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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #532
                     Monday, August 12, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  DTV TUNERS TO BE REQUIRED FOR ALMOST ALL TV SETS
  The FCC has mandated the inclusion of DTV tuners in nearly
all new TV sets.  Tuners in some of the larger sets will be
required by July 1, 2004, and all new sets 13" and larger must
have DTV tuners by July 1, 2007.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225221A1.doc
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  ANALOG CELLULAR TELEPHONE SERVICE - SOON AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
  The FCC has streamlined its cellular telephone rules.  One major
change is the establishment of a five year transition period after
which the analog (AMPS) telephone mode will no longer be required.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225216A1.doc
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  2 GHZ ORDER AFFECTS BROADCAST AUXILIARY SERVICE
  "By this Order, and effective immediately, we suspend for
one year, until September 6, 2003, the expiration date for the
initial two-year mandatory negotiation period for Phase 1 of the
2 GHz band relocation plan between Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS)
and Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS)....  The provisions of the
initial Phase 1 mandatory negotiation period will remain in effect
for the duration of this suspension.  We retain the option to
shorten or lengthen this suspension as circumstances warrant...."
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-221A1.doc
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  COMPROMISE REACHED ON 800 MHZ NEXTEL INTERFERENCE
  Nextel Communications, the Private Wireless Coalition, and
the public safety community have reached a consensus on mitigating
interference in the 800 MHz band according to joint comments
filed last Wednesday with the FCC - per a news report from
Wireless World.
  The proposal would split the 800 MHz band into two contiguous
blocks of spectrum, including a cellular and non-cellular block.
Under the plan, Nextel would move to a 16 MHz cellular block while
public safety, business and industrial and traditional SMR
licensees would not have to move.  As usual, there is more to the
story, and CGC thanks Richard Doering for pointing us in the
right direction:
http://www.wirelessweek.com/index.asp?layout=story&doc_id=97824&verticalID=33&vertical=Regulatory&industry=FCC
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  FCC PROPOSES $5,379,000 FINE AGAINST FAX.COM
  FOR VIOLATING "JUNK FAX" PROHIBITION
  The FCC has proposed to fine Fax.com, Inc. $5,379,000 for
sending unsolicited advertisements, known as "junk faxes," in
violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and
Commission rules.  This action represents the largest fine ever
proposed by the Commission for violations of the TCPA and marks
the first forfeiture action by the FCC against a fax broadcaster.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225128A1.doc
  In light of the Commission's serious allegations, it is
fascinating to see fax.com's current web page which now looks
more like an Amber Plan promotion than anything else.  See the
posting for yourself at:  http://www.fax.com/
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  ROUTINE FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - $11,000 - SELECTED ITEM
  It helps to install your broadcast antennas at the right
location, at the correct height and on a tower structure that
is no taller than the one described to the Commission:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1844A1.doc
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  FCC ANNOUNCES NATIONAL FRAUD AWARENESS WEEK
  The Commission has published five relatively interesting
news releases on current trends in consumer/electronic fraud.
Subjects are the do-not-call-list "verification" scam, cell phone
fraud, cramming, slamming and the Internet modem switch scam:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225053A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225107A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225160A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225094A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225293A1.doc
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  FCC EXPLORES DIGITAL BROADCAST COPY PROTECTION
  The FCC has initiated a rulemaking proceeding designed to
explore whether the Commission can and should mandate the use of
a copy protection mechanism for digital broadcast television, and
what impact such regulations would have on consumers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225218A1.doc
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  FCC INSPECTS BAKERSFIELD RADIO & TV STATIONS
  FCC spent several days here in Bakersfield [two weeks ago]
inspecting Radio and TV stations.  Also I know of one cable
operator inspected.  Here at KUZZ, they inspected EAS Logs ONLY.
I understand most all the other inspections were the same.
  Terry Gaiser, W6RU
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  RE BALLOON AND KITE-SUPPORTED WIRE ANTENNAS
  Back in the 50s it was easy to acquire from many of the "war
surplus" stores a "Gibson Girl" emergency transmitter on 500 kHz.
These came with a box kite and 300 feet of antenna wire on a
convenient reel.  The cost for the complete system was less than
$5.00.  I still see them from time to time on e-bay.
  Burt Weiner, K6OQK
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  MORE ON BALLOON AND KITE-SUPPORTED WIRE ANTENNAS
  Here is a note to the Kite and Balloon-supported antennas.
