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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #568
                     Tuesday, April 1, 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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  $10,000 FINE FOR INADEQUATE TOWER PAINT
  The FCC has affirmed a $10,000 fine for failure to repaint
a tower structure.  The Commission determined that the tower in
question was not clearly visible because of faded paint, chipped
white paint, and black cables running up the tower legs that
partially obscured the paint.
  The tower owner maintained that (a) he had no difficulty
seeing the tower or discerning its painted bands at a distance
of one half mile, (b) the tower was not in dangerous or hazardous
condition, and (c) the FCC's allegations were subjective.  The
Commission did not buy any of these arguments.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-869A1.doc
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  $1,200,000 FINE FOR SLAMMING VIOLATIONS
  The FCC has released an order imposing a $1,200,000
forfeiture against WebNet Communications, Inc. for willful
or repeated violations of the Communications Act and the
Commission's rules against slamming.  Slamming is the illegal
practice of switching consumers' preferred long distance or
other telephone service providers without their consent.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-232736A1.doc
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  NEXT WEEK'S CGC COMMUNICATOR TO BE POSTPONED
  Due to the NAB Convention, next week's CGC Communicator
will be delayed and may be published in skeletal form.
  Hope to see you on the convention floor, and afterwards
here on-line!
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      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS APPRECIATED)
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  HISTORICAL ANTENNA SITE AT HIGH SEAS STATION KMI IS DISMANTLED
  The towers at AT&T's high seas station KMI at Point Reyes, CA
have finally come down, thus ending an historic run of service to
high seas mariners that extended back to the 1920s.
  The massive support structures at the KMI site held up enormous
log periodics, rhombics, and high and low gain omnidirectionals.
  Richard Dillman, W6AWO, a member of the Maritime Radio
Historical Society, has posted some informational photos of KMI
and the antenna demolition project at:
  http://radiomarine.org/KMI/
  Bill Ruck, mailto:billruck@earthlink.net
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  KMI HAD TREMENDOUS CAPABILITIES - THANK YOU, KMI!
  In 1975 I was on a voyage with a replica of Sir Francis
Drake's flagship "The Golden Hinde" from England to San Francisco.
  I was able to communicate with KMI from anywhere in the Eastern
Pacific using 2.5 watts and an 18 foot wire antenna.  It would not
have been possible without the operators "looking" for me with
those nice antennas and their hint to call during transmission of
the traffic list.
  A belated thanks to all the operators at KMI that were so
helpful to those of us at sea!
  Paul Mason, WA6EUZ, mailto:wa6euz@earthlink.net
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  AN IMPLIED WARNING ABOUT GUY ANCHOR INSPECTIONS
  After reading the "Rotted Anchors" story (CGC #567), I
recalled a "Communicator" issue from 1974 or thereabouts,
describing similar occurrences at KCBQ-AM (San Diego) and
KARL-FM (at their former Carlsbad, CA tower site - the station
is now KOCL and transmits from a different location).
  Fred Holub, mailto:fholub@cbs.com
  Bob Gonsett responds:
  You are correct.  The KARL-FM tower, then located near the
Palomar Airport - and possibly one of the KCBQ(AM) towers - fell
due to rusted underground guy anchors.  I visited the KARL site
right after the fall and remember that their transmitter had been
yanked by the coax and was tipped over at about 45-degrees, held
up only by the wall studs!
  Underground rust is a real killer.
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  ABOUT RF EXPOSURE ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING (CGC #567)
  We can be sure that the photo of the antenna work being done
on the Empire State Building was taken in safe conditions.
  Whenever I see one of Tom's many great photos from Empire I make
the assumption, because of ERI's reputation, that the antenna is
cold, the climber is using a safety harness (even if we can't see
it in the photo), and he or his staff are enduring no undue risk.
  Barry Thomas, CPBE CBNT, mailto:barryt@broadcast.net
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  MORE ON DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (CGC #567)
  Over the years I have run the SETI Client on my family's home
computers and several office locations.  According to my SETI
Client, I have processed 2220 units of SETI data for 61440 hours
of CPU time.  I am anxious to see the results of the 24 hours of
dedicated time SETI had at the Arecibo radio telescope recently.
