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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #573
                      Tuesday, May 6, 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 GeneralŪ Corporation (CGC)
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  A FLOOD OF FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS
  If you are associated with a full power FM station, consider
having a short spacing study run to find out how many newly
proposed FM translators might wipe out your fringe area listeners.
The flood of translator applications is the result of a recent
FCC window opening, see CGC #561 for details.
  Fringe listeners of primary stations are protected from
receiving interference from translators (which are secondary
services), but the burden of proof that those listeners exist
falls on the primary station, not the translator applicant.
  (CGC has postponed its April "FM Watchdog" computer runs
in order to bring subscribers the latest data; Watchdog results
were mailed yesterday, May 5.)
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  LATEST FCC PROPOSED FINES FOR SO. CALIFORNIA BROADCASTERS
  The FCC has published its latest list of proposed fines for
various rule violations.  The list includes these southern
California broadcast items:  A $12,000 fine for Experimental
Station WN3XFL, San Diego (covering the Super Bowl FM incident
described in CGC #560 - a copy of the complete Notice of Apparent
Liability will be published in next week's CGC Communicator);
three fines each in the $8,000 to $12,000 range for EAS
"operational readiness" violations; and a $3,000 fine to an FM
station for an incident concerning antenna construction,
alteration or removal.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1446A1.doc
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  ONE FINE RESCINDED
  The $8,000 fine proposed against KEYT(AM), Santa Barbara,
has been rescinded.  KEYT operated without EAS equipment for
about 45 days.  The proposed $8,000 fine was rescinded after
KEYT pointed out that the FCC Rules allow EAS equipment to be
missing for up to 60 days while being repaired.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1479A1.doc
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  HD RADIO SCORECARD
  The following southern California radio stations have
announced plans to broadcast with iBiquity's HD Radio system.
Stations marked with double asterisks are already on the air:
  Los Angeles Area AMs:  1020 KTNQ - 1070 KNX
  Los Angeles Area FMs:  88.1 KKJZ - 100.3 KKBT - 102.7 KIIS -
  103.5 KOST - 106.7 KROQ** - 107.5 KLVE
  San Diego Area:  No announcements yet.
  San Bernardino/Riverside Area:  No announcements yet.
  Our thanks to Radio World for most of the information on
  this list.  Should we add your station?
  Mailto:steve@earthsignals.com.
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  KNX'S EARLY HISTORY INCLUDED CW OPERATIONS FOR NEWS GATHERING
  In the early days of radio, KNX employed operators who were
very proficient at receiving high speed Morse code.  Back then,
news stories were transmitted via shortwave radio from New York
and received by these operators for KNX's newscasts.
  See the intriguing story and historical photos at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/KNXSITEhistory2.html
  (Thanks, Marv Collins and Forrest (Bart) Bartlett)
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  BROADCAST MAINTENANCE ENGINEER WANTED - LOS ANGELES
  AOL Time Warner's Broadcast division has a Maintenance Engineer
position opening.  The position will be located near LAX and will
require someone to work the overnight shift.  Pay is competitive
and offers an additional shift differential rate.
  For complete details, visit the CGC jobs page at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
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            LETTERS TO THE EDITOR   (100 WORDS OR LESS)
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  EDIS FOR LOS ANGELES IS BACK ON THE AIR
  Looks like the Mt. Wilson EDIS packet station is now
functioning again.  All monitoring receivers in the Los Angeles
basin should be tuned to 39.320 MHz with TNCs set for 1200 baud
AX.25 packet protocol.  Thanks for all your work Jack!!
  Ben J. Green, ben_green@oes.ca.gov
  [Ben thanks Jack King for fixing the technical problem
on Mt. Wilson: a defective coax.  Please be advised that the
Mt. Wilson EDIS station still lacks automatic emergency power,
however.  - Ed.]
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  THE SAN DIEGO EAS WEB SITE HAS CHANGED IT'S ADDRESS
  The San Diego EAS website has moved to a new location.
Please make a note of the new URL:
  http://sandiegophotos.org/eas/
  Oscar Medina, Chair, San Diego LECC EAS
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  AN INVITATION TO PPW'S FIRST ANNUAL CONVENTION
  The Partnership For Public Warning ("PPW") is sponsoring a
discussion on the EAS at our upcoming first annual convention,
May 15-17, in the Washington, D.C. area.  PPW wants to invite
members of the broadcast EAS LECC and SECC communities to this
meeting that will be held Thursday, May 15.  We have put together
a special pricing package for those who want to participate.
  For more information see:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/ppw2.htm
  For PPW background information (a CGC #567 posting) see:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/ppw.htm
  Richard Rudman, mailto:rar01@earthlink.net
  Secretary, Board of Trustees
  The Partnership For Public Warning
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  OLDEST AURAL STL LINK IN THE WORLD?
  Can anyone find an older Aural STL link?  The FCC says the
license for WLO875 expired on 01/01/1900.  See for yourself at:
  http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp
  [CGC verified the 01/01/1900 expiration date a few days ago,
but the FCC amended the file just before we went to press.  -Ed.]
