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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #533
                    Tuesday,  August 20, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC CHAIRMAN POWELL OUTLINES CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF FUTURE
  SPECTRUM POLICY
  FCC Chairman Michael Powell has outlined critical elements
for future spectrum policy initiatives at the Commission.
  Basically, he envisions more efficient use of existing
spectrum (getting "more use out of spectrum that 80 percent of
the time lies fallow"), cites a need for the continued use of
unlicensed bands, asks for a shift from a "command and control"
model of regulation to market-based mechanisms and favors the
concept of spectrum sharing between commercial and government
users.  He also wants the Commission to allow room for the
unforeseen.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225310A1.doc
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  "FCC UNIVERSITY" LAUNCHED - CONTINUED LEARNING FOR FCC STAFF
  Last Thursday, the Commission launched "FCC University" to
ensure that FCC staff has the cutting edge knowledge and skills
to respond to the challenges of the communications field in the
21st century.
  FCC employees can choose from a vast range of courses on
generally applicable subjects as well as sections specifically
geared to meet the educational needs of engineers, economists and
lawyers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225430A1.doc
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  RADIO WORLD'S STORY ON THE MT. WILSON/SUNSET RIDGE
  RFR INCIDENTS
  See:
  http://www.rwonline.com/reference-room/guywire/rf-waves.shtml
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  FULL TEXT MANDATING DTV TUNERS FOR MOST TV SETS
  Covers other DTV topics too:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-230A1.doc
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  LONG-DELAYED CALL SIGN CHANGE SHEET MATERIALIZES
  The FCC call sign change sheet dated July 17, 2002 (FCC Report
No. 437) has finally materialized - published as the very last
item in the FCC's Daily Digest for August 16, 2002.
  Of course, the FCC "edocs people" can't post information until
it is released by others, and there is a certain bottleneck at the
Commission that needs clearing.  In any event, you can show your
appreciation for the release of FCC Report No. 437 by sending a
note to <edocshelp@fcc.gov> and saying something simple like:
  "Thanks for publishing FCC Report No. 437."
  That will send a simple, positive and effective message.
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                         FEATURE STORY
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  RETURN OF THE MYSTERIOUS WHITE DOTS
  CGC #419 (November 13, 2000) carried the following story:
  "Imagine a TV set receiving a normal over-the-air picture, but
superimposed on the picture is a grid of evenly spaced tiny white
dots.  Many dots.  Covering the entire screen....  Within the past
month, CGC has received two reports of white dot grid interference
affecting the reception of Channel 6 in San Diego County, and at
widely different locations.  In one case, the grid was more or less
fixed (not moving); in the other, it slowly drifted up and to the
left...."  CGC's readers were asked about the white dots, but none
knew the origin.
  Now, the dots have been noted again, this time on CH-2 as
received over-the-air at CGC's lab in Fallbrook on 8/14/02 at about
9 a.m..  This time, the dots moved slowly down and to the left,
like wind-swept rain.  Two photos of the dots are posted on the
web at:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/pictures/ch2_rain.jpg
  Note that the dots are visible over darker backgrounds as seen
in the left photo, and during scene changes as seen in the right
photo.  One Los Angeles TV Chief indicated that he had seen
similar dot fields both over-the-air and via cable distribution,
but was never able to explain the phenomena.  Have you seen this
type of interference?  On what channels?  CATV or over-the-air?
How long did it last?  Do you know its origin?  Please reply to
<rgonsett@connectnet.com>.
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                            LOCAL NEWS
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  KSGA-LP SWITCHES TO CH-64, CAUSES INTERFERENCE TO KHIZ-64
  KSGA-LP, San Bernardino, apparently switched to CH-64
about a week ago (see authorization in CGC #517), and is
reportedly causing considerable interference to the outlying
reception of KHIZ, CH-64, Barstow.  Over-the-air viewers in
Crestline are said to be particularly hard hit, but complaints
have also been arriving from Lake Arrowhead, Rialto, Fontana
and other places.
  If KSGA-LP is causing any interference whatsoever to your
regular reception of KHIZ, call (760) 241-6464.  This applies
to all types of reception including cable, satellite and
over-the-air signals.
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  RE FCC INSPECTS BAKERSFIELD RADIO & TV STATIONS (CGC #532)
  There were recently a series of similar inspections
[EAS Logs] at stations in Northern KY and Southern OH.
  Lew Collins
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  DO YOU KNOW A BROADCAST ENGINEER WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?
  Bob Malsbury, who for many years was the CE of Jim Slone's
radio properties in Tucson, AZ, has contracted Multiple Sclerosis,
commonly known as "MS."  Bob writes:
  "I have just recently learned of another Radio Engineer who
has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and possibly a third
engineer.  Please ask your readers if they know any other
Engineers that have developed MS, and have them email me at
<rmalsbury@netzero.net>."
