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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #535
                   Wednesday,  August 28, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  READERS RESPOND TO THE ANTI-BROADCASTING CAMPAIGN
  LAUNCHED BY THE USDA FOREST SERVICE
  CGC is in the process of reviewing the letters received in
response to yesterday's story on the anti-broadcasting campaign
currently underway at the Forest Service.  The important thing
is to file timely written comments with the Forest Service,
and/or take appropriate political action, and/or share the
published information with others who are in a position to do so.
  Creating engineering standards to control interference is
a laudable goal; blatant discrimination against broadcasting -
or any other form of communications simply because of its name -
is intolerable.  For this reason, the proposed Cleveland National
Forest LRMP Amendment is unacceptable.
  Thank you in advance for acting.
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  NEW FOREST SERVICE FEE SCHEDULE FOR REGION 5
  A national fee schedule for electronic communications users
on various Forest Service sites was established in 1995.  However,
some boxes in the chart were left blank in such categories as
LPTV, LPFM, TV Translator, FM Translator and CATV.  Now, for
Forest Region 5 (California), those boxes have been filled in, and
the rates are amazing to some.  One tower site manager wrote:
  "When I questioned the outrageously high amount charged for
LPTV, LPFM and translators, I was told that the fees were "fair
market value....  Are they kidding?"  These are unreasonable fees
a tenant must pay on top of the fees already being paid to our
company for providing tower and building space.
  For the next week, copies of the new fee schedule will be
available free of charge, by fax, to any of CGC's regular clients.
Since BLM and the Forest Service are believed to work hand-in-hand
in fee matters, it will be interesting to see how BLM responds.
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  NEW FREQUENCY COORDINATION PROCEDURES FOR 12 GHZ "CARS" BAND
  On July 29, 2002, frequency coordination procedures in
applications for use of 12 GHz frequencies by CARS (Cable
Television Relay Service) stations changed.  Now, applicants
for all CARS authorizations must use the same frequency
coordination procedures as applicants in the Fixed Microwave
Services - Section 101.103(d) of the Commission's Rules.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225492A1.doc
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  THE WHITE DOT MYSTERY EXPLAINED BY CGC COMMUNICATOR READERS
  CGC #533 asked for reader comments on "a grid of evenly spaced
tiny white dots" that is sometimes mysteriously superimposed over
television pictures.  All reader comments were assembled and
posted on the web, then the file mysteriously disappeared.
  Stay tuned.  We're checking the fiber optic pipe to see
where it went.
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  §11.61 Tests of EAS Procedures -  Pacific Broadcasting
Company, Santa Barbara.  $2,000 NAL.
  §11.35 - EAS Equipment Operational Readiness, Smith
Broadcasting of Santa Barbara, LP.  $8,000 NAL.
  §11.35 - EAS Equipment Operational Readiness - Blue Skies
Broadcasting Corp., KSKT-CA ["CA" means "Class A" Low Power TV],
San Marcos.  $15,000 NAL.  Other violations:  §73.683 (Field
Strength Contours and Presumptive Determination of Field Strength
at Individual Locations).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2037A1.doc
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  RADIO WORLD - RFR STORY/ANALYSIS COMING SEPTEMBER 1
  The Radio World coverage of the Mt. Wilson and Sunset Ridge
RFR incidents mentioned in CGC #533 is an opinion piece by
engineering columnist Guy Wire.  Thanks for mentioning the
article.
  Radio World plans to publish its own news story/analysis
in the Sept. 1 issue.  Keep up the great work at CGC.
  Paul McLane, Editor, Radio World
  [According to RW's e-mail newsletter, the story will be
entitled, "The Mt. Wilson RF Drama: What Happened?"   -Ed.]
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  THE FCC RULE THAT PROHIBITS INCIDENTAL USE OF EAS TONES
  Q.  One of the Palm Springs TV stations also did a news
piece about the Amber system using the EAS tones.  Could you
please tell me the ruling that [prohibits this practice]?
