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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #550
                  Wednesday,  November 27, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FILING OF FCC FORMS 319 AND 340
  The Media Bureau has announced that mandatory electronic
filing is now required for the following FCC Forms:
  Form 319 - Application for a Low Power FM Broadcast Station
  License (June 2000 Edition) and
  Form 340 - Application for Construction Permit for a Reserved
  Channel Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Station (March
  2001 Edition).
  The FCC announcement is dated November 25, 2002 and states
that mandatory electronic filing began on November 18, 2002.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-3247A1.doc
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  KWNZ(FM), NEVADA, TENTATIVELY FINED $10,000 FOR RFR VIOLATION
  KWNZ, Carson City, Nevada, has been tentatively fined
$10,000 for producing spatially-averaged RF power densities
above those permitted by the Rules for publicly accessible
areas at the KWNZ transmitter site.  The licensee argued that
its site is remote and not likely to be visited by the public;
however, the Commission maintained that there was ample evidence
of a public presence.  The FCC checked for gates, fences or even
warning signs to fend off the unwary, and found none.
  The Commission recently determined that an appropriate base
forfeiture for RFR violations is $10,000.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-3218A1.doc
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  DATES EXTENDED FOR COMMENTING ON TELEMARKETING RULES
  The FCC is seeking comments on whether it should change its
rules that restrict telemarketing calls and, if so, how.  The
due dates for comments and reply comments have been extended to
December 9, 2002 and January 8, 2003 respectively.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-228684A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  LAYOFFS AT CLEAR CHANNEL/SAN DIEGO
  According to one estimate, about 10% of the staff at Clear
Channel/San Diego was laid off on November 19, 2002 - this
according to an inside source.  One engineer, Miguel Roundtree,
aka "Tree," was reportedly one of the individuals let go.  He
was CE for KIOZ and XHRM's U.S. operations, a job which will
presumably be filled by one or more of the surviving engineers.
  Watch the trade press for details.  From all indications, some
very talented people have just entered the job market.  We wish
them every success.
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  EXPERIENCED ENGINEER AVAILABLE
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Experience includes Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer
duties at major market stations encompassing studio design,
construction, maintenance and RF transmission systems work.
Responsible for administrative budgets and supervising employees.
  My background is broad and includes work in these related
fields: video producer, director, videographer, editor and
steadicam® operator.  Will work anywhere in the greater San
Diego area.  Resume available upon request.
  Steve Cilurzo, 760-436-8788, kdigtv@adelphia.net
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  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED)
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  MODIFIED BROADCAST AUX RULES REQUIRE FILINGS FOR ANY
  SYSTEM MODIFICATIONS
  I appreciate the advice from Howard Fine (Letters to the
Editor, CGC #549) regarding changes to the Part 74 Rules....
  If a radio station has replaced its aging analog 950 MHz
STL with a digitally modulated equivalent, does a new application
need to be filed to satisfy (FCC) requirements?
  Mike Worrall, ABC Radio, Los Angeles
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  Howard Fine says "yes," a new application must be filed for
any modification, even when switching from analog to digital
(telephone message to CGC of 11/21/02   -Ed.).
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  REGARDING THE FALLEN FENCE AT THE POINT PINOS LIGHTHOUSE
  RADIO BEACON (CGC #549)
  As a point of clarification, I believe that (we are seeing)
an antenna coupler for a Sunair GSB-900 HF transceiver and a
Shakespeare 222 HF antenna for one of the HF communications
high sites for Coast Guard group Monterey (2-30 MHz).
  ....(These sites are serviced) quarterly, so as long as
it is still operational, I'm sure they don't even know about
the broken fence....  Military installations are urged to
"try to comply as best they can" (with the conventional RFR
requirements).
  Jim Corbin, jcorbin@tribune.com, KTLA-TV
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  REPLY TO JIM CORBIN'S LETTER FROM FCC'S JERRY ULCEK
  If this is a military installation, than the FCC Rules and
Regulations do not apply to it.  Rather, the military is governed
by the NTIA under the Dept. of Commerce.  For the most part, the
NTIA has adopted the ANSI/IEEE 1992 limits straight out so their
RFR rules are very similar to ours at least up to 1500 MHz.
