Re: [coldwarcomms] FCC licensee archives
- The problem with the data archived in ULS is that only goes back a
couple of years to the introduction of ULS. If a license was cancelled
pre-ULS, you won't find it there because cancelled/expired license data
was not carried forward from the legacy databases.
I believe that license data was available on 9-track tapes for quite a
while. I have a couple of electronic files for licenses in north
central Indiana dating back to 1990 or so that were extracted from a
set of those tapes. Unfortunately I don't know the original source of
the files and how they were created. I suspect *someone* has a set of
those tapes somewhere. Trouble is finding out who's got them and a
tape machine that could read them...
On Saturday, November 1, 2003, at 09:06 PM, Blake Bowers wrote:
> The fcc has archived licenses, including cancelled,
> terminated, and expired, on their ULS page.
> Not sure how far back it goes.
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> Subject: [coldwarcomms] FCC licensee archives
>> Hello All:
>> Some months back there was a discussion on the possibility of finding
>> an old database of microwave licenses. The FCC has the current
>> licensees available on line, and you can buy the current database on
>> CD-ROM. I bought the microwave database on CD-ROM in 1993, which I
>> understand is about the timeframe the database became available in
>> that medium. So, 1993 is as far back as I could go for finding info
>> on microwave licensees, stations, etc.
>> Awhile back I called several of the Washington based frequency
>> coordinators to see if anyone still had an old copy of the FCC
>> database on microfilm, but everyone I talked to said they had no old
>> databases on hand, they were routinely tossed out as the newest
>> database from the FCC was received.
>> However, I recently obtained several boxes of microfilm sheets from a
>> former microwave system engineering house, and I now have the
>> FCC Master Frequency file as of Jan/Feb. 1984, on 315 microfilm
>> cards, containing about 85,000 pages of text.
>> Common Carrier Microwave licensees as of Aug. 1984, on 59 microfilm
>> cards, about 16,000 pages.
>> Private Microwave licensees as of Oct. 1985, on 90 microfilm cards,
>> about 24,000 pages.
>> Does anyone have any ideas on a practical way to transfer this
>> information to some type of electronic format? Obviously, reading
>> and hand typing this amount of licensee data into a computer file
>> would be totally impractical.
>> Terry Michaels