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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #582
                     Tuesday,  July 8, 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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  LARGE LIST OF NON-MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE FM TRANSLATOR
  APPLICATIONS PUBLISHED - PETITION TO DENY PROCEDURE OUTLINED
  A large number of FM translator applications was filed in
March, in response to a public filing window.  Now, the Commission
has released a list of timely filed "singleton" applications that
are not mutually exclusive with other applications submitted at
that time.  Here is the list:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2095A2.pdf
  All applicants shown have been asked to submit complete FCC
Form 349 applications by August 29, 2003.  FCC staff will then
study the applications for acceptability and "CDBS-generated
Public Notices" will list those applications determined to be
acceptable for filing.  A Petition to Deny must be filed within
15 days following the release of the pertinent Public Notice.
  Note that all of the California applications shown are in the
commercial portion of the FM band (Channels 221-300).  Since all
entries are listed by channel number, the following web tool may
be used to convert channels to frequencies:
  http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/findvalues.html#FMFREQUENCY
  To read more about this important proceeding, see:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2095A1.doc
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  HOW FAST MUST AN OUT-OF-TOLERANCE AM DIRECTIONAL STATION
  ACT TO CORRECT THE IMPROPER OPERATION?
  FCC Rule 73.1350(d)(2) requires that, in the event of any
condition of antenna parameters or monitoring points out of
tolerance, station operation must be terminated within three
minutes unless power is reduced sufficiently to eliminate any
excess radiation.  However, Rule 73.62 is more liberal in the
aspect of time, creating a conflict.  Now, the FCC is offering
a Notice of Proposed Rule Making intended to harmonize the
two Rules.  Comments are due August 29.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-160A1.doc
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  EDITORIAL - THE FCC'S DAILY DIGEST IS BECOMING CLUTTERED
  WITH TELEPHONE COMPLAINTS
  The FCC is inserting a large number of "complaints regarding
unauthorized change of subscriber's telecommunications carriers"
into some of its Daily Digests.  We genuinely regret that Mrs.
Jones may have gotten slammed (her long distance carrier changed
without her permission), but readers of the Digest do not need to
see the resolution of each and every such complaint.  Having so
many "complaints regarding unauthorized change" unnecessarily
inflates and clutters the Digest, and complicates the process of
extracting important news.  See, for example:
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2003/dd030702.html
    and
  http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Digest/2003/dd030703.html
  We suggest that the Commission post slamming matters on a
separate web page, and merely link that page to the Digest.
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  TRAVELERS' INFORMATION STATION POWER INCREASE OPPOSED
  The operator of Los Angeles International Airport's (LAX)
10-watt travelers' information radio station has asked the FCC
for authority to boost power to 100-watts in order to make the
facility more viable in the event of an emergency such as a
terrorist attack.  However, the LAX application is being opposed
by a commercial broadcaster that operates a Tijuana-based
station on a first adjacent channel.
  http://www.dailybreeze.com/content/news/nmblaxradio30.html
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  KAZA-TV BEGINS OPERATION UNDER LMA
  TV Azteca took control of KAZA-TV, Channel 54, Avalon, on
July 1st from Pappas Telecasting as the result of an LMA.  A
press release can be seen at:
 http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030630/nym179_1.html
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  KAZA'S FORMER CHIEF IS AVAILABLE DUE TO LMA
  As a result of the new LMA at KAZA-TV, KAZA's former Chief
Engineer, Daniel Bissett, is available for work.  Please call
or email Daniel for a resume.
  818-324-1786   mailto:danbissett@hotmail.com
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  A VERY USEFUL DATABASE FOR FCC INFO
  There is a great website at <http://www.fccinfo.com> that the
consulting firm of Cavell, Mertz, & Davis Inc. has created.  It is
a one-stop shop for finding license, call letter, coordinate, RPU
and other information.  Thanks to Dan Ryson at CMD for the link.
  Scott Mason, mailto:scmason@cbs.com
  Infinity Broadcasting Corporation
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  We've added the item above to the CGC Links Page at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/links.htm
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  A TV RECEPTION "HOT SPOT"
  I enjoyed the recent items about TV reception locations with
motorized Yagis (CGC #581).  North of San Francisco in Sonoma
County, summertime reception of Texas TV stations on low band is
common.  And, there is one DX hot spot north of the town of
Novato on 101 where Fresno's Channel 30 comes in year 'round for
a distance of about 1/2 mile on the "flatlands" there.
  Roy Trumbull, mailto:rtrumbull@bay.csuhayward.edu
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  (A former State Communications officer once told me that such
hot spots can be quite reliable.  However, he made note of a VHF
Low Band path that was known to be permanent until, over a period
of weeks, it gradually faded into the noise and vanished.  The
cause of this event remained elusive and could not be attributed
to any particular technical or weather condition.  Months later,
the path slowly restored itself and remained for years. - SB)
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  VISIT THE EARLY TELEVISION MUSEUM
  I've just seen a John Logie Baird mechanical scan TV set that
actually works, and a pre-WWII TV set that had a two channel
tuner, with an audio section using an AM tuner.  That's how they
did it back then.  The guy who had the sets has a museum and a
website.  Check it out at <http://www.earlytelevision.org/>.  I
have a whole report on my website: www.tech-notes.tv  For photos,
click on the Taste of NAB 2003, then the Columbus venue (#22).
  Larry Bloomfield, mailto:Larry@Tech-Notes.TV
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  A COUPLE OF PRECIOUS "FOLK WISDOM" GEMS
  Parents and grandparents often hand down some interesting bits
of folk wisdom.  Here are a couple of truths that were new to me.
