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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #552
                  Wednesday,  December 11, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
    Copyright 2002, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY CONSIDERS MEASURES TO
  PROTECT NATION'S COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES AGAINST ATTACK
  Representatives from across the communications industry
came together Friday to consider recommendations to protect and
strengthen the nation's communications infrastructure against
terrorist attacks or national disasters.
  The 56-member Council will now review some 300 best practices -
many of which are currently being practiced by industry members -
for widespread adoption and implementation across the industry.
Some of the important recommendations are summarized here:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-229263A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  KFMB-DT (AND PROBABLY OTHERS) NOW ON CABLE TV
  Extract from KFMB Digital TV Newsletter of 12/10/02:
  Now viewers who live in canyons or who have an aversion to
aluminum on their roofs can receive CBS high definition offerings
via cable.
  KFMB appears on Cox Cable channel 708, and is scheduled
to appear on Time Warner Cable by December 12.  Our Director of
Engineering, Rich Lochmann, says that the paperwork for TWC is
done and they have the equipment in house, so you can expect
the signal any time now.
  Sorry, we haven't heard from Adelphia regarding digital
carriage.
  Gary Stigall, KFMB-TV Engineer, San Diego
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  SAN DIEGO REGIONAL HDTV FORUM WEBSITE
  In case you hadn't found it already, John Oliver set-up a
San Diego regional HDTV forum website.  You don't have to wade
through a lot of impertinent postings from the east.
  http://hdtv.forsandiego.com
  Gary Stigall, KFMB Digital TV Newsletter of 12/10/02
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANT MENTIONED IN CGC #551
  APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO A PIRATE BROADCASTER
  I have done some research into the Experimental grant
mentioned last week (WC2XZV).  The license was granted by FCC's
OET (instead of the Audio Services Division) and specified
operation in a 50 km radius centered on Rosamond.  The application
claims that they want to run Eureka 147 digital, yet they give the
specs for the Ibiquity IBOC FM-DAB system (yet they have only been
authorized 20 kHz of bandwidth).  I have discovered many more
flaws with the application and choice of frequencies for the
experiment.
  Information from the application and attempts to reach
the licensee have confirmed that this Experimental operation is
related to a specific pirate FM operator in the SE Palmdale area.
The conditions of the grant require them to coordinate their
experimental operations with the SCFCC.
  For more information, visit our LPFM page at:
  http://www.recnet.com/lpfminfo
  Rich Eyre for REC Networks
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  REFLECTIONS ON DON DEPUY
  I was saddened to read of Don DePuy passing away.
  In 1962 I was in Fullerton Junior College taking Electronics
and Don was a new teacher.  Typical of new teachers, he lost his
voice during the course of the semester, but with a very hoarse
voice kept every class session nevertheless.  Don was very
dedicated and had the love and respect of all of his students.
  I never knew what Don had gone on to do after I had left the
college until I read your news item, but one thing I did know
was that I remembered him and his name.  His passing is a loss
to the education and broadcasting communities.
  Hal Williams
  p.s.  Four of us little electronics/ham radio nuts from the
adjacent town of Placentia went on to careers in broadcasting.
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ALERTCAST WILL TAKE OVER YOUR RADIO BROADCAST SIGNAL
  Alertcast of El Dorado Hills, CA, is deploying and
experimenting with a mobile transmitter that "overrides the
signals of radio stations on the FM and AM bands."  The system
is designed to be installed in emergency vehicles to warn
motorists that emergency crews are approaching.  According to
the company's press release, "The transmissions are sent via a
signal that extends 360 degrees around the emergency vehicle
and reaches between 750' and 1200'."
  Paul Shinn, Chief Engineer for a group of broadcast stations,
points out that such a device would grossly exceed FCC power
limits for unlicensed applications and has asked Alertcast if
their device is FCC authorized.  CGC has asked Alertcast for
specific authorization data and, so far, the company has not
responded.  In fact, the company's press release describing
their system was removed from their website shortly after CGC
launched its inquiry.  This does not necessarily mean that
the multi-channel transmitter has vanished, however.
  http://www.alertcast.net/
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  RADIO REFLECTIONS FROM THE LEONID METEOR SHOWER
  As most of you know, this year's Leonid meteor shower was
impressive to watch in the early morning hours of Tuesday,
November 19, 2002.  Since ionized meteor trails are excellent
reflectors of radio signals, CGC engineers used a strip chart
recorder, a field strength meter tuned to 96.9 MHz (an unused
frequency in their area), a bandpass cavity and a horizontally
polarized beam antenna pointed NE to watch for "pings" -
broadcast signals reflected from the meteor trails - as received
at CGC's lab in Fallbrook, CA.
