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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #593
                  Tuesday,  September 23, 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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  OLD FCC FORMS 301, 314, AND 315 REACTIVATED
  The FCC has reactivated the following forms:
  FCC 301 - Application for Construction Permit for Commercial
  Broadcast Station (June 2002 edition), and
  FCC 314 and 315 - Applications for consent to assign or
  transfer control of broadcast CPs or licenses (June 2002
  editions).
  The Commission indicated that notice has already been
published in the Federal Register, hence the forms are effective
immediately.  More to the story at:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2903A1.doc
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  ACT NOW TO CORRECT ANY BROADCAST AUX DATABASE DEFICIENCIES
  The FCC's Part 74 broadcast auxiliary database contains
quite a bit of outdated, inaccurate and missing data.  Some of
the information now needed to coordinate new auxiliary systems
(e.g. existing receive site coordinates) is missing because it
was not required with the old FCC Form 313 that we used for so
many years.
  Recently, the FCC denied SBE's request that auxiliary
licensees be given a blanket waiver of the $120 filing fee when
only missing data was being provided (or presumably FCC-induced
errors were being corrected); however, the Commission will still
entertain individual requests for the fee waiver.
  Since the new Part 74 "prior coordination rules" for fixed
broadcast auxiliary facilities are set to go into effect on
October 16, 2003, there is an urgency for all aux licensees to
act now to correct missing or defective data posted in the
Universal Licensing System (ULS).  The SBE intends to request
an additional six month stay of the new rules, but there is no
assurance that the Commission will grant their petition.
  Read the "fine print" details of this situation at the
following SBE URL by clicking on the item entitled, "FCC Denies
Fee Waiver - Stations Should Update ULS ASAP."
  http://www.sbe.org/
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  STUDYING THE IMPACT OF TOWERS ON BIRDS: MICHIGAN
  In August 2003, the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry to
collect comments and information on the impact that communications
towers may have on migratory birds (CGC #589).  Now, as a separate
action, the State of Michigan has agreed to participate in and
facilitate an "Avian Collision Study" at selected towers in their
proposed 800 MHz public safety communications system.
  The statewide study will initially research the effect of
lighting, height, and guy wires on bird collisions at towers in
the 350-500 foot height range of the 180 tower system.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-239014A1.doc
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  FCC RANKED SECOND IN SURVEY OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITES
  For the second year in a row, the FCC's website (www.fcc.gov)
has been ranked among the top federal agency websites.  This year,
the FCC site came in second to the government-wide site known as
"First Gov."  See First Gov and learn more about the site ranking
process at the following URLs:
  http://www.firstgov.gov/
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-238961A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  PHOTOS OF THE 1965 KNX(AM) TOWER VANDALISM INCIDENT
  We've been fortunate enough to receive two photos of the
September 1965 tower collapse at KNX that resulted from vandalism,
and have added them to the KNX history pages.  Thanks to Marv
Collins, Forrest Bartlett and Larry Wichman for helping us piece
together the story behind these extraordinary photos.  The new
material is available at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/KNX1965LOG.html
  Once there, hit the "Back to Referring KNX History Page" line
at the top of the page if you have not seen the full KNX posting.
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  KCBQ REMEMBERED - THE WEB PAGE GROWS
  The KCBQ Memories web page has grown considerably this week:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KCBQ_MEMORIES.htm
  To add your thoughts and recollections, just email me:
  Steve Blodgett, mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
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  QUERY - LOOKING FOR HI-RES KCBQ PHOTOS
  Does anyone have any high resolutions scans of the KCBQ towers,
transmitter, or people?  If so, please email me.  Thanks!
  Fred Vobbe, mailto: w8hdu@wlio.com
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  DIPLEXING ON THE KPOP TOWER - A MAJOR CHALLENGE (KCBQ, CGC #592)
  I was Director of Engineering from 1972-1975 at the old
KGB FM/AM, the station that ultimately became KGB/KPOP.  I would
guess that the reason they had to resort to a separate radiator
for KCBQ is that the KPOP vertical radiator utilizes a tuning
skirt system designed by Hammett and Edison to change the
electrical length of the AM tower.  Diplexing directly with that
tower would be, to say the least, a challenge.
  Richard Rudman, mailto: rar01@earthlink.net
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  INFORMATION ON "BMIR" AT THE BURNING MAN FESTIVAL (CGC #591)
  I attended the Burning Man festival just outside Gerlach, NV
and listened daily to BMIR - Burning Man Information Radio - on
94.5 FM.  The station had a clear signal only as I approached
the site location, dubbed "Black Rock City."  BMIR is a critical
service to the festival's participants, and is part of the public
safety infrastructure that exists during the event.  I don't
recall hearing anything that I would recognize as assigned call
letters, nor am I aware of the license status of the station.
  During the 2002 festival, besides BMIR, there were also 40
or so alleged Pirate broadcasters.  But this year, I heard only
three of them, and never heard any call letters or legal IDs
from them.