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  DON'T UNWITTINGLY REBROADCAST EAS TONES
  Mark Manuelian reports that a Boston station - doing a
broadcast news report on the AMBER alert - used a recording of
an actual EAS alert previously broadcast in another market.
  Please remind all station engineers, managers and newsroom
personnel (again) that rebroadcasting an EAS alert as part of
a news report is illegal.
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  THE GIBSON GIRL TRANSMITTER REVEALED
  Photographs and a description of the famous Gibson Girl
emergency transmitter (re CGC #532) are posted on the web:
  http://www.angelfire.com/wv/liberator/roif/p8_4_4.jpg
  More information and more photographias are at:
  http://www.qsl.net/ae4gx/gibsongenerator.htm
  The Gibson Girl transmitter - with its hourglass figure - was
named after Charles Dana Gibson's famous pin-up drawings.  ABC's
morning man Charles Gibson is (according to one web posting) the
grandson of Charles Dana Gibson.  For more on the Gibson Girl,
see:
  http://www.geocities.com/gibsongirls2001/paarticle1.html
  (Most info courtesy of Rod Dinkins, AC6V)
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  THE GIBSON GIRL TAPE SPLICER
  "Gibson Girl" apparently became a trade name for various
products such as the Robins Stereo Tape Splicer.  Lee McGowan
(CE of KYXY/KPLN) remembers owning one of these gadgets years
ago.  He writes, "It made very complicated what was much easier
done with a razor blade.... but it did automatically cut a slight
hour-glass shape along the tape edge where the diagonal splice
cut was made."
  Photos of the Gibson Girl tape splicer are available at the
following eBay web site:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MfcISAPICommand=ViewItem&item=2130067419
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  PHOTOS OF THE PINES (JULIAN) FIRE
  The Pines fires started on or near Volcan Mountain, home of
the transmitter plant for KLVJ, 100.1 MHz, Julian.  Fortunately,
KLVJ is housed in an AT&T bomb-resistant building (no kidding);
unfortunately, AC power was lost as the fire progressed, but
was eventually restored with a portable generator.
  CDF photos of the fire are posted at:
http://www.fire.ca.gov/cdf/incidents/Pines%20Fire_73/photos.html
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  "HD RADIO" - THE NEW TRADE NAME FOR IBIQUITY'S IBOC TECHNOLOGY
  http://www.ibiquity.com/news/news_launch_hdradio.html
  http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/020812/media_ibiquity_1.html
  (URLs courtesy of Richard Doering)
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  JAPAN SAYS NO TO POWER LINE RF TRANSMISSIONS
  Proponents of using Power Line Transmissions, or PLT
technology, have suffered a major setback.  Telecommunications
regulators in Japan have said NO to its implementation after
extensive trials have shown that the system could interfere
with other spectrum users.
  (Amateur Radio Newsline, August 16, 2002)
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  SHAKY OUTLOOK FOR 3G MOBILES
  While Congress is interested in the sale of 3G spectrum
for one reason - money - the number of real world applications
for 3G seems limited.  Some say 3G means "girls, gambling and
games."  See and read more in this article from the BBC courtesy
of Mark Van der Hoek:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2176484.stm
  At least 3G phones are useful as hand-warmers because they
are big and run hot.  Hopefully, that will change.
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  FCC MODIFIES A WEB-POSTED ITEM AND TELLS US IT DID SO - BRAVO!
  When the Media Bureau changed an item that it had posted on
the web recently, it published an erratum to tell the public about
the event.  Bravo!
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225474A1.doc
  It would be helpful if the Commission adopted a rule requiring
FCC staff to publish an erratum each and every time it modified a
posted item.  Otherwise, the Commission's web site would
eventually be regarded as untrustworthy.  It is already regarded
as that by some because of unreported tinkering with text.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KLON(FM), Long Beach, is now KKJZ.
  KSPA(AM), Escondido, is once again KFSD
  FCC Reports No. 437 and 439
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20020726ACH    KWKU  1925    LOTUS COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
              P   1220 KHZ                POMONA, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20020808ADU   KBHR  51566    PARALLEL BROADCASTING, INC.
              E   93.3 MHZ             BIG BEAR CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BPFT-20020328AAT    K210CL  90642   SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
                 P   89.9 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          LEMON GROVE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 8/6/02 BY
  SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20020812ACN    KSCA  24548     HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
               E   101.9 MHZ                GLENDALE, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20020812ABO     KLIT    9304    AMATURO GROUP OF L.A., LTD.
                E   92.7 MHZ              FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTVL-20020813ABB    K08MX   10533     CHARLES R. MEEKER
                  E    CHAN-8                INDIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K08MX.
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