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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #580
                     Tuesday, June 24, 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 TENTATIVELY REVOKES TWO FULL POWER FM BROADCAST
  LICENSES FOR ALLEGED MISUSE OF TRANSLATOR STATIONS
  Danger lurks when a full power commercial FM station misuses
FM translators to extend the coverage of the primary station
beyond the normally protected contour of that station.  Put
simply, translator abuse can lead to the revocation of a primary
station license or licenses, as the following Alaskan case shows.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03D-01A1.doc
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  CALIFORNIA REGULATORS MAY SOON VOTE ON "TELECOM BILL OF RIGHTS"
  After more than three years of rancorous debate, a
draft version of the ground breaking and controversial
"Telecommunications Bill of Rights" may finally go before the
California Public Utilities Commission next month.  Wireless
companies would be most impacted by the new rules, and have
launched a full-court press aimed at defeating the consumer-
friendly proposal before it spreads to other states.  (San
Francisco Chronicle)
  http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/06/19/BU227104.DTL
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  NEW FCC WEB SITE HIGHLIGHTS THE TECHNOLOGICAL HISTORY OF TV
  The FCC has created a new Web site outlining the
technological history of television.  There you will learn
that the first complete idea for a television system was put
forward in 1875 by a Boston civil servant named George Carey.
You'll also learn:
  * Who first suggested the term "television,"
  * When the first U.S. license was issued for a TV station,
  * Who transmitted the first television commercial (for which
    the Federal Radio Commission promptly issued a fine), and
  * What year a TV signal was first sent across the Atlantic
    Ocean via satellite.
  The web site also provides numerous links to museums,
libraries, personal collections, and other web sites that have
interesting, in-depth information about the technological
history of television.  There are even links for kids to a
fun site that explains how TV works.  See it all at:
  http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history/
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  RADIO POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST
  Tom Taylor's radio postcards of CGC #576 were a hit!  This
week, Tom sent us two more cards, one is a "Santa" from WLW in
1926, the other a QSL from KGRS, Amarillo, dated 1932.  We've
added them to the Radio Postcards collection at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Postcards_01.htm
  Steve Blodgett, mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
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  ANOTHER SURPRISING PROPAGATION STORY (See also CGC #578, 579)
  In May of 1985, I received a call from the engineer of 95.5
in Corpus Christi.  He was listening to 95.5/Los Angeles in
disbelief while standing in front of his air monitor.  Meanwhile,
my desktop radio at the 95.5/Los Angeles studio was pulling in
Corpus Christi with a clip lead antenna.
  Robert Leembruggen, mailto:engineer@hawaiipublicradio.org
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  BOGUS BROADCAST AUXILIARY DATA
  It seems that a lot of the Part 74 two-way radio 26, 161,
166, 170, 450 & 455 MHz licenses are still not correct.  Take
a look at your Part 74 licenses.  They MUST be on ugly green paper
with the FCC 601 number on the bottom right of the page.  Check
the facility ID number listed near the bottom of the page to
make sure that it is the same as the main station's ID number.
  We are still waiting for the FCC to decide how we are to
update the microwave licenses that are missing information.
More as soon as we know it.
  Howard Fine, SCFCC, mailto:howard@pactv.com
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  MORE ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN
  After my letter to you last week entitled "Lookout Mountain
- Not to be Confused with Mt. San Antonio," I checked John
Robinson's book entitled "The San Gabriels."  He has a picture
of a fire lookout with the caption "The Mt. San Antonio Fire
Lookout was not on Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) but atop a high
point on the south ridge later named Lookout Mountain."
  Michelson's building on Lookout - housing the reflecting
mirror for the speed of light experiment - was less than 50 feet
south of the fire lookout, which was in existence at the time
of the experiment.
  As pointed out in CGC #578, Lookout Mountain is about three
miles SSW of Mt. San Antonio, so they really are separate and
distinct peaks.
  Bill Leflang, WGLEF@aol.com
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  T1 SPACE AVAILABLE - SAN DIEGO TO LA
  We still have space on our full T1 from San Diego to LA on
which we are using only 128k.  The remainder of the space is
available for sharing on a cost basis.  The San Diego termination
is at 3655 Nobel Dr. at I-5, and the LA end is at KUSC.  This
could be a great solution for phone, remote control, data, or
audio applications between the two cities.  Call or email me
for more info.
