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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #557
                   Tuesday,  January 14, 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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  IBIQUITY GENERATES HEAT AT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
  Ibiquity President/CEO Robert Struble is pumped.  In an
exclusive interview with Radio World, he expects roughly 300
stations to transition to IBOC by the end of this calendar year.
Mr. Struble is quoted as saying that the amount of radio groups
signing on with Ibiquity "has exceeded our expectations."
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2439
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  SIRIUS DEMOS VIDEO OVER ITS DIRECT-TO-VEHICLE SATELLITE SYSTEM
  Sirius has demonstrated a live video broadcast over its
satellite radio system.  The demonstration of this new video
transmission capability at the Consumer Electronics Show featured
a clip of real video in real time without buffering.   This
technology raises interest with the recognition that satellite-
delivered video may now be easily achieved, even to vehicles,
without the need for dish antennas (finding drivers capable of
watching both the road and video remains to be addressed.)
  [The BE story on which this synopsis is based is not
available for direct viewing.  Radio World provided a similar
account, so their link is shown below.   -Ed.]
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2408
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  FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON "PLUG AND PLAY" DTV
  The FCC took another step forward in the transition to
digital TV, seeking comments on proposed rules for "Plug and
Play" DTV/cable compatibility, which is a key piece of the
ongoing digital TV puzzle.  Plug and Play in this instance means
the ability to connect a DTV set directly to CATV coax without
the need for a set-top box.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230187A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-3A1.doc
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  TV STATIONS SETTLE INTERFERENCE DISPUTE
  An educational DTV will reduce its power level to
eliminate interference with an analog CBS affiliate (both
stations on the east coast).
  http://rfupdate.broadcastengineering.com/jan1/index.htm#TV
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  WHO NEEDS NOSTRADAMUS?  WE'VE GOT CRONKITE!
  Re the comments in CGC #556 about our dreams creating our
future, I have a very cool 16mm film (not a video, an actual
film!) called "The 21st Century."  At least according to
Walter Cronkite's predictions made in 1965, in 2001 we will
have fax machines, flat screen TVs, and a computer in the
kitchen to store recipes....  Amazing!
  Hank Landsberg
  p.s.  The niftiest part of the film is the part where they
describe the "kitchen of the future" complete with a "Dinnerware
Recycling Machine" that melts your plates after they've been used,
stores the raw material, then re-moulds new plates as they're
needed.  I'm sure this device will be available at Sears or Best
Buy any day now!  [Note Hank's apt spelling of "mould."  -R.G.]
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  TELEMARKETING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS ANNOUNCED
  The FCC has issued 13 citations during the last quarter of
2002 for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection
Act of 1991.  If the allegations stand, this action should stop
unsolicited fax ads from Toner World, Inc., and prerecorded
unsolicited ads to residential telephone lines from American
Health and Life Insurance (Company) and Accurate Collision
Repair, among others.  Big fines might even discourage a few
more telemarketers from misbehaving.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230145A1.doc
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  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, DEAR INTERNET!
  Thirty years ago, on Jan. 1, 1983, the Internet switched from
Network Control Protocol to Transmission Control Protocol and
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).  The Internet has had other earlier
key development dates so, strictly speaking, the net is over 30
years of age, but the protocol change is viewed by some as the
birth of the Internet as we know it today.
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  "SOLAR CHIMNEY" PLANNED FOR AUSTRALIA
  A 200-megawatt solar tower, 3,300 feet (one kilometer) tall,
is planned for New South Wales, Australia.  The $563 million
project may begin before the end of this year, and will possibly
be generating electrical power near the beginning of 2006.
Currently, the world's tallest free-standing structure is the
Canadian National Tower in Toronto at 1,814 feet.
  The technological concept of the Australian tower is simple.
A powerful updraft allows air to be continually sucked through
32 turbines which will generate power "24-hours a day" according
to claims made in the underlying article.
  http://www.enn.com/news/wire-stories/2003/01/01072003/reu_49293.asp
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KSPN(AM) and KDIS(AM) - both in the Los Angeles area -
  have swapped call signs.  (ABC indicates that the programs
  were swapped as well.)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230079A1.pdf
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20021202ABS  K209CO   86849   FAITH COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
               E   89.7 MHZ                 PALMDALE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20021220AEP      KHPY   87156    DELBERT L. VAN VOORHIS
             P      1670 KHZ             MORENO VALLEY, CA
  Lic. to cover
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