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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #595
                    Tuesday, October 7, 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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  FOREST SERVICE CREATES HANDBOOK CHAPTER 90, RENEWS ITS
  ANTI-BROADCAST STANCE
  The USDA Forest Service has modified its Special Uses
Handbook to include a Chapter 90 which propagates the Service's
unwarranted discrimination against certain combinations of radio
operations in the vicinity of each other.  Among other things,
the document deems broadcast facilities incompatible with non-
broadcast uses such as land-mobile and paging (see "97 -
Exhibit 05" on page 78).
  The USDA Forest Service's reaffirmation of this baseless
view of broadcast incompatibility - despite numerous real-world
examples to the contrary - stands to be one of the major
technical errors of the decade.  Ironically, because of the way
the Forest Services publishes its documents, few people are
even aware that Chapter 90 exists.  It resides at:
  http://www.fs.fed.us/im/directives/fsh/2709.11/2709.11_90.doc
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  FCC LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENTAL AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION WEB PAGE
  The FCC has launched a new Web page dedicated exclusively
to environmental and historic preservation issues.  Witness the
beginning of what will undoubtedly become a large and complex
undertaking by visiting this URL:
  http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/environment/
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  WINDOW OPENED TO PERMIT ED-FM RESERVATION SHOWINGS FOR
  CERTAIN VACANT FM ALLOTMENTS
  The Media Bureau announced that it will accept reservation
showings, until November 21, 2003, for all vacant FM allotments
except those for which a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was
released on or after August 7, 2000.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2990A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM #1
  WRDQ-DT, Orlando, Florida, has tentatively been fined 
$10,000 for not following special Commission procedures in 
bringing up its new CH-14 operation, and for causing interference
to adjacent frequency land-mobile stations in the process - the
very thing that the procedures were designed to circumvent.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-3038A1.doc
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  FCC FORFEITURE WATCH - SELECTED ITEM #2
  The FCC has proposed a $357,500 fine against Infinity
Broadcasting for apparent violation of the indecency rules.
Viewer discretion of the FCC News release is advised:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-239491A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  NOTES FROM THE MT. WILSON SCFCC MEETING - OCTOBER 1, 2003
  Informal Notes from the SCFCC Mt. Wilson "Christmas Party"
meeting are posted at the following URL, along with some nice
photos by Marv Collins.  Enjoy!
  http://www.earthsignals.com/Mt_Wilson/
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  VIC MEDINA SERIOUSLY ILL
  Vic Medina of KCET-TV is seriously ill and on medical leave.
Cards may be sent to him at 15708 S. Prairie Ave., Lawndale, CA
90260.  We wish Vic a full and speedy recovery.
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  PUC PUBLISHES TARIFFS FOR INSTALLING FIBER IN GAS PIPELINES
  The California Public Utilities Commission has published a
Draft Decision granting the requests of two southern California
gas companies (SoCalGas and SDG&E) seeking authority to allow
telecommunications carriers and cable TV companies to place
fiber optic cable inside active gas pipelines.
  To maintain separation of the two regulated industries,
the Decision stipulates that the installation of the fiber optic
cable will be the responsibility of the carriers, who will also
own the cable.
  http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/word_pdf/AGENDA_DECISION/30336.pdf
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  MT. WILSON TV TRANSMITTER ENGINEER NEEDED - KCET
  There is an opening for a full time Transmitter Maintenance
Engineer at KCET's Mount Wilson site.  Requires background in
maintenance/repair of UHF-TV analog and digital transmitters and
microwaves, klystrons, heat exchangers, remote controls, signal
processing equipment, and the ability to supervise building
maintenance services.  Thorough knowledge in test and measurement
procedures, diagnosing problems and making repairs, and FCC-OSHA
Rules & Regs is essential.