  Mike Tosch, mailto:mtosch@1540theticket.com
  KMPC, Los Angeles
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  WHAT STATION WAS THAT?
  I screened the picture "American Graffiti" and as always the
radio station scenes with "Wolfman" were one of the highlights.
Can anyone shed some light on the identity of the radio station
used in that film?
  Thanks for the best publication on the web!
  Chris Compton, mailto:xmtr.doc@verizon.net
  Director of Engineering, Radio Nuevavida Network
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  OPTICALLY SCANNING VINYL RECORDS - THE VIRTUAL GRAMOPHONE
  A fellow named Ofer Springer decided to see if he could
optically scan a vinyl record (on a standard flatbed scanner) and
digitally process the image, via software, to extract the music.
He succeeded, at least to a primitive degree, and the results
can be heard at:
  http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/~springer/
  (Thanks, Ron Patten, KG6HSQ)
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  IBIQUITY INTRODUCES ITS FIRST SOFTWARE UPGRADE
  Ibiquity Digital Corp. has introduced its first field
commercial HD Radio software upgrade for broadcast stations.
HD Radio software version 1.3 is the field upgrade for IBOC
exciters.  Enhancements include advancements in audio compression
technology and wireless data applications, while not impacting
consumer receivers.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2849
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  NAB's LATEST BROADCAST ENGINEERING CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
  The latest who/what/when/where for NAB's engineering
conferences (April 5-10, Las Vegas) is posted on the web:
  http://www.nab.org/conventions/nab2003/bec.asp
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  XM RADIO TO ADD "FAMILY PLAN"
  XM Radio expects to introduce a family subscription plan in
April.  This replaces the current plan in which every member of
a household with a XM receiver needs to buy a separate
subscription, and those who want to buy the plug and play radio
for use in both car and home have needed to buy two subs.
  Under the family plan, after purchasing the primary XM radio
subscription, additional subscriptions would be reduced to $6.99
a month (down from $10/month).
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=2851
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  THE NATION'S LAST VLF SUBCARRIER PAY PHONE SHUT DOWN
  The nation's last VLF Subcarrier ("VLFS") pay phone has
finally met the end of its useful life.  See a photo of this
unique instrument at its Hollywood location, and details at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/VLFPhone.htm
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                UNUSUAL AND IMPRESSIVE WEBCAMS
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  THE MT. WILSON TOWERCAM
  The web camera atop the 150-foot solar tower on Mt. Wilson
has been mentioned a few times in the CGC Communicator, but is
worth another exposure here.  The size and quality of the images
set this camera apart from most others.
  Do scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "Best
of the Towercam" link.  You will be treated to two pages of
delightful images from February 1998 forward.
  http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~obs/towercam.htm#imagetop
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  THE CREDIT LYONNAIS WEBCAM IN FRANCE
  Cameras that are remote controlled over the web have been
slow to appear, but here is a quality product that is worth a
look.  This camera is mounted on the 27th floor of Tour du Crédit
Lyonnais, in the heart of the business center of Lyon, France.
  You can turn the camera in the horizontal and vertical planes,
and adjust the zoom as well.  Or, you can pick from a menu of
popular scenes and the camera settings will be made for you.
  After hitting the "Start Control" icon, a countdown timer
appears in minutes and seconds (black colored numbers) until it's
your turn to take control.  Then you have 60 seconds to do your
thing (the count-up seconds appear in green).  If no one else is
queued to control the camera at the end of the minute, you are
given extra time.  Be sure Java is activated.  Have fun!
  http://www.grandlyon.com/webcam/zpage_1a.htm
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  HAVE YOU SEEN AN OUTSTANDING WEBCAM ON-LINE?
  DOES YOUR STATION HAVE AN UNUSUAL OR HIGH QUALITY WEBCAM
  WORTH MENTIONING?
  Tell us what you have seen or done, and provide the URL so
our readers can see it too.  Thanks!
  mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPED-20030324AAD   KPSC   69394   UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIF.
                E   88.5 MHZ               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM STATION APP FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CP AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20020808ADU   KBHR   51566   PARALLEL BROADCASTING, INC.
              E   93.3 MHZ              BIG BEAR CITY, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/26/2003
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20030326AHT  KNLA-LP  72270  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                E    CHAN-27               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KNLA-LP.
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