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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #583
                     Tuesday, July 15, 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=AE Corporation (CGC)
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  FCC ESTABLISHES OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY -
  JAMES DAILEY NAMED DIRECTOR
  The FCC has established the Office of Homeland Security under
the Enforcement Bureau umbrella.  As Commissioner Copps put it,
the FCC has "no higher priority than our obligation to ensure
the viability and security of the nation's communications
infrastructure" in the event of an emergency.
  The Office of Homeland Security will deal with many emergency-
related items, from EAS to Amateur Radio, to the establishment of
an Emergency Relocation Board (ERB).  The ERB will deal with the
evacuation of FCC headquarters with little or no advance notice,
should that become necessary, and the relocation of selected=20
staff members.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-167A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236436A1.doc
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  THE EFFECTS OF OPERATING LPFM STATIONS ON THIRD ADJACENCIES
  Mitre Corporation has issued a series of technical documents
concerning the effects of operating LPFM stations on third
adjacent channels to other FM stations.  There are 732 pages
in all, and comments are invited by September 12, 2003.
  You can read a tiny bit about the study at the FCC's Nearly
Useless URL mentioned below - so named because you will learn
little from a technical perspective, and may not be able to find
the Mitre documents by using the "search and find it yourself"
approach given.  Here is the hot ticket for finding the material:
  (a) visit http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi,
  (b) in the "Proceeding" box (item 1), insert "99-25" without
  the quotes; in the "Filed on Behalf of" box (#5), insert=20
  "Mitre" without the quotes; click the "Retrieve Document List"
  button, and
  (c) a list of seven "comment" documents should appear.
  It is unusual that the Mitre docs were posted by the FCC as
"comments."  They are not comments at all.  They are the findings
requested under contract by the FCC to be commented upon, and
which Congress directed the FCC to publish.
  The "Nearly Useless URL" published in Friday's Daily Digest is:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2277A1.doc
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  FCC RELEASES REPORT ON 2002 CABLE TV PRICES
  This FCC report indicates that overall cable TV prices have
increased by 8.2% over the 12-month period ending July 1, 2002,
but that the number of channels carried has also increased, so
the cost/channel hasn't changed much.  Unfortunately, the human
bandwidth has remained the same, a little fact the FCC overlooks.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236254A1.doc
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  MAKING ROOM FOR DISPLACED FEDERAL RADIO SERVICES
  The FCC has proposed making spectrum available for Federal
Government operations that will be displaced from the 1710-
1850 MHz band as a result of making the 1710-1755 MHz segment
available to support the introduction of new non-Federal advanced
wireless services.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-134A1.doc
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  INTERNATIONAL BUREAU REPORTS ON SUCCESS OF THE
  2003 WORLD RADIOCOMMUNICATION CONFERENCE
  Of particular note is the global allocation of 455 MHz
of spectrum for wireless local area network (WLAN) systems in
the 5 GHz band.  If you read only one of the following URLs,
read the second one for the engineering highlights:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236426A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236426A2.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236426A3.doc
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  MORE WATER AND RADIO WAVES (CGC #582)
  Some years ago there was an RF problem in Oakland near the Bay
Bridge toll plaza.  Nearby, there was an AM station on 1010 kHz
that was causing arcing on dockside cranes for the Oakland Army
Base and the Naval Supply Center.  So, written into the station's
license was the provision that upon a call from a certain office
at the Pentagon, the station was to reduce power.  A project got
underway to find another site for the station, but eventually a
scheme was developed to detune the cranes.
  Roy Trumbull, mailto:rtrumbull@bay.csuhayward.edu
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  QUESTION:  WHY ARE WATER TOWERS UNDER DIFFERENT STANDARDS
  THAN CELL TOWERS?
  After reading "Water and Radio Waves" in CGC #582, I wonder=20
why the laws of physics are different for water towers than they
are for cellular towers?  In fact, why are they different for
any conductive vertical structure?  Are they made from unleavened
metals?  The same FCC requirements that apply to cellular towers
should apply to these structures, including the water tower.
  Burt Weiner, mailto:biwa@earthlink.net
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  ANSWER: IT'S AN ISSUE OF JURISDICTION
  The question [in the letter above] is easy to answer, and I
have always gotten a chuckle out of the answer.  This is not an
engineering question, it is a legal question....
