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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #565
                    Tuesday,  March 11, 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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  FCC REQUESTS COMMENTS ON A PROPOSAL TO
  ESTABLISH A RURAL TV TRANSLATOR SERVICE
  According to the National Translator Association, the
FCC's goals of converting broadcast television from analog
to digital, providing for availability and attendant benefits of
high definition television, and providing for free over-the-air
broadcast television - both commercial and non-commercial - can
only be accomplished in rural areas by the use of translator
stations.  The FCC has requested comments on NTA's ideas.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-622A1.doc
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  FCC TO CONSIDER RECEIVER STANDARDS
  The FCC is scheduled to consider on Thursday an item that it
has been extremely reluctant to consider in the past: Interference
immunity performance specifications for receivers.  Specifically,
the FCC said the following about this item:
  "TITLE: Interference Immunity Performance Specifications for
Radio Receivers; Review of the Commission's Rules and Policies
Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television (MM Docket No. 00-
39).  SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry
concerning the possibility of incorporating receiver interference
immunity performance specifications into its spectrum policy on
a broader basis."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231820A1.doc
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  FCC STRENGTHENS RULES CONCERNING TRUTHFUL WRITTEN STATEMENTS
  SUBMITTED TO THE COMMISSION
  The Commission has revised its rule to strengthen the
requirements for the submission of truthful statements to the
FCC.  The new rule is said to be clearer, more comprehensive,
and a more focused articulation of the standards for truthful
statements than the old rule.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231908A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-45A1.doc
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  FM TRANSLATOR AUCTION FILING WINDOW AND APPLICATION
  FREEZE EXTENDED TO MARCH 17, 2003
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-633A1.doc
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  $5.7 MILLION DOLLAR FINE ACCEPTED BY VERIZON
  The FCC has entered into a Consent Decree with the Verizon
Telephone Companies ("Verizon") in which Verizon admitted that
it violated a federal ban on marketing long distance services
in its local service region prior to receiving FCC authorization.
As a result, Verizon has agreed to make a $5.7 million payment
to the United States Treasury.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231701A1.doc
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  PIRATE RADIO OPERATOR SHLOMO MALKA FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF COURT
  On March 3, 2003, a U.S. District Judge found Shlomo Malka
in civil contempt due to Malka's continued unlicensed radio
operation in violation of FCC rules and a court-ordered
injunction.  As a result, the court ordered Malka to (a) pay
a fine of $35,000, (b) relinquish any claim to radio station
equipment seized from his unlicensed station a week ago, (c)
fully cooperate with the FCC in its continuing investigation
of his unlicensed station, and (d) identify all individuals and
advertisers who had any relationship with the operation of
the station.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-231781A1.doc
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ASSISTANT ENGINEERING DIRECTOR (RADIO) WANTED  - LOS ANGELES
  Entravision Los Angeles has an immediate opening for an
Assistant Engineering Director (Radio) with a minimum of two
years college/electronic technical training -or- two years
experience in broadcast studio & transmitter maintenance.
Salary 65+K plus generous benefits commensurate with
qualifications & experience.
  Entravision is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
  E-mail only, please:  mailto:rhunt@entravision.com
  Rick Hunt - KSSE/KDLD/KDLE/KLYY Los Angeles
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  RADIO MAINTENANCE ENGINEER WANTED - SAN DIEGO
  KFMB AM & FM is searching for a radio maintenance engineer
with a minimum of five years major market broadcast experience.
Candidates must have substantial experience in high power AM
directional & FM RF systems, a solid background in Microsoft and
Novell networking, digital audio automation (Prophet Systems &
Enco), and should have SBE Certification or an FCC General Class
Radiotelephone License. Candidates must possess good people
skills, be able to work a variety of shifts, and be on call.
  Please email your resumes.  Mailto:jobs@kfmb.com
  (Submitted by Gary Stigall)
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      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS APPRECIATED)
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  THE WHOM(FM) MELTDOWN - MAJOR FIRE ON MT. WASHINGTON
  Following are some of the most gripping photographs on the
web.  They show the quasi-before, during and after scenes from
a major fire on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.  Imagine having
snow and ice outside your transmitter building, and a raging fire
inside.  This disaster took out the primary and backup facilities
for WHOM(FM), and the power plant building as well.  The photos
underscore the need for all of us to review our fire prevention
plans, even in the dead of winter.
  http://www.ccdx.org/scrapbook/MtWash/MTW.htm
  (Thanks, Tom Frenaye and Joel Huntley)
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  THE KTNQ(AM)/KXTA(AM) ANTENNA ARRAY
  I remember a paper from Ron Rackley at the 1993 NAB Show
in Dallas on that KTNQ(AM)/KXTA(AM) project (CGC #564).  It was
fascinating to hear how he and his crew addressed and overcame
the obstacles they encountered, producing a working transmission
facility in coexistence with the warehouse operation.  It stands
as a monument to Ron's creativity and expertise and shows that an
AM DA can coexist with what some might consider to be a "non-
compatible" use of the land.
