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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #553
                   Tuesday,  December 17, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
    Copyright 2002, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  AM BROADCAST ANTENNA MINIMUM HEIGHT REGULATIONS
  PREEMPT LOCAL ZONING REGULATIONS
  For the first time, a court has held that the FCC's AM
broadcast antenna minimum height regulations preempt local zoning
regulations.  The decision was unanimous, and was rendered at the
New Hampshire Supreme Court level.  Fred Hopengarten, Esq., K1VR,
<hopengarten@post.harvard.edu>, argued on behalf of the plaintiff.
  This decision paves the way for Bob Vinikoor's (W3CFE) WQTH(AM)
which, at 720 kHz and 50,000 watts, will become one of the biggest
AM signals in northern New England.
  http://www.courts.state.nh.us/supreme/opinions/2002/0212/koor152.htm
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  FCC BEGINS INQUIRY REGARDING ADDITIONAL SPECTRUM
  FOR UNLICENSED DEVICES
  The FCC wants comments on the possibility of permitting
unlicensed transmitters to operate in additional frequency bands.
Specifically, it seeks comments on the feasibility of allowing
unlicensed devices to operate in the TV broadcast spectrum, among
other things.
  It also seeks comments on the feasibility of permitting
unlicensed devices to operate in other bands and at power levels
higher than other unlicensed transmitters.  Advances in computer
technology make it possible to design equipment that could monitor
the spectrum to detect frequencies already in use, and ensure that
transmissions only occur on open frequencies.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-229400A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  STATUS REPORT ON THE MAJOR OUTAGE AT KVCR-TV
  As many of you know, KVCR-TV went dark on November 7th as a
result of a massive short circuit in our antenna system, which in
turn severely damaged our transmitter.  Repairs were estimated to
cost several hundred thousand dollars.
  After being off the air for 23 days straight, we returned to
the air on December 1st using a small antenna and a low power
transmitter.  Counting other problems, KVCR has been off the air
for a total of 42 days during the last three months.
  While most of the cable companies can receive our signal
again, our ERP is not immense (14 kW now compared to 1320 kW
authorized).  We are working on returning to full power operation
as soon as possible.  KVCR sends its thanks to the broadcast
engineering community for its outstanding help and support.
  Lew Warren, General Manager, KVCR-TV & KVCR-FM, San Bernardino
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  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED)
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  CONFIRMATION OF HIGH DEFINITION CABLE TV CARRIAGE
  Cox Communications is indeed carrying KFMB's high def
signal.  ABC, NBC and PBS are also carried:  KGTV on Ch 710,
KNSD on Ch 707 and KPBS on Ch 711.  HBO and Showtime's high
def feeds are also carried.
  Dennis Younker, Cox Communications San Diego
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  RE ALERTCAST JAMMING TRANSMITTER (CGC #552)
  [Second or third hand information from] the Bay area FCC
office is that the Alertcast system [proposes to use] use 10
transmitters per emergency vehicle, utilizing the frequencies
of the top 10 stations in a market.
  Well, what about missed EAS alerts while primary stations
are being jammed by a nearby emergency vehicle?  What about
people listening to the non-top 10 stations - they won't be
alerted at all.  What about nearby homes that can't "pull over"
to the curb - their reception will be jammed as well.
  All in all, Alertcast is a *BAD* idea....  But that's just my
opinion, I could be wrong (or not).
  Dave Fortenberry, ARS NA6DF
  CE Salem Communications, Sacramento
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  INFORMATION FROM ALERTCAST
  Howard Katano, president of Alertcast, provided the
following information to the CGC Communicator on 12/12/02:
  (a) limited past testing of the Alertcast system indicates
its potential as an emergency warning device for motorists.
Extensive field tests are planned for various northern California
communities assuming that Alertcast receives FCC experimental
authorization to do so,
  (b) it is anticipated that the Alertcast transmitter will
produce about two watts of power on each of the top 12 radio
channels to be overridden,
  (c) Alertcast is working with the four major radio groups
to garner their endorsements, and is aligning itself with major
emergency equipment manufacturers ("co-branding" with Motorola,
for example), and
  (d) Howard may be reached directly at (916) 939-2337 or
<hkatano@alertcast.net>.
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  OVER-THE-AIR DTV RECEPTION AT MY HOUSE
  At my location (Carlsbad/Encinitas), KFMB-DT is the only
reliable over-the-air DT signal I receive.  However, all it
takes is one or two interference hits and my picture is frozen.
Then I hit the remote control and go back to analog cable TV.
Long live analog!
  Steve Cilurzo
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  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS
  At this time of the year, it's always good to reflect on
your past and look forward to things to come.  Think about the
differences you have made over the years, the people you have
met and the lives you've touched.
  In our industry, companies are often in competition, but we
tend to watch out for each other.  If someone is in trouble,
folks rally around to help out, treating others as they'd want
to be treated.
  God Bless and Merry Christmas
  Scott Grizzle, scottgrizzle@hotmail.com
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCT-20021209AAN   KDOC-TV  24518  GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING
                  E   CHAN-56                  CO., INC.
                                              ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPCT-19990324KE
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTT-20021211AAS  K64AU 11530  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-30              MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601DD,
  callsign K64AU.
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  BLTT-20021211AAU  K60AY 11539  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-21              MORONGO VALLEY, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTT-JG0601DE,
  callsign K60AY.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20020903ABP  KGBA 66640  THE VOICE OF INTERNATONAL CHRISTIAN
             E   100.1 MHZ              EVANGELISM, INC.
                                         HOLTVILLE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPTTB-20010221ABJ  NEW  132738     SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
                P   CHAN-64             EAST LOS ANGELES, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for EAST LOS ANGELES,
  CA on channel 64, Effective Radiated Power 90.0, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 12 min 50 sec WL 118 deg 3 min 43 sec.
  Petition To Dismiss Or Deny Granted; Application Dismissed.
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