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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #538
                   Tuesday, September 10, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  LPFM MAJOR AMENDMENT WINDOW TO BE OPEN 10/28 THRU 11/01
  Certain pending low power FM (LPFM) applicants will be allowed
to amend their applications to comply with the Commission's third-
adjacent channel protection rules:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2178A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  FCC'S JUNE BUTLER IS ENGAGED!
  June Butler of the San Diego FCC field office is getting
married, and her fiancÚ is Channel 39 reporter Bernard Gonzales.
The happy event is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2003 in Oahu.  Well
wishes may be sent to June at <jubutler@fcc.gov>.
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  KVCR-TV SAYS THANKS
  KVCR-TV, Channel 24, public broadcasting for the Inland
Empire (Riverside/San Bernardino), is still off the air as we
go to press Tuesday afternoon.  Their new klystron did not
arrive until today and was being trucked up the mountain about
noon.  Hopefully the station will be on the air this evening at
low power and, if all goes as planned, full power operation
will resume Thursday.
  According to KVCR General Manager Lew Warren, the call
for local engineers familiar with changing a TTU-55 klystron
(CGC #537) was much more successful than expected.  About 15
individuals responded in all!  Let's keep our fingers crossed
for a successful change out.
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  IN SEARCH OF BOB GROSS
  In the late 60s, I was Chief of Westinghouse/NBC Channel 3
(KYW TV) in Phila and Bob Gross was Chief of CBS Channel 10
(WCAU-TV).  In the very early 70s, we both went on to consulting.
I went to NYC and Bob, to LA.  I know that before that he played
a big part in the design of CBS Hollywood and KNXT.  Is Bob still
active?  Do you know where I might contact him?
  Elmer E. Smalling, smalling@smallingsystems.com
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  ON THE USE OF EAS TONES FOR OTHER THAN OFFICIAL PURPOSES
  In response to Richard Large's letter in CGC #536 where
the use of EAS tones/coding was advocated to help educate the
public on the merits of EAS, Burt Weiner commented as follows:
  "This may be well and good but how are we to tell automated
equipment that is listening for the tones when to ignore the
tones?  Even if we could have the equipment know the difference,
is this something we would want especially considering the
problems with EAS to date?"
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  CHANGING THE PITCH OF THE EAS TONES
  If people want to use EAS tones on the air for various
reasons other [than] their intended use, here's a way to do it:
Just change the pitch of the tones slightly, maybe by 100 or
200 Hz.  To the human ear, it all would sound pretty much the
same, but yet elicit the same response from humans....
  Mike Lonneke, Broadcast Management & Consulting, Inc.
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  A VOTE AGAINST USING EAS-LIKE TONES WITHOUT AN EMERGENCY/TEST
  Mr. Lonneke's suggestion of changing the pitch of the EAS
FSK by 100 or 200 Hertz would probably not trigger EAS decoding
devices; however, I would oppose such use, the same as we used
to oppose sounds of emergency vehicles in on-air broadcasts.
Because the EAS FSK is distinctive, the public recognize [it]
and are alerted.  I would not like to see the public alerted
unduly when no real emergency or test is present.
  Darryl E. Parker, TFT, Inc.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR EXPERIMENTAL STATIONS
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  The following communities are in northern California, but
are mentioned here as a matter of interest.  These experimental
applications could be for LPFM-to-Full Power FM interference
tests, or for some other purpose entirely.  Let us know if you
make the determination.  Here, then, are the applications:
  BNPEX-20020822ACH      NEW      137417      COMSEARCH
                 P   100.3 MHZ               BENICIA, CA
  EXPERIMENTAL LOW POWER FM STATION APPLICATION
  BNPEX-20020822ACK      NEW      137420      COMSEARCH
                 P   103.1 MHZ               WINTERS, CA
  EXPERIMENTAL LOW POWER FM STATION APPLICATION
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/MB/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Applications/ap020905.txt
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  ON REMOVING COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT FROM FOREST SERVICE SITES
  About the idea of banning radio installations from Forest
Service sites in northern California (CGC #536).  Hey...that's a
good idea!  No radio!  The fire lookouts can use smoke signals to
alert fire fighters about lightning strikes.  With even more of
the forests going up in flames, like the past few months, there
will be lots of smoke for "signal" use.
