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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #597
                   Tuesday,  October 21, 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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  SBE's PETITION TO DELAY THE NEW AUX BROADCAST COORDINATION
  RULES IS DENIED
  "By this Order, we deny a Request for Extension of Temporary
Stay (Request) filed by the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc.,
(SBE) to delay, by an additional six months, the effective date
of coordination procedures adopted by the Report and Order in the
above-captioned proceeding for most fixed point-to-point Aural
and TV Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) stations.  As a result
of this action, the coordination rules become effective on
October 16, 2003."   - FCC
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-3215A1.doc
  As usual, there is more to the story.  Those interested are
directed to this MO&O that is hot off the government press:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-246A1.doc
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  DTV TRANSITION MOVING FORWARD - FCC SAYS MORE THAN 80% OF 
  COMMERCIAL DTV STATIONS ARE ON THE AIR
  In addition to the above captioned finding, the FCC took
action regarding 141 stations that filed a request for a third
extension of time to construct their DTV facilities.  Of these,
the FCC granted 104 stations with an additional six months to
begin broadcasting in DTV.  Seven stations were denied extensions
and issued letters of admonishment (none in California) while the
remaining cases are yet to be decided.
  Conspicuously absent was any mention of how many authorized 
DTV stations are operating at reduced power.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-240048A1.doc
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  NEW WTB "WELCOME TO HELP & SUPPORT" WEB PAGE
  Following is the URL for a neat new Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau (WTB) web page for help and support on a wide variety of
topics.  Clicking on "Find Support by Topic" will generate a
master index page containing several items of importance to
broadcasters.  Check it out at:
  http://esupport.fcc.gov/index.htm
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  FCC OPENS 70, 80, AND 90 GHZ SPECTRUM BANDS FOR DEPLOYMENT
  To promote the development of an additional "competitive
broadband deployment platform," the FCC has adopted service rules
for the commercial use of spectrum in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz 
and 92-95 GHz bands.  These bands are said to be well-suited for
licensees to offer a broad range of innovative products and
services, including high-speed, point-to-point wireless local
area networks and broadband Internet access.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-239368A1.doc
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  FCC MAKES 90 MHZ OF SPECTRUM AVAILABLE FOR THIRD GENERATION
  ("3G") BROADBAND AND ADVANCED WIRELESS SERVICES
  This action provides service rules for the 1710-1755 MHz
and 2110-2155 MHz spectrum bands with allocations going to the
highest bidders.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-240030A1.doc
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                      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
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  BE ALERT FOR RPU JAMMING
  A convicted radio jammer (in this case someone who transmits
on the input frequencies of radio repeaters or remote base
stations for the purpose of disrupting communications) was
released from prison prematurely about three months ago, courtesy
of a court decision on overcrowded jails.  Already the individual
is believed to be "back in business" jamming amateur radio
repeaters, and at the time of his last arrest was suspected
of having interfered with a number of radio station remote
pickup (RPU) frequencies in the greater Los Angeles area.
  The type of interference now being caused to ham radio
systems consists of touch tones, random Morse code-like characters
("modulated CW") and pre-recorded voice announcements with anti-
U.S. rhetoric.  The jammer had earlier been arrested for causing
interference to California Highway Patrol frequencies and the 
State of California prosecuted him.
  If you receive RPU interference, carefully note the time,
date, frequency and any other pertinent information - including
a recording of the incident if possible - and e-mail a report: 
mailto: Catherine.Deaton@fcc.gov.
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                           JOB SHOPPE
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  KBAK-TV, BAKERSFIELD, SEEKS A CHIEF ENGINEER
  For details on this job opening in Bakersfield, as well as
other current listings, please visit the CGC Jobs page at:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/jobs/
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         LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  (100 WORDS OR LESS IDEAL)
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  FROM A FORMER NBC CHIMER (RE CGC #596)
  I worked part time during the summer of 1965 for KNBR, the
NBC O&O in San Francisco, and had occasion to ring chimes after
programs were time delayed by us to the Northwest.  One bit of
lore that I recall is that once network sounded the chimes,
programming would not resume for 70 seconds, presumably allowing
enough time for a station ID and a 60 second break.
