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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #563
                   Tuesday, February 25, 2003
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       <rgonsett@ieee.org>
           Stephen H. Blodgett, W7RNA, Letters Editor
                 mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
    Copyright 2003, Communications General=AE Corporation (CGC)
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  REBECCA DORCH NAMED WESTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR,
  FCC ENFORCEMENT BUREAU
  Rebecca L. Dorch has been named Regional Director of the
FCC Enforcement Bureau, Western Region.  The Western Region
includes five District Offices in San Diego, Los Angeles,
San Francisco, Seattle and Denver, and three Resident Agent
Offices in Anchorage, Portland and Honolulu.
  Prior to joining the FCC in 1994, Ms. Dorch was in private
law practice.  She is a graduate of Washington University School
of Law in St. Louis (J.D., 1983) and the University of Illinois
(B.A., 1979, Phi Beta Kappa).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231420A1.doc
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  ENFORCEMENT BUREAU - LIST OF NOTICES OF APPARENT LIABILITY
  Following is the "missing" URL from a recent FCC Daily Digest
reporting on the latest Notices of Apparent Liability (fines)
issued by the Commission:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-404A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  COMBINED TV ANTENNA SYSTEM PROPOSED FOR MT. WILSON
  According to Broadcast Engineering magazine's RF Update
(a web publication), four Los Angeles TV stations have banded
together to share a common antenna atop Mount Wilson.  A broadband
antenna system, designed and manufactured by Radio Frequency
Systems, will initially support seven combined analog and digital
services, with the capacity to accommodate 12 digital or analog
services from Channel 32 to 56.  See "California Broadcasters
Opt for Broadband" at:
  http://enews.primediabusiness.com/enews/broadcastengineering/v/50
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  WORKERS UNDER THE KTNQ/KXTA TOWERS ARE CLUELESS
  In the City of Industry, hundreds have jobs working under
the KTNQ(AM)/KXTA(AM) radio towers, but few have a clue as to
the purpose of the towers.  Some think the towers are used for
cellular telephones.  Others speculate they are part of a landing
system for airplanes, or are leftovers from some Cold War
missile-defense program.
  "I've tried to ask, but nobody seems to know," said Andy Woo,
who works at a furniture warehouse at the center. "My theory is,
it's to warn pilots away from chemicals or something in this
area that they don't want aircraft to hit."   Check the L.A.
Times story for the full scoop:
  http://www.latimes.com/la-me-surroundings20feb20,0,6190165.story
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  HOW TO CONTACT THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
  Please note that all Letters to the Editor of the CGC
Communicator should now be addressed to Steve Blodgett at:
  mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
  Items intended for Bob Gonsett (namely Communicator sub-
scriptions) should be sent to <rgonsett@ieee.org>.  Bob's former=20
address of <rgonsett@connectnet.com> will be history soon.
  Thanks for updating your records.
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  FCC'S JUNE BUTLER IS NOW JUNE GONZALES
  June Butler of the San Diego FCC field office was married
to KNSD-TV news reporter Bernard Gonzales on January 4, 2003
(in Oahu, Hawaii) and she now has a shiny new e-mail address:
  jgonzale@fcc.gov
  Her old address <jubutler@fcc.gov> is inoperative.  Please
update your records accordingly.  June writes, "It was a beautiful
ceremony and awesome honeymoon...."  Why not send her a brief
"best wishes" message to exercise the new address?
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  DO YOU REMEMBER CALEB?
  Do you remember a tower climber by the first name of Caleb?
His last name is unknown.  Caleb climbed radio towers in east
San Diego, along Highway 94, I believe in the 1950s.
  We are trying to complete our family history and are looking
for any information that may be available.
  Marsha Anderson, alvinlanderson@aol.com
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  WHAT ABOUT THOSE 1-WATT FM TRANSMITTER KITS?
  Looking over this week's CGC correspondence, I came across
an email that evoked a very informative response from Bob Gonsett.
A writer asked about FCC compliance for a 1-watt FM broadcast
transmitter.  Seller of equipment assured buyer that one-watt
was perfectly legal without a license.
  In fact, license-free FM transmitters are limited by field
strength, and that confuses many people.  Bob pointed out in
CGC #258 ("Pirate in Denial") that unlicensed FM stations can
only run 0.01 microwatt of power into a half-wave dipole
antenna.  The half-wave dipole was chosen because it is a
standard (almost no gain) reference antenna.
  Note that 0.01 microwatt =3D  0.00000001 watt of power.
  If an unlicensed FM broadcast signal can be heard more than
about 100 feet, it's probably running too much power!  Thanks,
Bob, for the description and clarification of low power limits
in the FM broadcast band.
  Steve Blodgett
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  JACK DOBBS PASSES AWAY
  I wanted to pass on the sad news that Jack Dobbs, WB6AXW,
passed away this morning (February 19, 2003) from heart failure.
He had been fighting diabetes for years and had to have both
feet taken off due to the illness.
  I have known Jack since grade school, and we spent many
nights on Mt. Soledad chasing 6-meter DX over the last 50+ years.
