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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #592
                  Tuesday,  September 16, 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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  MEDIA BUREAU ENDS ITS TEMPORARY APPLICATIONS FREEZE
  The FCC's Media Bureau has issued a Public Notice announcing
revised processing guidelines for broadcast station applications
filed on Forms 301, 314, and 315.  The temporary application
filing freeze will end simultaneously with the Federal Register
publication of the FCC's announcement.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2867A1.doc
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  FCC EASES THE DIGITAL TV TRANSITION FOR CONSUMERS
  The Commission has adopted rules for digital "plug and
play" cable compatibility, which is a key piece of the digital
television puzzle.  In a plug and play environment, consumers can
plug their CATV cables directly into their digital TV sets without
the need for set-top boxes.  The FCC said the new rules will ease
the transition to digital TV by promoting competition, convenience
and simplicity for consumers.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238850A1.doc
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  BENEFICIAL RULE CHANGES PROPOSED FOR WIRELESS INTERNET PROVIDERS
  The FCC has issued two Notices of Proposed Rule Making
looking toward making life easier and better for Wireless Internet
Service Providers in rural areas.  The proposals range from
allowing the use of sectorized and phased array antennas, often
called "smart antennas," to outright power increases.  Even the
definition of "rural area" is open for discussion.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238842A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238840A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH: NOTICE OF SUSPENSION + PROPOSED DEBARMENT
  Here is some tough language directed against one Mr. Duane
Maynard of Howe Electric in Fresno, CA:  "The (FCC) has received
notice of your August 26, 2003 conviction.... for bid rigging.
Consequently, ....this letter constitutes official notice of your
suspension from the schools and libraries universal service support
mechanism.  In addition, the Enforcement Bureau.... hereby notifies
you that we are commencing debarment proceedings against you...."
The full text is posted at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2882A1.doc
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                       LOCAL FEATURE STORY
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  ENGINEERING INFO ON THE TEMPORARY KCBQ(AM) ANTENNA SYSTEM
  CGC has reviewed a copy of KCBQ's Special Temporary Authority
(STA) to broadcast from the KPOP(AM) transmitter site, and it is
a technically interesting document.  Instead of diplexing both
stations (1170 and 1360 kHz respectively) onto the same non-
directional (KPOP) tower, KCBQ is authorized to employ a
"temporary nondirectional antenna consisting of a vertical drop
wire suspended from one of the KPOP guy ropes."
  According to informed sources, the KCBQ drop wire is
suspended from a Phillystran cable specifically installed for
that purpose, not one of the tower guys.  The drop wire idea
originated with Kevin Douglass, and John Barcroft helped bring
it into reality (both gentlemen from Clear Channel).  The final
installation and tuning were overseen by Jim Sadler of Carl T.
Jones Corp.  (If anyone has pictures of the key components in
the drop wire system, we'd  appreciate a copy: 
mailto: steve@earthsignals.com.
  KCBQ was formerly licensed at 50 kW day and 1.5 kW night,
directional in both cases (using six towers at night, but only
four of the six during the day).  Their current STA operation 
with the drop wire allows 5 kW day and 0.375 kW at night, subject
to reduction if interference occurs.  Also, KCBQ has been asked
to file for a new/permanent transmitter site by February 14,
2004, the expiration date of the STA.
  CGC wishes KCBQ the best of success in securing a permanent
new transmitter site with all the necessary approvals.  For more
on KCBQ, see:
  http://sdradio.net/kcbq.shtml
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  REMINDER - THE SCFCC MT. WILSON "CHRISTMAS PARTY" IS OCT. 1
  The annual SCFCC "Christmas Party" and yearly SCFCC members
meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 1st, at 10:00 a.m. at
the Mt. Wilson Auditorium.  The BAR-B-Q lunch will be served to
all those who show up not wearing ties.  We will have chicken,
Tri-tip and hamburgers as we have done in the past.  This year's
party is being sponsored by NSI and AVTEK.
  Please RSVP to mailto: howard@pactv.com, and only if you have
to at 323-962-7841.
  Howard Fine
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  REMEMBERING THE KCBQ TOWER SITE IN SANTEE (CGC #591)
  I took some photos of the KCBQ towers a few years ago while in
the San Diego area and posted those shots on the Web.  I'm sorry
to hear that those towers are gone now.
  KCBQ tower photos:  http://www.fybush.com/site-030327.html
  Scott Fybush, mailto: scott@fybush.com
  [Thanks also to Dennis Gibson for sending the link. - SB]
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  THE OLD KCBQ REMEMBERED ON THE WEB
  We've created a bulletin board page reserved for your
personal memories of the old KCBQ.  It was quite a station, and
is remembered well, not only in southern California, but all over
the country.  To view the bulletin board (there is one posting
already), see:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KCBQ_MEMORIES.htm
  To post your thoughts about KCBQ, just send me an email.
