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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #562
                   Tuesday, February 18, 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 AFFIRMS ITS ULTRA-WIDEBAND REPORT & ORDER
  The FCC has affirmed in all major respects its Ultra-
Wideband (UWB) First Report & Order.  Presented with a
disruptive technology like UWB, the Commission scrambled to
develop a regulatory framework to allow for its deployment
in the marketplace, and believes that its earlier decisions
were basically correct.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231197A1.doc
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  FCC TEMPORARILY CLOSED ITS REFERENCE INFORMATION CENTER
  In response to the increased Homeland Security Alert System
threat level, the FCC closed, then reopened to the public, its
Reference Information Center (RIC).  All RIC patrons must now
enter the Commission building through the 12th Street lobby for
security screening and escorting to RIC.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231044A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231076A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  ANTI-PERCHING DEVICE RULING BY THE FOREST SERVICE
  The Cleveland National Forest (and presumably the Los
Padres, Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests) will require
the installation of "anti-perching devices" at all of their sites
where microwave transmitters are used, this as the result of a
March 2000 court settlement between the Forest Service and the
Southwest Center for Biological Diversity.  Anti-perching devices
are to keep raptors from perching "on communications facilities,
especially radiating parabolic dish antennas...."
  http://www.earthsignals.com/USFS/Anti-Perching.PDF
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2002/postings.htm#MICROWAVE DISH COVERS
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  KSGA-LP ORDERED TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS
  KSGA-LP, CH-64, Barstow, has been ordered to "immediately
suspend operations" for causing interference to the direct
over-the-air reception of KHIZ(TV), CH-64, Barstow, CA.
  FCC letter dated January 31, 2003 (acting on a complaint
filed August 20, 2002, over five months earlier).
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  YOU'LL LOSE YOUR PART 74 LICENSE IF IT'S NOT UP TO DATE
  The FCC is cleaning up the Part 74 database for wireless mics,
two-way, 950 STL, and TV microwave.  Licenses are being canceled=20
due to insufficient data on the license.
  Some licenses bear obsolete licensee names, most 950 and higher
microwave licenses lack location #2 (receive site), and many
coordinates are not correct.  For example, if you changed tower
location and moved the link 100 feet, this merits a correction.
  Broadcast station licenses should state, "The Facility ID of=20
the Associated Broadcast Parent Station for this license is XYZ."
  After the FCC cleans up its database, we will also do a complete
check of ours, deleting any canceled licenses, and re-coordinating
the channels.
  If you have any questions, please email me.
  Howard Fine, SCFCC, howard@pactv.com
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  MORE GLOBAL RADIO APPLICATIONS (RE CGC #561, "SUPER BOWL" ITEMS)
  It appears that Global Radio, Inc. has been active in
applying for experimental authorizations in other parts of the
country.  The following FCC announcements from 1998 and 2000
were forwarded by a CGC Communicator reader:
  >>> EXPERIMENTAL BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION TENDERED....
  NY    980129MB     NEW        GLOBAL RADIO, INC
                  88.1 MHZ         NEW YORK, NY
  APPLICATION FOR A NEW DEVELOPMENTAL BROADCAST STATION FOR=20
  EXPERIMENTATION WITH AND DEVELOPMENT OF EVENT BROADCASTING;
  APPLICATION PROPOSES MOBILE OPERATION THROUGHOUT UNITED STATES
  INCLUDING US VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO WITH=20
  40 WATTS IN THE AM BAND (530KHZ-1705KHZ);=20
  10 WATTS IN THE FM BAND (88.1 MHZ-107.9MHZ)
 =
 http://ftp.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Applications/ap=
980213.txt
  >>> FM STATION APPLICATION FOR EXPERIMENTAL STATION GRANTED
  FL  BPEX-20001020ACJ    WR2XVN   129262   GLOBAL RADIO, INC
                   P     94.5 MHZ               TAMPA, FL
  Experimental Broadcast Station
 =
 http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Actions/ac01012=
6.txt
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  IT'S THE SUPER BOWL, MY FELLOW AMERICANS! (CGC #560, 561)
  Hey!  It's the Super Bowl!  To not give them (operators like
Global Radio) anything and everything they want would be downright
un-American!
  Fred Holub, fholub@cbs.com
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  COMMENTS ON CHICKEN WIRE, RF, AND PCS PHONES (CGC #560, 561)
  My house in Seal Beach is typical stucco, which is cement
over a "chicken wire" base.  It's RF dead inside at almost any
frequency.  I have to go outside to use my PCS cell phone.
  From the second story of the house I can see Mt. Wilson,
but need an external antenna for TV reception.  FM is virtually
impossible except next to a window, and AM is marginal except
for the 50 kw stations.
  John Unrath, K6JHU, jhunrath@raytheon.com
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  ADDITIONAL NOTES ON NAD 27, NAD 83, AND WGS 84 (CGC #561)
  WGS 84 and NAD 83 are different datums, though very close, the
difference being no more than 2 meters in North America.  NAD 27
is quite different from the other two - the difference being as
much as a couple of hundred meters.
  For those of us working with the FCC, WGS 84 AND NAD 83 are,
for all intents, identical.  But, for the guy trying to make
the railroad tracks meet in the middle.... well.... =20
  Gray, Gray Frierson Haertig & Assoc., gfh@haertig.com
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  KEEP IT COMING!
  THANK YOU for the CGC Communicator!  It's always helpful,
informative, and interesting!
  Sam Wallington, KG6BZU, Director of Engineering,
  Educational Media Foundation
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  CELL PHONE BATTERY WARNING.  YOUR PHONE MAY MELT! =20
  ZDNet reports that Nokia has issued a warning notice about cell
phone damage from poorly manufactured or counterfeit third-party
batteries.  Low cost batteries that don't contain the requisite
safety circuitry can produce enough heat to put the phone at risk
of a literal melt down.  Ouch! =20
  http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103-983867.html
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  THE "HOMEPLUG" STANDARD - HAVE WE GIVEN BIRTH TO A MONSTER?