  There is not space here to list all of the results, but if
we concentrate only on the midnight to 6 AM data for November 18,
19 and 20, the most striking result was a cluster of "pings" on
the 19th from approximately 01:18:00 to 01:19:30 AM PST.  It
would be interesting to know if these hits correlated with a
visual meteor cluster.
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  HAM ELECTED MAYOR OF AGOURA HILLS, CA
  The new Mayor of Agoura Hills, California, is a ham.
Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, was sworn in as the city's new leader on
December 3rd.  Reinhardt, a public relations specialist, is
known nationally for his contributions to CQ magazine.
  Among those attending the swearing-in ceremony were
Reinhardt's wife Melissa, KD6BIT, daughter Jessica, KD6ARA,
and son Steven, K6SJR.
  (Synopsis of remarks apparently by WY6NN, as forwarded by
  Bill Pasternak, Editor, Amateur Radio Newsline.)
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  SOME DETAILS ON THE CDBS
  CGC Communicator readers wrote as follows:
  "I know if I go to the FM Station Query, for example, and
search on a station, I can easily find the application and
authorization.  However, often in the application there are a
number of exhibits referenced, but no links in the exhibits area
at the bottom of the application.  Does this mean that the
exhibits referenced, but not at the bottom, are not available
on line?"  ....Does the presence or absence of exhibit links
have anything to do with whether an application was filed on
paper or electronically?  .... Why are signatures (or the names
of the persons signing the applications - engineering sections
in particular) often missing?"
  Reply from FCC/Washington:
  Any CDBS application filed electronically should also have
all of the exhibits available electronically.  If you find some
that are missing or corrupted, we want to hear about it.  If, on
the other hand, the application was submitted [on] paper, the
exhibit will not be available electronically from CDBS.
  The name of an engineer may be missing from an application
because the engineer's information was not included in the
applicant's account.  We are completing a change to CDBS so that
the engineer is no longer part of the applicant's account.
With the change, the engineer's name is entered directly on
the application.
  Jorden Brinn, (202) 418-2707, JBRINN@fcc.gov
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVA-20021125ABK  KSFV-LP 49704 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP....
                 E   CHAN-6            SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
  Application to convert displacement application to Class A
  status upon the grant of displacement application.
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  BLTTA-20021125ABC KHTV-LP 60026  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP....
                E   CHAN-45               INLAND EMPIRE, CA
  Application to convert displacement application to Class A
  status upon the grant of displacement application.
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KOGO-FM, 94.5 MHz, Temecula, is now KMYT, and translates
  KMYI, 94.1 MHz, San Diego; however, the commercials may be
  local-specific.  The call change is so recent that it is not
  reflected in the FCC's most recent call sign change sheet
  (#447).
  Information courtesy of Chris Carmichael and Clear Channel.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20021122ACD    KHIZ  63865     SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
                E   CHAN-64                 BARSTOW, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-19980706KJ,
  callsign KHIZ.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCDT-20021126AAU  KPXN-DT  58978  PAXSON LOS ANGELES LIC....
                  E   CHAN-38             SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPCDT-19991005ABH.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20021202ABS  K209CO 86849 FAITH COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
               E   89.7 MHZ              PALMDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTA-20021126ABM KNET-LP 3167 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-25             LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPTTL-JG0601JK.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20020829ABC  KPMR-DT  12144  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  E   CHAN-21             SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-20000427ABZ
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT PETITION FOR
  RECONSIDERATION
  BZ-20020403ACA    KUTY  22011   HIGH DESERT BROADCASTING LLC
              P   1470 KHZ                PALMDALE, CA
  Direct Measurement
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 11/27/02 BY HIGH DESERT
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