  Roy Trumbull, mailto: roy_trumbull@hotmail.com
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  MORE HISTORY - THE NBC CHIMES!
  Amazingly, I've heard from at least four people who suggest
their stations were the "originator" of the chimes - a situation
not unheard of in historical research!  And here is the question
I wonder about: The gentleman from Florida, who passed away and
can't be interviewed, said WSB originated the tones in "the late
1920s...."  Since the NBC network had been doing some tones earlier
to signify the end of programming, I wonder if the complete answer
is that the three tone sequence used by WSB came to the attention
of the folks at NBC who adapted it, figuring those three tones
were the best of the alternatives heard out in the world.
  Regarding reproductions of the chimes, a collector wrote to
inform me that "many" were made, but not all of them are valuable.
  And finally, history buffs who happen to visit Minneapolis can
see history on the Chimes at the Pavek Museum.  Visitors to the
Internet can see still more at:
  http://www.oldradio.com/archives/prog/nbc-chimes.htm
  Barry Mishkind, mailto: barry@broadcast.net
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  ....AND A FORMER NBC VP/GM JUST HAD TO CHIME IN! (SORRY)
  The information on the NBC chimes in CGC #596 is correct and
confirms what I was told about them by some old-time employees
while I was VP/GM at NBC's WMAQ-AM/WKQX-FM in Chicago (1986-88).
  At that time, my office in the Merchandise Mart had a closet
with a set of three brass tubes with velvet cords through the top
of each one.  These tubes were about 1 1/4" in diameter and of
varying lengths, around three feet long.  When struck, they played
the famous "G-E-C" tones.  I asked one of the station's long-time
engineers about those chimes and he said that when a network show
originated from NBC Chicago, the announcer or sound-effects man
would use them, but only if there was a studio audience.  If not,
a chime box was used instead.
  I had planned to have a mahogany stand built and to have the
chimes polished up and put on display in the lobby, but with the
sale of the stations facing us, I just didn't get around to it.
So on the day NBC handed over WMAQ-AM to Group-W, I gave the
chimes to someone who I knew would care about them, that same
engineer, and have since lost track of him.
 
  As for the chime boxes, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of
the network, NBC had produced some cheesy reproductions, but I
still had one real one left that I was going to keep for myself,
but then the phone rang.  It was Eddie Einhorn, co-owner of the
White Sox and Bulls asking me for one of the chime boxes.  Since
we were in renewal talks with both teams, you can guess where
the last authentic chime box went.
 
  Mike Lonneke, mailto: W0YR@aol.com
  Round Hill, VA
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  IT'S LEATHERMAN TO THE RESCUE! (SEE "TRAM SNAFU" - CGC #596)
  This is not a commercial announcement, but it might look that
way.  I have to plead ignorance and admit my surprise over the
apparent popularity of the "Leatherman knife" that was mentioned
in the above referenced story.  This week's emails from ardent
fans of the tool gave me cause to think of it as some kind of
utility wonder!
  For example, Sherman George at UCSD wrote, "The best model is
the 'Juice Pro' with every thing you [would] expect from a Swiss
Army Knife but with industrial strength.  [It's] the best single
tool to have at all times."  And, Winston Tharp wrote, "Go 
Leatherman!"  
  Over the years, I too have had certain tools with compelling
personal value, like my handy pair of wire cutters with the
built-in wire stripper notch that I made myself, through
unexpected contact with a 110 volt line cord.  Still though, my
enthusiasm seems to have been out shined by that of our readers
using the "Leatherman."  