  Cris Alexander, mailto:crisa@crawfordbroadcasting.com
  Crawford Broadcasting Company
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  A POINTED RESPONSE TO "THE REAL PIRATES" (CGC #564)
  FCC Rules provide that it is those "pirates" who fail to cease
operation when apprehended, or fail to clear up penalties levied
on them, who are barred from being a licensee because they have
demonstrated a disdain for operating within the law.
  As a retired (30 year tenure) FCC Enforcement Supervisor and
Engineer-in-Charge of the San Francisco District Office, I
wholeheartedly support this sort of sanction as a minimum.
  These "folks" figuratively (and in one case literally) spit on
the FCC and Federal law and do not deserve to be rewarded by being
granted an FCC license of any class or service.  Do not forget
that by operating a radio station without a license, they are in
CRIMINAL violation of U.S. law and are subject to - and in some
cases should be sentenced to - imprisonment.  "Creativity" and
"knowledge" indeed....
  Philip M. Kane, mailto:commlaw@kanafi.org
  Attorney at Law and Registered Professional Engineer
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  THE REISER MORSE CODE E-MAIL ANNOUNCER
  Last week we mentioned that John Reiser, WQ4L, would be the
Radio Engineering Achievement Award winner at this year's NAB
Convention in Las Vegas.  While the award will concentrate on
his professional accomplishments, John has been an avid ham
radio operator as well as a dedicated FCC staff member.
  One of John's cleaver inventions worth mentioning here was his
"Morse Code E-Mail Announcer."  It was not a device, but rather
a subroutine that acted like a filter on incoming e-mail back
in the days when the FCC had a much simpler e-mail system.  The
subroutine caused to be tapped out, in audible Morse Code, the
identity of the sender of each incoming e-mail.  John decoded the
characters in his head and decided whether to answer the e-mail
immediately, or continue with the task at hand!
  John said he had no idea or thought of ever being considered
for the NAB's engineering award, especially since he had retired
from the Commission two and a half years ago.  May his inventive
spirit live on and inspire countless others!
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  HAM RECORD: UNITED KINGDOM TO ALASKA ON 136 KHZ WITH 1 WATT ERP
  In the early hours of February 15, 2003, Laurie Mayhead,
G3AQC, succeeded in reaching KL1X in Anchorage, Alaska, on 136 kHz
using just one watt ERP.  Laurie was using QRSS - very slow CW -
with a 60-second dot duration.  Obviously, the receiving station
was integrating the signal out of the noise.
  Reaching Alaska from the United Kingdom with one watt ERP
is a feat for any band, and clearly a record for the 136 kHz band.
The path distance in this case was 7278 kilometers.
  (Synopsis of report from Jeramy Boot appearing in Amateur
  Radio Newsline #1333.)
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  TOWARD A PETABYTE DISK DRIVE
  With regard to the one Petabyte disk drive (CGC #564), we can
expect Windows 2010 to occupy the first "couple dozen" Terabytes.
  Rick Sietsema, KNX, mailto:rsietsema@cbs.com
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPCT-20030226AAY  KDOC-TV 24518 GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING CO..
                 E   CHAN-56               ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPCT-19990324KE.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPEDT-20030228ADG  KLCS-DT  38430   LOS ANGELES UNIFIED
                  E   CHAN-41            SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                         LOS ANGELES, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPEDT-19991221AAV
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  BEPCDT-20030303ACE  KFTR-DT  60549  TELEFUTURA LOS ANGELES LLC
                  E   CHAN-47                ONTARIO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991029AFX
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLH-20021104ADN    KTWV  25437   INFINITY BROADCASTING
                E   94.7 MHZ           OPERATIONS, INC.
                                       LOS ANGELES, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DISMISSED
  BMPTTL-19980601TR   K61GH  56830    TV-61 SAN DIEGO, INC.
                 P   CHAN-21           NATIONAL CITY, CA
  MODIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMIT (BPTTL-870629NO, FOR A NEW
  STATION) TO CHANGE CHANNEL 61 TO CHANNEL 21; TL: MT. WOODSON,
  RAMONA, CA 33-00-34  116-58-11; TPO: 1.0 KILOWATTS; ERP: 27.23
  KILOWATTS; OFFSET: ZERO; ANTENNA: ANTENNA CONCEPTS, ACS8CR;
  RCAMSL: 908.6 METERS. DISPLACEMENT APPLICATION)
  DISMISSED - REQUEST OF APPLICANT.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT ACCEPTED
  BZ-20030224ACY    KPOP    34452    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              P   1360 KHZ                 SAN DIEGO, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED
  BLED-20030305AAI   KLFH    60140   SHEPHERD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                E  89.5 MHZ                   OJAI, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CP GRANTED
  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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