCSD Media Center
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  PIRATE FM TRANSMITTERS SOMETIMES LEGAL?  ONE MANUFACTURER'S VIEW
  Ramsey Electronics manufactures kits, including low power
broadcast transmitter kits.  The following statement is most
curious and caught our eye on one of their web pages:
  "Licensed FM broadcast stations and their listeners have ALL
the rights!  Your use of a device such as the FM-25A kit MAY have
some limited privileges in locally-unused band space, but your
non-licensed use of the FM-25A has absolutely NO rights at all
over the rights of licensed broadcast operators and the rights
of their listeners to interference-free reception."
  http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/sitepages/fcc.htm
  What "limited privileges" could they be talking about?  Where
are they written - or is this a new FCC policy?  While there is
no FM-25A shown on Ramsey's "AM/FM Broadcasters" web page, there
is a FM-25B.  Ramsey says, "....many Caribbean folks use a
single FM25B to cover the whole island!" - so this must be
one powerful box.
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  PBS TO DISSEMINATE NATIONAL EMERGENCY INFORMATION?
  Suppose, in an emergency, information needed to reach homes
across America, and cellphone traffic was clogged the way some of
it was on Sept. 11.
  Public broadcasters say their digital signal should be part
of the homeland security equation.  They're trying to get Congress
on board, saying PBS has the satellite infrastructure to get
information from federal authorities to emergency agencies and
citizens across the country within seconds....
http://www.tvtechnology.com/features/news/n-security-07.10.02.shtml
  (URL courtesy of Richard Doering)
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  IBOC TESTS SCHEDULED AT WOR(AM)
  Buckley Broadcasting's WOR will be a test station for IBOC
Digital AM radio.  Buckley says WOR will be the first AM station
in New York City to broadcast a digital signal with tests to begin
sometime in August.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=1742
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  NEW FM CHANNEL FOR BURNEY, CA
  The FCC has allocated FM Channel 225A to Burney, CA.  A filing
  window will not be opened at this time.  Instead, the issue of
  opening this allotment for auction will be addressed by the
  Commission in a subsequent order.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1626A1.doc
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MOD OF
  LICENSE FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY GRANTED
  BXMLH-20020516AAQ   KKLA-FM  48453  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING
                 E   99.5 MHZ                  CO., INC.
                                            LOS ANGELES, CA
  Mod of license for auxiliary purposes.
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  AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BXZ-20020314ABL  KNX 9616 INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.
             P   1070 KHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20020314ABJ  KNX 9616  INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.
            P   1070 KHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Direct Measurement
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