  Steve Blodgett, mailto: steve@earthsignals.com
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  A COMMENT ON THE "FCCINFO" WEB SITE
  I agree that the http://www.fccinfo.com/ web site mentioned in
CGC #596 is VERY useful.  I spent a few minutes putting in some of
the local call letters and checking out their locations.  It was
quite interesting and educational.
  Mark Pompey, mailto: mark@ca-itechs.net
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                          MISCELLANEOUS
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  NAB ENGINEERS DISCREDIT MITRE LPFM REPORT
  NAB engineers have torn apart the LPFM report prepared by
Mitre Corp. for the FCC, and NAB says in no way should the FCC
conclude from the report that third adjacent channel protections
can be eliminated in order to squeeze more low power stations
into the FM band.
  http://www.rwonline.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4022
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  THE ALTERNATE STATION INSPECTION PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXPANDED
  In recent years, many stations have taken advantage of the
"Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program" that allows a planned
inspection by a professional inspection service in exchange for
a limited immunity from FCC inspection.  Formerly the program was
made available through a station's membership in a broadcasting
association.  See for example:
  http://www.cabroadcasters.org/inspection.htm
  Now, however, the program has been extended to include all
stations, regardless of such membership.
  FCC regulations and compliance can appear intimidating,
especially when considering the possibility of a surprise FCC
inspection.  On the other hand, the alternate planned inspection
offers a controlled means of ascertaining a station's compliance
with regulations.  Then, after a successful inspection - or after
corrective measures have been completed - the FCC is notified of
compliance, and the station is granted limited immunity from
FCC inspection for three years!
  (Info via Ken Orchard)
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  SOME HELPFUL TECHNICAL PAPERS ON FM RF AND "HD" RADIO
  Richard Fry has launched a web site with some helpful pdf
documents related to FM transmission.  Check the "papers" link
from his main site at <http://rfry.org>.
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  SO WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THAT OLD TRANSMITTER ANYWAY?
  It might well be in Mike Dorrough's museum, or "Dorrozeum"
as it's called on the web.  There you can see photos showcasing
a collection of memorable vintage equipment.  Just visit:
  http://www.dorrough.com/dorrough/about_us/dorrozeum_tour.html
  (Thanks to Jay Simmons for the info)
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  TESTING CELLULAR SERVICE, MILE BY MILE, 500 MILES A DAY
  As jobs go, it's not a particularly glamorous one, but
Gregory Booze is one of about 60 employees of Verizon Wireless
whose job it is to drive an SUV crammed with high-tech equipment
used to locate so-called "dead spots" in the cellular coverage
of Verizon and its competitors.  Ride along and find out more
about what he does in this Washington Times article:
  http://www.washtimes.com/business/20031016-085538-2601r.htm
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           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPFT-20030811AGN   NEW  141347   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   95.1 MHZ                LANCASTER, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030807AIC   NEW  139834  EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                E   99.5 MHZ              VICTORVILLE, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030821ABS   NEW  151246   RADIO ASSIST MINISTRY, INC
                E   93.9 MHZ               BARSTOW, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  Petitions to deny any of these applications must be on file
  with the FCC no later than 15 days from the date on the notice
  accepting the relevant application for filing.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT
  DISMISSED
  BNPFT-20030819AAP   NEW  147807   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
               E   94.1 MHZ                 YUCAIPA, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  BNPFT-20030808AAE   NEW  147366   PENFOLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC
               E   102.5 MHZ              PAUMA VALLEY, CA
  CP New Stn.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20030729ABL  K288DR 72006  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS....
              E   105.5 MHZ           DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Lic. to cover
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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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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLCDT-20030507AAW  KVEA-DT  19783  ESTRELLA LICENSE CORPORATION
                 E   CHAN-39                 CORONA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BMPCDT-20011109AAY,
  callsign KVEA.
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  FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20030617AAA    KDLE  33904    ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC.
               E   103.1 MHZ            NEWPORT BEACH, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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  BPH-20030617AAO    KDLD  33902    ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC.
               E   103.1 MHZ            SANTA MONICA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities
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