THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #666
                   Tuesday, December 21, 2004
               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
  Following are dramatic photographs of the KFI(AM) main
tower disaster mentioned in Monday's newsletter (CGC #664).
  Presented first are Barry Mishkind's picture postings
starting from the earliest days of KFI and moving up to year
2004 tower photos which are the ones of interest here -
just before the tower toppled:
  Spend some time studying the aerial photo entitled, "KFI
Site - 2004" (this color print is about 3/4 way down the web
page).  It gives the necessary overview for what is to follow.
Also, keep in mind that KFI's main tower was guyed at only two
levels, and that the top 150 feet of tower was unguyed.  The
aircraft that toppled the tower struck at a point about 10-feet
below the very top of the tower, in the unguyed portion.
  Okay, now that you have examined the "before" photos, look
for the words, "Pictures of the disaster are located here" near
page bottom.  Click on the word "here" and you should be taken
to Barry's post-disaster photo sequence.  Just in case you need
the direct URL, this is it:
  Let's move on now to up-close-and-personal shots of the
downed tower structure (photos and captions by Marv Collins,
past Chief Engineer of KFI - web posting by Steve Blodgett).
Click on any of the thumbnail photos for enlargements:
  Finally, Paul Sakrison, Director of Engineering of KFWB/KNX,
Los Angeles, made his way over to the KFI site and now shares
his photos with us.  You may reach his web page by clicking on
the link at the bottom of Steve and Marv's page, or by
  Thanks to Barry, Marv, Steve and Paul for burning the midnight
oil to bring us these photos.  Outstanding work gentlemen.  If
you have any comments on the photos or the KFI tower incident,
please post them to the Benx website: <http://benx.us/>.
  For the record, KFI reportedly boosted the power into
its aux tower to 20 kW on Sunday night, and to 25 kW on Monday
morning, and plans to stay at the 25 kW level.  Thanks to Fred
Volken for redesigning the aux tower tuning network some time
ago to support 25 kW operation.  Because KFI's coverage is
believed to be adequate from the aux tower, it appears that KFI
will remain the co-LP-1 EAS station for Los Angeles.
  As we move into the Holidays, we can all be thankful
that this disaster did not lead to more loss of life and real
property damage.  As one observer put it, "It was miraculous the
way the fallen tower and guys seemed to miss critical structures"
(the guy wires for KFI's auxiliary tower included).
  These photos remind us how precious life is, and how quickly
it may be taken away.  May you and your family be blessed this
Holiday Season and throughout 2005.  With warmest regards from
the staff at CGC.
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