  The story gets better.  The ULS gives us a grant date of
05/22/1989 and an effective date of 08/14/2002, some 13 years
and three months later!  No wonder there is no owner under the
View Ownership click-link.  The guy probably up and died!   ;)
  Seriously, this example underscores the many serious errors
in the FCC's ULS database.  We need to give the FCC our support,
when the time is right, to help straighten these records out.
  Paul Waegele, Sacramento, mailto:pwaegele@entravision.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  AN ATTEMPT TO SIMPLIFY TOWER SITING, BIRD KILL QUESTION INCLUDED
  Recognizing that tower siting can be a painfully long and
tedious process for broadcasters and telecom providers, federal
agencies are trying to streamline the ordeal for those who want
to place towers on private or federal land.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3063
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  WHERE TO FIND A VARIETY OF VINTAGE MICROPHONES
  Some of the old ribbon mics such as the RCA 77 are still
in use today, due in part to sound characteristics that remain
preferable for many voices, even after all these years and
stated advances in technology.  We note that the more vintage
the microphone, the more treasured it becomes.
  Here are three great sources with a variety of mics to see,
admire and maybe even buy.  Your favorite industry oldies are
probably represented:
  http://www.oaktreeent.com/microphones.htm
  http://www.colossalsound.com/
  http://www.mercenary.com/mercenary-audio/microphones.html
  Thanks to Bill Hayes and Helen Jones for the links.
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  AMATEUR RADIO LAW:  CALIFORNIA PRB-1 LIKE LAW ON TRACK
  ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD,
reports that the California limited antenna structure protection
measure passed the state Assembly on a vote of 67 to nothing on
April 10th.  Writing in the division's electronic newsletter,
Goddard says that the bill, patterned after the federal
PRB-1, was then sent to the state Senate where it received its
first reading.  It now awaits assignment to a Senate committee
and further action.  (Amateur Radio Newsline #1342.)
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  UPDATE - THE INTERNET'S "WI-FI" EXPLOSION
  The number of locations with WiFi Internet service, also known
as 802.11b, quadrupled last year to just under 4,000 nationwide,
according to a study cited in the Washington Post.  New Wi-Fi
"hot spots" are popping up daily in neighborhoods everywhere,
meeting the need for wireless connectivity.  It's easy to
recognize the potential effect that large numbers of creative
minds with inexpensive WiFi equipment may have on public Internet
availability.  See the story at the following URL, and also
check CGC #562:
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A54030-2003Apr18?language=printer
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  THE TOP FIVE APRIL CGC COMMUNICATOR WEB POSTINGS
  By far, the biggest number of "hits" on the CGC
Communicator's web postings last month were on the April
Fool's item, "The VLFS Pay Phone:"
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/VLFPhone.htm.
  How many of you are looking for work?  The Second most
popular page was the Jobs Page at http://earthsignals.com/jobs/.
  Third was the "Tower Flower" drawing at:
http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/TowerFlower.jpg.
  Fourth, Howard Fine's NAB Frequency Coordination Page:
http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Howard_Fine_NAB2003.htm.
  And, number Five was Leonard Kahn's PDF file about the "Cam-D"
system: http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KahnCamD_1.PDF.
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  NEW FAVORITE LINKS HAVE BEEN ADDED
  Thanks for letting us know your favorite web addresses.
We've added several of them to the CGC links page at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/links.htm
  Don't miss the latest timekeeping invention, the "Java Clock
Written in Pencil."  Results may vary.  Not guaranteed to run on
all computers, but great fun if it works on yours!
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  KVMD(TV) TO GO DARK, PROGRAMMING TO CONTINUE ON KVMD-DT
  KVMD(TV), CH-31, Twentynine Palms, has been given FCC
  authority to discontinue its analog over-the-air operations
  provided it is replaced by KVMD-DT, CH-23.
  KVMD submitted Nielsen documentation purportedly showing
  that KVMD(TV) has no over-the-air viewers.  What viewers the
  station does have are cable and satellite fed.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1481A1.pdf
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  POSSIBLE NEW FM CHANNEL FOR KERNVILLE
  The FCC is considering dropping FM Channel 289A into
  Kernville as the community's second local service.  Comments
  are due by June 26, 2003.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1473A1.doc
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20030124AEE     KDES-FM   67354   R & R RADIO CORPORATION
               E     104.7 MHZ              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20030113ACT    KCAQ  25092   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E   104.7 MHZ               OXNARD, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPTTL-20030421AAH  K25GW  12688    DESERT SPRINGS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-25               INDIO, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BMPTTL-JG0601JL.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPFTB-20021008AAT  KCSN-FM1 137504  CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
                  E   88.5 MHZ                 NORTHRIDGE
                                           WEST LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20030224ACY     KPOP  34452    CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              P    1360 KHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTT-20011228AAM   K21GR 43826  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
                E   CHAN-21              JOSHUA TREE, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K59BM.
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  BPTT-20011228AAN  K17GJ  43816  COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO AREA 70
               E   CHAN-17                 JOSHUA TREE, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K57EV.
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