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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #564
                     Tuesday, March 4, 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® Corporation (CGC)
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  NAB CONVENTION REMINDER
  NAB2003 takes place April 5 - 10 in Las Vegas (exhibits
open April 7).  It is the world's largest electronic media
show covering the development, delivery and management of
professional video and audio content across all mediums.
For complete NAB2003 details, see:
  http://www.nab.org/conventions/nab2003
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  NAB ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
  The NAB Engineering Achievement Awards for Radio and
Television will be presented at NAB's Technology Luncheon
on April 9.  John Reiser, Senior Broadcast Engineer (retired)
FCC International Bureau, will receive the award for Radio.
Robert Eckert, Branch Chief - Electromagnetic Compatibility
Division, Technical Analysis Branch of the FCC's Office of
Engineering and Technology, will receive the award for TV.
  John Reiser, WQ4L, is a friend to many in our industry,
and is also a longtime CGC Communicator subscriber.
Congratulations to both gentlemen!
  http://www.nab.org/newsroom/pressrel/n2003/c2603.htm
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  FCC ADJUSTS ALLOCATIONS BELOW 28 MHZ
  The FCC has amended various rule parts to implement the
decisions from the World Radiocommunication Conferences ("WRC")
regarding various frequency bands below 28000 kHz.  Affected
spectrum/users include:  AM Expanded Band, International Broadcast
Stations, Amateur Service, and continued use of 26110, 26130,
26150 and 26170 kHz by Broadcast Auxiliary Remote Pickup stations.
There appeared to be no earthshaking items for local broadcasters.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-39A1.doc
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  JOB OPENING - ASSISTANT ENGINEER - LOS ANGELES
  Immediate opening for a Radio Engineer with a minimum of
five years experience in studio maintenance.  Good computer
and networking skills required.  Audio Vault, Klotz, and
transmitter knowledge a plus.  We are an Equal Employment
Opportunity employer.
  E-mail only, please:  mailto:rgsilvera@lbimedia.com
  Richard Silvera - KBUA, KBUE, KHJ, KVNR and KWIZ
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  RADIO ENGINEER AVAILABLE - LOS ANGELES/SAN BERNARDINO AREA
  Experience includes CE at AM/FM operations:  Studios,
automation, and FCC compliance.  General San Bernardino/LA area
preferred, full time or contract.
  Jason Houts, mailto:jasnhouts@hotmail.com
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  REMINDER
  Also see the current CGC Job List:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  MORE READER RESPONSE TO JACK DOBBS' PASSING
  To all who wrote with comments and words of remembrance for
Jack Dobbs, thanks!  We've added your letters to our web page
assembled in his memory:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/dobbs.htm
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  QUERY: DBS REBROADCASTS ON CABLE
  I know that, as a rule, cable systems are prohibited from
rebroadcasting DBS.  What I don't know is whether that's a DBS-
generated prohibition or an actual FCC cable rule.  I didn't turn
it up in a quick look at the FCC rules.  Can any CGC readers shed
light on this?
  Roy Trumbull, CSU Hayward, mailto:rtrumbull@bay.csuhayward.edu
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  A QUESTION ABOUT RADOMES
  Some friends of mine have a FM station in Flagstaff where
snow and ice raise havoc with their signal.  These folks are
looking for used radomes that can solve their problem.
  Does anyone have a source for radomes for a four-bay ERI
LPX antenna?  My friends found the cost of new raydomes from
ERI to be a bit too expensive for the station's current budget.
  Jim Beck, KJ7NW, mailto:sales@eagle-1st.com
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  WHO ARE THE REAL PIRATES?
  I couldn't help but notice in a recent item (CGC #563), the
irony of the fact that former radio Pirates are not allowed to be
involved in the ownership of a licensed station.  It seems to me
that these people are, by a large margin, the people who have the
kind of creativity and knowledge that the radio industry is sorely
missing lately.
  I could go a step further and suggest who the REAL radio
Pirates are....
  (Name withheld by request.)
