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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #555
                    Friday,  January 3, 2003
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
           Stephen H. Blodgett, W7RNA, Letters Editor
                    <steve@earthsignals.com>
    Copyright 2003, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  A MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER
  Starting with this edition of the CGC Communicator
newsletter, I am proud to announce that Steve Blodgett, W7RNA,
will assume the helm as Letters Editor.  This will allow me
more time to concentrate on CGC's consultant radio engineering
practice and frequency and spectral monitoring services, and
to pursue a number of new opportunities.
  It has been an honor and privilege to serve you as
Editor of the CGC Communicator and it's predecessor publications
for the past 30-years.  Many of you have become like family, and
your ideas and insights have been terrific.  I can't wait to see
the progress that will unfold over the next 30-years.
  All letters involving the CGC Communicator (Job Shoppe
included) should now be sent to <steve@earthsignals.com>, with
the exception of subscription and change of e-dress data which
should continue to be sent to <rgonsett@ieee.org>.  For now,
I will continue to post national and local FCC news, plus
occasional articles of general interest.
  Again, the new address for Letters to the Editor is:
  steve@earthsignals.com
  Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 2003!   Bob Gonsett
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  MEET STEVE, W7RNA
  Steve Blodgett has been actively engaged in broadcasting
operations and engineering for nearly 35 years, with stations
in Montana, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, serving for 14 years as
C.E. and Radio Engineering Manager with Golden West Broadcasters
(101.9 KSCA, 710 KMPC) until GWB ceased operations in 1998.
  In those days, Steve operated a BBS for LA's SBE Chapter 47,
served as SCFCC Chairman, and was Program Chair for the EBS/EAS
"TAG" committee.  After GWB closed, Steve joined Chancellor's
KOY, KZON, KYOT in Phoenix, where he developed a web-based
engineering management and reporting system that evolved into
a service now in use at four Los Angeles stations.
  In 2000, consolidations and spin-offs brought Steve back to
Los Angeles as Director of Technical Operations for KNX/KCBS-FM
until late 2002, when he made the transition into full time
support of his broadcast-related technical services operation.
Inquiries are always welcome at <steve@earthsignals.com>.
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       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (100 WORDS OR LESS APPRECIATED)
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  EARLY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MICROWAVE INFORMATION NEEDED
  I am researching the history of early microwave radio links.
I stumbled across a book, "WESTERN ELECTRIC AND THE BELL SYSTEM
A SURVEY OF SERVICE," published by Western Electric Company, 195
Broadway, New York, N.Y. circa 1964.  In the book it states:
  "In the spring of 1946, the first multi-channel ultra-high
frequency microwave system in the Bell System was placed in
service in southern California.  Six weeks later, another
microwave system linking Nantucket with the Massachusetts
mainland opened for service.  These two events foreshadowed the
Bell System’s intricate and widespread web of microwave systems
which have since become a standard part of the integrated Bell
Telephone network."
  Unfortunately, the book cited above doesn't list the location
of the first point-to-point microwave link.  Curious to know if
any of your readers know where in southern California the first
m/w system was located.  I have a suspicion that the first link
was possibly a studio-to-transmitter link, perhaps to Mount Lee
or Mount Wilson.
  Also, are any of your readers aware of any early STLs
dating back to the 40s, or perhaps a website or someone who has
historical info concerning same for Mount Wilson or Mount Lee?
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
  Chris Killian, carcomm@qnet.com
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  DAVE HILL PASSES AWAY
  It is with the deepest regret that I have to pass on to you
during this time of Holiday Festivities the passing of a very
dear friend and associate, David Hill.  Dave passed away Saturday,
December 21st.  A memorial service is being planned for
January 25.  Time and location is "yet to be decided."  We will
pass on the specifics as we are made aware of them.
  Dave was a rare gem of a person.  His positive spirit will
live long in the memories of those who knew him.  Dave is well
known for his work with Harris and, of late, Larcan.  Dave held
the dignity of Admiral in the Order of the Iron Test Pattern,
having survived in the broadcast business since 1958.
