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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #547
                   Wednesday, November 6, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC HONORS WORLD WAR II COMANCHE CODE TALKERS
  The Comanche Code Talkers, members of a specialized
communications unit of the U.S. Army 4th Signal Corps which served
in World War II, were honored by the FCC for their meritorious
service utilizing their ancestral Comanche language to create and
use an "unbreakable code" on the battlefields of Europe.  Mr.
Charles Chibitty of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a decorated veteran and the
last surviving member of the Comanche Code Talkers, was the FCC's
guest of honor at yesterday's ceremonies.
  Mr. Chibitty shared how he and 16 other young men, who had
grown up together and were all members of the Comanche Tribe of
Oklahoma, used the Comanche language and their Army communications
skills to create a military intelligence code that was never
broken by the enemy.  He shared anecdotes from their enlistment
and training, when they created Comanche code words for "bomber"
and "tank" - words that did not exist in the Comanche language.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-228074A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEMS
  The FCC has imposed a $117,000 fine against AT&T Wireless
Services for seven antenna structure violations including failure
to register, light, and paint, and failure to post antenna
structure registration numbers at the bases of the structures.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227963A1.doc
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  The FCC has affirmed its fine of $10,000 to KAWK(FM), Custer,
South Dakota, for operation of an unlicensed aural broadcast
auxiliary station.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2824A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  KMEX, LOS ANGELES, BEGINS DTV OPERATIONS
  On Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at 1:45 PM PST, KMEX began
broadcasting on DTV Channel 35 from their new tower on Mt Wilson.
  Chris Homer, KMEX/KFTR Chief Engineer
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  MORE PIRATE FM ACTIVITY, THIS TIME IN VICTORVILLE
  In early September, I noticed a pirate operating on 90.9
MHz in Victorville.  The transmitter was taking out one of the
stations I am responsible for - KGZO, 90.9 MHz, Shafter.  The
pirate was doing commercials for his Nextel Store in Victorville.
  When I called him, he told me that he had a "demonstration
license" from the FCC, good for one year, that allowed him to
"demonstrate" the line of Ramsey transmitters he was selling
along with custom built antennas for the FM band.  He asked
if I wanted to buy one.
  The situation was reported to the FCC, but I was in
Victorville last week and the pirate was stronger than ever.
  Chris Compton, Director of Engineering
  Radio Nuevavida Network, xmtr.doc@verizon.net
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  LARGE FINES ANTICIPATED FOR RFR VIOLATIONS
  Amazing as it may seem, many broadcasters profess not to be
aware of the requirement to have an RF study performed on their
tower.  I hear comments such as "It's okay -- we have had crews
climbing this tower for years without any problems."  At issue
is not whether there have been problems, or even whether the FCC
standards are reasonable, but rather that those standards are the
law and that it is the responsibility of the licensee to comply.
  I recently met with Linda Blair, Deputy Chief of the FCC's
Enforcement Bureau, who stated that enforcement of RF safety
standards was one of her three main goals.  She emphasized that
the way they intend to achieve compliance is with large fines,
and that the first fine would be coming soon.  If anyone is
unclear about the law, they can visit the FCC website and check
OET #65, or call Jerry Ulcek of the Enforcement Bureau at
303-231-5205, Ext. 205.
  Steve Hopkins, Tower Structures, hopkins@towerstructures.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  COGNITIVE RADIO
  Wouldn't it be nice if instead of jamming the heart monitors
at Baylor University last May, the troublesome HDTV broadcast
simply pushed the next-generation "cognitive" heart monitors to
other frequencies, and the monitors themselves told the FCC about
their plight?
  Cognitive radio ("CR"), a term coined by Joseph Mitola III,
a consulting scientist at the Mitre Corporation, refers to a
radio's ability to be "aware" of the conditions in which it sends
and receives signals.  Interference would no longer be a
debilitating problem.  Capacity would actually increase as the
number of CRs in a given area increased.  This is an important
concept for communications professionals to consider.
  http://www.mitre.org/pubs/spotlight/2001/joe_mitola/
  http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jmitola/cognitiv.htm
  http://www.lib.kth.se/Fulltext/mitola000608.pdf  (313 pages)
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  NPR CUTS NINE JOBS, DON LOCKETT'S INCLUDED
  National Public Radio has laid off nine employees due to a
budget shortfall.  The amount of underwriting it received from
member stations dropped 30% in fiscal year '02 compared to the
previous fiscal year.  A spokeswoman said the layoffs, which
take effect Nov. 22, were a last resort.
