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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #578
                     Tuesday, June 10, 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 REVISES NEW LIMITS ON MEDIA CONCENTRATION
  The conventional press is covering the FCC's historic
media concentration vote thoroughly, so we won't reiterate the
main points here.  However, there are two interesting side
issues:  Arbitron has said that it does not want its market
definitions used by the FCC, and Radio World has issued a
strongly worded editorial opposing the messy consolidation
vote.  See the RW editorial at:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3286
  ....and for the FCC's own view (far less colorful reading):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235047A1.doc
    and
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2003/db0602/DOC-235047A1.pdf
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  PROPOSED RULE REVISION TO ALLOW CERTAIN UNLICENSED DEVICES
  IN THE 5 GHZ BAND
  The FCC has proposed to make 5.47-5.725 GHz available to
National Information Infrastructure devices, including Radio
Local Area Networks, on an unlicensed basis.
  If adopted, this plan will increase the spectrum available
to license-free devices in the 5 GHz region by nearly 80%, and
will represent a significant increase in the spectrum available
for unlicensed devices across the overall radio spectrum.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-110A1.doc
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  FCC INSPECTOR GENERAL ISSUES SEMIANNUAL REPORT
  The FCC's Office of the Inspector General has issued its
semiannual report to Congress.  Included are summaries of FCC
internal investigations into such allegations as (a) misconduct
of an FCC employee with respect to the processing of complaints
against a specific ham radio operator, (b) leaking confidential
information to outside source/s, (c) preferential treatment to a
licensee with respect to orbital/spectrum resources, (d) an
insufficient Freedom of Information response, and (e) an FCC
employee using his computer terminal to access pornographic and
other non-work related Web sites.  See pages 26-27 at the
following URL for limited details.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235086A2.pdf
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  INTER-AGENCY LIST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL, HISTORIC PRESERVATION,
  AND TRIBAL COORDINATION ISSUES
  The FCC has established an inter-agency list of key liaisons
for environmental, historic preservation, and tribal coordination
issues.  Included are specific contact names, titles, phone
numbers and e-mail addresses - an important reference list.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235075A1.doc
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  NPRM RE NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT OF 1966
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-125A1.doc
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  WWW.FCC.GOV DOWN FRIDAY-SUNDAY
  The FCC's Web site was down part of Friday and Saturday,
and portions were down all weekend.  No explanation given.
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  LOS ANGELES EAS UPDATE
  John Paoli indicates that in the last week, there have
been two Statewide AMBER activations by CHP ENTAC.  There were
problems with the "content and formatting" of Monday's message,
and KFI did not forward it for those reasons.
  On Friday night, CHP ENTAC requested another activation for
an abduction in San Jose.  There were some "aesthetic issues"
(later explained to be dead air) in the audio, KFI corrected what
it could and forwarded the alert.  Read more by viewing the final
item at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/EAS_6_3_2003.htm
  Improper formatting by CHP ENTAC may give San Diego (and other)
broadcasters cause for concern.  See the following posting.
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  SAN DIEGO EAS MEETING TO CONSIDER CHP REQUEST
  Attention all [San Diego area] broadcasters and cable
facilities.  CHP has requested the opportunity to present their
case to be allowed direct access to the LP-1 for San Diego EAS.
This access is for the purpose of activating EAS when Statewide
Amber alerts are issued.
  Accordingly, the Local EAS Executive Committee has scheduled
a general meeting of all participating facilities for Tuesday,
June 17.  The meeting will be held at the Clear Channel Comm.
facilities, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive (same location as last time).
The meeting will begin promptly at 10 a.m.
  This is a very important meeting as passage of the CHP request
will remove the "filter" (San Diego Sheriff's Department) from the
loop.  Thereafter, all Statewide Amber alerts will automatically
be sent to the LP-1.  The LP-1 will activate San Diego EAS for all
statewide Amber Alerts and any local CARE Alerts that may arise.
This is the same item that was tabled at our December meeting.
  Please have a representative for your facility attend and vote
at this meeting.
  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego LECC EAS
  http://sandiegophotos.org/eas/
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  IT'S VHF DX TIME!
  It’s not unusual to hear FM DX this time of year, often due to
coastal ducting.  However, I was amazed at the station I heard on
Friday (5/31) while returning from Los Angeles to San Diego on
I-15.  While listening to KCBS-FM on 93.1 MHz at around 6:50 PM
near Murrieta, the signal from Mt. Wilson began to fade and I
heard KRCS - "HOT 93.1" - from Rapid City, South Dakota.  The
signal covered KCBS most of the time for about 15 minutes.  South
of Fallbrook, KCBS recaptured my receiver and the Rapid City
station was gone.  I called the station on my cell phone to
deliver a QSL and confirmed the programming with the astonished
board operator.
  Chris Durso, mailto:cdurso@pmicrowave.com
  [This mechanism of propagation is called "Sporadic E."  There
was a very strong "E" opening on 5/31 as confirmed by measurements
made at CGC's Fallbrook lab.  Summertime is Sporadic E season, but
far more common (and annoying) in our area is "coastal ducting"
which Chris also mentioned.   -RG]
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  TRANSMITTERS WERE BIGGER, AND STATION PRICES WERE SMALLER!