Jack will be missed by all his friends in the broadcast and ham
communities, and the ARRL convention gang where he served as
prize chairman for the last four San Diego conventions.
  According to Jack's mother, no services will be held.  He
is to be cremated and his ashes buried back in Texas in the
family plot.  My wife and I are making a donation, in Jack's
honor, to the Diabetes Foundation, the disease that cost him
his feet.
  --...  ...--  to a dear friend.
  Dick Warren, K6OBS, dickawa@lycosmail.com
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  REFLECTIONS ON JACK'S PASSING
  A number of people have already reflected on Jack Dobbs'
departure, and those letters may be viewed at the URL below.
If you would like to add your thoughts and feelings, please
send them to mailto:steve@earthsignals.com.
  Jack was a good friend to many, including the staff at
CGC.  His enthusiasm for personal discoveries, and life in
general, will long be remembered and cherished.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/dobbs.htm
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  RADIO LISTENING JUMPS IN THE WAKE OF SHUTTLE COLUMBIA TRAGEDY
  All News Radio Station KYW-AM showed a six-fold increase
in age 25-54 listeners in their Saturday morning audience,
February 1, in response to the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.
See a chart of Portable People Meter monitoring results at:
  http://www.arbitron.com/portable_people_meters/shuttle.htm
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  PIRATES CANNOT EVER HOLD RADIO STATION LICENSES
  A U.S. appeals court has upheld as constitutional a law
that bans a pirate broadcaster from ever obtaining a license for
a low-power FM radio station.  In fact, it bars a current or
former pirate broadcaster from even being involved with a station.
  In its action, the full court reversed a ruling last year
by a three-judge panel of a court that had struck the law down.
By a 7-to-1 vote, it ruled the law and the government regulations
implementing it do not violate free speech rights under the First
Amendment.
  Back in 2001, Congress mandated that the FCC adopt rules to
ban anyone who had been a pirate broadcaster or currently was
broadcasting illegally from obtaining a license for a new low-
power station.  The appeals court appears to have taken this one
step further in banning any affiliation by current or former
pirates with a legitimate FCC-licensed broadcast operation.
  Amateur Radio Newsline, Ken Locke, N8PJN, reporting.
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  EYE ON IBOC
  According to Radio Magazine, WUSF-FM, Tampa, is the latest
station to announce the installation of IBOC (In-Band Off-
Channel) digital broadcasting equipment.  In addition, WUSF
claims to be the first public radio station to broadcast
completely in digital.
  In corroboration of this story, Mike Starling of NPR
writes as follows:
  "Although several public stations were involved in HD
(IBOC) testing over the past several years (WILL AM/FM, WBJB-FM
WAMU-FM, KNPR-FM, WETA-FM), WUSF-FM was the first NPR member
to sign-on in a non-testing capacity.  My info from Station
Manager JoAnn Urofsky says they went "HD" as of 11 p.m. on
February 13, 2003."
  http://beradio.com/eye_on_iboc
  http://www.wusf.usf.edu/wusf-fm/
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  TIME MARCHES ON, BUT WE REMEMBER HOW IT WAS
  A lot of today's engineering talent started out "on the air"
while evolving into more technical interests.  Here's an
historical recall, including photos, that brings back the flavor
of radio studios of the time, when heavy duty audio consoles
and turntables were the rule for DJs of the day.
  Thanks, Russ Jackson and Barry Mishkind.
  http://www.oldradio.com/archives/stations/tus/russ.htm
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  TELECOMS SAY THAT 10 DIGITS WON'T BE ENOUGH!
  The body that regulates telephone number distribution in North
America has been informed by three "Baby Bells" that we're headed
for a phone number shortage due to the growth of "Voice Over
Internet Protocol."  Telecoms are urging a move to 12 digit
numbers, at a cost of an estimated $150 Billion!
  http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,57571,00.html
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  THE 2002 ALASKA QUAKE OFFERS CLUES FOR THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT
  The "Denali Fault" quake offers an example of effects likely
in the next major quake in California.  Denali triggered shocks up
to 2,000 miles away, with Yellowstone Park having an energetic
swarm of quakes.  Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana saw "seiches"
- water sloshing - that also effected Lake Union in Seattle,
knocking houseboats off their moorings.  See USGS facts and
photos at:
  http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/fact-sheet/fs014-03/
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLL-20030212AAM     KWVS-LP  124207   PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
              E      101.5 MHZ               MALIBU, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20021219ABI  K212EK  76689  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
               E   90.3 MHZ               VICTORVILLE, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MOD OF LICENSE
  FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY GRANTED
  BXMLH-20011015AAD    KLAX-FM   61638   KLAX LICENSING, INC.
                E      97.9 MHZ          EAST LOS ANGELES, CA
  Mod of license for auxiliary purposes.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTTA-20030127AAT  KDFX-LP  51207  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                  E   CHAN-33           INDIO/PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BMPTTL-20000626AFS.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20030207ACT  KRCK-1  137986  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
                 E   97.7 MHZ              PALM DESERT, CA
  CP New Stn.
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