  Larry Bloomfield, Publisher, Tech-Notes, Larry@Tech-Notes.TV
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE TRANSISTOR TURNS 56
  The transistor was invented at Bell Laboratories (now
Lucent Technologies) in Murray Hill, NJ, in December 1947,
making it 56 years old.  Transistors are those curious three-
terminal devices that are at the heart of today's computers,
radios and TVs, and the integrated circuits that make them tick.
In 1956, the three inventors of the transistor - Drs. Bardeen,
Brattain and Shockley - received the Nobel Peace Prize in
physics for their outstanding accomplishment.
  http://www.lucent.com/minds/transistor/pdf/trans-history.pdf
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  QUICK REFERENCE CARDS HELP HAMS REPROGRAM THEIR RADIOS
  Bernie Lafreniere, N6FN, has created a series of quick
reference cards to help hams reprogram their menu-driven radios,
HTs and mobile rigs in particular.  Much better than searching
through a thick manual to rediscover how to use the VFO and set
the PL, for example!
  Cards come in two sizes, map size for mobile rigs and credit
card size for HTs.  The cards are laminated for durability and
water resistance.  Full information is available at:
  http://niftyaccessories.com/
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  LIST OF NOTICES OF APPARENT LIABILITY ISSUED BY FCC
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-3583A1.doc
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  SEARCH FOR FREEWARE AND SOFTWARE
  Often, small computer-related tasks can be accomplished with
readily available software that costs little or nothing, and is
compatible with your operating system.
  Here's a web site that includes a search for freeware and
shareware based upon criteria such as OS or software function.
Some caution is always advised in the use of "third party"
software, but for those who are brave enough to try anything,
here's the site for you.  Note: IT/MIS managers will prefer that
you conduct software trials at home.
  http://www.freewareseek.com/
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   AM "HD RADIO" IS ON THE AIR, BUT NOT WITHOUT CONCERNS
   Will AM IBOC adjacent channel interference be a "real world"
issue?  And, what's the future of nighttime AM IBOC?
  National Radio Club <http://www.nrcdxas.org/> maintains some
interesting and candid comments on the matter from both sides of
the issue, at:
  http://www.nrcdxas.org/digital/article_summary.html
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  HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  http://www2.incredimail.com/multimedia/flash/new_year4.swf
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  None in our area.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230014A1.pdf
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPED-20010321ABF   KPBS-FM  58823    THE BD. OF TRUSTEES,
                 E   89.5 MHZ       CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
                                           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/18/2002
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20021219ABI  K212EK  76689  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
               E   90.3 MHZ              VICTORVILLE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20021008AAT    KCSN-1  137504    CALIFORNIA STATE
                   E   88.5 MHZ         UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
                                         WEST LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Notice hereby given that the application is accepted for filing.
  It will be considered to be ready and available for processing
  after January 27, 2003.  Petitions to deny the application must
  be on file not later than the close of business on
  January 27, 2003.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20020829ACX  KADY-DT  56384  BILTMORE BROADCASTING, L.L.C.
                  P   CHAN-24                 OXNARD, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991028AEN
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  BEPCDT-20020903ACQ  KDOC-DT  24518  GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING
                  E   CHAN-32                 CO., INC.
                                            ANAHEIM, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19981028KE
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTV-20020910AAA   K12PO  41601  CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
                 E   CHAN-12               FALLBROOK, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K47FL.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20020903ADV  KMEX-DT 35123 KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
                  E   CHAN-35              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20010727AAY
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTT-20021211AAS  K30GU  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  K21GI  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 AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATIONS FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPED-20010815ABB   KPFK  51252     PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC
                P   90.7 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  BXPH-20020812ACN    KSCA  24548     HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   101.9 MHZ              GLENDALE, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMP-20021220AAR    KHPY  87156    DELBERT L. VAN VOORHIS
               E   1670 KHZ            MORENO VALLEY, CA
  Mod of CP
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