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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #596
                   Wednesday, October 15, 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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  IS THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT DYING? - COMMISSIONER COPPS
  FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps, in a speech last Thursday 
at the New America Foundation, warned that the Internet as we know
it is at risk.  Entrenched interests are positioning themselves
to control the network's choke-points and they are lobbying
the FCC to aid and abet them.
  The Internet was designed to prevent the government or
a corporation or anyone from controlling it.  But this original
vision may soon be lost and replaced by closed networks.  Not
enough people outside Washington have paid attention to the
momentous decisions already made, and to those that are about to
be made.  (One page synopsis of Commissioner Copps' remarks; text
of his entire speech)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-239795A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-239800A1.doc
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  WORLD'S BROADCASTERS JOIN ANTI-BPL CHORUS
  A subcommittee of an International Telecommunication Union
(ITU) panel of technical experts responsible for terrestrial
broadcasting issues has joined a growing chorus of concerned
parties about the interference potential of power line tele-
communication (PLT) - better known in the U.S. as Broadband
over Power Line (BPL).
  ITU Radiocommunication Sector Sub Working Group 6E1 expressed
the view that interference produced by systems employing PLT as
well as by Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) equipment and
short-range devices, would compromise broadcast reception.
  See the lead story at: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/03/1010/
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  FCC FINES 28 RADIO STATIONS FOR PUBLIC FILE VIOLATIONS
  The Commission has issued 28 Notices of Apparent Liability
to radio stations that did not adequately comply with the FCC's
public file requirements.  Each station was fined $3,000.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-239705A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  A NEW WAY TO DO RADIO REMOTES
  Brian Clark of KIIS/KHHT Radio, Los Angeles, with the help of
Mackay Communications, has devised a novel system for doing radio
remotes.  The approach relies on a satellite communications
terminal known as the WorldCommunicator and is very attractive
for locations where land-line circuits are unavailable or not
installed on time.  Brian's article originally appeared in Radio
World and has been moved to the web for your viewing pleasure:
  http://www.worldcommunicator.20m.com
  Brian may be reached at mailto: BrianClark@ClearChannel.com
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  MT. WILSON POWER CONSUMPTION - UPDATED
  Early last Tuesday, CGC's web posting entitled, "Notes from
the Mt. Wilson SCFCC Meeting" incorrectly reported the typical
A.C. power consumption for Mt. Wilson.  The correct figure is
6.0 megawatts, and the web posting was promptly amended the
day the story was published.
  http://www.earthsignals.com/Mt_Wilson/
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  ENTRAVISION SEEKS TELEVISION & RADIO CHIEF ENGINEER
  This opening is in El Centro at KVYE, Channel 7.  For
details and contact information, visit our jobs page at:
 
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  A MOST USEFUL WEB SITE
  Howard Fine recently mentioned the Cavell, Mertz & Davis
web site that lists the Broadcast Auxiliary Stations associated
with a given primary broadcast facility.  However, the web site
in question does many other useful things, and this week we will
show you how to graph the theoretical directional radiation
pattern for an AM station.  Let's try KSDO in San Diego.
  (1) Visit  <http://www.fccinfo.com/>.
  (2) In the first "Search Parameters" row, check the "AM" box,
  insert the call sign "KSDO" (without the quotes) and hit the
  "Call Sign Search" button.
  (3) On the resulting page, two rows of data should appear.
  Click on "KSDO(AM)" in the top row for daytime info.  On the
  next page to appear, scroll down to the bottom and note the
  neat graph labeled "Theoretical Antenna Pattern."  You have
  arrived!
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  HISTORICAL NOTES - THE NBC CHIMES
  Those familiar NBC chimes are said to have originated in
Atlanta at one of America's pioneer giants, Radio Station WSB,
back in the 1920s.  An interesting and educational history,
including a photo of NBC's "Chimeless Chimes," are on the web:
  http://www.old-time.com/misc/chimes.html
  (Thanks, Jay Simmons)
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  CGC WEB PAGE UPDATES
  See the most recent broadcast engineering jobs postings at:
<http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/>.
  Two more Marv Collins photos have been added to the
Mt. Wilson Christmas party page showing the KCOP-TV transmitter
installation at the KTTV transmitter plant:
<http://www.earthsignals.com/Mt_Wilson/>.
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  AMATEUR RADIO - FCC INVITES COMMENTS ON ADDITIONAL MORSE CODE
  RELATED PETITIONS; 73 MAGAZINE CALLS IT QUITS
  The FCC has sounded the bell to begin Round 2 of the Morse
code debate in Amateur Radio by inviting public comment on another
group of seven Morse-related petitions for rulemaking.  The FCC
put the petitions on public notice October 8, and comments are due
by November 7.  Members of the amateur community may make their
opinions known on any or all of these filings using the FCC's
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).  Check the second story
at the following URL for details:
  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/03/1010/
  Also at this web address is a story on the demise of
73 magazine.  After 43 years of publication, the magazine is
closing its doors after failing to collect on some of its larger
accounts receivable.  73 has been a vibrant force in the amateur
community and its presence will be missed.
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  PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAM SNAFU
  Two tram cars carrying 53 people total on the Palm Springs
Aerial Tramway were stuck for about 4-1/2 hours on Monday,
October 6, 2003, according to the San Diego Union.  While the
cables suspending and pulling the cars remained intact, another
cable - a so called "rescue cable" located higher on the tram
towers - broke and became entangled in one of the car's cable
wheels.
  The problem was fixed by the car operator who shimmied up
the carriage connecting his car with the main cable.  He cut the
rescue line with a passenger's pocket knife.  But how could
he cut a "nearly inch-thick steel" cable with a small knife?
  CGC contacted a Tramway representative who stated that,
"It was a "Leatherman knife" (as if that explained everything).
Asked for more information, the rep explained that the thick
cable was comprised of six smaller cables, and that each of these
smaller cables consisted of many small wires.  Be that as it may,
the tram is expected to be back in operation no sooner than
October 20 after repairs and a thorough inspection.
  http://tinyurl.com/qr2n
  (The upper tram building, known as Mountain Station,
supports an amateur radio repeater that is popular in the Palm
Springs area.  The machine operates on 145.48 MHz with a minus
offset and a CTCSS tone of 107.2 Hz.)
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030806ADX   NEW  148335   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   97.9 MHZ                 BANNING, 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 BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  TENDERED FOR FILING
  BNPFTB-20030930AOG  KCAQ-1 159550  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
                E   104.7 MHZ               CALABASAS, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
  TO COVER AUXILIARY PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXLH-20031003ADG    KRUZ  8853     CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.
                E   103.3 MHZ           SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover auxiliary permit.
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPCT-20030805ACB  KCOP-TV  33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                E   CHAN-13                LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KCOP-TV.
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  TV AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY
  PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPCT-20030805ADI  KCOP-TV 33742  FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
                 E   CHAN-13               LOS ANGELES, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFTB-20031007AAU   KMRO-FM2  85929   THE ASSOCIATION FOR
                  E   90.3 MHZ       COMMUNITY EDUCATION, INC.
                                         SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPH-20030729AAF    KWRP  25809     MAGIC BROADCASTING, INC.
                E   96.1 MHZ               SAN JACINTO, CA
  Mod of CP to chg BPH-19990813IC 
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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 TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030807AIC   NEW  139834   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   99.5 MHZ              VICTORVILLE, 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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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BZ-20020118ABB  KBLA 34385  RADIO UNICA OF LOS ANGELES LICENSE..
            P   1580 KHZ                SANTA MONICA, CA
  Direct Measurement
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