I cannot verify the scientific validity of either, but here goes:
  Helen Jones wrote after seeing the lightning photo (CGC #581),
"My grandfather used to say that when lightning is going up and
down, the storm is at its worse. When the lightning goes sideways
across the sky, the storm is over."
  Allan Sotzsky wrote, "While watching the first TV set in our
neighborhood - an Admiral - I worked on the outside antenna to
get the best signals from Washington and Baltimore, and DX TV
from Johnstown and Lancaster, PA and Richmond,VA, all the while
listening to my father telling me that I would damage the set
by watching distant stations."
  Steve Blodgett, mailto:steve@earthsignals.com
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  FIELD DAY TEST RESULTS - HOME DEPOT'S NEW MULTI-BAND ANTENNA!
  The photos here show our field day test of a new antenna from
Home Depot.  Using CW QRP at 5 watts, KI6YN and N6RZ successfully
operated on 20 and 40 meters from Ronald Reagan Library's N6R.
The Home Depot antenna is a grounded unipole, shunt fed with the
tuner as shown.  We found that this successful antenna "stepped"
design grants the operator practical use of certain height
advantages not offered by other antenna assemblies.  See the
photos at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/HDepotAnt_1.jpg
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/HDepotAnt_2.jpg
  Incidentally, both ops had a lot of fun, but were too old to
operate all night - or even all day - and managed about 250
contacts.  Next year they'll opt for operation under a shade tree.
  Hal Williams, mailto:halw@salem.cc
  Salem Communications
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  AN EMAIL CORRECTION
  After I read my T1 available notice (CGC #580), I realized
that I had changed my email ISP.  My correct email is below:
  Dennis Ciapura, mailto:dciapura@esedona.net
  928-204-2222
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  IEEE SITE DOWN, EMAIL MESSAGES LOST
  A major computer outage at ieee.org resulted in the loss
of all e-mails sent to <rgonsett@ieee.org> Monday night June 30
and Tuesday morning July 1.  No "failure to deliver" messages
were generated.  If you sent any messages to rgonsett during
the outage period, please send them again.
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  THANKS FOR KEEPING ME IN TOUCH
  Even though I now live in Northern California, I find that the
newsletter keeps me in touch with my favorite communication sites
from when I was working on towers in Southern California.
  The FCC briefs are very informative, but I also enjoy the items
on radio history, and even the fascinating off-topic posts.
  Chris Moritz, mailto:cmoritz@proxim.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  PENNSYLVANIA TOWN DISCOVERS WATER AND RADIO WAVES DON'T MIX
  Officials in Chambersburg, PA have asked the FCC to
intercede in a dispute between the borough and Radio Station
WCBG, 1590 kHz.  Chambersburg's effort to build a new, elevated,
150-foot-high water storage tank on land adjacent to WCBG's towers
has stalled because workers complained of receiving RF burns.
Complicating the situation are allegations that the storage tank
interferes with WCBG's signal - presumably warping its radiation
patterns.  WCBG is 5 kW non-D day, 1 kW DA night.
  http://tinyurl.com/g1dk
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  PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACONS NOW LEGALLY SOLD IN LOWER 48
  Last week, retail stores in the continental United States
were allowed to begin marketing pricey Personal Locator Beacons
(PLBs) which can assist rescue teams in finding lost persons in
emergency situations.  Each PLB must be registered with NOAA
before alert activations can be relayed via satellite to the Air
Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley AFB in Virginia.
  http://tinyurl.com/fs9i
  http://www.sarsat.noaa.gov/
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  EE SALARIES
  The median salary for U.S. electrical engineers was $101,000
in 2002, up from $93,100 in the year 2000.
  (IEEE Spectrum, June 2003, page 5)
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  HAS WWV CHANGED ITS FORMAT?
  Not really.  But what a concept!  To hear one of the most
creative new formats of all time - ouch! - visit:
  http://www.mindspring.com/~lownoise/wwv.html
  (Thanks to Greg Strickland and Eric Schecter for the URL.)
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  ORLAND FIRE DISPATCHER HAS TELECOMMUTED FOR 25 YEARS
  From northern California comes this profile of Frances Pratt,
an independent contractor who answers the phones and dispatches
apparatus for the Orland Fire Department.  Pratt, in her 70s, has
worked from the confines of her home and craft shop around-the-
clock for more than a quarter-century, following the legacy of
her father, who joined the volunteer force in 1934.
  http://www.chicoer.com/Stories/0,1413,135~25088~1484761,00.html
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                           WEB WATCH
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  TINY URL
  Are you tired of posting long URLs in emails - some so long
that they fold onto another line when sent, causing the recipient
to cut and paste them back together again (assuming they know
enough to do so)?  Then you need a service called "Tiny URL."
  By entering a long URL at their web site, you receive back,
free of charge, a much shorter version.  The site operator claims
that the shortened URL will never expire.  Financial donations
are welcome.
  http://tinyurl.com/
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  STACO ENERGY INTRODUCES BROADCAST WEBSITE
  Staco Energy Products, a well known supplier of power
quality equipment for the broadcast industry (voltage regulator/
power conditioner/UPS), has introduced a website said to address
the specific needs and interests of people working in our industry.
It includes an extensive industry links page.
  http://www.stacopower.com/Links.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM DROP-IN CHANNELS PROPOSED
  Comments and counterproposals by August 22, 2003 are
  welcome on the following proposed drop-in channels:
  FM Channel 267A for Barstow
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2092A1.doc
  FM Channel 229A for Ridgecrest
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2093A1.doc
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  FM DROP-IN GRANTED
  FM Channel 252A for Ridgecrest, effective August 18, 2003:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2107A1.doc
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMP-20030522AEV  KCAA  43995  BROADCASTING MANAGEMENT SERVICES..
              E  1050 KHZ                LOMA LINDA, CA
  Mod of CP
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