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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #586
                    Tuesday,  August 5, 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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  OET DISMISSES SAFETY CAST CORPORATION'S APPLICATION FOR 
  SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY FOR EXPERIMENTAL RADIO STATION
  In April 2003, Safety Cast Corporation filed an application
for Special Temporary Authority (STA) in the Experimental Radio
Service to use "an extremely low power, non-commercial, mobile
transmitter that will broadcast 'All Hazard' alerts, Amber Alerts,
and/or emergency 'alert' messages from authorized public entity
vehicles (Police, Fire/Rescue, etc.)."
  The system was not really "extremely low power," and was
in fact designed to overpower a wide range of radio broadcast
channels with inevitable spill over into non-emergency areas 
- see CGC #581.
  By letter dated July 29, 2003, the Chief, Office of Engineering
and Technology (OET), dismissed the Safety Cast application
without prejudice.  As a result, comments are no longer being
sought on this application.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2550A1.doc
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  LPTV REVIEW
  The FCC will hold an open Commission meeting tomorrow to
consider, among other things, issuing a Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking to establish rules for Digital Low Power Television,
Television Translator and Television Booster Stations (which
primarily provide service to smaller geographic regions and
rural communities), and to amend the rules for Digital Class A
Television Stations.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-237201A1.doc
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  FCC OFFERS FREE WiFi TO HEADQUARTERS VISITORS
  The FCC has announced that it will provide free wireless
Internet access to visitors at its Washington, D.C. office.
  "When you come to the FCC, leave the cords at home," said FCC
Chairman Michael K. Powell.  "We're embracing the power of WiFi
and the freedom and convenience of wireless Internet access it
gives to consumers."  The system uses the 802.11a and 802.11b
protocols.
  Visitors must bring their own hardware and software and can
use the service only in two specific locations at headquarters.
Furthermore, the Commission won't provide technical support.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-237306A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  NAB 2004 RADIO SHOW TO BE HELD IN SAN DIEGO
  NAB has confirmed that plans are set for holding next year's
Radio Show in San Diego, October 6-8.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3683
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  AUX FILING NEWS + MT. WILSON "CHRISTMAS PARTY" SET
  If you are planning on filing for a new 950 MHz STL or ICR,
a TV STL, TV Relay or TVPU soon, it is advised to file ASAP as
the new FCC frequency coordination rules are scheduled to take
effect in the middle of September.  After that, you will have
to pay for the services of a frequency coordination company.
  The SCFCC has scheduled its annual meeting and Christmas Party
for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Wilson.  Please
put it on your calendar now.
  Howard Fine, SCFCC, mailto: howard@pactv.com
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  SHARE MEMORIES OF DOUG SAUBY THIS THURSDAY
  We are going to get together this Thursday afternoon (come by
anytime between 3-6 p.m.) to share memories of Doug Sauby from
the CBS/KCAL crew.  We will have the upstairs room at:
  Sun Palace, 3710 Verdugo Rd., Montrose - phone (818) 249-7147.
  The restaurant is a few blocks from the intersection of the
2 and the 210 freeways (Northbound on the 2, take the exit that
would take you to Verdugo Hills Hospital, but instead of turning
right into the hospital at the end of the off ramp, turn left and
go about 3 blocks to Verdugo, then left 1/2 block to Sun Palace).
  A link to a map for getting to the restaurant is available at
<http://www.bristolwebdesign.com/local_restaurants/>.
  Please feel free to pass this message along to anyone you know
who might have known Doug and would be interested in attending.
  John Russell, Chief Engineer, KCBS/KCAL TV, KNX Radio
  jarussell@cbs.com
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  RIVERSIDE 911 SUPERVISOR AND DIRECTOR TAKE TOP APCO AWARDS
  Two long-time City of Riverside public safety communications
professionals will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana this week to
receive a pair of top awards from the Association of Public-Safety
Communications Officials (APCO International).  Supervisor John
Wright, N6RPD, has been named the organization's Technician of
the Year, and Director Cherie Curzon has been named APCO's
Communication Director of the Year.  Congratulations to both!
