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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #585
                     Tuesday, July 29, 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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  THE FCC'S MASTER SEARCH ENGINE - HOT STUFF
  There is an obscure but very important search engine
at the FCC.  It allows you to comb through most of the
Commission's licensing systems for specific information.
Member databases include Universal Licensing System ("ULS"),
Experimental, Cable Operations, Mass Media and International
Bureau.  Queries can be set up by frequency range, state/county,
location (latitude/longitude), call sign and licensee name.
  Now you can generate, for example, a list of the fixed
stations within, say, 1 km of your coordinates.  This is
particularly useful when trying to identify interfering sources.
  http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/reports/index.cfm
    or the backup site at
  http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/reports/index.cfm
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  VIRGINIA PUBLIC TV STATION PROPOSES TO GO "DIGITAL ONLY"
  The FCC has received a request from Commonwealth Public
Broadcasting Corp., licensee of WNVT-TV, NTSC CH-53, and
permittee of WNVT-DT, DTV CH-30, Goldvein, Virginia, for
Commission authority to: (i) cease analog broadcasting on
NTSC CH-53 and surrender its license for the channel prior to
the end of the DTV transition; and (ii) thereafter operate
WNVT-DT as a single channel, digital-only, television
broadcast station on DTV CH-30.
  According to an FCC source, WNVT claims that it will save
about $4-million in equipment and operating costs over the next
four years by going DTV-only.  WNVT will provide DTV-to-NTSC
converters to schools and cable TV headends.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2328A1.doc
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  FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THE TELEPHONE INDUSTRY
  The FCC has released its annual report entitled, "Reference
Book of Rates, Price Indices, and Household Expenditures for
Telephone Service."  The report contains information on local
and long distance rates paid by residential and business
consumers, among other things.  The report synopsis is easy
reading:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236539A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  A REMINDER - ROGER "MAC" McCOLLOUGH'S BASH IS THIS WEEKEND!
  Mac's retirement party is this Saturday in Lemon Grove.  Be
sure to RSVP by calling or emailing him.
  Roger McCollough, KF6HBU, mailto: rkmccol@pacbell.net
  858-453-3061 (No Answer? Voice mail appears after 8 to 9 rings.)
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  REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO ON MISSING KWRP EQUIPMENT (CGC #584)
  I am offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of the individuals involved in the theft of
the TFT Model 8900 Reciter (STL receiver and FM exciter, serial
number 1080312) that was stolen between July 11 and July 12 from
KWRP, Riverside, CA.  All replies are confidential.
  Thanks for helping.
  Don McCoy, mailto: DonGMcCoy@aol.com
  KWRP Licensee
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  LOS ANGELES AREA TV STATION SEEKS STAFF ENGINEER
  KSCI-TV, Channel 18, in Los Angeles, is looking for a staff
engineer.  Job details and application instructions are posted
on the CGC Jobs Page at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  FCC RFI PREEMPTION VS. EXISTING RFI CONTROL EFFORTS (CGC #584)
  I am president of the Pinal Mountain owners group that for
20 years has used the "last in cleans it up" rule to maintain
spectrum noise and spur floors.  This is on a USFS site where we
have a great working partnership with the landlord.
  Many multiple user sites require new operators to either
mitigate any new interference to existing users or shutdown until
the problem is corrected.  Would the revised FCC preemption rules
void existing lease/permit restrictions on private and government
sites?  If so, we face a huge problem in keeping RF sites "clean"
because it would eliminate our control of RFI matters and put our
current users in an endless non-do bureaucratic process when
interference occurs.
  What do CGC readers think with regard to FCC RFI preemption?
Does it apply to these types of multi user sites?
  Rich Potyka, mailto: KNCN674@aol.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  WI-FI SPEED INCREASED 4X
  The most widely used wireless local area network protocol,
IEEE Standard 802.11, also known as Wi-Fi, was extended last
month to make it four times faster.
  The new amendment, IEEE 802.11g, is similar to 802.11b,
but transmits data at up to 54 Megabits per second, up from
11 Mb/s called for in Wi-Fi 802.11b.
  http://tinyurl.com/hrjo
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  AN LPFM GOES DARK, MAKING WAY FOR A HIGH POWER FM
  An LPFM has had to go off the air to clear the way for a
high power FM.  See the story at:
  http://www.recnet.com/cgi-bin/recnews.cgi?read=3D84
  (Thanks, Rich Eyre at recnet.com for the link)
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  CURIOUS EXPERIMENTAL GRANT
  WD2XEA, Peter Lacey:  New experimental to operate on 390 MHz
for the development and testing of a child locator device under
Part 15 rules.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-236812A1.doc
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  A WEB PAGE FOR NIKOLA TESLA HISTORIANS
  Nikola Tesla was one of the more mysterious of our technological
pioneers.  His experiments and demonstrations caused some to
believe he was a genius, while others had to wonder if he was
engaged in witchcraft.  Much of what he wrote nearly a century ago
still evades our understanding.