  Actually, if you think about it, you will see that although
the Laws of Physics do apply equally to cellular towers and to
water towers or to any tall (appreciable portion of a wavelength)
metal structures, the laws and rules of the FCC.... have
jurisdiction over cell phone towers and other radio towers, but
do not have jurisdiction over water towers.  The solution to the
WCBG problem is going to have to be cooperation.
  It would be interesting to hear from the Communications
Attorneys (Esq.) that subscribe to your newsletter.
  Charlie Gallagher, mailto:charlieg@nfis.com
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  ON THE FCC'S DAILY DIGEST AND TELEPHONE COMPLAINTS (CGC #582)
  I'm not too awfully concerned about the number of complaints
[for long distance slamming cases], and how they were resolved.
After all, the FCC is doing their job.  What I am appalled at is
the number of repeat offenders.  Personally, I think the fines
for slamming are not severe enough.  It makes me wonder if telcos
are looking at FCC fines as "the cost of doing business."
  Fred Vobbe, W8HDU. mailto:w8hdu@wlio.com
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  MORE FOLK WISDOM - CHECK YOUR CHROMA SETTING!  (CGC #582)
  About 35 years ago my mom and dad purchased a 25" color TV
for my aunt and uncle.  Each time we visited, the chroma was
turned all the way down.  When asked why, my uncle said that he
was afraid too much color would cause a fire!
  Bob Sudock, mailto:rsudock@fox11la.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ANOTHER COLLAPSED TOWER - THIS TIME IN OMAHA
  The latest tall broadcast tower to come down was the KETV
tower in Omaha when it collapsed on July 4th.  An investigation
into the tower failure is underway.  Details can be seen on the
KETV web site at:
  http://www.theomahachannel.com/ketv7/2315531/detail.html
  A photo from the site shows minimal building damage:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KETV_TWR.jpg
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  SPY RADIOS ON THE WEB
  Here's an interesting web site for WWII radio historians that
features photos of clandestine radio gear, including a very clever
prison-camp shortwave radio built into a canteen.  See photos and
historical text at:
  http://www.webex.net/~skywaves/SPY/spy.htm
  (Thanks to Rod Dinkins, AC6V, for the URL)
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  THE PROS AND CONS OF AUTO-ID TECHNOLOGY
  The incredible new auto-identification technology, RFID, is
being aggressively rolled out and is on its way to organizing and
tracking every piece of physical merchandise on the planet.  The
much-anticipated advantages it offers to marketing and management
are being enthusiastically embraced and will enable a level of
control and tracking not previously known to us.  But according
to certain watchdog groups, RFID will accelerate what they view
as an increasingly irretrievable slide toward the virtual
elimination of personal privacy.
  RFID tags so tiny - somewhere between the size of a grain
of sand and a speck of dust - that they can be added to clothing
fibers or food items without you being aware of them, will contain
item-specific information that can be tracked, revealing a
consumer's product use and consumption habits.  Unfortunately,
this seems to suggest that a passion for Rocky Road could result
in higher health insurance costs.
  RFID Technology Info: http://www.rapidttp.com/transponder/
  Privacy Concerns: http://www.nocards.org/AutoID/overview.shtml
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  REALLY UNRELATED BUT NICE
  Did you ever wonder what Flight Simulator would look like
spread out on 13 monitors?  Pretty impressive!  See for yourself:
  http://snipurl.com/surrounded
  Here is an LED flashlight where the light is scattered by a
thin acrylic lens so you can read at night without disturbing
your mate:  LightWedge, $25 for paperbacks, $35 otherwise.
  http://snipurl.com/wedgelight
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  MONITORING RADON WITH BRITNEY SPEARS
  Radon particles leave tracks imbedded in compact disks,
even if the CDs are stored in plastic jewel cases.  While the
readout process to detect the level of radon is somewhat=20
cumbersome, the fact that ordinary CDs can double as accurate
radon monitors is surprising and delightful.
  http://www.sciencenews.org/20030705/note13ref.asp
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20021112ABY     KHTS    20697   CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
              E     93.3 MHZ                EL CAJON, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  TV BOOSTER STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPTTB-20030627AAB  NEW  158901   SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
                E   CHAN-64            SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  on channel 64, Effective Radiated Power 6.96, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 14 min 3 sec WL 117 deg 8 min 25 sec.=20
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  LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR: PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  The following application has been accepted for filing.
  Petitions to deny (if any) must be filed within 30 days
  of the release of the underlying Public Notice.
  BAKERSFIELD, CH-27, KBFX-LP, PAPPAS TELECASTING INC.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236307A1.doc
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