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                       THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #554
                    Monday, December 23, 2002
                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
    Copyright 2002, Communications GeneralŪ Corporation (CGC)
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  NATIONWIDE TELEMARKETING DO-NOT-CALL LIST
  The FCC is committed to working closely with the Federal
Trade Commission and the States to provide a comprehensive plan
for protecting consumers from telemarketing abuses.  This
includes the possibility of establishing a national do-not-call
list.  The FCC urges all interested parties to submit comments
in this proceeding by January 8, 2003.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-229655A1.doc
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  HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTIONS CONTINUE TO GROW
  High speed connections to the Internet increased 27% during
the first half of 2002, for a total of 16.2 million high speed
lines in service.  Of these, 14.0 million served residential and
small business subscribers.  For reporting purposes, high speed
lines are defined as those that provide service at speeds
exceeding 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in at least one
direction.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-229568A1.doc
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  30 YEARS OF PUBLICATION AND EVOLUTION
  Look for a major change in the CGC Communicator in the
weeks ahead.  Our company newsletter has now been in continuous
publication for 30 years, and it's time for new ideas, new
directions and new energy.
  We would appreciate your holding all Letters to the Editor
until the next CGC Communicator is published in early to mid
January 2003.  Enjoy the Holidays, and may you have peace,
prosperity and harmony in the New Year!
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                     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  KFMB-DT (CH-55) RETURNS TO FULL POWER OPERATION
  [KFMB-DT has] completed a two-day ramp-up of power to
703 kW ERP.  That's almost ten times the temporary power level
used for the past year and a half.
  This should improve reception through some of the atmospheric
layering reported from North County, and help with tree and wall
attenuation.  It will not likely help with viewers who are behind
hills or those who have really poor antenna installations.
  We've received a number of contacts from people who say
they can receive Channel 25 [KGTV-DT], but not 55 [KFMB-DT].
Virtually without exception, every one of them has had a Radio
Shack antenna, which apparently [works well on] only the lower
UHF channels.
  Extracts from KFMB Digital TV Newsletter,
  December 19, 2002, by Gary Stigall, KFMB Engineer
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  ALERTCAST PROPOSAL - ENGINEERING COMMENT
  I am appalled to learn that Alertcast plans anything like
two watts per channel (re CGC #553).  That is capable of causing
widespread interference over much of a market, particularly if
operated from overpasses or higher elevations.
  A 40 dBu interfering contour would fall between about 4 and 7
km for transmitting antenna heights from 10 to 100 feet.  Given
the number of emergency vehicles in use, reception of the top
broadcast stations could be rendered useless continuously over
a wide area - not a formula for getting endorsements from the
stations themselves!  Obviously, Alertcast hasn't thought this
one through.
  Lawrence Behr, LBA Group, Inc., K4JRZ
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  ALERTCAST PROPOSAL - ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE
  Alertcast is an answer looking for a question.
  There is already a system to alert motorists that an emergency
vehicle is approaching, and that they should pull over and stop.
It's called SIREN AND RED/BLUE LIGHTS, and it's backed up by law.
  There once was a sheriff in Wichita, Kansas who had enough
of people not stopping.  He stationed two sheriff's cars at two
of the busiest fire stations and when the fire trucks made their
emergency runs, the police followed and nailed the scofflaws.
  Soon the news media picked up on this.  Several stories
showed people getting expensive tickets for ignoring sirens and
lights.  To this day, people around Wichita pull over when an
emergency vehicle approaches.  I know.  I was one who got nailed.
  Mike Lonneke, WØYR
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  ALERTCAST PROPOSAL - ONE MORE VIEW
  I personally think the answer is to ticket people not moving
out of the way.  Use a video camera to record the license plate
and then mail a ticket to the vehicle owner.  Simple and easy.
  Ticketing addresses the problem; Alertcast attempts to
compensate for it.   Why not solve the problem?
