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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #566
                    Tuesday,  March 18, 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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  HOMELAND SECURITY -  U.S. COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY CONSIDERS
  MEASURES TO PROVIDE SERVICE CONTINUITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY
  IN THE EVENT OF AN ATTACK
  The following FCC News item should be called to the
attention of station management as the U.S. approaches war
with Iraq.  Double check your EAS system too - be prepared.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-232180A1.doc
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  FCC BEGINS INQUIRY REGARDING INTERFERENCE
  IMMUNITY PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS FOR RECEIVERS
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-232115A1.doc
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  FCC INITIATES PROCEEDING TO FACILITATE WIRELESS BROADBAND
  ACCESS IN THE 2500-2690 MHZ BANDS
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-232107A1.doc
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  NEW MDS/ITFS LICENSE SEARCH INTERFACE DEPLOYED MARCH 17, 2003
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-792A1.doc
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  EXTENDED LOW POWER OPERATIONS IN THE PRIVATE 450-470 MHZ BAND
  The FCC has revised its rules to "accommodate a broad range
of potential low power users while maximizing efficient and
flexible use of the [450] band."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-35A1.doc
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  ULTRA-WIDEBAND TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS RULES REVISED
  In general, there are no "significant changes to the
existing UWB technical parameters" as a result of this action,
according to the FCC.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-33A1.doc
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  TV BROADCAST MAINTENANCE ENGINEER WANTED - SAN DIEGO
  KFMB-TV seeks candidates with a minimum of 5 years in a major
market RF broadcast setting, with substantial experience in high
power UHF IOT and VHF systems, and a solid background in DTV, ENG
Microwave, and DSNG Ops.  Microsoft networking skills are a plus.
  The successful candidate must have good people skills, be
willing to work a variety of shifts, be on call, and must hold an
SBE Certification or FCC General Radiotelephone License.
  Email your letter and resume.  Mailto:jobs@kfmb.com.
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  FROM BIG CITY TO BIG CITY
  I am pleased to announce that I have joined Clear Channel's
WKTU in New York City.  I'm very grateful to the engineers I have
worked with in California for the opportunities I've had, and
hope to stay in touch with the community.  My e-mail address is
unchanged.
  Alex Roman, mailto:aroman@verizon.net
  Former Chief Engineer -- Big City Radio/LA
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  EROSION OF GUY ANCHORS PLACES TOWER IN JEOPARDY
  Here are some photos from the "Aeronautical Radio" HF receiver
site at Half Moon Bay, CA.  Excessive erosion from heavy seas and
rain caused a guy anchor to migrate toward the ocean, applying
stress to the tower.  So far the antenna is still standing, but
damage to the tower may require dismantling of the structure.
  The link below shows photos of the tower and offers some
interesting particulars on the antenna in use at the site.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/halfmoonbay.htm
  Dave Thomas, W6NSE, mailto:w6nse@yahoo.com
  [Rust on underground guy anchors has caused tower collapses
in southern California and elsewhere.  If you have steel anchors
penetrating soil, dig down a foot or so and check for signs of
rust.  You might be surprised at what you find.  -RG]
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  NAB LUNCH REMINDER
  The 11th edition of "Barry's Annual Lunch Gathering" is
planned for the Riviera Hotel Buffet Restaurant on Tuesday at
noon during the NAB Convention in Las Vegas.
  Generally, this event has been a place to meet and share
experiences, and network among the folks we've encountered over
the years via email and other conventions.  Everyone is welcome
to join the group!  It is a relatively quiet "escape" from the
floor, and we try to bring some interesting surprises along as
well, so be sure to remember this Tuesday lunch in your show
schedule.
  Barry Mishkind, mailto:barry@broadcast.net
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ANOTHER SPECTACULAR PHOTO
  The following jpeg image looks straight down from the
broadcast tower atop the Empire State Building in New York, and
down to the rooftops below.  Hang onto your hats for this one!
  The photo was taken two years ago by New York Times
photographer Vincent Laforet and widely circulated then.
Pictured are ERI's Deke Johnson and Tom Silliman inspecting
the feeds inside the balun of ERI's Master FM Antenna, about
1,300 feet above ground level.
  We understand that when the Times ran this photo, they put a
huge enlargement in the lobby of their building on 43rd street.
Also, the Times reportedly ran the photo in their "best photo
events of the year" edition at the end of 2001.  That in itself
was amazing since most of the photographs were of 911 events.
  Ask for Tom at the ERI booth at the NAB Convention, and shake
hands with a remarkable gentleman.
  http://www.pibmug.com/files/empirestate.jpg
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  WIRING PHOTOS THAT YOU WON'T FORGET
  Last week The CGC Communicator received a Power Point file
that was humorously set up as a "training" presentation for
electrical engineers."  File photos include some unforgettable
shots taken in Beirut, Lebanon, where wiring standards appear
relaxed, at best.  This file has been making its rounds on the
Internet, but if you've missed this memorable piece, here it
is again:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Wiring_Beirut.pps (223k)
  (Thanks, Paul Mason, WA6EUZ)
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  HAM RADIO POLITICS:  SPECTRUM PROTECTION ACT IN BOTH HOUSES
  The ARRL Letter reports that the Amateur Radio Spectrum
Protection Act of 2003 now has been reintroduced in both chambers
of Congress.
