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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #546
                    Tuesday, October 29, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC CHAIRMAN POWELL COMPARES RAILROADS TO DIGITAL
  Consider the railroad revolution in Britain beginning in
about 1825.  By the 1840s, improvements in rail technology caused
people to pour money into railway stock.  And why not?  It looked
like a sure thing.  That is, until railway shares began
plummeting.  By 1847, railway companies had lost 85% of their
value and several hundred had folded.  Sounds like the current
digital and dot-com meltdown.
  The important point is that this wasn't the end of the
railway revolution.  Most of the growth in railroads occurred
after the initial bubble had burst.  In 1845, before the crash,
there were 2,148 miles of railway in Britain.  By 1910, there
were 21,000 miles.  The great majority of the railway build-out
occurred after the speculative mania had passed.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227617A1.doc
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  FCC INVESTIGATES NOISE IN THE GPS BANDS
  The FCC has measured the levels of ambient radio noise that
exist in the GPS frequency bands at a variety of indoor and
outdoor settings, primarily commercial in nature.  The results
show that the GPS frequency bands generally have very low levels
of ambient radio noise in outdoor environments.  In contrast,
indoor settings have levels of noise well above the new Ultra-
Wideband ("UWB") emission limits.  (Conclusion: Perhaps the UWB
emission limits can be relaxed.)
  The RFI found was attributed to a variety of common
electrical devices, such as personal computers, peripherals and
electrical machinery.  The FCC Laboratory measured the emissions
from a number of RF emitters, such as personal computers,
hairdryers and electric drills.  These products generally had
emissions above the limits established for UWB devices, but well
below the current Part 15 emission limits for digital and other
radio frequency gear.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2786A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM
  Pastor Richard Muņoz fined $10,000 for broadcasting without
a license (105.1 MHz) from his church, the Tree of Life, in
Naples, Florida.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2793A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  TV CHANNEL 6 PROPOSED FOR MT. HARVARD
  A few sharp-eyed individuals spotted the proposal to create
a CH-6 LPTV station on Mt. Harvard (announced in the October 23
FCC Broadcast Applications sheet).  See the first posting in the
"LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC" section below.  The proposal calls
for 500 watts ERP, close to the power of a full Class B FM
station from the proposed elevation.   There are a number of
concerns with the CH-6 proposal based on the letters received.
  Note that the CH-6 application has been Accepted for Filing.
Since it is a "displacement application" (the applicant claims
it is losing the use of CH-26 and must change channels), the
FCC could grant the CH-6 request at any time.  Therefore, those
stations that might possibly be affected by the proposal
(including ED FMs) should examine the plan as soon as possible.
Pablo Garcia, Dir. of Engr. & Op., KUSC(FM), has offered to be
the central contact point for the review process:
  pgarcia@kusc.org or (213) 225-7550.
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  THE SOUTHEAST PALMDALE PIRATE
  A L.A. broadcast engineer advises us of another pirate with
a web site, this one in the Antelope Valley and on 104.7 MHz:
  http://www.1047.fm/html/home.html
  Our source of information goes on to say,
  "It would appear that [the pirate] is transmitting from
southeast Palmdale at a relatively low antenna height.  I'm
guessing the power level is somewhere around 5-10 watts ERP,
[enough to] radiate for quite a few miles."
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  LOOKING FOR A GOOD SITUATION
  Experienced Production Engineer/Technician looking for a
good situation.  FCC General Class License, SBE Certified, NARTE
Certified.  Radio, TV, Corporate Video and Webcasting Experience.
  Past duties have included Directing, Producing, Editing,
Camera and Engineering.  I have several thousand hours on Camera,
Editing, Directing and Integration.  A 100% success rate and never
lost a show.  Experience with AVID, SONY, PANASONIC, PINNACLE and
so on in various roles.
  Usually have been promoted to managerial role in a short time
with my past employers.  Extensive hours and hard work is not a
problem.  Willing to Travel.
