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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #579
                     Tuesday, June 17, 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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  ULS IMPROVEMENTS
  A redesigned Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping
interface for the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) License
Search is now available.  Users can create accurate onscreen
maps of transmitter locations for single and multiple wireless
licenses:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1961A1.doc
  When submitting data to the ULS, you are invited to take
advantage of a new "Check Errors" editing feature that allows
applicants to verify that all data are complete and correctly
entered, prior to submitting the information to the Commission.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-1962A1.doc
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  IMPROVEMENTS TO EDOCS
  The FCC has announced important changes in its Electronic
Document Management System (EDOCS).  Now, there are two search
choices, Quick and Advanced.
  With Quick, when more search terms are used, the query
is broadened and more documents are retrieved.  With Advanced,
adding fields to the search results in fewer documents being
retrieved.  See and read more at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235393A1.doc
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  FCC LAUNCHES NEW "PARENT'S PLACE" WEB SITE
  Just in time for summer vacation is a new FCC Web site
called Parent's Place.  It addresses such topics as obscenity/
indecency in broadcasting, limits on children's TV commercials,
kid's access to the Internet, etc.
  http://www.fcc.gov/parents/
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  HIGH SPEED INTERNET STATISTICS
  Most high speed Internet connections are currently provided
by cable TV feeds (courtesy of cable TV companies) or asymmetric
digital subscriber lines ("ADSL," courtesy of telcos).
  According to the FCC, cable modem connections increased by
61% and ADSL connections increased by 64% last year - so these
services are growing by leaps and bounds.  For reporting purposes,
high-speed lines are defined as those having speeds exceeding
200 kilobits per second ("kbps") in at least one direction.
For more numbers, see:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235274A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  JACK WILLIAMS CUTS SHORT HIS STAY AT SAS
  It was a short stint for Jack Williams and SAS:
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3321
  Jack adds, "We remain long-time friends."
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  DOUG SAUBY OF KCAL-TV PASSES AWAY
  Friend to many, Doug Sauby, KCAL transmitter engineer,
passed away over the weekend.
  Ralph Ortiz, Univision KMEX/KFTR
  Doug's passing has been confirmed by John Russell of KCAL.
Few details are available as we go to press.  If you have
further information, please mailto:steve@earthsignals.com.
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  RICHARD HASKEY PASSES AWAY
  It is with great sadness that I must report to you that
on June 9th, Richard Haskey passed away after a long illness.
Richard was one of my best friends for the last twenty years.
His expertise and wit will be missed.  The office of Western
Wireless Works in Mesa, AZ has been closed and letters have
been sent to all of his former clients to thank them for their
business and loyalty.
  In response to Richard's request for privacy, there will
be no public services.  If you would like to do something in
his honor, please make a donation, in his name, to a Nature
Conservancy Organization or charity of your choice.
  Bob Malsbury, mailto:rmalsbury23@comcast.net
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  Richard was one of the finest radio people I've known in
my career.  He enjoyed his life, and helped many of us in
countless ways, with both his technical skills and his unique
sense of humor.  I am proud to have been able to call him
"friend."
  Barry Mishkind, mailto:barry@broadcast.net
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  ADD YOUR MEMORIES ABOUT RICHARD HASKEY TO A NEW WEB PAGE
  Please share your favorite Haskey story(ies) with me for a
web page at:
  http://www.oldradio.com/archives/people/haskey.htm
  Let us recall Richard's memory with joy.  Feel free to contact
me directly by email.
  Barry Mishkind, mailto:barry@broadcast.net
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  AN UPDATE ON IBOC
  Radio World Online's web site has a pretty good analysis of
the current state of IBOC, especially the AM Codec issue, at:
  http://www.rwonline.com/reference-room/guywire/gw-06-10-03.shtml
  John Unrath, K6JHU, mailto:jhunrath@raytheon.com
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  LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN - NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH MT. SAN ANTONIO
  Albert A. Michelson's measurement of the speed of light
along the Mt. Wilson/Lookout Mountain path took place in the
1920s, as mentioned in the last CGC Communicator, where the
question was asked, "Can anyone determine why Mt. San Antonio
was named on the (Mt. Wilson) plaque, when in fact Lookout
Mountain was the site of (Michelson's) reflecting mirror?"
