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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #539
                  Wednesday, September 18, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  NOT APRIL UNO
  This is not an April Fool's newsletter, as incredible as
some of the stories may seem.  Must be a cosmic vortex at work
this week.  Enjoy!   - Ed.
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  FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON UPDATING TELEMARKETING RULES
  The FCC has asked for comments on whether it should change
its rules that restrict telemarketing calls and, if so, how.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-226183A1.doc
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  TV STATION WANTS TO SURRENDER ITS ANALOG LICENSE IN FAVOR
  OF A DIGITAL-ONLY LICENSE
  WWAC-TV, Atlantic City, NJ, NTSC Channel 53, has asked the
Commission for authority to relinquish its NTSC license and become
a digital-only station on Channel 44 where it already holds a CP.
The rational behind the move was not stated, but will undoubtedly
be revealed in trade journals.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2238A1.doc
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  COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY ADOPTS MEASURES TO IMPROVE
  EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OF NATION'S TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-226263A1.doc
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  DAILY BUSINESS TALK TO BE PROHIBITED ON FRS FREQUENCIES?
  The Industrial Telecommunications Association has asked the
FCC to prohibit daily business communications of Family Radio
Service ("FRS") frequencies.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-226308A1.doc
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  KZEE(AM) TEXAS FINED $3,000 FOR RUNNING EXCESSIVE POWER, ETC.
  Violations include running excessive daytime power (130%
of authorized) and failure to reduce power at night.  Station
personnel stated that they did not know how to operate the
transmitter's remote control and that they did not adjust the
transmitter power level.  Owners claimed that owners had never
owned or worked at a radio station before, hadn't owned KZEE long,
had the station time brokered and were "complete innocents."  The
Commission didn't buy much of this, but did reduce the fine
from $4,000 to $3,000 considering the new owners' "history of
overall compliance with the Rules."
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2205A1.doc
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  DR. AMOS LOVEDAY, JR. NAMED "CULTURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST"
  Dr. Amos J. Loveday, Jr. has been named "Cultural Resource
Specialist" in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's Commercial
Wireless Division.   As the Bureau's Cultural Resource Specialist,
he will be checking to see if tower and/or antenna siting projects
comply with the requirements of the National Historic Preservation
Act of 1966, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, the
rules of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the
FCC's rules.  In addition, he will assist the FCC in establishing
a closer working relationship with the States, Indian Tribes, and
Native Hawaiian Organizations.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-226173A1.doc
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  THE BROADCAST RECOVERY IN NEW YORK CITY
  I think your readers would like to see this article by Fybush
on the transmitter relocations by NYC radio & TV stations after
9/11 last year.  Good reading entitled, "9/11 Plus One."
  http://www.fybush.com/nerw.html
  Dave Grudt
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  COMMENT ON "ARMCHAIR METHOD TO RESET A CIRCUIT BREAKER"
  Re the above-titled letter which appeared in CGC #538.
This method of pushing up on AC circuit breakers by remote control
was actually done quite a few years ago at KRUZ-FM in Santa
Barbara.  The resultant fire (after operator "leaned" on the reset
to keep the transmitter on the air) resulted in replacing the RCA
transmitter with a new Collins transmitter.
  Dow Jones, KFWB Radio
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  TFT 911 PROBLEMS
  We've been having serious problems with our TFT 911.  Could
we compare notes if you've had these problems:
  1. Front panel LEDs don't work properly when programming
  events.
  2. Unit sometimes locks up in the middle of sending event
  or EOM codes.
  3. Any other instances of improper behavior by your '911.
  Andrew Ellis, KCBS/KLLC, San Francisco, ellis@sfradio.cbs.com
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  ORDER OF THE IRON TEST PATTERN
  [This is just to remind your readers about] the Order of the
Iron Test Pattern.  The Order has been around for nearly 25 years
and serves no purpose other than to recognize one another for
what we are - survivors!