  If you're intrigued by the man and his specific visionary
approaches to physics, you can visit his selected writings at:
  http://www.tfcbooks.com/tesla/contents.htm
  (Thanks to Kent Randles for the link)
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  AMATEUR RADIO - TOWARD THE ELIMINATION OF MORSE CODE TESTS
  The recent decision at the World Radiocommunications
Conference ("WRC") '03 to end the Morse code requirement for
hams to access the high frequency ("HF") bands is having an
immediate effect.  As of July 15, Swiss CEPT Class 2 license
holders may operate on the HF bands without taking a Morse
test, and effective July 25, Morse code testing became obsolete
in the United Kingdom.
  Here in the U.S., at least one Petition for Rulemaking
has already been filed with the FCC "In the Matter of Morse HF
privileges for the Technician class licensees."
  (Story in part from Amateur Radio Newsline #1354)
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  TRAVELERS FACE HIGHWAY ROBBERY FROM HOTEL PHONE FEES
  Many upscale hotels now charge large fees for local
phone calls.  A good example is the Westin St. Francis in San
Francisco's Union Square, where a call placed to a phone more
than five miles from the hotel is billed at $6.99 plus 99 cents
per minute, topped off with a $2.25 surcharge.  And this is
just the tip of the iceberg.
  http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=3D/c/a/2003/07/23/BU275179.DTL
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  REMEMBERED: JANE BARBE, THE "QUEEN" OF TELEPHONE RECORDINGS
  A familiar voice and unfamiliar name passed into telephone
history earlier this month with the death of Jane Barbe at the
age of 74.  Dubbed the "AT&T Lady" during her 40-year career,
Barbe's recordings are considered all-time hits:  "I'm sorry,
the number you have dialed is no longer in service," "At the tone,
the time will be..." and many others.  Barbe was an industry
legend much sought after for autographs at industry trade shows.
(Los Angeles Times free web site, but registration required)
  http://tinyurl.com/i9te
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  YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE - MEXICO AND RFID (CGC #583)
  According to a story in the Washington Post, Mexico is
considering the RFID chip as an answer to crime and as a tool to
help the medical profession keep track of health histories.  Up
to 10,000 RFID tags may be implanted in Mexico's citizens in the
coming year.  The RFID "Verichip" can be tracked for a distance
of 5 to 8 km, but Mexican officials are looking toward an implant
that can be tracked by satellite, and a GPS implant that could
aid in locating kidnap victims.
  http://tinyurl.com/hypm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  K17EO, Palm Springs, to KODG-LP
  (FCC Change List #467)
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20030717ABP  KCPB 69116  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
               E   91.1 MHZ              THOUSAND OAKS, CA
  Lic. to modify
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-19991104ABY  K216EM 88940  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
               P   91.1 MHZ                ARCADIA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000602ADT    NEW   123919    LOCAL PUBLIC RADIO, INC.
               P   105.3 MHZ                INDIO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  BNPL-20000602AIF    NEW   124906    BARBARA DAKIN
               P   100.9 MHZ         SILVERLAKE, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605ADN  NEW  123999   SAN DIEGO CALVARY KOREAN CHURCH
             E   105.9 MHZ                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  BNPL-20000607AAR    NEW  123446     BRENTWOOD SCHOOL
               E   101.3 MHZ          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  BNPL-20000608AFH    NEW  124849   INDIO SPANISH CHRISTIAN
                P   105.3 MHZ          BROADCASTING CORP.
                                           INDIO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR
  AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPH-20030501AAJ    KIIS-FM  19218  CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
                 E   102.7 MHZ             LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20030416AAG  K213AR 72001 CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC
               E   90.5 MHZ            LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities [near Santa Barbara]
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000608AGD  NEW 124880  OASIS CHRISTIAN RADIO CORPORATION
              P   101.7 MHZ              PALM DESERT, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Application dismissed pursuant to the Public Notice entitled
  "Low Power FM New Station Applications Dismissed for Failure
  to Comply with Third-adjacent Channel Protection Requirements;
  Applicants Failed to File Corrective Amendments." (DA 03-794,
  rel. 3/17/03)
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION FILED 4/16/03
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION DENIED 7/22/2003
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
  BNPL-20000530AAI   NEW  123377    NATIONAL MULTI-ETHNIC
              E   101.3 MHZ         FAMILIES ASSOCIATION
                                        OXNARD, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Application dismissed pursuant to the Public Notice entitled
  "Low Power FM New Station Applications Dismissed for Failure
  to Comply with Third-adjacent Channel Protection Requirements;
  Applicants Failed to File Corrective Amendments." (DA 03-794,
  rel. 3/17/03)
  JOINT PETITION FOR RECON. OF DISMISSAL OF THIS AND 483 OTHER
  LPFM APPLICATIONS FLD 3/24/2003 - DENIED 7/23/2003
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20030319AEX   K288DR  72006  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS..
               E   105.5 MHZ           DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  GRANTED
  BNPL-20000605AFK   NEW  124223   JOSHUA SPRINGS CALVARY CHAPEL
               E   97.1 MHZ              YUCCA VALLEY, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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  NEW FM CHANNEL PROPOSED FOR GREENFIELD, CA
  Daniel R. Freely of Pasadena has requested that FM Channel
  254A be added to Greenfield, CA.  As a result, the FCC has
  issued an NPRM and set a comment and counter-proposal deadline
  of September 15, 2003.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2429A1.doc
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