  The cuts include Chief Technology Officer Don Lockett who
came to NPR in 1987 and rose to VP/Engineering and Information
Technology.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2165
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  MISSOURI TOWER COLLAPSE KILLS CLIMBER
  Tower climber Sean Burroughs of Nationwide Towers was killed
Tuesday (a week ago) while working on a tower near Centralia, Mo.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2185
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  FCC: DON'T USE HAM RADIOS ON PUBLIC SAFETY CHANNELS
  The FCC has told Bon Secour Fire and Rescue Department in
Alabama that the Amateur equipment they were using was contrary
to Commission rules because it had been modified to operate on
Public Safety frequencies.  The letter referred to several Icom
IC-V8 handie talkies.
  [Use of Amateur Radio units of any kind, modified to operate
on public safety frequencies, is against the Commission's rules.]
  Amateur Radio Newsline #1316 (11/1/02)
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  AMATEUR RADIO GLOSSARY -
  JARGON, ABBREVIATIONS AND TERMINOLOGY
  CW abbreviations, Q-signals, basics of radio wave propagation,
CB slang, 10 codes, Internet jargon and abbreviations:
  http://ac6v.com/jargon.htm
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  JAPAN'S SECRET WW II WEAPON AGAINST THE U.S. -  BALLOONS
  We started this newsletter with a World War II account, so
it is fitting to end our story section with another fascinating
and obscure tale from that era:
  The first bombing of Tokyo, on April 18, 1942, hit the Japanese
right in the middle of their pride.  Casting about for a means of
reprisal, they conceived the first transoceanic automatic-balloon
campaign in history.  It took Japan two years to get ready, but in
the six months following November 1, 1944 they turned loose 9,000
ingeniously contrived gas-balloons engineered to drop incendiary
and fragmentation bombs on American forests, farms and cities.
  With each batch of bomb-carrying balloons, the japanese sent
along one that gave off radio signals and served as a means of
checking on the progress of the flock across the ocean.  The
complete story is available at:
  http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Node/4729/japan.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  NOVEL EXPERIMENTAL GRANT
  SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY, UCSD
  WC2XYM - New experimental to operate on 24.700, 25.100, 25.500,
  25.900, 26.300, and 26.700 MHz for test and development of
  radar system for coastal monitoring of ocean currents and waves.
  Fixed & Mobile:  Imperial Beach (San Diego), CA; Point Loma
  (San Diego), CA; La Jolla (San Diego), CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-227887A1.doc
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  LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS SET FOR GRANT
  The FCC has proposed to grant construction permits for the
  following facilities:
  BPTTV-20020910AAA   K47FL   CH-12   FALLBROOK, CA
  CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
  BPTT- JG0601DA      K67BH   CH-36  MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
  Petitions to deny (if any) must be filed with the Commission
  within 30 days of the release date of the corresponding Public
  Notice (which was dated November 1, 2002).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-228062A1.doc
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20021024ABH     KSSB    52469    PHILLIP J. PLANK
                E   100.9 MHZ           CALIPATRIA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION
  OF LICENSE ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20021025ABH     KSCA    24548   HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
                 E   101.9 MHZ               GLENDALE, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20021025ABJ    KRCD   1025      HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
               E   103.9 MHZ                INGLEWOOD, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20021016ABP     KBRT   34588     KIERTRON, INC.
               P   740 KHZ              AVALON, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLH-20021028AAA    KYOR    14058     MCC RADIO, LLC
               E   106.9 MHZ           YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20021030AAA  KRCA-DT  22161  KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                  E   CHAN-68           RIVERSIDE, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20000501AFR
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20020618ABH    KVYE  36170    ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                P    CHAN-7               EL CENTRO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-20000630ADZ,
  callsign KVYE.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20000427ABH  KDOC-DT  24518  GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING
                  E   CHAN-32                CO., INC.
                                            ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPCDT-19981028KE.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20020903AEB  KEYT-DT  60637  SMITH BROADCASTING OF
                  E   CHAN-27          SANTA BARBARA, LP
                                       SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991029ABY
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  BEPCDT-20020903AEC  KFTR-DT  60549  UNIVISION PARTNERSHIP
                  E   CHAN-47        OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                           ONTARIO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991029AFX
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20020826AAQ     KSEH  6666      ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E   94.5 MHZ                BRAWLEY, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLTTA-20001219ADK   KBNT-LP  4035  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, L.L.C.
                  P   CHAN-17              SAN DIEGO, CA
  Application to convert: BLTTL-19971121IF to Class A station
  status. Petition to Deny Denied, Application Granted.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPED-19970127ID    KCRU  59085    SANTA MONICA COMMUNITY
               P   89.1 MHZ            COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                          OXNARD, CA
  CP TO CHG ERP & DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA
  Engineering Amendment filed 10/02/2001
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BZ-20021015ADM   KDIF  27390  CITICASTERS LICENSES, INC. (NEW)
             P   1440 KHZ               RIVERSIDE, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20021030ABI    KDAR  3077      ATEP RADIO, INC.
                E   98.3 MHZ             OXNARD, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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