  I recently found a picture of the 1947 KCNA (1340) 250 watt RCA
AM transmitter.  It's hard to believe that a transmitter with such
low power came in such a big cabinet.  While doing that research,
I also found that 99.5 FM in Tucson was sold in 1960 for $45,000!
How's that for a bargain we all missed out on?
  The old RCA transmitter can be seen on Barry Mishkind's site at:
  http://www.oldradio.com/archives/stations/tus/russ.htm
  Russ Jackson, mailto:Editrail@aol.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  FIBER OPTIC SPEEDS INCREASED 10-FOLD
  A new technology that increases communications speeds
tenfold, to one gigabyte per second, "for optic-fibre services
now available," has been introduced by Japan's Nippon Telegraph
and Telephone Corp.  This raises the prospects that broadcast-
quality fiber links will be deployed for homes and offices.
Report from Reuters/Tokyo.
  http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030609/tc_nm/telecoms_japan_ntt_dc_1
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  BUSH'S SPECTRUM POLICY SAID TO SCARE PENTAGON INSIDERS
  The Bush White House initiative aimed at making sweeping
reforms in U.S. spectrum policy is said to be generating
significant concern among key officials in the Defense Department.
The ultimate goal of the initiative is apparently to make it
easier for the wireless industry to obtain much more spectrum.
Watch the trade press for details.
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  DETERMINING THE SPEED OF LIGHT, MT. WILSON STYLE
  One of the most important scientific experiments of the
1920s took place on Mt. Wilson.  This was the experiment by
Albert A. Michelson to determine the speed of light to
unprecedented accuracy.
  A number of us have heard of the experiment, a few of us
have seen "Station Michelson" (today just a concrete slab) on
the Mt. Wilson observatory grounds, but very few know exactly
how Lookout Mountain was involved in the experiment.  By the way,
this Lookout isn't one of the three Lookout Mountains familiar to
radio engineers in our area; this Lookout is an obscure peak
about three miles SSW of Mt. San Antonio which is also known as
Mt. Baldy.
  Find out more about the Michelson experiment on the
following Web page.  The Mt. Wilson speed of light story is
about half way down.  Visit some of the links if time allows.
Long live the rotating octagonal prism!
  http://hum.amu.edu.pl/~zbzw/ph/sci/aam.htm
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   MORE ON STATION MICHELSON
   This plaque (see jpeg image below) near the 26-inch
telescope at the Mt. Wilson Observatory reads as follows,
according to the photographer: "On this pier in 1925 Albert
Abraham Michelson measured the velocity of light by means of
a beam of light transmitted to Mt. San Antonio and reflected
back to this station."  [The date looks more like 1926.  -Ed.]
   Can anyone determine why Mt. San Antonio was named on the
plaque, when in fact Lookout Mountain was the site of the
reflecting mirror?  This would be a bit of interesting
historical research.  Also, technically speaking, Michelson
measured the speed of light, not the velocity (which is a
vector).  The earlier Michelson-Morley experiment found that
light travels at the same speed regardless of its direction
of propagation.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/Collins/0035/h0013_1.htm
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  SOME VERY EARLY RADIO HISTORY ARCHIVED ON THE FCC'S WEB SITE
  Decision and Order, 1 FCC 206, released January 25, 1935, is
for the WLW / W8XO request for extension of an STA to operate at
500 kilowatts.  See this and other interesting bits of
broadcasting history direct from the FCC at:
  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/decdoc/engrser.html#EARLY
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                           WEB WATCH
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  YESTERDAY, RADIO JAMMING  -  TODAY, WEB JAMMING
  The Iranian government is blocking the Web sites of Voice of
America Persian, and Radio Farda, according to the U.S. federal
agency that supervises the services, to "prevent Iran's population
from getting accurate and balanced news and information about the
world."  The Broadcasting Board of Governors said "thousands" of
Iranians have sent e-mails to complain about the blockage.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3262
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPCT-20030527AEH  KAZA-TV 29234  PAPPAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                 E   CHAN-54         LICENSE LLC,  AVALON, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20030207ACT  KRCK-1  137986  PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
                 E   97.7 MHZ              PALM DESERT, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Notice is hereby given that the application is accepted for
  filing. It will be considered to be ready and available for
  processing after July 7, 2003.  Petitions to deny the
  application must be on file not later than the close of
  business on July 7, 2003.
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  BNPFTB-20030424AAA  KPFK-1  158785  PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
                 E   90.7 MHZ               MALIBU, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Notice is hereby given that the application is accepted for
  filing. It will be considered to be ready and available for
  processing after July 7, 2003.  Petitions to deny the
  application must be on file not later than the close of
  business on July 7, 2003.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20030212AAM     KWVS-LP  124207 PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
              E      101.5 MHZ             MALIBU, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20020403ACA    KUTY  22011   HIGH DESERT BROADCASTING LLC
              P   1470 KHZ               PALMDALE, CA
  Direct Measurement
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 11/27/02 BY HIGH DESERT
  SUPPLEMENT TO PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/18/03 BY
  ("HIGH DESERT")
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION GRANTED; APPLICATION GRANTED 6/2/03
  (no letter sent)
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  BZ-20021016ABP      KBRT  34588     KIERTRON, INC.
             P      740 KHZ             AVALON, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20030523AIL  KCAA  43995  BROADCASTING MANAGEMENT SERVICES...
            P   1050 KHZ                LOMA LINDA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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