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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #561
                   Tuesday, February 11, 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=AE Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC ISSUES A RASH OF FINES
  The Commission is continuing to flex its enforcement muscle
by issuing a number of monetary forfeitures.  Here are some
recent examples:  $2,500 to a telephone company for failing to
exhibit prescribed (tower) painting; $4,000 to a CATV operator
for failing to retransmit the EAS required monthly test; $10,000
to a communications operator for failing to exhibit prescribed
obstruction lighting on its antenna structure; $10,000 to a FM
pirate; $15,000 to an AM radio station for failing to maintain
operational EAS equipment, and for failing to enclose the
station's antenna tower within an effective locked fence.
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2003/dd030204.html
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  .... AND STILL MORE FINES
  $5,000 to an AM station for failing to maintain a record
of the station's efficiency factor "F" used to determine its
operating power, and for operating with power in excess of
105% of the authorized power;  $10,000 to an AM radio station
for failing to register its antenna structure and failing to
maintain a presence at its main studio during its normal
business hours;  $20,000 to a company for operation of radio
transmission equipment without the required Commission
authorization, and use of a radio frequency device that failed
to comply with Commission regulations.
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2003/dd030206.html
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FREEZE AND AUCTION FILING WINDOW
  The FCC has announced an auction filing window for certain
FM translator station construction permit ("CP") applications.
The filing window will be open on March 10 and close on March 14.
The window is available for non-reserved band (92.1 - 107.9 MHz)
proposals for new FM translator stations, and major modifications
to authorized FM translator facilities.
  The FCC has also announced that it will not accept FM
translator and FM booster minor change CP applications, and FM
booster new CP applications, between February 8 and March 14.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-359A1.doc
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  UNLICENSED RADIO BROADCASTER SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS PROBATION,
  4 MONTHS OF WHICH WILL BE SERVED AS HOME CONFINEMENT
  The FCC has announced that Benjamin Leroy Carter has been
sentenced to 18 months probation, 4 months of which will be
served as home confinement, for seven counts of unlicensed radio
operation apparently in a broadcast band.  In addition, Carter
is required to perform 50 hours of community service.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231068A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  LAX "AIRPORT RADIO" APPLIES FOR POWER INCREASE WAIVER
  Citing the need for improved coverage in and near Los
Angeles International Airport ("LAX") for potential emergency
use, Travelers' Information Station WNHV296 (530 kHz) seeks
a power increase from 10 to 100 watts.
  See the waiver documents and coverage maps at:
  http://www.recnet.com/lax
  (Thanks to Howard Fine for the story, and recnet.com for links.)
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  TECH NEEDED IN SAN DIEGO AREA
  San Diego RF Broadcast Equipment company seeks experienced RF
Troubleshooter for Medium, Low, and High Power Television and
Radio Transmitters, down to component level.=20
  Please send resumes to jobopenings@bext.com or call=20
(888)239-8462 and ask for Dennis.
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  BROADCAST ENGINEER NEEDED IN PORTLAND
  Detailed information on this position at Clear Channel Portland
is posted on the Jobs Board at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
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     LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (100 WORDS OR LESS APPRECIATED)
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  A HORNET'S NEST OF EMAIL!
  We received a lot of mail regarding the use of "experimental"
license operations by Global Radio (CGC #560).  You'll recall
that the FCC authorization allowed the use of 93.7 and 96.9 MHz.
At least two emails pointed to the use of six frequencies.
  Another email questioned the use of an experimental license to
cover an operation that seemed more appropriately served by an
STA.  And, yet another email posed a "broadcast rights" issue
that could further muddy an already murky situation.
  In the interest of brevity, we've included a few email
highlights below.
  Steve Blodgett
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  ONLY TWO FM FREQUENCIES AUTHORIZED AT THE SUPER BOWL?
  While working with the Frequency Coordinating Team at
SuperBowl 37, I was able to hear the following (approximate)=20
frequencies in use on my scanner monitor on-site:
  88 Hispanic Radio
  92 NFL Radio
  94 ABC Television
  96 AFC Team Radio
  104 NFC Team Radio
  106 CBS Radio
  Mike Tosch, mtosch@sportingnews.com
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  MORE CONFIRMATION OF SUPER BOWL FREQUENCIES
  I was at the Super Bowl.  Every person was given a radio and
card that listed at least six frequencies for different audio
feeds. It was nice to be able to listen to John Madden's comments
for the TV feed.  At the same time I thought it was strange that
the FCC allowed this. I never heard any call sign.
  Barney Dewey, W6NET, barney@outlook4mobility.com
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  A COMMENT FROM A SUCCESSFUL STA APPLICANT AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS
  I applied for and received a STA to operate on 87.5 MHz during
the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  We put a 50 watt FM transmitter in
the stadium.  Small, inexpensive FM radios that tuned down to 87.5
were used by hundreds of performers for cues.  I found it
interesting that some big name talent preferred the sound of these
$5 imported radios over the expensive "in-ears" monitors.
  Mario Hieb, mario@xmission.com
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  FM PIRATES SPEAK OUT!
  I'm an FM pirate.  I tried to get an experimental license from
the FCC but they wouldn't give me anything worthwhile.  I offered
to build a test facility to check for interference to regular FM
stations, and they said they might consider it only if I ran test
tones exclusively.  Big deal.
  Why did the Super Bowl guys get to run regular programming on
multiple channels while I was frozen out?  Why did the FCC allow
second adjacent channel short spacings for Super Bowl/San Diego
when not even LPFM stations are given such latitude?