  HR-713 and S-537 are twin ARRL initiatives aimed at ensuring
the continuing availability of spectrum to ham operators.  The
legislation would protect existing Amateur Radio spectrum against
reallocation to - or sharing with - other services, unless the
FCC provides equivalent replacement spectrum.
  The Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act legislation has
already been introduced twice before in Congress.  League
President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, believes this third time could be
the proverbial charm.  (ARRL, A.R. Newsline)
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  SILICON CHIPS IN THE BRAIN
  The BBC reports that US scientists are working on chip implants
that are intended to be used to replace the hippocampus, where the
storage of new memories is coordinated in the brain.  Researchers
are marching toward technology that is designed to replace damaged
brain tissue.  No doubt, controversy will ensue as the brain is
believed to be the seat of memory, personality, and identity.
  After reading the article below, you might begin to realize
future applications for this new technology, including those
demonstrated in the Hollywood hit, "Instant Recall."
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2843099.stm
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                   SPACE AND ASTRONOMY NOTES
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  MARS WILL BE UNUSUALLY CLOSE TO EARTH THIS SUMMER
  It's been 73,000 years since the Red Planet has been as close
to earth as it will be this year.  On August 27th, Mars will be
the closest it has been to Earth in recorded history.  It will
appear five times larger than normal and its brightness will
increase nearly 60-fold, as reported by UPI.  That's enough to
allow the viewing of details usually unseen from Earth-based
telescopes.
  http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030309-104712-1016r
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  HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY AO-11
  The OSCAR-11 ham radio satellite celebrated its 19th birthday
on March 9.  Almost two decades old, this amazing little bird
continues to send out beacon signals on 145.826 and 2401.5 MHz.
OSCAR-11 also achieved 100,000 orbits on Halloween of last year.
  (A.R. Newsline)
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  THE LAST SIGNALS FROM PIONEER 10
  Pioneer 10, now about 82 times as far from Earth as the
sun is, appears to have sent its last signals to Earth on
Jan. 22.  The craft's radioactive power supply is believed to
be too weak to support further communications.
  Launched in 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to
pass through the asteroid belt, the first to obtain close-up
images of Jupiter and, in 1983, the first to pass the orbit of
Pluto.  Put simply, Pioneer 10 ventured into places where
nothing built by humans had been before.
  (Synopsis of Science News account)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  LOW POWER FM NEW STATION APPLICATIONS DISMISSED FOR FAILURE
  TO COMPLY WITH THIRD-ADJACENT CHANNEL PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS;
  APPLICANTS FAILED TO FILE CORRECTIVE AMENDMENTS
  The list of application dismissals is long and includes
  a number of San Diego LPFM applications.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-794A1.doc
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  LOW POWER/TELEVISION TRANSLATORS, PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMITS
  BNPTTL-20000831ATV, NEW, CH-47, BAKERSFIELD, VENTURES
  TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
  BNPTTL-20000831AVM, NEW, CH-59, BAKERSFIELD, VENTURES
  TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
  BNPTTL-20000831AVO, NEW, CH-53, BAKERSFIELD, VENTURES
  TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
  Petitions to Deny (if any) are due in less than 15 days.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-232119A1.doc
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  PROPOSED LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR CP
  BPTVL-20021018AAZ, KSFV-LP, CH-6, SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
  Petitions to Deny (if any) are due 30-days from March 14, 2003.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-232118A1.doc
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  FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON NEW FM CHANNELS PROPOSED
  FOR LAMONT & McFARLAND
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-766A1.doc
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20030306AAZ   KEYT-DT  60637   SMITH BROADCASTING
                   E   CHAN-27         OF SANTA BARBARA, LP
                                         SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20010126ABE
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20021007ABN  KMIR-DT 16749  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
                  E  CHAN-46              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCDT-19991029AFZ,
  callsign KMIR-TV.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPCDT-20011109AAY  KVEA  19783    ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
                 E   CHAN-39                  CORONA, CA
  Mod of construction permit file number BPCDT-19990910AAL
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20021106AAS     KFSG  10100     KFSG LICENSING, INC.
                E   93.5 MHZ           REDONDO BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  BPH-20021106AAT     KZBA  10099     KFSB LICENSING, INC.
                E   93.5 MHZ              ONTARIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  DISMISSED
  BPH-20010925AAN   KXRS  36829   LAZER BROADCASTING CORPORATION
              E   105.7 MHZ                 HEMET, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Objection of RM B/G LLC to request for waiver filed 10/29/2001
  Opposition to Informal Objection filed 12/13/2001 by (LAZER)
  Informal Objection granted 3/11/2003
  Section 73.213(c) waiver denied 3/11/2003
  Application dismissed 3/11/2003
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20030311AOQ   KVEA  19783   ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
               E   CHAN-52                 CORONA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPCT-20011217ABM,
  callsign KVEA.
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