  Edd ForkÚ
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  ARMCHAIR METHOD TO RESET A CIRCUIT BREAKER
  The story about the remote operated ball peen hammer [CGC #536,
"White Dot Comments," Reader Comment 14] reminded me of a Collins
1 kW I serviced in the 60s. It was 45 miles away in bay wetlands
and had circuit breakers for filaments and plate with no electrical
resets.  My predecessor, Bob Cook, took the mechanism from a juke
box and built a platform with a welding rod at each end.  At a
command from the remote control, the rods would push up on the
circuit breakers and then retreat below them.  I sent his name
into the Swedish Academy but never got a response.
  Roy Trumbull
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  NAB REPORTEDLY SUPPORTS NATIONWIDE AMBER
  U.S. Senators Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Dianne
Feinstein, D-Calif., have introduced legislation to create a
national Amber alert network - "The National Amber Alert Network
Act of 2002."  NAB reportedly supports the bill.  Read more:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=1942
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  WILLIAM FLIPPO SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS AND FINED $25,000
  This is the official FCC News release covering the story
published in CGC #536:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-225890A1.doc
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20020829ABC  KPMR-DT  12144  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  E   CHAN-21             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-20000427ABZ
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BPED-19840907IB   840907IB  21004   FAMILY STATIONS, INC.
                P   89.5 MHZ                OJAI, CA
  CP FOR NEW EDUC. FM ON: FREQUENCY:  89.5 MHZ.;208A,
  ERP: 0.200 KW H&V; HAAT: PLUS 1235' H&V, TL: SULPHUR MTN.,
  4 MI SE OF OJAI, CA, OJAI DIVISION, CA;
  SL: TBD, OJAI, CA    34  24  47     119  11  10
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 5/2/85
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION REINSTATED NUNC PRO TUNC 5/10/88
  Settlement filed 7/18/01 for MX group 84091E to grant
  BPED-19890530MB, BPED-19890531MD and to dismiss 840907IB,
  890526MF.  Dismissed per settlement agreement 8/29/2002
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  BPED-19890526MF  890526MF  18811   EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING
               P   89.5 MHZ            OF VENTURA COUNTY
                                            OJAI, CA
  CP FOR NEW ED FM ON FREQUENCY 89.5 MHZ, #208; ERP 0.115 KW;
  H&V; HAAT 378.6 METERS H&V 34  24  46    119  11  12
  Settlement filed 7/18/01for MX group 84091E to grant
  BPED-19890530MB, BPED-19890531MD and to dismiss 840907IB,
  890526MF.  Dismissed per settlement agreement 8/26/2002
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BPED-19890531MD  890531MD  60140 SHEPHERD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
               P   89.5 MHZ                OJAI, CA
  CP FOR NEW ED FM ON FREQUENCY 89.5 MHZ, #208; ERP 0.105 KW H&V;
  HAAT 379.9 METERS H&V 34  24  47    119  11  09
  Settlement filed 7/18/01 for MX group 84091E to grant
  BPED-19890530MB, BPED-19890531MD and to dismiss 840907IB,
  890526MF. SUPPLEMENT FILED 7/18/2001. Settlement and
  application granted 8/29/2002
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  BPED-19890530MB   890530MB  33708    KCBX, INC.
                P   89.5 MHZ        SANTA BARBARA, CA
  CP FOR A NEW FM EDUCATIONAL ON FREQUENCY: 89.5 MHZ; ERP: 0.215
  KW (H&V); HAAT: 256 METERS (H&V);
  Settlement filed 7/18/01 for MX group 84091E to grant
  BPED-19890530MB, BPED-19890531MD and to dismiss 840907IB,
  890526MF. SUPPLEMENT FILED 7/18/2001. Settlement and application
  granted 8/29/2002
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20020826AAQ     KSEH  6666    ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   94.5 MHZ              BRAWLEY, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  PETITION TO DENY
  BLTTL-20020806AAB  KSGA-LP  5342  COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                 E   CHAN-59              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-19960516LY,
  callsign KSGA-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTT-20020830AEN  K65AR  43825  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-29            TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K65AR.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCDT-19991101AFT  KJLA-DT  14000  COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                 P   CHAN-49                 VENTURA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KJLA.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20020607AAN    KDES-FM  67354   R & R RADIO CORPORATION
                E   104.7 MHZ            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20020830ADI    KWRP  25809     MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                E   96.1 MHZ              SAN JACINTO, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLED-20020905AAM   KCSN  62949   CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY..
               E   88.5 MHZ              NORTHRIDGE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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