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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #534
                    Tuesday,  August 27, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  SPECIAL REPORT
  ANTI-BROADCASTING CAMPAIGN GAINS MOMENTUM AT THE FOREST SERVICE
  The Cleveland National Forest is setting the table to
ban or cripple broadcasting activities at all nine of its
communications sites in the greater Santa Ana and San Diego
areas.  At best, broadcasting would be relegated to secondary
status, putting the life of the facility in continuous jeopardy.
At worst, broadcasting would be banned outright.
  One way this might play out is as follows.  Say that a
broadcaster has been transmitting from an affected Forest
Service site for 20 years without causing problems for other
users.  One day, Joe's Taxi Service moves its radio repeater onto
the site and receives interference from the broadcast station.
The Forest Service would force the longtime broadcaster to do
whatever it takes to eliminate the interference with the cost
borne by the broadcaster - even if a complex intermodulation
problem beyond the control of the broadcaster were involved.
  If there was no feasible fix, the broadcaster would be forced
to stop its operations to accommodate the needs of the new non-
broadcast user.  Meanwhile, there would be no obligation on the
new user to do anything to remedy the problem that its arrival
had occasioned.
  CGC Communicator readers were made aware of the Forest Service's
leanings in August 2000, and your help was much appreciated then:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2000/cgc407.htm
  Now, the "anti-broadcasting ball" has gained momentum and
spread from Santiago Peak to include eight more sites.  In
addition, operations at all of these sites must be "low power,"
a term which the Forest Service has yet to define.
  Put simply, the Forest Service has presented no evidence to
suggest that a carefully designed broadcast facility is inherently
incompatible with land-mobile and other radio services.  In fact,
considerable evidence exists to the contrary.
  See the Forest Service's latest plan by visiting:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/documents/Cleveland_National_Forest_LRMP.PDF
  ...and check Appendix N (last page) for an overview.  It
would be helpful if you called this plan to the attention of your
station management and the NAB.  There is no reason to believe
that the wanton discrimination against broadcasters will stop
here.  Written comments are due by September 20, 2002, by our
calculation.
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