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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #567
                    Tuesday,  March 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® Corporation (CGC)
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  AM & FM STATIONS MAY IMPLEMENT IBOC WITHOUT SPECIAL
  TEMPORARY AUTHORITY - FCC MUST BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 10 DAYS
  The FCC has announced that AM and FM radio stations may
begin broadcasting immediately with iBiquity's IBOC digital
transmission system; however, the Commission must be notified
by letter within 10 days of when IBOC operations commence.
Until further notice, AM stations must restrict IBOC
operations to daytime hours.
  This new notification procedure replaces the current
requirement that radio stations obtain special temporary
authority (STA) prior to the initiation of IBOC transmissions.
Stations now operating under STAs should convert to the new
"standard interim digital authority," which will not require
renewal, by sending a digital notification letter to the FCC.
  For further info and a sample notification letter, see:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-831A1.doc
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  INTERFERENCE IMMUNITY PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS FOR RADIO
  RECEIVERS; REVIEW OF THE FCC'S RULES AND POLICIES AFFECTING
  THE CONVERSION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION
  Formal Notice of Inquiry:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-54A6.doc
  Statements of Commissioners:
  Replace the "A6" in the URL above with "A1" "A2" etc.
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  NEW FCC FORM 303-S FOR BROADCAST STATION RENEWALS
  A new Form 303-S, Application for Renewal of Broadcast
Station License (March 2003 Edition), is now available.  All
previous editions of 303-S are obsolete and may not be used.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-846A1.doc
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                          REGIONAL NEWS
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  NAB LAS VEGAS CONVENTION UPDATE
  The NAB expects more than 90,000 people to attend its
convention April 5-10 in Las Vegas.  More than 50 international
delegations are expected, more than last year, said the
association.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2803
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  "LEAD TECHNICIAN" WANTED AT MT. SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE
  Technician needed for campus events and broadcasting, current
hours:  Mon-Fri, 10 AM to 6:30 PM.  DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4 PM on
Friday, March 28.  See complete job, wage, and benefit details
at:
  http://jobs.mtsac.edu/cgi-bin/jobs/viewjobs.cgi?category=3&id=1047397901
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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 broadcast setting, with substantial experience in studio
maintenance.  Candidate should have knowledge of GV-Thomson
Kalypso Switchers, Profile XP’s, and Trinix/Venus Routers, as well
as Encoda MCAS Automation and TSM Robotics.  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.
  E-mail resume/cover to mailto:jobs@kfmb.com
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      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS APPRECIATED)
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  SAN DIEGO BROADCAST TRANSMITTER SITE PHOTOS ARE ON THE WEB
  Last year I put up three pages of LA towers on www.fybush.com;
now it's San Diego's turn!  The first page of San Diego pictures
is now on the "Tower Site of the Week," with more San Diego
photos coming on March 27, and Tijuana sites on April 3.
  http://www.fybush.com/featuredsite.html
  Scott Fybush, mailto:scott@fybush.com
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  180-FOOT TOWER DOWN IN SOUTH DAKOTA - "ROTTED ANCHORS"
  I'm a CGC reader in South Dakota.  A rather curious thing
happened to a South Dakota Public Radio tower in Mitchell, SD
last week: It just fell down.  One of the anchor points failed....
  While CGC is California-centric, this may be of interest to
your readers perhaps as a cautionary note not to be complicit in
equipment inspections.
  For the full story and photos, see:
  http://www.state.sd.us/sdpb.htm
  http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/5442234.htm
  Hopper, mailto:h@meetmyattorney.com
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  FCC PART 74 AND 2 GHZ CHANGES - UPDATE
  On March 18, the FCC R&O on the changes to the Part 74 Rules
was published in the Federal Register.  If you have any pending
Part 74 applications, you can avoid complications by getting them
in to the FCC before April 16.
  Also, your license for fixed links must have BOTH the receive
and transmit site locations identified on the license form as
location #1 and location #2.
  Your FCC Part 74 license should be on FCC Form 601 printed with
the correct licensee information.  If you have an old license in
the FCC file, then it is most likely that your license is canceled
by the FCC.
  The FCC will have news for us on the 2 GHz band by September 6.
It looks like we will have seven 12 MHz-wide channels.  The
spectrum is being divided up to many users.  Some of the spectrum
will be auctioned in the next year.
  These FCC Part 74 documents describe pending changes:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-298A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-298A2.doc
  Howard Fine, SCFCC, mailto:howard@pactv.com
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  THE PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC WARNINGS DRAFT IS NOW AVAILABLE
  The PPW's draft national warning strategy document is now
available from the Partnership For Public Warning, Inc. ("PPW")
website at <http://www.ppw.us>.
  This document is the first time anyone has proposed an overall
warning strategy for the USA.  Many of us can look ahead to more
advanced warning systems than the current EAS, weather service
products, and other offerings, but your participation and comments
are needed.
  CGC has posted my informational letter in its entirety at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/ppw.htm
  The direct link to the PPW Draft is:
  http://www.ppw.us/ppw/docs/nationalstrategy.pdf
  Richard Rudman, mailto:rar01@earthlink.net
  Secretary, Board of Trustees
  The Partnership For Public Warning
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  ON WIRING PHOTOS (CGC #566)
  Thanks for the item on wiring.  It was great!!  I've seen
stations that were almost this bad over the years!!  I especially
liked the wire tags.
  Elmer, K3KKM, mailto:smalling@smalling@texoma.net
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  SO MUCH FOR COMPATIBILITY
  The link to the Beirut Wiring story in CGC #566 was quite
a hit, but may not have worked properly for CGC readers using
Netscape.  If you had trouble, we've added this alternate link
that should allow you to view the photos with Netscape:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Wiring_Beirut.ppt  (228k)
  The original link was:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Wiring_Beirut.pps
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  WHAT ABOUT RF EXPOSURE ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING?