  Above 1500, the FCC rules are different since we rely on the
NCRP limits above 1500 MHz.  To answer your question, though, yes,
we do encourage them to comply, but this is more so the case when
the military or Federal Gov. for that matter is co-located with
public facilities such as broadcast and wireless.  In this case,
it appears to be a stand alone US Coast Guard/Military
installation so the FCC would have little to say about it, unless
it was interfering with our licensees facilities.
  I would suggest that the owner of this facility be contacted
ASAP as it is very likely that Mr. Corbin is correct and they
only visit the site on a quarterly basis so they do not know the
status of disrepair that is at their site.
  Jerry Ulcek, FCC Enforcement Bureau, Denver, CO
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  PROPOSAL: SATELLITE-FED TRANSLATORS IN THE COMMERCIAL FM BAND
  The FCC has assigned RM-10609 to a proposal by Calvary Chapel
of Twin Falls and two smaller broadcasters for authority to allow
satellite-fed translators in the "non-reserved" FM band (92-108
MHz).  This is the band that is currently used by [commercial]
broadcasters, over-the-air-fed translators and most LPFM stations.
Currently, "Satellators" are restricted to the 88-92 MHz band
and the translator must be owned by the primary station.
  The petitioners claim this proposal will have little impact
on existing stations in the 92-108 band since there is currently
a freeze on new NCE translators in that band, yet the petitioners
did leave the door open for "displacement" applications for
stations moving from the reserved band (88-92) to the higher
band....  It does not appear that a Public Notice has been issued.
  http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi
  REC, rec@recnet.com
  [While REC generally opposes Satellators migrating into
the commercial FM band, others favor the concept.   -Ed.]
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  HOT NEW SEARCH ENGINE INTRODUCED
  Here is a link to a new search engine that uses Flash
to display the results.  The GUI interface also displays
relationships between the websites and keywords/topics, and is
user configurable.  I found the results pretty interesting.
Your newsletter readers may find the search engine useful:
  http://www.kartoo.com
  Oscar Medina
  [This is a must-see web site.  -Ed.]
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  BROADCASTING FROM A SHIP
  On January 1, 2002, KKOL, 1300 kHz, began operating from
temporary facilities installed aboard the 175 foot cargo ship
"Coastal Ranger" in Seattle’s Elliott Bay.  The 1000 watt
transmitter facility is said to be the only licensed broadcast
station operating in the United States aboard a ship.  See the
entire story at:
  http://www.dalke.com/kkol/
  (URL courtesy of Marv Collins)
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  NEW RFR WEB SITE
  RF Safety Solutions has a new web site which is nearing
completion at this time.  Richard Strickland, of NARDA fame,
is intimately involved with RSS which provides consulting
services to those concerned with human exposure to RF signal
issues.
  http://www.rfsafetysolutions.com/services.htm
  Richard welcomes comments on the web project:
rfsafety@optonline.net
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  FAA CONSULTANT, JOHN ALLEN, DECEASED
  FAA consultant John P. Allen passed away earlier this month
at the age of 59.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2271
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KBNT-LP,  San Diego, to KBNT-CA
  KHPY(AM), Moreno Valley, to KHPI
  KSUL(AM), Moreno Valley, to KHPY
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-228695A1.pdf
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  PROPOSED LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR CONSTRUCTION PERMITS
  CH-31, Palm Springs
  CH-27, 47 and 64, Banning
  CH-47, Twentynine Palms
  Petitions to Deny (if any) must be filed quickly.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-228831A1.doc
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20021114AAC  K212EK 76689 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS,INC.
               E   90.3 MHZ              VICTORVILLE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  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 GRANTED
  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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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPFTB-20021007ABI   KLYY-FM1  35114 BIG CITY RADIO-LA, L.L.C.
                 E   107.1 MHZ              BURBANK, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/19/2002
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCDT-20021118ACF  KMEX-DT 35123  KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
                 E   CHAN-35               LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20010727AAY,
  callsign KMEX-TV.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BXPH-20020812ACN    KSCA  24548     HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   101.9 MHZ              GLENDALE, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/20/2002
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20020822AAW    KWXY-FM   24253   GLEN BARNETT, INC.
                 E   98.5 MHZ           CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BNPTTL-20000818ACQ  NEW  125848  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO.
                 E  CHAN-34               EL CENTRO, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for EL CENTRO, CA on
  channel 34, Effective  Radiated Power 150.0, coordinates
  NL 32 deg 47 min 36 sec WL 115 deg 33 min 3 sec.
  Dismissed - Mexican Objection.
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