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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #581
                     Tuesday,  July 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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  ANOTHER BROADCAST STATION JAMMING PROPOSAL
  First there was Alertcast wanting to override multiple radio
stations in and around emergency scenes (CGC #552-554).  Now,
Safety Cast Corporation wants an STA to do much the same thing
throughout the FM band, and they even want to carry Amber Alerts.
Fortunately, the FCC is proceeding cautiously and has requested
comments from interested parties.  Obviously, radio waves do not
respect the boundaries of emergency scenes.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2109A1.doc
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  FCC PROPOSES CHANGES IN THE RULES AND PROCEDURES REGARDING
  HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC ENERGY
  The FCC has proposed amending its rules concerning human
exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy.  It specifically
requests comments on various topics and issues related to
evaluating compliance with those guidelines, but is not
proposing to amend the exposure guidelines themselves.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235835A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-132A1.doc
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  FCC ADOPTS ANNUAL REPORT ON STATE OF COMPETITION IN THE
  WIRELESS INDUSTRY
  Minutes-of-use per month per mobile phone subscriber averaged
427 between June and December 2002, an increase of 12 percent from
the same period in 2001.  Estimates for the decrease in the price
of mobile telephone service during 2002 range from one to nine
percent, depending on the methodology employed.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235838A1.doc
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  EARTH STATION APPLICATIONS BEING SIMPLIFIED
  The new FCC Form 312EZ for routine earth station filings will
make the earth station application process error-free, according
to the FCC.  312EZ will be interactive and have built-in edit
checks.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235853A1.doc
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  THE SILENT E-MAIL ADDRESS TRANSITION AT THE FCC
  Until recently, people outside the FCC could only e-mail
people inside the FCC by using a special shorthand address.  For
example, suppose you wanted to reach an imaginary staff member
named John A. Quintessential.  You had to use an address with a
maximum of eight characters before the "@" sign.  You might have
typed <jaquinte@fcc.gov>.  Now, under the new system, you can
type <john.quintessential@fcc.gov>, or continue to use the old
shorthand address, your choice.
  Not all FCC addresses have necessarily been liberalized at
this juncture, so use caution when applying the new format.
(Curiously, the Commission has not said a word about the change,
and has not responded to our request for more information.)
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  KNX(AM), LOS ANGELES, OFF THE AIR FOR 36 MINUTES
  Sometimes, Murphy knocks even when you have backup
equipment in place, as most of us know all too well.  Last
Tuesday, June 24, Murphy took KNX(AM) off the air for 36 minutes
- from 6:03 to 6:39 a.m. - the longest outage the station's GM
could recall.
  KNX is L.A.'s 50 kW news powerhouse, and is one of
those stations that makes every effort to stay on the air at
all times.  Nevertheless, two separate problems occurred with
two separate remote control systems, leading to last week's
prolonged outage.
  The outage started with a failure of remote control system B
at the transmitter.  That caused the main transmitter to lower
its power to zero.  The second problem caused remote control
system A at the studio to ignore the command that should have
awakened the standby transmitter.  If not for the second problem,
the operator on duty would have had the station back on the air
within a minute of the failure.
  The first problem was caused by a bad gate chip; the second
by a flaky connector.
  (Technical information courtesy of KNX's Larry Wichman)
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  KKBT(FM) REMATERIALIZES ON MT. WILSON - FCC IS RESPONSIVE
  In less than 48 hours after we broke the story that
KKBT(FM)'s main transmitter on Mt. Wilson was missing from
the FCC's CDBS database (CGC #580), the Commission amended its
records to set the matter straight.
  Thanks to a responsive FCC staff for handling this matter
competently and efficiently.  It is not known how long KKBT's
main transmitter was missing from the CDBS.