  If the FCC ultimately comes up with special event station
rules we can all use, I want a permit.  My birthday is coming
up soon, and that's pretty special.
  [This is a synopsis of remarks relayed to CGC from two
self-proclaimed FM pirates.  The remarks clearly represent the
frustration felt by some individuals in the wake of the FCC's
latest Super Bowl experimental grant.]
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  A THOUGHT PROVOKING RESPONSE - HYDROGEN VS GASOLINE (CGC #560)
  I was shocked to see the discussion of which fuel is more
dangerous, gasoline or hydrogen.  BUT OF COURSE gasoline is more
dangerous!  Just think what would have happened if the Hindenburg
had been filled with gasoline!
  Mike Lonneke, WOYR, woyr@aol.com
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  MORE ON CHICKEN WIRE (GROUNDING AND SHIELDING - CGC #559 & 560)
  One note of caution on using chicken wire...it's not a good
choice for areas in contact with soil in moist climates.
  Even though galvanized, the galvanization is sufficiently thin
and the earth environment sufficiently corrosive that chicken wire
will disintegrate in just a few years.  However, this arrangement
is probably just fine for the dry climate of Las Vegas for which
it was designed....
  Gray, Gray Frierson Haertig & Asso, gfh@haertig.com
  Portland, OR ("Wetville")
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  CONCERN OVER HOME GROUNDING/SHIELDING AND CELL PHONE PERFORMANCE
  The article in CGC #560 concerning LF and MF shielding in home
designs was quite interesting, I am curious what this will do to
use of cellular phones.
  Apparently the shielding is intended for much lower frequencies,
but how much attenuation will occur on your cell phone?  This will
produce a whole new set of issues, should the PCS companies
discover their signals go dead inside a home!
  Timothy H. Lynch, tlynch@w-t-s.com=20
  President, Western Technical Services
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  RE: SHORTWAVE'S DIGITAL "DRM" SYSTEM (CGC #560)
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  HEY!!!! I will never give up my radio collection and glowing
tubes and Synchronous detection.  :)
  Robert Lonn, Cox Communications, Robert.Lonn@cox.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  WEB-BASED COORDINATE CONVERSION PROGRAM
  This program translates coordinates from NAD-27 to NAD-83
(also known as WGS-84) datums, and vice versa, and also expresses
the values in terms of UTM coordinates - simple, quick and easy.
  http://www.jeeep.com/details/coord/
  (Thanks, Ron Patten, KG6HSQ)
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  MAP SHOWS THE DISTRIBUTION OF "W" AND "K" BROADCAST CALL SIGNS
  http://www.dobe.com/wts/uscallsigndist.htm
  URL courtesy of Rod Dinkins, AC6V
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  NEW OBSERVATORY TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS REMARKABLE IMAGES
  In recent Arizona tests, a new Adaptive Optics System has been
shown to deliver images said to be twice as sharp as those of the
smaller 2.4 meter Hubble space telescope at H band.
  This new technology is capable of successfully removing
atmospheric blurring from large ground based telescopes, as
demonstrated by experiments at the 6.5-meter (21-foot) telescope
at the MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins, AZ.
  See more information and demonstration photos at:
  http://athene.as.arizona.edu/~lclose/AOPRESS/
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KSSE(FM), Riverside, to KLYY
  KVYY(FM), Ventura, to KSSC
  KSYY(FM), Fallbrook, to KSSD
  KLYY(FM), Arcadia, to KSSE
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-230978A1.pdf
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR
  MODIFICATION TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BMJPTT-20000831CHJ  K47IB 43815 COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
                 E   CHAN-47          TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC, CA
  Major change in licensed facilities, callsign K54AI.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20030109AGK      KMAP  2268      KMAP, INC.
              P     1050 KHZ       FRAZIER PARK, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLH-20021028AAA    KYOR  14058     MCC RADIO, LLC
                E   106.9 MHZ        YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BPED-19970609MG    970609MG  87122   LIVING PROOF INC
               P     91.3 MHZ             BARSTOW, CA
  CP FOR NEW FM ED STATION
  MOTION TO DISMISS APPLICATION FILED 8-19-97 BY UN OF SOUTHERN
  CALIFORNIA
  OPP TO MOTION TO DISMISS FILED 8-29-97 BY (LPI)
  REPLY TO SUPPLEMENT TO OPP TO MOTION TO DISMISS APPLICATION
  FIELD 9-11-97 BY (KUSC)
  REQUEST FOR WITHDRAWAL OF MOTION TO DISMISS APPLICATION FILED
  9-24-98 BY (LIVING PROOF)
  LEGAL AMENDMENT FILED 11/26/01 REQUEST FOR " WITHDRAWAL OF
  MOTION TO DISMISS APPLICATION" GRANTED AND "MOTION TO DISMISS
  APPLICATION" DISMISSED BY LETTER DATED 2/3/2003.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY DISMISSED
  BPTT-20010223ABH    K33BT  67932   TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                 E   CHAN-17               VICTORVILLE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K33BT.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20030204ACF   KMRO-FM2  85929  THE ASSN FOR COMMUNITY ED..
                  E   90.3 MHZ              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION=20
  FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20030203CII  KNLA-LP  72270  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                  E  CHAN-67              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-JG0601JD,
  callsign KNLA-LP.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION
  FOR MOD OF LICENSE FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY GRANTED
  BXMLCT-20010403ABK   KVEA    19783    ESTRELLA LICENSE CORP.
                 P    CHAN-52                CORONA, CA
  Mod of License to cover auxiliary permit.
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