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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #542
                   Wednesday,  October 2, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  RF AND BRAIN CANCER - A FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT DECISION
  Federal District Court in the US has just dismissed the
major mobile phone brain cancer case on the grounds that "no
sufficiently reliable and relevant scientific evidence [to]
support either general or specific causation has been proffered
by the plaintiffs."  Details at:
  http://www.mdd.uscourts.gov/Opinions152/Opinions/newman0902.pdf
  Ric Tell (forward from John Moulder)
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  THE DEMISE AND RESURRECTION OF KRCV, 98.3 MHZ, WEST COVINA
  The Williams Fire covered the Johnstone Peak area where our
KRCV transmitter is located.  Power at the site was lost the
second night of the fire, along with telephone service.  KTLA had
a very nice view of our site at 10:30 that night showing the two
towers and a mass of flame.  Almost a week later, we have not been
able to get to the site, but pictures taken by a Verizon employee
show a desolate moonscape and burning telephone poles.  Today
(Monday, 9/30/02), our landlord reported that the facility appears
to have been protected by a heavy layer of "phoscheck."  We hope
to get to the site on Tuesday.
  To keep the KRCV signal covering the San Gabriel valley, we
installed a spare exciter at our KSCA site in the KCET building on
Mt. Wilson.  We borrowed a receive log periodic from Burt Weiner
to keep the signal where it was supposed to be, but that limited
us to 25W TPO.  We got that going Tuesday afternoon.  At the same
time, I began hearing rumors of an intact 98.3 MHz broadcast
site in the Industry Hills [possibly the old KBOB site  -Ed].  A
long string of phone calls led us to the current owner, the City
of Industry, who was more than happy to let us use the site.  The
facility had been turned off five years ago and not touched in
that time.
  We cleaned a lot of dust and dirt from the room and transmitter,
but no insects or bodies!  After two days of cleaning, we finally
got that old site on the air at 1 KW at dinner time on Friday
night.  The audio is a received signal from sister station KRCD
in the Baldwin Hills.  KRCV is in mono because our borrowed Aphex
FM 2020 Pro stereo generator went bad after 30 minutes on the air.
  At this point, we hope to get exciter and processing from
Johnstone and install it in Industry Hills.  We expect power and
telephone repairs at Johnstone to take at least two weeks.  Some
pictures are posted at:
  http://www.netmio.com/gallery/album/0,2303,CI2-AI1100-LGen,00.html
  Jim Sensenbach, Engineering, Hispanic Broadcasting Corp./LA
  [This is an invited long-form letter because of the local
interest in this matter.   -Ed.]
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  COMMENT ON AMENDING THE S.D. COUNTY WIRELESS ZONING ORDINANCE
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  SAN DIEGO - HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL HINTS FROM FRESNO
  The Fresno ordinance (early 1990s) also started out very
restrictive:  It was "wireless" and everything fell under its
domain.  It would have, among other things, prevented any new
directional AMs and outlawed guyed towers.  Fortunately, the
broadcasters got involved, convinced the County Board of
Supervisors to set up an industry-based committee and developed
a realistic tower siting ordinance.
  The proof of the pudding came in 1999 when KMJ applied for
and was granted a C.U.P. to erect four 850' towers for a new
site.  (DTV has since benefitted too.)  Cellular/PCS have not
fared as well, as many of the restrictions in the original
ordinance still apply to them.
   Joe Mauk
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  THANKS!
  The article on the San Diego zoning changes is very
important to cellular operators, and is one of the many reasons
I subscribe to the CGC Communicator.  I'm getting the word out
so the [cellular/PCS] industry can make their voice heard.
  Mark and der Hoek
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                         OTHER MATTERS
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  KROQ(FM), LOS ANGELES, BEGINS DIGITAL IBOC/IBAC BROADCASTS
  Operating on an STA which expires in Aug. 03, KROQ has
switched on its iBOC exciter.  We are using the low-level method
of injecting the iBOC signal.  While no consumers have receivers
yet, one major receiver manufacturer in southern California will
be using KROQ as a test bed prior to their receiver introduction
at the CES show in Las Vegas.
  Scott Mason, Infinity  (Message dated 9/29/02)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BP-20020517AAU      KSDG  84907     JNE INVESTMENTS, INC.
                E   890 KHZ                JULIAN, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/26/2002
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