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  SAN DIEGO EAS - CHP TO BE ALLOWED DIRECT ACCESS FOR AMBER
  The request by CHP to be allowed direct access to the LP1
for purposes of activating EAS for regional and statewide Amber
Alerts was approved by those present at the meeting held at the
(San Diego) Clear Channel facilities last week.  Local CARE Alerts
will continue to be originated by the San Diego Sheriff's
Department.  Statewide Amber Alerts will now go directly from the
CHP to the LP1.  This change is in effect immediately.  There is
no change to how your facility should handle these activations....
  Oscar Medina, Chairman, San Diego LECC EAS
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  LIGHTNING IS BOTH DANGEROUS AND SPECTACULAR
  If you've ever had a transmitter site hit by lightning, you
know about the dangerous conditions that can occur during severe
weather.  At the same time, witnessing lightning discharges in
the night sky can be awesome, if not inspirational.  Here's an
outstanding example of a multiple strike on a broadcast tower
site, as captured by Jamie Yanak, a free-lance photographer in
Cleveland.
  http://www.yanak.com/lightning2x.html
  Wayne Schuler, mailto:cwaynes@attbi.com
  (Same URL also supplied by John Reiser)
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  A GOOD ANTENNA MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE (CGC #579,580 - VHF DX)
  Years ago I installed an 11-element FM Yagi, preamp, and rotor
in order to receive KLOS on 95.5 in the north end of Los Angeles
County.  Since then, I have had similar setups at four different
locations including my present QTH in the central Sierra
foothills.  I have spent many pleasurable hours with one hand on
the tuner and one on the rotor knob. From my current 3900'
location it is easy to find frequencies with two or even three
stations present.
  John Petter, KE6KUA, mailto:johnpcbc@mlode.com
  Sonora, CA 95370
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  RURAL ANTENNAS AND PREAMPS HAVE A VHF RECEIVING ADVANTAGE
  John Petter's experience (above) prompts me to share my own
Yagi-and-preamp story.  In about 1980 I rented a cabin at Lincoln,
Montana.  It was an extremely quiet RF location, where electrical
interference was nearly absent.  Since the nearest viewable TV
station was about 90 miles distant, I installed a 10-element Yagi,
preamp, and rotor combo that yielded an unexpected DX bonus.  Each
day I found that I could follow the sun's atmospheric effects,
viewing Minneapolis TV in the morning from the East, then Chicago,
St. Louis, Denver, and L.A., capping the day's VHF DX with Channel
6 in Eureka, CA.  For VHF DX, it's a good antenna and a quiet
rural location that get my vote!
  Steve Blodgett, W7RNA, mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
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  RICHARD HASKEY'S WEB PAGE INVITES MORE E-MAIL
  Richard's web page, www.oldradio.com/archives/people/haskey.htm,
has attracted a fair amount of response, including one from a
co-worker from Wisconsin in the "way back" days.
  Do any CGC readers happen to have any old airchecks of Richard?
The family - and the rest of us! - would really love to hear some
of those, even though they would be some 40 years old now.
  Barry Mishkind, mailto:barry@broadcast.net
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  TRUE CONFESSIONS - A PIRATE COMES CLEAN!
  Here's the Notice of Violation from the FCC that I got for
running a 100 watt station on 1200 kc in August 1972.  Yeah, I
know it was against the law, but I still show it off proudly,
mostly because our intent wasn't to make money, jam, swear, or
advocate the overthrow of the government.  We even checked our
frequency by zero beating with WOAI.
  http://phil.philwells.net/why.html
  Phil Wells, MCSE, mailto:mail@philwells.net
  San Diego, CA
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  THANKS FOR THE NEWSLETTER
  I just want to tell you how informative your publication is.
I enjoy every piece of it, and thanks for making it available
to me.
  Phil Lerza, mailto:LerzaP@kfrc.cbs.com
  KFRC
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  F(50,90) IS ON THE WEB, COURTESY OF THE FCC
  The FCC has added an F(50,90) calculator for DTV work
to its already popular F(50,50) and F(50,10) calculators at
  <http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/curves.html>.
  F(50,90) was added by popular demand.