  Steve Easly, Palm Springs
  A.  This is an easy one.  It's FCC Rule 11.45 entitled,
"Prohibition of false or deceptive EAS transmissions:
    "No person may transmit or cause to transmit the EAS codes
or Attention Signal, or a recording or simulation thereof, in any
circumstance other than in an actual National, State or Local
Area emergency or authorized test of the EAS.  Broadcast station
licensees should also refer to Sec. 73.1217 of this chapter."
  (Tom Hora & June Butler, FCC + Richard Rudman)
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  THE RICOCHET REVIVAL
  The Ricochet network is currently available in Denver, and
is scheduled to be commercially available [again] in San Diego
and certain U.S. markets in late 2002:
  http://www.ricochet.com/FAQs_Comparisons.aspx?FAQ=Coverage%20Areas
  There is a coverage map shown for addresses entered:
  https://www.ricochet.com/Order/getit.aspx
  Possibly those light pole transceivers will once again provide
useful communications to some people.
  Richard Doering, WA6CFM
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  WESTERN HISTORIC RADIO MUSEUM
  Nice bit on the Gibson Girl transmitter (CGC #533).  I was
recently up in Virginia City, NV, and thought I remembered
seeing one of those units there at the Western Historic Radio
Museum.  [This place] is a must-see!  An incredible collection
of receivers, transmitters, tubes, all carefully restored &
displayed with informational cards on each piece.
  The owner, Henry Rogers, WA7YBS, has done an excellent job,
and I received a personal tour along with a verbal description
and history of everything he has.  That includes an original
complete 1912 wireless station.  Truly amazing, and worth the
trip:
  http://www.radioblvd.com
  Dave Fortenberry, N6MAI, CE KFIA-KTKZ-KKFS Sacramento
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  MORE ON THE IMPROPER USE OF THE NUCLEAR RADIATION SYMBOL
  I was amused by the letter from Tony Dinkel regarding the
incorrect use of the nuclear radiation sign where a proper RF
safety sign should have been used.  This is not that uncommon,
apparently, among some government agencies.  The photo below I
shot at an unnamed government facility where I was providing RF
safety consulting.  This is how not to post a RF hazard warning
sign:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/pictures/nuclearsign.jpg
  Ric Tell, rtell@radhaz.com
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  THANKS!
  I do like your publication.  It is nicely written, a good
format for the Internet, and informative.  It sets a standard
by which I judge other publications on the Internet.
  Tom Hora, FCC, San Francisco
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  AMBER ALERTS - EAS DISTRIBUTION PROBLEMS IN LOS ANGELES
  If an Amber alert signals a potential disaster, attempting
to distribute Amber alert information over the Los Angeles EAS
is a sure disaster.  The Los Angeles EAS list server has been
filled with comments on how poorly their EAS is handling regular
tests, let alone the complications imposed by Amber.  All parties
agree that the system needs drastic repair.
  A number of engineers have commented that an alternate system
already in place, EDIS, is much better equipped to handle Amber
traffic.  See <http://www.edis.ca.gov/> to view the incredibly
simple and effective EDIS site.
  In San Diego, Amber Alerts have been folded into a new CARE
Alert program: <http://www.sandiegopictures.org/eas/>.  How well
that systems works remains to be seen.
  In other news, the California Broadcasters Assn. has retained
Richard Rudman as a Consultant on Advanced Warning Systems to
work on issues that include the Amber alerts.
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  RICHARD RUDMAN RESPONDS
  Thanks for the mention [above story].  I think from what's
happening already that my real title should be "lightning rod."
  One of the things I have already started to do is to ask Local
chairs for their thoughts on how well Amber is being rolled out in
their areas.  Legislators are enacting their own versions of Amber
that in some cases go well beyond the protocols agreed to by the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, SBE, and even
the FCC.
  This whole exercise could be very valuable to identify what is
right and wrong with our existing broadcasting public alerting/
warning system.  Since the local committees must come up with
local plans in concert with local officials, this makes the
process more interesting.
  A lot of what I am doing is trying to work with the more vocal
list server members as we see if the EAS glass is half empty or
half full.
