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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #471

                  Wednesday, September 12, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  EDITORIAL NOTE

  We begin this edition of the CGC Communicator with a letter
by Richard Rudman which addresses an issue of keen local concern.

  The remaining letters reflect an overview of the New York
tragedy.  While it is of course impossible to present verified
information at this early hour, we do appreciate the efforts of
all parties to help us ferret out the facts.  -Ed.

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  EAS TEST POSTPONEMENT STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

  I would strongly suggest [that] everyone, including NWS,
Oxnard, voluntarily postpone any EAS Required Weekly Tests (RWT)
at least until later this week.  There is some concern that
people on edge might misinterpret tests at this time.

  However, please make sure all your EAS monitoring sources are
still plugged in to your EAS boxes and the boxes themselves are
capable of interrupting program in the event of a real warning.
It would also not hurt to do a refresher course on EAS for your
operators and air staffs.

  As the Vice Chair for the California SECC, I am copying State
OES in Sacramento to make this suggestion statewide.  If anyone
has any questions or comments, please email me at:

  rrudman@cbs.com 

  or call me at 323-871-4680.

  Richard Rudman, LA County LECC Chair
  (Wed, 12 Sep 2001 11:08:00 -0400)

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  ON THE LOSS OF EXCELLENT ENGINEERS

  I've been getting updates and trying to help where possible.
WABC-TV is obviously without a transmit site.

  What we may not want to consider is that we may have lost
several excellent engineers who were staffing the stations on
WTC.  Obviously most of the TVs are staffed most of the time.

  Our radio engineer in NYC, Kevin Plumb, passed along the
following informational website that may be of interest:

  http://world.std.com/~fybush/nerw.html 

  Bert Goldman
  (Wed, 12 Sep 2001 11:11:51 -0400)

  [The same URL was also forwarded by Allan Sotzsky and
appears to give an excellent overview of the NY situation.  -Ed.]

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  UPDATED INFORMATION ON WORLD TRADE CENTER BROADCASTING LOSSES

  To my knowledge and the best that I can determine from the
FCC database, the following stations' transmitters were located
in the World Trade Center:

  Television:

  WCBS / 2
  WNBC / 4
  WNYW / 5
  WABC / 7
  WWOR / 9
  WPIX / 11
  WNET / 13
  WPXN / 31
  WPIX / 33
  WNJU / 47

  FM:

  WKCR / 89.9
  WPAT / 93.1
  WNYC / 93.9
  WKTU / 103.5

  I believe WCBS-TV has an aux site at the Empire State Building.
WKTU-FM has an aux site at 2 Times Square.  All the other VHFs
are off the air, as are UHF stations WPXN-TV and WNJU-TV.

  From a report we received today:  WCBS-TV is, indeed, on the
air, apparently from the Empire State Building.  All other major
analog TV stations appear to be off the air.  WCBS-DT and WNYW-DT
are located at the Empire State Building.  The others were at
the World Trade Center.

  Larry Bloomfield
  (12 Sep 2001 03:17:29 -0700)

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  WCBS-TV IS ON THE AIR

  The report from Paul Sakrison, contained in the CGC #470, on
Auxiliary TV facilities, is mistaken.  WCBS is the only NY VHF
station that maintained aux facilities on the Empire State
Building.  WCBS was the only VHF on the air at 11 am EDT on
9/11/01.  The WCBS-DT is also located on the Empire State
Building....

  Interested persons may what to check out this web site:

  http://www.musicradio77.com/wwwboard/ 

  Go to the message board where there is a discussion of
what is on the air.

  Joe Mauk
  (Wed, 12 Sep 2001 11:15:33 -0400)

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  DETAILS ON WNYC AM & FM

  As posted on PUBTECH LIST (e-mail)
  Wednesday, September 12, 2001 10:43 AM

  As many of you know, WNYC-FM was one of the transmitters lost
in the collapse of the World Trade Center.  Their 93.9 MHz
frequency is still off the air.  Here's what we know about what
is happening via conversations with Steve Shultis, WNYC's Chief
Engineer (who has been doing one hell of a job during the ordeal):

  WNYC-AM operations (820 kHz) were maintained using a temporary
studio established at the NPR NY Bureau (after the WNYC studios
were evacuated along with the rest of the NY Municipal building).
Last evening, the ISDN link through the Municipal Building went
down (apparently all telecom was lost through the building).  An
engineer was dispatched to the AM transmitter site in New Jersey
and a dial-up pots line (plain old telephone service) was
established to restore service.  There was no WNYC signal during
those four hours last night.

  WNYC-FM yesterday placed an order for a 1 KW Quest FM
transmitter with Harris (joined by two other displaced FM's -
probably WKCR and ?).  The truck from Quincy will stop at ERI in
Indiana to pickup a two-bay antenna for each of the three FM's
and proceed to New Jersey where FEMA officials will escort the
transmission systems to the Empire State Building.  Hopefully,
they will all be back on the air tomorrow.  In the meantime,
WNYE-FM (91.5 MHz) will provide WNYC's programming, turned around
via an ISDN link from NPR-Washington (we have four full-time
program channels between the NY Bureau and DC headquarters).

  As I write, NPR Distribution is dispatching an engineer with
a Ku downlink to the WNYC AM site in Kearney, NJ with a DC
turnaround of the WNYC signal on channel C of our Southbound
fiber.

  No public radio engineers were on site at the WTC during the
collapse; we've heard no word on other broadcast personnel.  So
far, no word on whether any WNYC staff or other public
broadcasters had friends or family working at the World Trade
Center or among missing rescue personnel.  Let's pray there is
nothing to report.

  A public hat's off to the extraordinary public radio engineers
who have, to a person, gone well beyond the call of duty covering
and transmitting this story to New York, and the nation.....

  Mike Starling, Director of Engineering & Operations,
  National Public Radio/Washington
  (Wed, 12 Sep 2001 10:50:58 -0400)

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