  Bruce Rogow, mailto: brogow@kpbs.org
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  PULLING NUVISTORS HELPS FIND HIDDEN TRANSMITTERS (CGC #592)
  Many years ago, Craig Robbins and I used to "T-Hunt" using a
three element beam and an Ameco Nuvistor converter ahead of a RBC
receiver.  To attenuate the signal, we would pull the Nuvistors
out of each of the converter's two RF stages as necessary.  We
were a very successful team with this attenuation "technique."
  Burt Weiner, K6OQK, mailto: biwa@earthlink.net
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  COMMENT ON THE COOL LOOKING SPECTRUM CHART
  Regarding the "Colorful Electromagnetic Spectrum Chart"
(CGC #592), note that the chart is dated March 1996.  We asked
for and got permission to reprint this chart with our corporate
logo and product info on the side.  This was a very successful
marketing item and we invariably gave them all away at trade
shows.  When it came time to reprint, we asked when the chart
might be updated.  They said, "Real soon now," and that was two
years ago.  So, while the chart may be a bit outdated, it provides
lots of useful info and really looks cool up on the wall!
  Bill Lieske, www.emrcorp.com, www.EMRInternet.com
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  THANKS FOR THE HEADS-UP ON BPL
  Thank you for mentioning the experimental grant for
"testing power line carrier systems" (NY and MA) in the last
CGC Communicator.  This is presumably another broadband over
power line (BPL) proposal.  The FCC grant has been posted on
rec.radio.shortwave.  There's plenty of interest in this by
shortwave listeners.  We'll see if anybody notices increased
HF/VHF noise near the power lines.
  Dave Rickmers, mailto: ricketzz@earthlink.net
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  ROHN FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION
  PEORIA, IL, September 16, 2003 - ROHN Industries, Inc., a
provider of infrastructure equipment to the telecommunications
industry, including towers, announced today that the company and
five of its direct and indirect subsidiaries have filed voluntary
petitions for Chapter 11 relief in the United States Bankruptcy
Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  Rohn also announced
that, concurrent with the Chapter 11 filing, it has entered into
a $9.5 million debtor-in-possession line of credit, subject to
the approval of the bankruptcy court.
  Two men have resigned from the company's Board of Directors
leaving Horace Ward, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company,
as the only remaining Director.  Rohn is currently in discussions
with an unrelated third party regarding a proposed sale of the
assets of the company.
  http://www.rohnnet.com/   (click on "Press Releases")
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  ABC NEWS RADIO USES WI-FI FOR HI-FI REMOTE FEEDS
  ABC News Radio is using wireless Internet technology to
deliver high quality broadcasts from remote locations without
the need for telephone or broadcast lines.  The ingredients
consist of a laptop computer, a microphone and access to a
high-speed wireless Internet connection.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=3912
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  SOME STATES ATTEMPTING TO REGULATE VOICE-OVER-INTERNET TRAFFIC
  While Voice-Over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) is still in its
infancy, analysts predict a major shift away from traditional
phone services to VoIP calls in the years ahead.  Now, VoIP has
caught the attention of state regulators in Wisconsin and
Minnesota who think VoIP callers should pay 9-1-1 surcharges,
Universal Service fees and contribute to the E-rate fund (all
hidden taxes).
  On the other hand, advocates of VoIP have petitioned the
FCC to declare it an Internet service and exempt it from the
regulatory framework governing traditional telephone services.
Last year, the agency made just such a determination in the
case of cable broadband providers (see URL below).
  http://www.msnbc.com/news/967162.asp?0cv=TB10
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  HAND-CRANKED POWER
  Blackouts, real or imagined, have caused Americans to
rethink the need for emergency power sources.  This year, U.S.
consumers will spend an estimated $10 million on hand-powered
gadgets of all sorts including hand-cranked radios.  According
to manufacturers and distributors, this figure is up from
about $2 million in 1998.
  http://tinyurl.com/o041
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC CLOSED THURSDAY & FRIDAY
  The FCC was closed on Thursday and Friday last week due
  to Hurricane Isabel, making for relatively few Applications
  and Actions postings.
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPL-20000602ADN    NEW   123693    VIDA ABUNDANTE
               E   105.5 MHZ        SAN BERNARDINO, CA
  Low Power FM CP New Stn.
  Dismissed per applicant's request 9/11/2003 - no letter sent
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20030711AAU   KRCV  19088   HBC LICENSE CORPORATION
              E   98.3 MHZ           WEST COVINA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities. 6.0 kW ERP, 91 meters HAAT,
  34 04 18 NL, 117 48 46 WL.  Granted 9/11/2003
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BP-20001027ABC    KIRN  69743    LOTUS OXNARD CORP.
              P   670 KHZ           SIMI VALLEY, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPTTL-20000831AVW  K29FX 128324 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
                 E   CHAN-29              FOREST FALLS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for FOREST FALLS, CA
  on channel 29, Effective Radiated Power .05000, coordinates
  NL 34 deg 3 min 46 sec WL 116 deg 53 min 34 sec.
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