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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #551
                   Wednesday, December 4, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
     Copyright 2002, Communications General Corporation (CGC)
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  PROTECTING THE NATION'S COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK AGAINST ATTACK
  Senior representatives from the telecommunications, cable,
Internet and satellite industries will consider this Friday a
series of comprehensive recommendations to protect the nation's
communications infrastructure - both physical and cyber - against
attack.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-228954A1.doc
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  INEFFECTIVE LOCKED FENCES AND HOT MONITORING POINTS = $8,800
  WTOB(AM), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been fined
$8,800 for (a) "failure to enclose three of its antenna structures
within an effective locked fence or other enclosure" (numerous
wooden fence boards were either broken or missing on three of
the tower fences) and (b) having excessive field strengths (at
least 15% over the limits) at the two nighttime monitoring points
checked by the Commission.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-3292A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  CURIOUS LOCAL EXPERIMENTAL AUTHORIZATION GRANTED - WC2XZV
  Howard Fine loves to probe FCC websites for late breaking
news - potentially important items that have been granted, but
that may not appear in the Commission's Daily Digest for some
time to come.  For example, yesterday the FCC published its
latest Experimental Actions sheet, but that document only covered
items granted through 11/1/02.
  Howard's relentless probing has unearthed this gem:  An
experimental grant effective 11/27/02 that allows 100 W ERP
operations in the 87.5 to 88.1 MHz frequency range, and on
104.7 MHz.  The test station is permitted to operate in Rosamond,
CA and within an approximate 50 km radius thereof, which opens
the possibility of testing from Mt. Gleason, which opens the
possibility of delivering a signal into L.A.
  For more information, contact <howard@pactv.com>.
  Good work Howard!
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR     (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  DON DEPUY PASSES AWAY
  I am sad to tell you that Don DePuy passed away on
November 26, 2002.  He was 65 years old, and was KBPK's Director
of Engineering.
  During his years at Fullerton College, he served as the
Chairman (Dean) of the Communication Division (now it is a
Department), and he was the department coordinator of the
Electronics Department after that.  Services were held on
December 3rd at First Christian Church in Fullerton.
  Edward Ford, KBPK(FM), Santa Ana, kbpk-fm@kbpk-fm.com
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  DETAILS ABOUT MT. WILSON AND VICINITY
  Mt. Wilson is clearly a "holy site" to broadcast professionals
due to all the antennae located there.  It is also a "holy site"
to astronomers (the nature of galaxies and the discovery of the
expanding universe were made from telescopes at Mt. Wilson),
physicists (Michelson's measurement of the speed of light was
made from Mt. Wilson) and hikers (more hiking trails cover Mt.
Wilson than any other area in the San Gabriels).  Your readership
might be interested in reading more about Mt. Wilson here:
  http://tchester.org/sgm/places/mt_wilson.html
and more info about the San Gabriel Mountains and its hiking
trails here:
  http://tchester.org/sgm/hikes.html
  Tom Chester
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  HOT FLASHES, COLD CUTS  -   A CLEAN CUTTING LASER
  "Andrei V. Rode didn't flinch recently when enough power to
run 2,000 homes blasted his fingertip.  Although staccato bursts
of laser light vaporized tiny dots of his flesh, he kept his
finger in harm's way...."
  This well written and informative article is must-reading
for the technically adept as the world ushers in the incredible
femtosecond-laser.  View the whole story right here:
  http://www.sciencenews.org/20021116/bob9.asp
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           LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPH-20020830ADI    KWRP    25809    MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
               E    96.1 MHZ               SAN JACINTO, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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