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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #560
                   Tuesday,  February 4, 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 AND NTIA TO IMPROVE FREQUENCY COORDINATION
  The FCC and the Commerce Department's National Tele-
communications and Information Administration (NTIA) have
executed a new Memorandum of Understanding on spectrum
coordination.  The FCC is responsible for non-federal frequency
users (e.g. broadcast, commercial, public safety, and state and
local government users) while NTIA is responsible for federal
users.  As FCC Chairman Powell put it, "Spectrum policy is
simply too important to be locked (into a) policy time warp."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230835A1.doc
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  FCC REALLOCATES SPECTRUM FOR NEW WIRELESS SERVICES
  The Commission has reallocated 30 megahertz of spectrum
from the 2 GHz Mobile Satellite Service to fixed and mobile
services, and in so doing has provided frequencies for a variety
of new wireless applications.
  The Commission is seeking comments on potential uses
of an additional 15 megahertz of spectrum previously identified
for new wireless services, and on increased flexibility in
the Unlicensed Personal Communications Service ("UPCS") band.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230754A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  RESPONSES REGARDING GROUNDING IN HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS (CGC #559)
  A query last week regarding grounding and shielding in housing
projects near transmitter sites brought a number of responses, the
most visual of which is provided in a web document from Hatfield &
Dawson in Seattle.  It describes the techniques the firm has
developed for LF and MF shielding applications, and which were
used in a housing development on the site of an AM (MF)
directional antenna system in Las Vegas.
  Thanks to Ben Dawson and Stephen Lockwood for the following URL.
  http://www.hatdaw.com/papers/shielding.pdf
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  FCC GRANTS "EXPERIMENTAL FM APPLICATION" FOR SUPER BOWL
  The first item under the heading of "Local Items from the
FCC" in this newsletter shows that the FCC has granted an
experimental authorization on 93.7 MHz for Global Radio, Inc.
in San Diego.  However, an inspection of the actual paper grant
shows that the applicant had requested to use six frequencies
in conjunction with San Diego's Super Bowl - 89.1, 92.9, 93.7,
96.9, 104.1 and 106.9 MHz - and that the FCC permitted it to
use two - 93.7 and 96.9 MHz.
  "Event broadcasting stations" such as these are not
ordinarily permitted by the Commission, so it is unclear why
the FCC made an exception in this case.  It is also unclear why
the Commission allowed operations to occur on channels (93.7 and
96.9 MHz) that were second adjacent to existing San Diego County
FM stations on 93.3, 94.1, 96.5 and 97.3 MHz.  Are second
adjacent concerns no longer important?
  The Global grant is disturbing in that it comes on the
heels of an unrelated case where an alleged pirate operator was
issued experimental authority by the Commission, and the added
facts that the San Diego application described herein was not
publicly announced until AFTER the Super Bowl, and a copy of the
grant was only available in paper form, making it difficult to
review.  In short, the whole experimental grant process needs
to be revised and brought into the daylight so we can all see
what is being proposed - and have an opportunity to comment -
long before a grant is issued.
  Finally, an informal report reaching our office indicates
that Global's Super Bowl operations allegedly took place on all
six frequencies requested, not just the two that were granted.
The FCC has indicated that it is investigating.  At least the
call sign of the San Diego operation is easy to remember:
It's WN3XFL, and just happens to rhyme with NFL.  We understand
that an experimental FM system was also authorized at the New
Orleans Super Bowl in 2002, so a pattern is emerging.
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  A LETTER REGARDING THE PASSING OF DON BEATY, K6VH
  Our condolences to the family of Don Beaty, K6VH, who passed
away Monday, Jan 27, 2003.  Don had many friends and acquaintances
through his teaching career in California and Colorado.  Around
1955, Don worked with Marv Collins first at KCBH (now KYSR) and
then at KPOL.  Later, Don taught math and physics at the College
of San Mateo.
  We have posted a letter from Don's family - and a wonderful
response from Marv Collins - on the following web page.  Marv's
letter should be of interest to engineers and ham radio
operators alike.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/beaty.htm
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     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (100 WORDS OR LESS APPRECIATED)
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  TOWER CLIMBER'S DISCUSSION GROUP ON THE WEB
  Here's a link to a tower climber's discussion group
that you may find interesting.  [The pictures are changed
from time to time and some are downright spectacular.]
  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tower_climbers/
  Richard Doering, WA6CFM, richard.doering@transcore.com
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  INSPECTOR KOZA AND THE SEARCH FOR THE JOLLY ROGER
  I haven't heard the "Palmdale Pirate" since last Wednesday
evening.  But on Saturday morning (Jan 25), I decided to see if I
could find the station's site based on some loose information that
I had received.
  I found the location, a small business complex on Palmdale Blvd.
The antenna appears to be a five element Scala yagi, vertically
polarized, oriented north, and mounted on the second floor roof of
the complex.  The center of radiation is about 40' above ground
level.
  My search for the actual suite of operation was unsuccessful,
since the coax from the antenna enters the building somewhere on
the roof, and couldn't be easily traced to its RF source.