  Scott Grizzle, scottgrizzle@hotmail.com  -  (619) 561-9237
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  IN-BAND OFF-CHANNEL (IBOC) PROBLEMS CONTINUING AT WOR(AM)
  According to this bulletin board, WOR still has major
problems:
  http://musicradio.computer.net/wwwboard/messages/181435.html
  Dave Rickmers, Canyon Country
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  POWERS OF TEN - THE MOVIE
  This link takes you to a website with a fabulous animation
that demonstrates the powers of 10.  It starts with an image of
several galaxies and keeps zooming in (by powers of 10 each
time) until you are at the quark level.  Very cool animation.
Let the applet load completely and just watch and read the text.
  Oscar Medina
  http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.htm
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  TYPICAL GM COMPENSATION (COMMERCIAL RADIO):  $252,000
  Engineering, PD and GSM salaries are also outlined in this
Radio World report.  Basically, four Chief Engineers = one GM.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2150
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  AM MODULATION IMPROVEMENT ANNOUNCED
  A new modulation technique for AM broadcasting is being
touted by industry pioneer Mike Dorrough.  Mike claims the
Advanced Modulation System can increase carrier modulation to
200% while improving the performance, range and sound quality
of AM radio.  He discussed the system at a recent SBE meeting in
Sacramento and plans other presentations.  Ross du Clair, CE/DOE
for Clear Channel in Sacramento, who attended the meeting, is
quoted as saying, "This is real and it does work...."  Read more:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2143
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  MAJOR IMPROVEMENT IN LITHIUM ION BATTERY TECHNOLOGY
  First introduced by Sony over a decade ago, rechargeable
lithium-ion batteries have become extremely popular for a variety
of applications.  However, their positive electrodes are typically
made of lithium cobalt oxide, an expensive material that requires
electronic circuitry to keep the battery from overheating when
charged.
  In 1997, researchers at the University of Texas in Austin
proposed a new electrode material, lithium iron phosphate, which
is cheaper and safer, but has one big problem: low conductivity.
Now, Yet-Ming Chiang and his coworkers at M.I.T. have spiked
lithium iron phosphate with small amounts of metal ions such as
aluminum, niobium, and zirconium in a process called "doping."
That improves the conductivity of the material 10 million times.
  If further development goes well, batteries using the new
positive electrode material could become available within two
to three years, Chiang says.
  http://www.sciencenews.org/20020928/fob4.asp
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  FALSIFIED AND FABRICATED SCIENTIFIC DATA
  Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies) has announced the results of
an independent committee study:  One of Lucent's scientists,
Jan Hendrik Schon, published falsified and fabricated data.
According to Science News (October 5, 2002), the "achievements"
now called into question include single-molecule transistors,
plastic transistors in which current could flow remarkably well,
and transistors in which certain substances could be transformed
into superconductors by the flick of a switch.  The scientist's
employment with Lucent was terminated.
  http://www.lucent.com/press/0902/020925.bla.html
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  DIELECTRIC MOURNS THE PASSING OF JOHN KLECKER
  Dielectric regrets to announce that John Klecker passed away
on October 19, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona following the SBE National
show.  John joined the sales staff of Dielectric in 1997.... [and]
was a familiar face in the broadcast industry, having spent over
25 years in sales positions in the top broadcast companies in the
U.S.
  Arrangements are not yet available.  For those interested in
receiving details when they become available, please e-mail or call
Sally Rich at <sally.rich@dielectric.spx.com> or 1-207-655-8152.
  (Forwarded by Vikki Amrine of SpectraSite)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTVL-20021018AAZ   KSFV-LP   49704   VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES....
                  E   CHAN-6            SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSFV-LP.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPCT-20011217ABM    KVEA   19783   ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
                 E   CHAN-52                 CORONA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/17/2002
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTA-20021021ACC   KDPX-LP  10536  CHARLES R. MEEKER
                  E   CHAN-45         CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KDPX-LP.
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  FCC CALL SIGN GRANTS
  None in our area.  (FCC Report No. 444)
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