  Steve Blodgett, mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
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  A TIP ON FINDING HIDDEN TRANSMITTERS (CGC #591)
  What some of the guys do when "T-hunting" [locating an
unknown transmitter] is to tune to the third harmonic.  Very
strong signals [that could overload a receiver tuned to the
fundamental frequency] usually can be heard on their third
harmonic frequency [where they're a lot weaker], thus making
the hidden transmitter easier to find.
  A 146.73 MHz repeater has an input frequency of 146.13 MHz.
Since the input channel's third harmonic is 438.39 MHz, it is
easily tuned in on most 440 band mobiles and hand held radios.
  Neil McKie, WA6KLA, mailto: n.mckie@bendcable.com
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  ARE THE NUMBER OF PIRATE STATIONS INCREASING?
  Is it my imagination, or are we going through another pirate-
intensive period?  It seems that I always hear "something" on
104.7 in my travels, and I've recently heard quite a bit of
activity on 99.1 while driving the 210 freeway near the Sunland
area.  Out in the Antelope Valley, I've heard activity on 106.7
with Middle Eastern programming.  And, I received a report from 
a good friend that the 660 kHz signal out of Victorville is more
than a part 15 device - far from it.
  Anonymous
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  PIRATE RADIO CAN BE ACCIDENTAL
  I do have some experience with carrier current AM.  It is
possible that someone operating carrier current AM at a business
or even an educational institution can induce signals outside of
their building's electrical system, providing more than expected
coverage.  I installed a carrier current system at one facility
and noted that even minimal amounts of power provided an extended
reach outside the building's perimeter.  In this case, we had to
reduce power to between 1-3 watts per transmitter, far under our
530 kHz transmitter's 10-20 watt maximum.  It's possible that the
operator on 1680 is unaware of his "pirate" status.
  Eric Kruzel, mailto: janeric@integrity.com
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  ON THE FRENCH BANNING OF "FOREIGN" WORDS (CGC #591)
  Some years ago the French tried to impose "le telecopier" upon
its citizens but every secretary in Paris still said "le fax."
  Roy Trumbull, mailto: roy_trumbull@hotmail.com
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  SPAM, GERMAN STYLE
  Interestingly, the German word for SPAM is "e-müll."  German
Internet users adopted the American word "email" and since "müll"
is German for "garbage," the wordplay is fitting.
  David P. Reaves, III, mailto: RRSounds@aol.com
  Recklinghausen, Germany
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS OF MORE THAN ROUTINE INTEREST
  WD2XEQ, AMBIENT CORPORATION, 0118-EX-PL-2003
  New experimental to operate in 1.7-88 MHz for testing power
  line carrier systems.  Fixed: States of NY and MA
  WD2XCS, GENERAL ATOMICS, 0055-EX-PL-2003
  New experimental to operate in 15.2-18 GHz for testing
  synthetic aperture radar.  Mobile: San Diego & Adelanto, CA
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238762A1.doc
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  CONSUMERS HAVE 14 DAYS TO TRY NEW CELL PHONE SERVICES
  The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association ("CTIA")
has published a ten-point "Consumers Code for Wireless Service," a
bill of rights for the consumer.  The document has been voluntarily
agreed to by many of the major cellular carriers.  Of particular
interest is Section 4 that allows a 14-day trial period when
consumers choose a new cellular service.  (The Code, Q&A Sheet)
  http://www.wow-com.com/pdf/The_Code.pdf
  http://www.wow-com.com/pdf/Media_Kit_Q&A.pdf
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  COLORFUL ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM CHART AVAILABLE
  The following chart shows U.S. frequency allocations from
3 kHz to 300 GHz and is available free on the web, or in printed
form for $7.50 from the U.S. Government Printing Office.
(Thanks to Ron Patten for the tip)
  http://www.ntia.doc.gov/osmhome/allochrt.html
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  NOT ALL "SOLAR FLARES" COME FROM OUR SUN
  More times than we realize, the earth is bombarded with blasts
of radiation from outer space.  We generally don't hear about
these events, and assume when we witness their effects to radio
propagation that we're being hit by radiation from our sun.  But
in fact, these disturbances are sometimes the result of incredibly
powerful explosions originating from Neutron Stars known as 
"magnetars", as explained by NASA:
  http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2003/12sep_magnetars.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPEDT-20030908ACO   KVCR-DT  58795   SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY
                 E     CHAN-26              COLLEGE DISTRICT
                                           SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPEDT-20000424ABO
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING*
  BNPFT-20030829AXK   NEW  143757   HIGH DESERT BROADCASTING LLC
               E   99.7 MHZ                ROSAMOND, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030829ARN   NEW  156146   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E   100.1 MHZ             HUNGRY VALLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030829ANR   NEW  143394   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E   103.9 MHZ             THREE POINTS, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030829AVZ   NEW  156359   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
               E   105.3 MHZ              ISLA VISTA, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  * CGC has expanded its usual geographic reporting zone
  slightly to include items of more than routine interest.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BL-20030523AIL   KCAA  43995  BROADCASTING MANAGEMENT SERVICES..
             P   1050 KHZ               LOMA LINDA, CA
  Lic. to cover
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