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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #559
                    Tuesday, January 28, 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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  FCC INITIATES SECOND REVIEW OF DTV TRANSITION
  The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
("NPRM") to help foster the transition to Digital TV ("DTV").
Put simply, Congress wants its money for the "channel give
back" after the DTV transition is complete, so the Commission
is doing its part.
  The FCC is now asking for comments on the channel give back,
and replication and maximization requirements, among other
things.  After the transition to DTV is complete, broadcast TV
will of course be limited to a "core spectrum" consisting of
current television Channels 2 through 51.
  Channel give back:  The FCC proposes May 1, 2005 as the
channel election deadline for commercial and noncommercial
broadcast licensees with two in-core assigned channels, and
seeks comment on alternative deadlines.
   The NPRM also asks whether the FCC should adopt an
intermediate signal coverage requirement beyond a broadcaster's
current obligation to cover its community of license, expanding
into nearby areas of the market.
  The NPRM covers other important issues as well (e.g. simulcast,
V-chip, minimal PSIP data to be broadcast, possible assistance
to educational stations).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230562A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-8A1.doc
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  TV & DTV "MAXIMIZATION" APPLICATIONS FOR CHANS 60 TO 69 FROZEN
  Beginning immediately, and until further notice, the
Commission will not accept for filing modification applications
that would increase a television broadcast station's analog or
DTV service area in the Channel 60-69 range.  Certain technical
criteria apply - see the following FCC Public Notice for details:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-46A1.doc
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  KFWB SEEKS ASSISTANT CHIEF
  There is an immediate opening at KFWB, 980 kHz, Los Angeles,
for an Assistant Chief Engineer.  Complete details are available
on our job board at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
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  CONTRACT ENGINEERS NEEDED
  I'm looking for two or three contract engineers to help us
wire up the Dodgers Radio Network Studios and Dodgers Stadium
starting in the next week or two.  Please e-mail me at
<phsakrison@kfwb.cbs.com>.
  Paul Sakrison, KFWB
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  WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?
  There is a marvelous short story about change - and an
amazing way to deal with change and make it work to your
advantage in both your professional and personal lives.
  The book is "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
(ISBN 0-399-14446-3).  Highly recommended reading.
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     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (100 WORDS OR LESS APPRECIATED)
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  HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO CALIFORNIA'S EDIS SYSTEM
  If you would like to receive EDIS (Emergency Digital
Information Service) bulletins via your pager or through e-mail,
you can do so by visiting the following link and subscribing
to the free service:
  http://www.edis.ca.gov/providers.html
  You can configure your account to receive only the bulletins
you are interested in, and by region.  EDIS provides information
on weather related alerts, flash floods, winter storm advisories,
earthquakes, Tsunamis alerts, statewide Amber Alerts, rolling
blackouts, etc.
  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego LECC EAS,
  sandiego@1stconnect.com
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  LOCATING GPS INTERFERENCE SOURCES
  Hunting for interference to GPS can be a time consuming and
challenging effort.  At Moss Landing, CA, south of San Francisco,
an elusive source of GPS jamming had been causing trouble for
months, but was finally tracked down to multiple sources.  The
story is really a worthwhile and interesting tutorial on tracking
down RFI at GPS frequencies.
  http://www.gpsworld.com/gpsworld/content/contentDetail.jsp?id=43404
  Richard Doering, WA6CFM, richard.doering@transcore.com
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  MICROWAVE AND SOME "CATALINA FIRSTS" (See query in CGC #555)
  Thanks to all for the help and suggestions.  I've located a
website that lists several "firsts" for Catalina Island, CA.  Of
interest to fellow Bell System historians is the very first
civilian microwave link that was installed there by Western
Electric.  I hope to corroborate this "find" with info from the
FCC's 1946 era Radio Service Bulletin. (Does anyone know where I
can find a copy?)
  Here are some of the most memorable "Catalina Firsts" -
  Pigeons were used to carry messages between Catalina and the
mainland from the 1850s to as late as 1899.  The world's first
commercial wireless telegraph station was built on Catalina in
1902 and was the news source for Avalon's newspaper, The Wireless.
The first commercial radio telephone system was installed at
Pebbly Beach in 1919, and the first American-made submarine cables
in the U.S. were installed between Avalon and the mainland in
1923.  The first civilian use of a microwave system (a World
War II secret development), was with the Catalina microwave
station installed in May 1946.
  See "Catalina Firsts" on the web site at:
  http://www.visitcatalina.org/press.htm
  Chris Killian, carcomm@qnet.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  CCD IMAGES, COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, AND ASTRONOMY
  If you've discovered the excitement of back yard astronomy,
you'll be impressed with what CCD imagery and computer enhancement
can do for your nighttime adventures.  Check out this photo
demonstration courtesy of Pat and Paula Knoll (Paula is KF6KBZ)
of Kearny Mesa, near San Diego.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/knoll/Knollobservatory.htm
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  QUESTION ABOUT GROUNDING IN HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
  If you're aware of a RF grounding or shielding project that
has been provided as part of a housing development near a radio
or TV transmitter site, I'd like to hear from you.  I'm aware
of such a project and wonder if there have been others of
similar scope.
  Steve Blodgett, steve@earthsignals.com
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN GRANT
  New, Ojai, for Shepard Communications:  KLFH(FM)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230458A1.pdf
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20030115ABH    KATY-FM  33611  ALL PRO BROADCASTING, INC.
                E   101.3 MHZ              IDYLLWILD, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATION GRANT RESCINDED
  BNPTTL-20000831BVH  NEW 129633  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                P   CHAN-47                BANNING, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for BANNING, CA on
  channel 47, Effective Radiated Power .02, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 3 min 46 sec WL 116 deg 53 min 34 sec.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20030113ACT   KCAQ  25092   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E   104.7 MHZ                 OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20010607AAV  K38CY 36717 CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION
                E   CHAN-38              VAN NUYS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K38CY.
  Dismissed - Request of Applicant.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPFT-20000211ABI  K213AR 72001 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS,INC.
               P   90.5 MHZ            LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTTL-20030114ABH   K61GH  56830    TV-61 SAN DIEGO, INC.
                 E   CHAN-61            NATIONAL CITY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K61GH.
  Dismissed - Request of Applicant.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  BEPCDT-20020828AAX    KXLA-DT  55083   RANCHO PALOS VERDES
                  E     CHAN-51           BROADCASTERS, INC.
                                       RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991101AIZ
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  BEPCDT-20021015ABU  KVEA-DT  19783  ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
                  E   CHAN-39                 CORONA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19990910AAL
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR
  MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTL-20030115ABT  KTRO-LP  56793  ROBERT D. ADELMAN
                  E   CHAN-50           LANCASTER, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTTL-19870702NY.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  BLTTL-20030107AAX   KTRO-LP  56793  ROBERT D. ADELMAN
                 E    CHAN-50           LANCASTER, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20000607ACV,
  callsign KTRO-LP.
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