  Since power lines bear a striking resemblance to "longwire"
transmit antennas, broadcast engineers and ham operators have
expressed concern over technology that uses the HF spectrum to
provide digital broadband services via power lines.  (Also see
CGC #517 & 503.)  Such services are already available overseas
and today are gnawing at our door here in the U.S.
  A "baby" version of the above is already here.  If you're an
HF user, visit the following links.  They'll lead you to some
glowing information about the latest "hot" technology, the power
industry's "HomePlug" standard, and its application to computer
networking.  But don't be surprised if you find yourself
wondering if we've given birth to an RF monster that'll grow
up to devour what remains of interference-free HF spectrum.
  http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/resource/jun02/tool.html
  http://www.homeplug.org/index_basic.html
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  INCREASING USE OF "WI-FI" COMPETES WITH TELCOS AND CABLE
  In one rural community where broadband internet service was
thought to be not financially viable by the local telecom, a
community group decided to go it alone using inexpensive "WI-FI"
and "Mesh Networks" equipment.
  Entrepreneurial minds are discovering a whole new way to
compete with traditional communications giants, using new,
inexpensive hardware that provides high speed Internet
connectivity.  The nature of the technology suggests that it
could provide some helpful short-haul applications for broadcast
use.
  http://news.com.com/2009-1033-982113.html
  http://www.kingsbridgelink.co.uk/
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  SOUTH AFRICAN 100-MICROWATT BEACON HEARD IN USA
  Over the last four months, an extremely low power amateur
radio beacon transmitter (call sign ZS1J) has been operating
from Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.  The measured power output
of the 7.029 MHz rig is 100-microwatts, and reception reports
from all over South Africa, up to 1,100 kilometers, have been
received.
  The big surprise came on Tuesday, January 29th, when
Bill Diggens, WA8LXJ, in West Union, Ohio, made a positive
identification of the beacon transmitter.  Diggens gave it a
Readability of two, a Signal strength of one and a Tone quality
of nine (an "RST" of 219).  Bill also made a tape recording of
the signal received and played it back to amazed South African
amateurs on their daily, split frequency net.
  Amateur Radio Newsline, February 7, 2003
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  TOWARD A WART-FREE AMERICA
  Millions of rolls of duct tape purchased to seal homes
against possible terrorist chemical attacks could someday become
surplus, creating a gigantic disposal problem.  Fear not.  Duct
tape may be used to remove warts.  By covering warts with duct=20
tape six days a week for about two months, the unsightly blemishes
usually disappear, and the process is said to be more effective
- and less painful - than removing the warts by freezing with
liquid nitrogen.
  http://www.sciencenews.org/20021116/toc.asp
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF LPFM APPLICATIONS
  The following Low Power FM broadcast applications have
  been accepted for filing by the Commission.  Petitions to
  Deny (if any) must be on file with the FCC no later than
  the close of business on March 17, 2003:
  BNPL-20000605AFK   NEW  YUCCA VALLEY, CA
                     JOSHUA SPRINGS CALVARY CHAPEL
                     REQ: 97.1 MHz  Channel No. 246
  BNPL-20000605AGE   NEW  FALLBROOK, CA
                     CALVARY CHAPEL OF FALLBROOK
                     REQ: 90.5 MHz  Channel No. 213
  BNPL-20000605AID   NEW  VENTURA, CA
                     CALVARY CHAPEL OF VENTURA
                     REQ: 92.3 MHz  Channel No. 222
  BNPL-20000605AJC   NEW  BANNING, CA
                     CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE PASS
                     REQ: 103.5 MHz  Channel No. 278
  BNPL-20000608AAX   NEW  ALPINE, CA
                     EAST COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.
                     REQ: 107.9 MHz  Channel No. 300
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231174A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTT-20030210AAH    K33BT  67932   TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
                 E   CHAN-39               VICTORVILLE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K33BT.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY APPLICATION REINSTATED
  BPTTL-20020530ACP    KBLM-LP   38561    LOUIS MARTINEZ
                  E    CHAN-25          RIVERSIDE/PERRIS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KBLM-LP.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000608AET   NEW  124826  CALVARY CHAPEL OF SANTA BARBARA
              P    96.3 MHZ                 GOLETA, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  As amended
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BPED-19970324MA  970324MA 85911  CREATIVE EDUCATIONAL MEDIA
               P   90.3 MHZ             CORPORATION, INC.
                                         COACHELLA, CA
  CP NEW NCE STN.
  Settlement filed 11/23/99
  *JOINT REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FLD ON:
  11/23/1999
  Application granted and settlement dismissed as moot on 2/11/2003
  No letter sent.
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  BPED-19970725MH   970725MH  87604  SHEPHERD COMMUNICATIONS INC
                P   90.9 MHZ                COACHELLA, CA
  CP FOR NEW FM ED STATION
  Settlement filed 11/23/99
  JOINT REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FILED 11/23/99
  PROPOSING GRANT OF BPED-19970324MA AND BPED-19970725MH,
  AS AMENDED.
  SUPPLEMENT FILED 7/18/2001. Application granted and settlement
  dismissed as moot on 2/11/2003.  No letter sent.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMAPTTL-20000818AED  K15EI 19779  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO..
                 E    CHAN-15             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPTTL-19990202JC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20020618AAV   KSDX-LP  22162  KRCA LICENSE CORP.
                  E   CHAN-29           SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KSDX-LP.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCT-20011217ABM    KVEA  19783     ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   CHAN-52                   CORONA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KVEA.
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