  Federal Government Employee
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  BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
  I wish you and your family a healthy and joyous holiday season.
  Bill Wysock, N6UXW, wysock@ttr.com
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  THANKS FOR THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
  You are performing a wonderful service to the broadcast
engineering community with the publication and distribution of
the CGC COMMUNICATOR.  No one else is doing this.  We really
appreciate it.  I personally want to thank you for your
faithfulness in this regard.  I read every issue and follow up
on articles of interest.
  A very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year
2003 to all CGC Communicator readers, and to you and your staff!
  Wesley D. Becker, wesbckr@uia.net
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  AND MORE THANKS
  Your newsletter has been a great publication for all 30
years.  I enjoy it every week (monthly back in the paper
publishing days).  It is the single source that has kept me
"connected" to the broadcast industry.  I hope it brings you
rewards for all of the time and effort you put into it.
  Happy holidays and best wishes for you and your family.
  Barney Dewey
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  SOMETHING FUN FOR THE KIDS
  Here is a simple web posting sure to delight children and
adults alike, and it arrives just in time for the Holidays:
  (1) turn up the volume on your computer speakers,
  (2) download the URL below, and wait for the screen to
  load with all four horses and the fence in front of them,
  (3) click once on each horse starting left to right, then
  (4) re-click on any horse to make its voice turn off, or
  turn the voice back on again to change the harmony.
  http://svt.se/hogafflahage/hogafflaHage_site/Kor/hestekor.swf
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KOGO-FM, Temecula, to KMYT
  K66ED, Redlands, to KLAU-LP
  FCC Report #448
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR EXPERIMENTAL
  STATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEXP-20021017ABN  KSMV-LP  14002  COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION....
                P   CHAN-33              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Request for experimental authority to operate the existing
  station KSMV-LP with maximum ERP of 300 kW in any horizontal
  and vertical angle.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-19990323JA   K09XM  56830    TV-61 SAN DIEGO, INC.
                  E   CHAN-9            NATIONAL CITY, CA
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTT-870629NO, FOR A NEW
  STATION) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 61 TO CHANNEL 9; PRINCIPAL COMMUNITY:
  SAN DIEGO, CA; TL: UCSD MT. SOLEDAD COMMUNICATION TOWER,
  KMCG-FM TOWER, LA JOLLA, CA 32-50-24  117-14-52; TPO: .718
  KILOWATTS; ERP: 21.9 KILOWATTS; ANTENNA: ANTENNA CONCEPTS,
  ACS8CR; RCAMSL: 304.87 METERS AND ORIENTATION: 105 DEGREES TRUE.
  (DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCT-20021209AAN  KDOC-TV  24518  GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING...
                 E   CHAN-56                ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPCT-19990324KE.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20021210ABU    KKUU  11658     MCC RADIO, LLC
                E   92.7 MHZ            INDIO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20021210ABQ     KKUU  11658     MCC RADIO, LLC
               E    92.7 MHZ            INDIO, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER PETITION FOR
  RECONSIDERATION
  BLFT-20020122AAL  K219KN  121962  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   91.7 MHZ                BARSTOW, CA
  License to cover BNPFT-19991203AAI, as modified by
  BMPFT-20010212AAY Granted 4/29/2002
  Petition for reconsideration filed 6/3/2002 by San Bernardino
  Community College District (KVCR)
  REPLY TO OPPOSITION FILED 6/28/02 BY (the "DISTRICT")
  Petition for Reconsideration filed 6/03/2002 and subsequent
  filings are dismissed as moot by staff letter dated 12/16/2002.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20021213ABJ  KDOC-TV  24518  GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING...
                E   CHAN-56                 ANAHEIM, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCT-20021209AAN,
  callsign KDOC-TV.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPFTB-20020923ACH   KWRP-FM1  135884   MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                 E    96.1 MHZ               SAN JACINTO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA.  Short news items
  from our readers will be welcome after the Holidays and the
  publication of our next newsletter.
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