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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #671
                 Wednesday,  January 12, 2005
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <rgonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  SMOKE COMING FROM THE BOTTOM OF HIS [RFR] SUIT....
  Three brand new Notices of Apparent Liability ("NALs") -
issued to Cumulus, Infinity and Entravision - involve apparent
flagrant violations of basic human exposure to RF radiation
("RFR") rules.  In the Cumulus case (numbered paragraphs 4
and 5):
  "According to the tower climber, the Cumulus engineer agreed
to turn off the transmitter on the tower.  The tower climber
proceeded back up the tower.... The tower climber stated that he
then turned off his personal RFR monitor because the Cumulus
engineer had told him that the station would be kept off the air
until he finished his work.  The tower climber also removed the
protective suit hood and proceeded with the maintenance work.
  "Within forty minutes of resuming his work, the tower climber
stated that he felt a burning sensation on his lower legs.  About
three to four minutes later, the tower climber stated that he
saw smoke coming from the bottom of his suit...."
  Visit the URL below and click on the 01-06-2005 Cumulus
posting to see the complete text.  The Infinity and Entravision
postings are the two 01-05-2005 items.
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/
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  EDITORIAL COMMENT ON THE LATEST RFR NALs
  Notwithstanding the uniqueness of the Cumulus NAL (first-ever
issued for tower climber exposure), the Entravision and Infinity
cases are also unique in that the fines were raised from the
standard $10k, to $25k for Entravision and $20k for Infinity.
  Obviously, the broadcast industry has some distance to go
in using tag out/lock out procedures and recognizing that RFR
compliance is very serious business.
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  $20,000 FINE AFFIRMED IN A BONILLA-RELATED CASE
  Last July, the FCC tentatively fined Pacific Spanish Network
("PSN") $20,000 for providing program material via the Internet
to one of Jaime Bonilla's AM stations near Tijuana (CGC #644).
The fine is now affirmed after PSN failed to respond to the
proposed sanction.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-05-23A1.doc
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  8VSB SEMINAR IN GLENDALE THIS SATURDAY
  The Society of Television Engineers and KABC(TV) are sponsoring
a technical ATSC 8VSB seminar this Saturday, January 15, at the
KABC studios in Glendale.  It features an outstanding presenter
and should be of interest to many in the television engineering
profession.  A box lunch and beverages will be provided to all
registrants.  Download the details at:
 http://www.ste-ca.org/
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  MISCELLANEOUS
  MULTIPLE MT. WILSON STATIONS OFF THE AIR - Big Mt. Wilson
  ordeal this past Sunday morning, ending up with approx. 7 FMs
  off the air and a good hand full of TV stations as well.  Very
  bad weather, including lightning, and Edison power issues.
  RUNNING PLATES A SNAP WITH HIGH-SPEED, COMPUTERIZED CAMERA
  L.A.P.D. is testing a mobile, computerized license plate
  scanning camera. Over the holidays, it found 17 stolen vehicles
  in a busy San Fernando shopping mall.  http://tinyurl.com/6qvll
  CGC #700 IS REALLY CGC #670
  Last week's CGC Communicator was incorrectly numbered
  CGC #700, when it should have been CGC #670.  Our web-posted
  newsletter has been amended to show the correct number.
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                   LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  KZAB, 93.5 MHz, Redondo Beach, to KDAY
  K18HN, Morongo Valley, to KJHP-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-255888A1.doc
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLED-20041210ABD   KKJZ 8197  CALIFIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
               E   88.1 MHZ         LONG BEACH FOUNDATION
                                          LONG BEACH, CA
  License to cover
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BEPCDT-20050105ABR KHIZ-DT 63865 SUNBELT TELEVISION, INC.
                 E  CHAN-44             BARSTOW, CA
  Extension of time to complete construction authorized pursuant
  to a permit for a new DTV station: BPCDT-19991028ACX
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