I have issues of RCA Broadcast news from the 1930s and 1940s
where this approach was used on a limited basis for AM
broadcasting and military applications.  These articles are
available as a courtesy to anyone who might like to read them.
  Scott Horner, Salem Communications, scotth@salem.cc
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  THOM BROWN IS RETIRING
  Please remove our organization from your tower climbers
list.  At 65, it is time for me to "stand down."  The company is
"Communication Associates, Inc."
  Thanks for your support and loved it when you went electronic.
  Thom
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  THANKS!
  I greatly enjoy reading your newsletters - they have more
useful information than anything else that I receive.
  Steve Webster (former VP/Engineering, American Tower,
  now in private consulting @ www.rfconsultant.com)
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                            RFR FEEDBACK
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  RADIATING A SMILE
  I have defused some unpleasant situations in civic meetings by
explaining that the word radiation refers to "launching" a signal
the same way people radiate a smile.  According to Webster the
term means: "diverging from a center."  To radiate heat, to
radiate light, to radiate a smile.  Whenever I am in a potentially
difficult political situation in regards to an antenna, I always
use the term "launch or send," never radiate.
  Burt Weiner
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  DON'T USE THE NUCLEAR RADIATION SYMBOL TO DEPICT RF FIELDS
  I drove by [our local] Voice of America site on a recent work
assignment and noticed two signs on the fence.  The first gives a
fair summary of the dangers to be expected beyond the fence:
  http://www.tonydinkel.dynip.com/voasign1.jpg
  About three feet away, a different warning is given in two
languages plus the symbol for nuclear radiation hazard:
  http://www.tonydinkel.dynip.com/voasign2.jpg
  Unless there is a reactor at the site, this symbol has no
business being associated with RF.  I have seen this symbol in
use at several sites I visit, including [one network TV site] on
Mt. Wilson.  The signs with the symbol seem to have been removed
from the [network TV] property recently, however....
  Tony Dinkel
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  KLON(FM) IS NOW KKJZ
  KLON, 88.1 MHz, Long Beach, has issued a press release
announcing its call sign change to KKJZ effective Friday,
August 9.  General Manager Judy Jankowski is quoted as saying,
"We wanted call letters that accurately reflect the best jazz and
blues radio programming in the country."  No other reason for the
change was given.
  KKJZ can also be heard on the Internet (www.kkjz.org), over
KUOR, Redlands, and KECG, El Cerrito.  There was no indication
that KKJZ is ready to implement its CP for higher powered
operation.
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  THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
  Ham radio operators and others:  Don't forget the Perseid
meteor shower from midnight to dawn on Monday August 12 and
Tuesday August 13.  This annual event gives weak signal operators
a good chance to receive bursts of distant VHF and UHF signals
which are reflected off meteor trails.
  (Amateur Radio Newsline #1304, story synopsis)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  FCC Report 438 shows no call changes granted in our area.
  So, where is the KLON>KKJZ call change?  Probably on FCC
  Report 437 which is missing from the web.  CGC has asked the
  Commission to find and post the missing report.
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  DTV CHANNEL 47 - A POSSIBILITY FOR AVALON
  KAZA-TV, NTSC Channel 54, is licensed to Avalon, CA, but
  is missing a DTV channel assignment.  Now, the Commission
  is proposing to assign Channel 47c to KAZA for DTV purposes.
  Comments are due August 15, 2002.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-1938A1.doc
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20020806AAC    K295AI  86384    ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
                E   106.9 MHZ                EDUCATION, INC.
                                               MUSCOY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20020621AET  KIOZ  13504   CITICASTERS LICENSES, INC. (NEW)
              E   105.3 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover an auxiliary permit
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCT-20020308ABC    KRCA  22161     KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                 E   CHAN-62            RIVERSIDE, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCT-20000419ABV,
  callsign KRCA.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER DISMISSED
  BLTTA-20010712AHT   KHTV-LP  60026  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES
                  P   CHAN-48              GROUP, LLC
                                       INLAND EMPIRE, CA
  Application to convert: BLTTL-20010507AAM to Class A
  station status.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER DISMISSED
  BLTTA-20010712AHU   KSFV-LP  49704    VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES
                  P   CHAN-26               GROUP, LLC
                                      SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
  Application to convert: BLTTL-20010507AAN to Class A
  station status.
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