  Please accept this as my personal invitation to check out
our website and perhaps join us in celebrating our ability for
"hanging-in" through snow and glitches, dropouts and ghosts; we,
...who are on the working end of the "show-must-go-on" button....
  http://www.tech-notes.tv/OITP/index.html
  Larry Bloomfield
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  SAN DIEGO HDTV DISCUSSION FORUM
  I just started a forum for discussing San Diego HDTV.  It's at:
  http://hdtv.forsandiego.com/
  Feel free to join in, pass the URL around, invite anyone to
participate....
  John Oliver
  [Looks like a consumer message board, but some of the postings
will be of interest to San Diego DTV engineers.  CGC thanks
Doug Myrland, GM of KPBS, for forwarding the letter to us.  -Ed.]
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  BROADCAST AUXILIARY AUTHORIZATIONS FOUND VIA NEW LINK
  The FCC has added a link to its AM, FM & TV Query pages
to list the auxiliary authorizations held by a given radio or
television station.  To see how the new feature works (be sure
Java is enabled), let's try an example:
  (1)  Visit FM Query page:  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/fmq.html
  (2)  Near the top of the green data block, enter KIOZ as the
  call sign.
  (3)  At the bottom of the green data block, click the line
  which reads, "FM Query (detailed output + CDBS links)."
  (4)  Hit the "Submit Data" button.
  (5)  On the resulting web page, note the "Facility I.D.
  Number" for KIOZ which is 13504.
  (6)  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, find the new
  lavender colored block, enter 13504 in the white space and hit
  "Search ULS."
  (7)  A second web page entitled "Parent/Child" should appear
  showing WHB306 & WPJZ874 as the auxiliary permits held by KIOZ.
  A few seconds later, more detailed data will appear.
  For reference:
  AM Query is available at:  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/amq.html
  FM Query is available at:  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/fmq.html
  TV Query is available at:  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/tvq.html
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  SAN DIEGO SOCIAL E-NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
  Fascinating things are always happening in and around San
Diego, and there is a well written non-commercial e-newsletter
that will keep you informed on hikes, tours, aquatic events,
astronomical happenings, local web photos and much, much more.
It's called, "Weekly notes from the NCWBC Social Director"
although the weekly part is "more or less" since the author's
mileage varies.
  The newsletter format is similar to the CGC Communicator, and
the writing is clear and concise.  To subscribe (or for a sample
copy), just drop a line to Jaye:  <jaye@qualcomm.com>.
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       MORE FREE WEB-BASED PROGRAMS - QUALITY UNKNOWN
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  SPECIFY ZIP CODE, GET LIST OF AM & FM BROADCAST SIGNALS
  CGC #516 mentioned a free web-based program from V-Soft
Communications:  Input a 5-digit Zip Code and find out what
FM stations are likely to be received at that location.
  Now, Stu Drexler advises us of a program designed to do the
same thing for both AM & FM signals.  You may launch a search
by entering city and state, or just the zip code alone:
  http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/page?page=loc_hints
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  PROGRAM TO FIND LPFM CHANNELS, ETC.
  REC introduces FM MAP.  FM MAP is a multi-purpose map engine
using CDBS data and Census Bureau mapping with navigation similar
to Mapquest.  FM MAP currently has programs that will find open
LPFM channels, identify white and gray areas and features an
on-line atlas of FM, LPFM and translator transmitter sites.
  http://www.recnet.com/fmmap
  Rich Eyre, REC Networks
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  None in our area.
  FCC Report #441
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20020822AAW     KWXY-FM  24253    GLEN BARNETT, INC.
                   E   98.5 MHZ          CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20020903ABP     KGBA  66640    THE VOICE OF INTERNATONAL
                E   100.1 MHZ        CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM, INC.
                                           HOLTVILLE, 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-20020909AAX  K06MU 63149   BEAR VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.
                 E   CHAN-6              BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K06MU.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPED-20020910AAI  KPSC  69394  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
               E  88.5 MHZ               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTV-20020910AAA  K47FL  41601   CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                E   CHAN-12                FALLBROOK, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K47FL.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BPTTL-20010112AAZ   KSDX-LP  22162  KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                  P   CHAN-34           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSDX-LP.
  Petition for Reconsideration Granted 9/11/02;
  Application Reinstated.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPED-20020604AAD   KMRO  65404   THE ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY
               E   90.3 MHZ               EDUCATION, INC.
                                          CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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