  (Riverside Press Enterprise + CGC confirmation)
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  QSL STAMPS FROM THE PAST
  Were you a collector of postage stamp size QSLs?  I have
a book with many of them from around the USA that were from
stations presumably heard from Pennsylvania.  See my photos at:
  http://www.eskimo.com/~vburns/hamradio/stamps/
  Also, here's a page from antiqueradio.com:
  http://www.antiqueradio.com/gilbertcombs_ekko_6-97.html
  Victor Burns, KI6IM, mailto: vburns@olagrande.net
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  TESLA GAVE US SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE TESLA COIL (CGC #585)
  As a kid, the only thing I connected with Tesla was the Tesla
coil.  But he also invented the brushless AC motor and polyphase
power.  He gained the interest of George Westinghouse, who was
the only industrialist of the day to grasp the implications of
polyphase transmission.  If Tesla would have stopped there, that
would have been enough for one lifetime.  Instead he went on to
decades of higher and higher voltage experiments that made him
look like a nut case.  Today, while the more famous Thomas Edison
is remembered for the light bulb, the entire power grid comes
from Tesla.
  Roy Trumbull, mailto: rtrumbull@bay.csuhayward.edu
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  COMMENTS ON RFI ISSUES AND FCC SOLE JURISDICTION (CGC #584-585)
  As I read the FCC rulings and the Federal court opinions
dealing with the subject, the FCC has exclusive jurisdiction to
decide questions of harmful interference, not local, state or
even Federal courts.  The FCC case was based on a local
government ordinance which if enforced would result in a court
action, and therefore the FCC asserted jurisdiction.
  In the case of a private site owner, the contract is a private
agreement, and - at least in most parts of California - court
enforcement of a private contract does not create state action.
  The question of a local government as a site owner has not been
tested, but there is long-standing U.S. Supreme Court case law
that holds that activities of a local or state government which
are in competition with the private sector are bound by private
sector principles, not governmental principles.
  Different situations require individual analysis.  Your local
land-use attorney should research the facts and the law in each
case.
  Philip M. Kane, mailto: commlaw@kanafi.org
  Communications Law Center, San Francisco, CA
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  AND THIS PERSPECTIVE ON HANDLING RFI
  Although I am a telecommunications engineer and not an
attorney, it is my understanding that clauses in lease contracts
requiring abatement of new or increased RFI at telecommunications
sites are largely unenforceable.  The FCC has indicated several
times in the past that it is the sole enforcer of interference
issues.
  There was a notorious case in the Denver area a few years ago
where a new broadcaster at a site so badly interfered with
existing two-way users as to make their operation unusable.  The
broadcaster refused to do anything about it and the FCC prevented
the landlord from enforcing a no-interference clause.  I have
forgotten the details of the parties involved, but apparently the
complaints were brought to the FCC after the one year blanketing
interference period had ended.
  One tactic to deal with this issue is to write site contracts
so that the first year or two of occupancy is on a month-to-month
basis in which the landlord reserves the right to terminate the
contract without cause.
  Gray Haertig, mailto: gfh@haertig.com
  Gray Frierson Haertig & Assoc, Portland, OR
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  INFORMATION ON ELIMINATION OF HAM MORSE CODE REQUIREMENTS
  I have found a copy of the petition which essentially requests
elimination of the Morse code requirement for amateur licenses at
the QRZ web site.  See it as well as the many comments posted at:
  http://www.qrz.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST&f=3&t=40746
  John Unrath, K6JHU, mailto: jhunrath@RAYTHEON.COM
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  HOTELS AND TRAVELER'S PHONE RATES (CGC #585) - A SOLUTION
  With more hotels supplying Internet access, many folks I
know are bringing their VoIP phones or adapters and bypassing
the hotel's Plain Old Telephone System ("POTS") charges.
  Tim Pozar, mailto: pozar@lns.com
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  IBIQUITY MOVES TOWARD SOLVING THE CODEC PROBLEM
  iBiquity Digital Corporation has reportedly made giant
strides in resolving the digital coding/decoding ("codec")
problems associated with its PAC algorithm.  It is not known
at this juncture whether the new coding scheme draws on
proprietary features of other (non PAC) codecs, or not.