  The picture of the two tower workers on top of the Empire State
Building (CGC #566) is truly spectacular.  I noted that these
workers do not seem to be wearing any RF protective clothing.
With so many broadcast transmitters and antennas located atop
this building, I wonder if the these two guys were being "fried?"
  Bill Wysock, N6UXW, mailto:William.C.Wysock@aero.org
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  TOM SILLIMAN REPLIES
  By no means were Deke Johnson and Tom Silliman, the two
Empire State Building tower climbers pictured last week, being
fried.  For Mr. Silliman's detailed response, see:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/EmpireSilliman.htm
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  IEEE WANTS REALLY BRIGHT IDEAS
  If you have a really bright idea and want to share it with
the technical community, the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
would like to hear from you.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2800
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  DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING
  So far, 4,287,000-plus users have donated their spare
computing time to analyze radio data in the Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence, for the SETI@home team.  Your
computer can become a part of this project by taking your
web browser to:
  http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu
  (URL courtesy of Amateur Radio Newsline)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KFSB(FM), Ontario, to KZBA
  New FM, Coachella, to KPSH (for Shepherd Communications)
  KFSG(FM), Redondo Beach, to KZAB
  K33FZ(LPTV), Oceanside/Carlsbad, to KZDF-LP
  New LPFM, Goleta, to KVRY-LP (for Calvary Chapel)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-232279A1.pdf
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DISMISS
  BNPL-20000601ADM    NEW  124047     FRIENDSHIPS UNLIMITED
                    P   99.1 MHZ        PORT HUENEME, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DISMISS FILED 3/13/03 BY ("LWM")
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  BNPL-20000605AAX    NEW  123928     BENTON OWSLEY
                    E   99.1 MHZ        VENTURA, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DISMISS FILED 3/13/03 BY ("LWM")
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  BNPL-20000605ADL    NEW  123687     THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE
                    E   99.1 MHZ        SANTA PAULA, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DISMISS FILED 3/13/03 BY ("LWM")
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  BNPL-20000608ABQ    NEW  124659     IGLESIA DE CRISTO MINISTERIO
                    E   99.1 MHZ        NEWHALL, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  PETITION TO DISMISS FILED 3/13/03 BY ("LWM")
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION TO DENY
  BNPL-20000605AGE   NEW   124257   CALVARY CHAPEL OF FALLBROOK
               E  104.3 MHZ                FALLBROOK, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  (2) PETITIONS TO DENY FILED 1/22/01
  PETITION TO DENY FILED 3/14/03 BY ("XETV")
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20021210ABQ     KKUU  11658     MCC RADIO, LLC
                E   92.7 MHZ             INDIO, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  BLED-20030305AAI    KLFH  60140   SHEPHERD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
                E   89.5 MHZ                 OJAI, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLCT-20030313AHD   KMEX-TV 35123  KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
                 E   CHAN-34               LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCT-20010727AAZ,
  callsign KMEX-TV.
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  AT&T BROADBAND TO CARRY CH-56 ON CH-56
  AT&T Broadband has been ordered by the FCC to commence
  carriage of KDOC (TV Channel 56) on Cable Channel 56, or a
  mutually agreed upon channel, throughout its CATV system serving
  the communities of Newhall, Santa Clarita, Saugus and Valencia,
  California, within 90 days of the release date of the following
  MO&O.  AT&T's technical excuses as to why CH-56 was impractical
  were dismissed by the Commission:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-823A1.doc
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  NEW FM CHANNEL FOR RIDGECREST PROPOSED
  The FCC has proposed dropping FM Channel 252A into
  Ridgecrest, CA.  Comments are due by May 12, 2003.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-833A1.doc
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  KXLA(TV), CHANNEL 44, GRANTED
  The FCC has granted the applications for modification of
  facilities and for a license to cover construction filed by
  Rancho Palos Verdes Broadcasters, Inc., for Station KXLA(TV),
  Channel 44, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.  There was considerable
  controversy involving allegations of excessive RFR, improper
  construction and other things.  The following MO&O makes
  most interesting reading, and proposes to fine RPVB $20,000
  for willfully and repeatedly violating Rule 73.1015 (signal
  coverage and transmitter location issues).
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-835A1.doc
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20030313ALZ   KDFX-LP  51207  PACIFIC MEDIA CORPORATION
                  E   CHAN-33           INDIO/PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTA-20030127AAT,
  callsign KDFX-LP.
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANT OF MORE THAN ROUTINE INTEREST
  WD2XBO, HM ELECTRONICS, INC., 0002-EX-PL-2003
  New experimental to operate in 470-608 MHz, 614-740 MHz for
  professional entertainment wireless communications.
  Mobile: Nationwide.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-232432A1.doc
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20030319ADB  K205DT 94146  YOUR CHRISTIAN COMPANION NETWORK
               E   88.9 MHZ                  INDIO, CA
  BLFT-20030319ADY  K210DL 93333   CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS
               E  89.9 MHZ               APPLE VALLEY, CA
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  THANKS FOR LOCAL FCC INFO
  I am very pleased to see you include FCC matters for our
  area in the Communicator.... please keep it up.
  Terry Gaiser, W6RU, mailto:w6ru@bak.rr.com
  KUZZ Radio, Bakersfield, CA
  [Occasional items for Bakersfield and vicinity are posted in
  the CGC Communicator when they are believed to be of interest
  to broadcasters in L.A., San Bernardino, etc.  New statewide
  FM allocations are usually published because of the intense
  local interest.  If someone would like to web-post FCC
  Applications & Actions for central and/or northern California
  each week, let CGC know and we will promote the URL!   - RG]
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