  This is an abbreviated advance notice; the job will be
officially posted in mid-October.  The position is permanent,
requires joining IA 695, and the successful applicant must be
available for a variety of shifts.  Please mail, fax, or e-mail
your resume to:
  Bill Burroughs, Director of Engineering, KCET-TV
  4401 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
  (323) 953-5493 Fax, or  mailto: bburroughs@kcet.org
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  HERE'S A LARGE COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM THE OLD KCBQ
  I have been working on a web site featuring historical technical
photos from the [former] KCBQ transmitter site.  The web site is
ready to go, and can be seen at:
  http://engineering.salem.cc/kcbqsantee/
  Scott Horner, mailto: scotth@salem.cc
  [Note: More KCBQ memories have been posted on this page:
  <http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KCBQ_MEMORIES.htm>. - SB]
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  A RESPONSE TO MICHIGAN'S "AVIAN COLLISION" STUDY (CGC #593)
  And what about utility poles and towers?  We've lived in our
present home about 18 years.  Lately, we've found numerous birds
ranging from Sparrows to Crows laying dead at the bottom of a
utility pole in front of our home.  They don't seem to have been
roasted but I have no explanation for these recent occurrences.
Obviously the concern should be given equally to anything that
sticks up out of the ground.
  Burt Weiner, mailto: biwa@earthlink.net
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  LOS ANGELES EAS - THE TEST WENT WELL - EAS MEETING COMING UP
  ....A lot of us were up at Mt. Wilson today (Oct 1)
for the SCFCC Christmas Party.  The latest L.A. EAS test was
mentioned and apparently the test sounded good, was tight and
went off fairly well.
  Also, I reminded everyone in attendance that the next Los
Angeles Chapter 47 SBE meeting will discuss EAS and feature John
Paoli, the County of LA and the CHP.  This meeting will be on
Oct 14, Tuesday, 6:30pm for dinner and 7:30pm for the main
meeting at the Holiday Inn in Burbank.
  RSVP is requested at 310-840-2431 if you are attending.
Leave a voice mail with the number in your party and how many
will be having dinner (one hour earlier at 6:30pm).  The meeting
is expected to be well attended.  Parking is validated.  All
interested parties are welcome to attend.  More info and
directions at:
  http://www.sbe47.org/meeting.htm
  Mike Tosch, W6UWB, 1540 The Ticket KMPC, SBE Chapt. 47 Sec.
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  PERSONAL THOUGHTS ON THE "WIDECAST SERVICE" (CGC #589)
  Should, or could such a "news" service be considered as another
viable warning path for national messages designed to save lives
and property if it is established?  Definitely.
  Could it supplement existing warning systems?  Definitely.
  Does it utilize a proven technology that can result in low cost
end user devices?  Definitely.
  Is it prone to atmospheric effects and various forms of man-made
and natural interference?  Yes.
  Is it the perfect solution?  No.
  What do you think?  In case you missed it, take a look at:
  <http://www.nasdaw.org/>.
  Richard Rudman, mailto: rar01@earthlink.net
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  DUTCH STUDY SUGGESTS HEALTH ISSUES ACCOMPANY 3G CELL STATIONS
  A study by Dutch researchers found that electromagnetic
waves transmitted by base stations for the new third generation
("3G") wireless networks caused members of double-blind test
groups to experience tingling sensations, headaches and feelings
of nausea.  When the subjects were exposed to signals from current
mobile networks, no negative impacts were found.  However, when
subjects were exposed to both types of fields (3G plus current
networks), cognitive functions including memory and response
times showed measurable improvement.  Put simply, the subjects
became more alert when exposed to both fields.
  These early results, while interesting, are yet to be
confirmed.  In addition, the referenced story (URL below) did
not discuss the modulation schemes nor the specific RF power
densities that were involved.
  http://www.msnbc.com/news/974005.asp
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  NEAT TRICK
  While sitting at your desk, make a clockwise circle with
your right foot.  While you are doing that, make the number "6"
in the air with your right hand.  Your foot will change direction.
  Forwarded by Helen Jones
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FCC ADDS 93.7 MHZ (CH-229A) TO RIDGECREST
  In response to a petition by Linda A. Davidson, the FCC
  has added FM Channel 229A to Ridgecrest, CA.  The window for
  filing applications on this allocation is not yet open.
  Rather, the issue of opening this allotment for auction will
  be addressed in a subsequent Order.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2911A1.doc
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030818AAA   NEW  147714   PLAYA DEL SOL BROADCASTERS
               E   95.5 MHZ              PALM DESERT, 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 STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLED-20030930AMQ  KFAC  69085  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CAL....
               E   88.7 MHZ            SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Lic. to modify
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