  Larry Webster of the Mt. Wilson Observatory staff relayed
our inquiry to one of their experts on local terrain, and the
following reply was received:
  "My guess at the answer is that since the Michelson site is
really on the slope of Mt. San Antonio, that is the name that
was used.  It may be that the name "Lookout Mtn" was not applied
until much later.  Here are some facts which lead to this
conclusion.
  "The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey ("CGS") survey
description of 1923 makes no mention of Lookout Mtn.  It does
describe a nearby fire lookout tower on a spur of San Antonio
peak.  The CGS station recovery in 1950 likewise makes no mention
of Lookout Mtn.  It says that the station is on a high peak on a
spur ridge of San Antonio peak.  The station recovery in 1961
does say that the station is located on Lookout Mtn.  The CGS
official name of the survey monument on the mountain is ANTONIO."
  Bill Leflang, WGLEF@aol.com
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  MORE ON SUMMER PROPAGATION  (See also CGC #578 - "VHF DX")
  This past week we've had email reporting some interesting
summertime propagation on the broadcast and ham bands.
  Bob Gonsett wrote, "This morning (Tuesday, 6/10) at 09:28 PDST,
there was so much Sporadic E that Channel 2 in L.A. was completely
obliterated at our lab in Fallbrook - and that's rare.  Must have
been a great "E" opening at that very moment."
  And Tom Koza emails, "I've been working some DX almost every
morning on 6 meters for the last two or so weeks, although I
missed the 5-31-03 opening which was apparently pretty impressive,
with the MUF reaching well into the FM broadcast band."
  Steve Blodgett, mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  USEFUL SOURCE OF TELEPHONE SYSTEM TECHNICAL MATERIAL
  The following URL will take you to an educational and helpful
place to find all kinds of telephone-related technical system
information, take a look at:
  http://www.epanorama.net/links/telephone.html
  (Thanks Chip Morgan and Kent Randles)
  We've posted this link on the CGC Link page, at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/links.htm.
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  THE CELL PHONE BILL THAT NEVER DIES
  Some are calling it a new way for telephone companies to
try to communicate with the dearly departed.  A resident of the
town of Auburn, Massachusetts died in December of 1997 at age of
60.  He was buried at the nearby Hillside Cemetery.  So it was
quite a surprise for the Cemetery Superintendent to receive a
bill addressed to the deceased at his grave side.
  Even more shocking was the amount of the bill from Sprint:
12 cents.  That's right, a big 12 cents, and it included a 10 cent
charge for a call placed on February 16, 2003, over five years
after the man had passed away.  The bill was handed over to the
Auburn Town Clerk who says she will hold onto it for a while.
  Meanwhile, a call to Sprint's automated service by a local
newspaper in March showed that charges on the unpaid account had
inflated.  The dearly departed now owes Sprint $3.95 (why the
jump is unclear).  But for the moment the bill remains unpaid.
This is because, technically speaking, the account is now --
quite dead.
  Adapted from an Amateur Radio Newsline account by Bill Pasternak
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  MISSING CALL SIGN CHANGE SHEETS
  The FCC has apparently (and hopefully only temporarily)
  stopped issuing broadcast call sign change sheets.  According
  to the following URL, no change sheets have been posted since
  April 30, 2003.  CGC has inquired with the FCC.
  http://www.fcc.gov/Document_Indexes/Media/2003_index_MB_Callsign_Changes.html
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTA-20030604ACR  KNET-LP 3167 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                E    CHAN-25             LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-JG0601JK,
  callsign KNET-LP.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000605AGG    NEW  124258   CALVARY CHAPEL OF OXNARD
               P   101.5 MHZ               OXNARD, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20020604ABL      KSPA   13899   ONTARIO BROADCASTING, LLC
             P      1510 KHZ                ONTARIO, CA
  Direct Measurement
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20030610ADC   K25GW  12688    DESERT SPRINGS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-25               INDIO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20030421AAH,
  callsign K25GW.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20030611AAI   K22FJ  59115    BROADCAST GROUP, LTD.
                 E   CHAN-36              CALEXICO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-19990713JA,
  callsign K22FJ.
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