  Richard Rudman, rar01@earthlink.net
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  CELL TOWER AFLAME
  Garden State Parkway, New Jersey:  We do not know the details,
perhaps a welding spark ignited the coaxial cables inside this
cellular monopole, but the results were dramatic.  With multiple
operators on the site, there were quite a bundle of cables to
serve as fuel.  See photo:
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/pictures/celltowerfire.jpg
  The caption might read, "Hey Joe, I said 250 watts, not
250 dBm!"
  Mark van der Hoek, Sr. RF Engineer, Wireless Facilities Inc.
  [The photo underscores the need for "plenum rated" (fire
resistant) cables in building air shafts.  Without those, a
fire on one floor would quickly spread to areas above.   -Ed.]
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  CLARIFICATION ON THE GIBSON GIRL ARTICLE
  CGC #533 carried the following sentence:  "ABC's morning man
Charles Gibson is (according to one web posting) the grandson of
Charles Dana Gibson."
  ABC's Charles D. Gibson (note the middle initial) writes as
follows, as relayed by Dave Converse of ABC:
  "We're related...but I'm not his grandson.  I'm actually a
grand-nephew.  He was my great-uncle."
  Thanks to Dave for contacting Charles to ferret out the
true relationship.  Random Internet postings are always suspect
although many contain a modicum of truth.
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  EL NIŅO - IT'S BACK
  On July 11, NOAA made it official:  The agency announced that
the latest El Niņo had indeed arrived.  It's not the powerful,
climatic juggernaut of 1997-98, but a milder, weaker version that
may begin affecting weather in the U.S. by Fall 2002.
  In terms of what to expect, typical El Niņo winters enhance
rainfall across the southern tier of the U.S., and bring warmer-
than-normal temperatures to a region stretching from southern
Alaska to the upper Midwest.
http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2002/july02/noaa02089.html
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  A CONNECTION BETWEEN ELECTRIC POWER LINES AND HEALTH PROBLEMS?
  "To one degree or another, all three of the [California
Department of Health Services] scientists are inclined to believe
that EMFs (electric and magnetic fields) can cause some degree of
increased risk of childhood leukemia, adult brain cancer, Lou
Gehrig's disease and miscarriage," states a leaked copy of the
final report from the California EMF Program, as reported by
Wired magazine:
  http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,54637,00.html?tw=wn_ascii
  [We'll wait for the final report before passing judgement
on this one, but the Wired account is interesting.  -Ed]
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20020806AAB  KSGA-LP  5342  COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                 E   CHAN-64              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-19960516LY,
  callsign KSGA-LP.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20020521AAS   KWBB-LP  124259   CALVARY CHAPEL OF BIG BEAR
               E   105.5 MHZ              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20020726ACH     KWKU  1925    LOTUS COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
               P   1220 KHZ               POMONA, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTB-20020816AAD   KSCI2  133867   KSLS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-18         HESPERIA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BNPTTB-20010809AAD,
  callsign KSCI2.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20020621AAS  KGB-FM  34454  CITICASTERS LICENSES, INC.(NEW)
              E   101.5 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover an auxiliary permit
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTTL-19980601TX    K31FC  13022    COMMUNITY SERVICE
                  P   CHAN-20          TELEVISION COMPANY
                                         SAN DIEGO, CA
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-810318JJ, FOR A NEW
  STATION) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 31 TO CHANNEL 20; TL: 10680 TREENA
  STREET, SAN DIEGO, CA 32-55-10  117-06-50; TPO: 1.000 KILOWATTS;
  ERP: 20.03 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: BOGNER, B8UB; RCAMSL: 204.2
  METERS AND ORIENTATION: 200 DEGREES TRUE
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20020725AAP  KSMV-LP  14002  COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                 E   CHAN-33               LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20020212AAA,
  callsign KSMV-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20020215ACB    K36GI  13022    COMMUNITY SERVICE
                  P   CHAN-36          TELEVISION COMPANY
                                         SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K31FC.
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