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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #541
                   Monday,  September 30, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  DRAFT SAN DIEGO COUNTY ORDINANCE APPEARS TO IMPACT BROADCAST,
  MICROWAVE AND LAND-MOBILE FACILITIES
  A draft San Diego County zoning ordinance aimed at cellular
radio antennas, towers and equipment shelters will apparently
affect broadcast, microwave and land-mobile facilities as well.
The document needs close and immediate review by engineering
and legal specialists; a copy is posted at:
http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/cnty/cntydepts/landuse/planning/POD0103-LTR.pdf
  This item currently pertains only to the unincorporated
portions of San Diego County - but could easily spread to
other areas.  Amateur radio stations are exempt.
  Thanks to Kent Kramer (VP/Engineering, Big City Radio) for
sending us the URL.  The item was discovered by Alex Roman while
surfing the Internet.  Alex is CE of all Big City Radio stations
in southern California.  Thank you, Alex and Kent.
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  COMMENTS FROM THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
  A San Diego County staff member familiar with the draft
Ordinance (above) was asked by CGC for a status report on the
proceeding, and we received the following reply:
  "The Planning Commission continued its hearing on it to
  October 18.  It will be placed on our website prior to the
  hearing.  Comments to the Planning Commission should be
  submitted a week prior to the hearing."
  Asked if the requirements that are clearly aimed at cellular
radio antennas, towers and equipment shelters would also affect
broadcast and land-mobile facilities, our source wrote:
  "It would affect the facilities of any wireless sector."
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  PRELIMINARY OPINION FROM A SAN DIEGO BROADCAST ENGINEER
  WHO HAS REVIEWED THE DOCUMENT
  "Equipment Cabinet Size: I'd like to see them put a multi-
tower AM directional into an 80 cubic foot cabinet....  Re the
geographic service area:  Looks to me that they're attempting to
replace the FCC when it comes to deciding what's in the public
interest as far as where service is required....  And here is a
provision that bans any broadcast construction in a residential
or rural zone....  And this [section] prohibits an AM directional
over 3 towers - KSDO, KCBQ, KECR, KPRZ, etc....   A five year
permit?  You can't even get the installation depreciated in that
length of time.
  "I think the FCC would find these [provisions] interesting
since they usurp the Commission's authority....  I'm amazed that
this has gotten so far along and missed everyone's radar.  If I
wasn't so confident that our trusted Public Servants would never
do such a thing, I'd almost think that it was deliberately
hidden from the industry...."
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                            FCC NEWS
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  ITFS AND MDS APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PAPER
  FORM STARTING OCTOBER 11, 2002
  As of October 11, 2002, all ITFS and MDS application
filings with the FCC must be submitted in paper form only.
Administration of ITFS and MDS services was recently transferred
to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau ("WTB") as a result of
the Commission's reorganization.  WTB is taking this hiatus
from electronic filings to improve the integrity of the data
it inherited, among other things.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2422A1.doc
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  COMMERCIAL PAGING WEBSITE REDESIGN
  The FCC's Wireless Telecom Bureau announces the redesign of
its Commercial Paging Website located at:
  http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/paging/
  The retooled page includes market area maps, bandplans,
channel allocation information, technology overviews, operational
issues and consumer information on blocking and jamming.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2386A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  While one can only speculate as to the motivation for not
having a Main Studio location, or a valid waiver for not having
one, the act of not having a Main Studio resulted in a fine of
$5,000 for KBKC-FM, Moberly, MO.
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2336A1.doc
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  FCC APPROVES CALIFORNIA LPFM TEST STATION
  The Commission has approved two LPFM test stations to
monitor surrounding facilities for 2nd and 3rd-adjacent channel
interference.  One of the stations is located here in California:
KC5XSH in Winters.  Testing firm Comsearch is slated to turn
in the results in January according to Radio World.
  FCC LPFM Experimental Station Granted:
  BNPEX-20020822ACK     KC5XSH     137420    COMSEARCH
                P     103.1 MHZ             WINTERS, CA
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2050
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               LOCAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL NEWS
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  KRCV(FM) TAKEN OFF THE AIR BY THE WILLIAMS FIRE
  This is for LA area engineers.  KRCV, 98.3, is off the air
due to the Williams fire.  I still don't know if any of the
transmitter facility survived, but I do know that the power is
off and the phone lines burned.  We have a temporary transmitter
running using a scrounged Scala CL-FMRX/HRM?/50N.  According to
the factory, we can only put 25W into this receive antenna.
Does anyone know differently?  More importantly, does anyone
know of a log periodic or a 98.3 yagi that we can pick up use?
  Jim Sensenbach, jsensen@earthlink.net
  (This message was posted on the Los Angeles EAS list server
  on Wednesday, September 25, 2002, and the questions have
  presumably already been answered.   - Ed.)
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  710 & 1110 KHZ TO SWAP PROGRAMMING
  The programming on 710 and 1110 kHz, Los Angeles, will swap
on New Year's Day according to Radio World.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2037
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  2,000-FOOT TOWER COLLAPSES IN NEBRASKA
  Two workers died last Tuesday and three more were injured
when the nearly 2,000-foot KDUH-TV tower collapsed during DTV
modifications.  The tower had been the tallest structure in
the state of Nebraska.
http://www.tvinsite.com/broadcastingcable/index.asp?layout=story&doc_id=103037&display=breakingNews&
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  W & K CALL SIGN PREFIXES & 100000WATTS.COM
  Broadcast stations west of the Mississippi River generally
have call signs that begin with the letter "K," while "W" is
reserved for stations east of the Mississippi.  Now, Howard
Fine passes along the following URL which discusses in great
detail AM call signs that are on the "wrong side of the
Mississippi":
  http://www.ipass.net/~whitetho/kwtrivia.htm
  Howard also mentioned that Scott Fybush, who runs "fybush.com,"
has taken over the "100000watts.com" web site.
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                      AMATEUR RADIO NOTES
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  CO-SPONSOR LIST FOR CC&R BILL, HR 4720, CONTINUES TO GROW
  Four new cosponsors have signed aboard HR 4720, the bill in
Congress aimed at providing relief to Amateur Radio operators
faced with private deed covenants, conditions and restrictions
- CC&Rs - in erecting antennas.  The latest additions make a
total of nine new cosponsors in the past month alone.
  The measure would require private land-use regulators - such
as homeowners' associations - to "reasonably accommodate" Amateur
Radio communication consistent with the PRB-1 limited federal
preemption.  PRB-1 now applies only to states and municipalities.
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/02/0927/
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  FORMER FCC OFFICIAL A. PROSE WALKER, W4BW, A SILENT KEY
  Former FCC official A. Prose Walker, W4BW, the man some
consider the godfather of the so-called "WARC bands"--30, 17 and
12 meters - died August 8 following a brief illness.  He was 92.
Word of his death reached ARRL Headquarters this month.
    http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/02/0927/
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC CALL CHANGES GRANTED
  None in our area.
  FCC Report #442
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20020829ACX  KADY-DT 56384  BILTMORE BROADCASTING, L.L.C.
                  P   CHAN-24               OXNARD, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991028AEN
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20020912ABB   KPSP-LP  10535   DESERT TELEVISION LLC
                  E   CHAN-38         CATHEDRAL CITY-PALM, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-20001116ACB,
  callsign KPSP-LP.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20020923ACH   KWRP-FM1  135884   MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                  E   96.1 MHZ               SAN JACINTO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTVL-20020813ABB   KVPS-LP  10533  CHARLES R. MEEKER
                  E   CHAN-8             INDIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVPS-LP.
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