  The station was indeed off the air at the time of my informal
attempted "inspection."  Will it stay that way?  I'm listening.
  Tom Koza, WB6FYR, tkoza@hispanicbroadcasting.com
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  AN EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE
  A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me for examples of
excellent newsletters.  I named yours as the best example.  It's
literate, timely, dependable, simple, includes excellent content,
includes its readers, strikes the right balance of offering
terrific random links and information, and truly communicates.
  Louise Heifetz,  http://www.heifetz.com/
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  WGAB(AM) IS BEING SOLD ON E-BAY
  WGAB, 1180 kHz, Newburgh, Ind., is being auctioned on e-Bay.
According to FCC CDBS data, WGAB, the self-styled "Big Talker"
of its market, runs 670 watts daytime, and a whopping one watt
at night, both non-D.  The station owner reserves the right to
reject the high bid.
  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2906571964&category=1607
  Tip courtesy of Radio Magazine
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  SHORTWAVE'S DIGITAL "DRM" SYSTEM
  Like AM and FM, Shortwave is approaching the digital age with
its "Digital Radio Mondiale" ("DRM") system.  An informative web
page on this technology and DRM receiver mods may be seen at:
  http://www.novia.net/~sadams/My_Pages/ShortWave/DRM_Digital_Shortwave.html
  The official DRM web site is:
  http://www.drm.org/indexdeuz.htm
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  FCC WARNS ILLEGAL RADIO OPERATORS IN 25-26 MHZ REGION
  The FCC has sent ten radio operators, eight of whom are hams,
warning notices regarding their alleged illegal operation on
25.540 and 26.555 MHz.  Amateur Radio Newsline (#1329) reports
that warning letter recipients were told that operation of radio
transmitting equipment on these frequencies without a license is
a violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act and could
result in fine or imprisonment.  Fines normally range from $7,500
to $10,000.
  While the 26 MHz RPU channels (see FCC Rule 74.402) have not
been the first choice of many broadcasters for RPU service, they
are still often used across the USA, especially for IFB purposes.
In recent years, there has been an increasing level of
encroachment on these channels by unlicensed operators using ham
equipment or modified CB transmitters.
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  SHOULD NIGHTTIME AM IBOC BE PERMITTED IMMEDIATELY?
  Communications consulting engineer Glen Clark, has petitioned
the FCC to reconsider its ban on night time AM IBOC.  The petition
reflects a belief that interference concerns can be addressed to
allow the "majority" of full time AMs to go with IBOC at night
immediately.
  As reported by Radio World, Clark believes that only a small
number of AMs would cause "significant interference" to their
neighbors if they went digital at night.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2534
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  WHICH AUTO FUEL IS MORE DANGEROUS, HYDROGEN OR GASOLINE?
  An article and photo sequence from "evworld.com" offer a result
that might surprise you.  Two identical automobiles, one powered
by hydrogen and one by gasoline, with both fuel sources
intentionally and simultaneously ignited, reveal a result
suggesting that hydrogen is by far the safer of the two fuels.
The details and photos are worth a look.
  http://www.evworld.com/databases/storybuilder.cfm?storyid=482
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  TRY THE REFLEX TESTER
  Here is a simple reflex tester to see who has the fastest
response time in your home or office.  Engineers, trained to
pick up complaint calls in record-breaking time, should do well.
  http://snurl.com/fastreflex
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  POSSIBLE ONE WEEK DELAY IN THE NEXT CGC COMMUNICATOR
  CGC will be making computer modifications next week.
If the Communicator does not appear on time, we will resume
publication the following week.   Thanks!
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR EXPERIMENTAL STATION GRANTED
  BPEX-20030110ADO    WN3XFL   137893   GLOBAL RADIO, INC.
               P     93.7 MHZ             SAN DIEGO, CA
  CP for Experimental Station.  [As indicated earlier in this
  newsletter, the grant included the use of 96.9 MHz.   -RG]
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  PROPOSED LOW POWER TV/TV TRANSLATOR/CLASS A CONSTRUCTION PERMITS
  The following applications have been accepted for filing.
Petitions to Deny (if any) must be filed within 30 days of the
release date (January 29, 2003) of the underlying Public Notice.
  BPTT-20011228AAN   K57EV   TO CHANNEL 17    JOSHUA TREE
  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO
  BPTT-20011228AAM   K59BM   TO CHANNEL 21    JOSHUA TREE, ETC.
  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230627A1.doc
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLH-20030124AEE     KDES-FM  67354   R & R RADIO CORPORATION
              E      104.7 MHZ             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO
  COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20021010AAA    KBUE   34386    LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
               E   105.5 MHZ               LONG BEACH, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPCDT-20021126AAU   KPXN-DT  58978    PAXSON LOS ANGELES
                  E    CHAN-38              LICENSE, INC.
                                         SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 01/28/2003
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPH-20030127AAH    KCLB-FM  12131   MCC RADIO, LLC
                  E   93.7 MHZ         COACHELLA, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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