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  CURIOUS EXPERIMENTAL GRANT
  WD2XDT, HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC.:  New experimental
authorization to operate in 1.7-30 MHz for "current carrier system
tests."  Fixed & Mobile:  Honolulu (Honolulu), HI; Kapolei
(Honolulu), HI.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235767A1.doc
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  ARIZONA WILDFIRE IMPACTS SEVERAL PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO SITES
  The fire that has been raging on Mount Lemmon near Tucson,
AZ, has adversely impacted the radio transmitting capabilities
of a number of emergency agencies, including the Department of
Public Safety and the Pima County Sheriff's Department.  Thanks
to the foresight of John Teal and his associates, the Tucson
Mountains Complex on the other side of town was developed years
ago, and is now helping to carry the emergency communications load.
  http://www.azstarnet.com/wildfire/30621WILDFIRE2fINFRASTRUCTUR.html
  http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/breaking/06_23_03radiorepeater.html
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  BROADCAST FIDELITY ON AMATEUR RADIO, OR NOT
  HF SSB transmissions are typically limited to 3 kHz of
bandwidth or less.  Recently, a few hams have infected the
HF region with "broadcast fidelity" transmissions which overlay
several narrowband conversations, causing widespread interference.
Here, now, is a Petition for Rule Making to ban Hi-Fi from HF:
  http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/retrieve.cgi?native_or_pdf=pdf&id_document=6514183790
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  THE ULTIMATE FIELD DAY SETUP
  Last weekend, ham radio operators across the United States
practiced their emergency communications skills by operating
from portable locations for a 24-hour period.  Members of the
general public who were not licensed hams could even transmit
when a GOTA (pronounced GOAT-aah) station was provided at the
Field Day site, and the operations were supervised by a
licensed ham.
  Members of the Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club, not to be
outdone by anyone, built on GOTA's success by inventing a
GOTA-GO station that provides all the necessities of life in
a rugged outdoor setting.  The "armstrong" antenna rotator
(see jpeg image below) and the roll-form log sheets drew rave
reviews from the beta test operator.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/FieldDay2003_1.jpg
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                            WEB WATCH
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  CINCINNATI CITIZENS LOG ON, FIGHT CRIME WITH LIVE VIDEO CAMS
  Residents of Cincinnati, Ohio who belong to legitimate
Neighborhood Watch organizations can log onto an Internet
website connected to an array of sophisticated video cameras
trained on high crime areas, and report criminal acts in progress
to police.  To date, the private sector undertaking has captured
drug dealing, fights, a shooting and a suspect vehicle in a
homicide.
  http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/06/17/loc_wwwloc1bcyber17.html
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KVMM-LP, Santa Barbara, to KVMM-CA
  KHTS(FM), El Cajon, to KHTS-FM
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-235873A1.pdf
  FCC Report 466A ("A" for amended, as announced in CGC #580)
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20030619AAR   KJLA-DT  14000   KJLA, LLC
                   E   CHAN-49         VENTURA, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991101AFT
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPH-20030617AAA     KDLE  33904     ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC.
                E   103.1 MHZ             NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  BPH-20030617AAO     KDLD  33902     ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC.
                E   103.1 MHZ              SANTA MONICA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  GRANTED
  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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  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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  BLTTL-20030611AAI   K36FO  59115    BROADCAST GROUP, LTD.
                 E   CHAN-36             CALEXICO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BPTTL-19990713JA,
  callsign K22FJ.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPET-20030527AEI    KOCE-TV   4328     BD. OF TRUSTEES,
                E     CHAN-50      COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIST.
                                       HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/20/2003
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PERMIT CANCELLED
  BNPFT-19991117AAE  DK212DP  121801  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                P   90.3 MHZ                  BIG BEAR, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Construction Permit cancelled and call sign deleted 6/20/2003
  per Permittee's request. (No letter sent).
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPED-20001221ABV KKJZ 8197  CALIF. STATE UNIV LONG BEACH FOUND.
             P   88.1 MHZ               LONG BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
  Informal Objection filed January 23, 2001 by City of Long Beach
  Informal objection denied application granted 6/23/2003
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