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  AN UNFORGETTABLE TRANSMITTER SITE
  That unusual KTNQ(AM)/KXTA(AM) DA tower installation (CGC #563)
seems to stick in people's minds.  Radio World published a story
about that facility about seven years ago, and readers ask me
about it to this day.
  Paul McLane, Editor, Radio World
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  A CONTRADICTION OF TERMS
  A consulting engineer reminds us that IBOC stands for "In
Band On Channel," after having read CGC #563 "EYE ON IBOC."
In that item, we had referred to IBOC as "In Band OFF Channel."
  In fact, stations are implementing IBAC, "In Band Adjacent
Channel," although still universally referring to it as IBOC.
To solve this most troubling discrepancy, an engineer at Hatfield
& Dawson cleverly redefined IBOC as, "In Band OFF channel."
  Just think of this action as artistic license.  Feel free to
attach it to your IBOC authorization!
  Steve Blodgett
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  A ONE PETABYTE DISK - 1,000,000 GIGABYTES - ONLY 7 YEARS AWAY?
  Here's an interesting article from Zdnet on what may be
next in hard drive technology.  The storage possibilities for
video, audio and data boggle the mind!
  http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2129861,00.html
  Lenny Gemar, mailto:Lenny.Gemar@motorola.com>
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  UNEXPLAINED SOUNDS EVADE RESEARCHERS
  Scientific investigation has yet to clearly identify the
sources of unusual environmental sounds such as the so-called
"Taos Hum."  It's one such phenomenon that is heard by many,
but not all.  Turn up your volume and listen to this recording:
  http://www.eskimo.com/~bilb/freenrg/taos.wav (500k wav file)
  The signal appears to bear a natural effect reminiscent of
the auroral fluctuations heard on mid-HF frequencies.  A variety
of links on the subject may be found at:
  http://amasci.com/hum/hum1.html
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  EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
  It seems that a venerable old friend simply refuses to die the
death of technical obsolescence.  The vacuum tube continues its
reemergence into the audio marketplace, this time in PCs.  It's a
strange sight to behold, a May-December marriage of filament and
silicon.  The first tube motherboard appeared last year in
response to PC gamers who craved the allegedly "more natural"
sound produced by vacuum tube technology.
  (Thanks, Clayton Creekmore and neoseeker.com.  Also see
  Mike Callaghan's letter on the same subject in CGC #518.)
  http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/aopenax4btube/
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  DOJ SEIZES WEB SITE DOMAIN USED FOR ILLEGAL ACTIVITY
  Sellers of allegedly illegal FM transmitters (CGC #563) might
want to take heed.  The US Government has seized a web site used
to sell chips designed to circumvent copyright protection.
According to the Washington Post, officials indicated that this
move could be a harbinger of other such enforcement actions.
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7996-2003Feb26.html
  Given the above, one can't help but wonder about the future
of certain products advertised on Ebay.  Go to http://www.ebay.com
and search for "FM Transmitter" for an enlightening view of what
is available to the public.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN GRANT
  New FM, Coachella, to KBXO.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231339A1.doc
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  TV CHANNEL SUBSTITUTION AT BRAWLEY PROPOSED
  The FCC has proposed to substitute Channel 43 for Channel 26
  at Brawley, both designated for educational use, for the benefit
  of San Diego State University.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-489A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPEDT-20030221AAS   KOCE-DT  4328     BD. OF TRUSTEES,
                   E   CHAN-48     COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.
                                       HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPEDT-19991101AKY
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20030130AGQ    K218DS  486    ADVANCED MINISTRIES, INC.
                 E   91.5 MHZ            NORTH BLYTHE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPEDT-20030224ABA  KVCR-DT  58795  SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY
                  E   CHAN-26             COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                         SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPEDT-20000424ABO
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXLH-20021030ABI    KDAR  3077      ATEP RADIO, INC.
                E   98.3 MHZ             OXNARD, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20021210ABU    KKUU  11658     MCC RADIO, LLC
                E   92.7 MHZ             INDIO, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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