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  "TOM" REPLACES "DONNA & CRAIG" AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
  The concatenated speech of "Donna" and "Craig" lasted just
one year as the automated voices of the National Weather Service.
Taking their place is next-generation "Tom," programmed in such
a way that the speed and intensity of his computer-generated
voice can be adjusted to make severe weather warnings sound more
urgent and emotional.
  http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/6454213.htm
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  PATENT APPLICATION: CELL PHONE WOULD ALSO SERVE AS GAS DETECTOR
  A Romanian inventor living in Canada has submitted a patent
application for a cell phone equipped with inexpensive sensors
to detect sudden changes in temperature, the presence of smoke,
methane or carbon monoxide.  Marian Gavrila's concept could lead
to a future generation of mobile phones that could include
bio-sensors to detect bacteria, viruses, toxins, and other
hazardous substances.
  http://www.cellular-news.com/story/9359.shtml
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  BLIND STUDENTS LEARNING TO NAVIGATE USING NEW GPS TOOL
  At Catholic University in Washington D.C. recently, a
group of blind high school students shouldered specially equipped
laptop computers as they navigated about the campus and visited a
pizza restaurant led by voice commands and the Global Positioning
System.  A $1,000 GPS add-on to the BrailleNote keypad designed
for the blind showed the sightless students that getting around a
college campus is suddenly much easier than it used to be, thanks
to innovations in technology.
  http://www.washtimes.com/business/20030729-093916-2006r.htm
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  HAM RADIO SUGGESTION:  TWO PATHS TO A GENERAL CLASS LICENSE
  Although it is far too early to tell if the amateur radio
community is ready to drop Morse code testing as a requirement
for access to the high frequency (HF) ham bands, Harv Hiller,
K6QK, has come up with an elegantly simple proposal.  He would
create two paths - not one - to the General Class ticket which
is the introductory license for HF privileges.
  Path #1 would be as it is now:  A written exam and a Morse
code exam.  Path #2 would consist of a substantially "beefed up"
written exam and no Morse code test.  The applicant would simply
request the "code" or "no code" approach at the time an
examination was given.
  K6QK's idea seems to resolve many differences of opinion
in the amateur community and gives examinees an option - so
it's worth further consideration.  However, we are probably
many months or even years away from FCC action (if any), so
there is plenty of time to reach a consensus.
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  PROPOSED CPs FOR LPTV/TV TRANSLATOR STATIONS
  The following television translator/low power TV applications
  have been accepted for filing.  Petitions to deny (if any) must
  be filed by mid-August; see the URL below for more information.
  Banning: CH-33
  Barstow: CH-16, 28, and 29
  El Centro: CH-43, 58
  Forest Falls (near Banning): CH-29
  Morongo Valley: CH-3
  Palm Springs: CH-10
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-237190A1.doc
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  AMENDED POLICY IN ANNOUNCING NEW FM CHANNELS
  Due to the increasing amount of communications news, the CGC
  Communicator will no longer publish announcements of all new FM
  broadcast channel in California.  Instead, only southern
  California channels will be published - particularly those in
  the Santa Barbara-San Bernardino-San Diego triangle.
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION GRANTED
  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 TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030710AAA   970303TD  86285  PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
                  E   93.7 MHZ         RANCHO BERNARDO, ETC, CA
  CP New Stn.
  Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later
  than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this
  application for filing.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNPFT-20030710AAA   970303TD  86285  PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.
                  E   93.7 MHZ         RANCHO BERNARDO, ETC, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/28/2003
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20030711AAU     KRCV  19088     HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
                E   98.3 MHZ              WEST COVINA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 07/28/2003
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20030729ABL  K288DR 72006  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
               E   105.5 MHZ          DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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  BLFT-20030729AIE  K213AR 72001  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
               E   90.5 MHZ           LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Lic. to cover
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20030729AAF    KWRP  25809     MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                E   96.1 MHZ               SAN JACINTO, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030729AHM   NEW  146520   ADVANCE MINISTRIES, INC.
               E   99.3 MHZ     D/B/A NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                     TWENTY-NINE PALMS, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000605AGN    NEW  124273     PARADIGM MINISTRIES, INC.
               P   105.3 MHZ               PALM DESERT, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
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