  Dennis Ciapura, mailto:dciapura@sedona.net
  928-204-2222
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  MEMORIES OF DOUG SAUBY AT MOUNT WILSON
  I was saddened to hear of Doug Sauby's passing.  I had the
opportunity to become acquainted with him while working at the
KMEX transmitter site.  I remember him to be a fine engineer
and good neighbor on Mt. Wilson.
  Larry Price, mailto:LPrice@tribune.com
  KTLA
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  CGC has started a memorial page for Doug at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Obit/Sauby.htm
  If you would like to add your thoughts to Doug's page,
please email Steve Blodgett, mailto:steve@earthsignals.com.
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  LETTERS REGARDING RICHARD HASKEY
  This week, Barry Mishkind has been posting your letters
regarding the passing of Richard Haskey on the following web site:
  http://www.oldradio.com/archives/people/haskey.htm
  To add your memories of Richard to the page, email Barry
directly at: mailto:barry@broadcast.net.
  Richard was hospitalized for about a month before his death,
and Radio World quoted his demise as being due to "accelerated
natural causes" - a colorful phrase that Mr. Haskey himself
could have invented.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3388
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  DETERMINE AM & FM SIGNAL STRENGTHS AT SPECIFIC ZIP CODES
  A free service from V-Soft Communications lets you determine
which AM & FM radio signals should be receivable at a given zip
code; not only that, but the program ranks the stations by field
strength and lists the strengths.  Directional antenna patterns
are taken into account during the calculation process.
  According to Doug Vernier, the AM tool was added to their
existing FM-only prediction service after a year-long effort,
and the company went to great lengths to make the predicted field
strengths as accurate as possible.  Note that only daytime AM
groundwave signals are computed.
  Let's try a sample calculation.  Visit the URL at the bottom
of this story and input the zip code 91602 (N. Hollywood, CA).
Note that KKBT(FM) outperforms KPFK and KBIG.  How could a
relatively low powered Mt. Wilson station be stronger than the
big guns at the same site?  Simple.  The FCC CDBS database, used
by V-Soft's program, thinks KKBT is on Briarcrest instead of Mt.
Wilson!
  If you find other CDBS errors, let the FCC know.  Your station
is not receiving full protection if its parameters are listed
incorrectly.  Hopefully the KKBT error will be fixed soon.
  http://www.v-soft.com/ZipSignal/default.asp
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  "NANOTUBES" PAVE THE WAY TOWARD HUGE NON-VOLATILE RAM CAPACITY
  A new chip technology based upon "carbon nanotubes" has
passed a manufacturing milestone, according to claims by Nantero,
the Boston area company that is developing the technology.  The
prototype random access memory chip holds 10 gigabits of data and
may eventually replace many existing forms of memory in lucrative
applications such as MP3 players, digital cameras and PDAs.
  http://www.nantero.com/pdf/press%20release%205_%2003.pdf
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC RELEASES CALL SIGN CHANGE SHEET - SOME INFO IS MISSING
  Regarding the missing broadcast call sign change sheets
  discussed last week, the FCC says, "Sorry for the delay.... we
  are currently training a new person for the Callsign System."
  A new change list was in fact published last Thursday, but
  it was incomplete.  CGC has asked that the missing data be
  supplied, and the Commission has promised that an amended
  change sheet will be published this week.
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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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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTTL-20030609AGG   KVES-LP  51659  ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                  E   CHAN-28             PALM SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMJPTTL-20011226ABK,
  callsign KVES-LP.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20030612AKS     KYOR  14058     MCC RADIO, LLC
                E   106.9 MHZ        YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20030618ABZ KDOC-DT 24518 GOLDEN ORANGE BROADCASTING CO..
                 E   CHAN-32               ANAHEIM, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a modification of a DTV permit: BMPCDT-20000427ABH
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTA-20030618ABX  KNET-LP 3167  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-25              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KNET-LP.
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  CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT RETURNED
  BMPTTA-20021126ABM KNET-LP 3167  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-25              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number BPTTL-JG0601JK.
  Returned per Section 73.3566 of the Commission's Rules.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTVL-20020109AAW  K06MB  51654  PARK PLACE BROADCASTING COMPANY
                 E   CHAN-6                  INDIO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K06MB.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPED-20030324AAD  KPSC 69394  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
               E   88.5 MHZ               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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