__________________________________________________________________
------------------------------------------------------------------
                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #926
                   Monday,  August 17, 2009
                            ________
               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
               <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
   Copyright 2009, Communications GeneralŪ Corporation (CGC)
------------------------------------------------------------------
__________________________________________________________________
  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - LOCAL ITEMS OF INTEREST
  o  FM Translator K205DZ, 88.9 MHz, Devore (near San
Bernardino), covers a lot of sparsely populated territory when
its two transmitting antennas are oriented correctly.  In August
2007, the FCC inspected the station and "observed that the
antenna's orientation was not consistent with the station's
authorization," so it appears that at least one of the two
transmitting antennas was aimed incorrectly.
  One month later, CGC #809 said, "Unofficial reports
indicate that the K205DZ antennas were beamed south toward the
large population centers in the greater San Bernardino area,
instead of being pointed generally west (as authorized) toward
the Cajon Pass."  Ordinarily a licensee would bend over backwards
to fix the problem and make sure it never happened again.
  Now comes the surprise.  The FCC re-inspected K205DZ in
April 2009 and not only found that "the antenna's orientation"
was again incorrect, but this time the station was running too
much power as well.  The 2007 and 2009 Notices of Violation are
available at the URLs below.  K205DZ is owned and operated by
Ondas De Vida, Inc.  (English: Waves of Life, Inc.).
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-276660A1.html
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-292674A1.html
  ______
  o  In other enforcement news, a Notice of Apparent Liability
for $5,000 has been issued to K43AG, Ridgecrest, for constructing
its antenna at the wrong elevation (lower than authorized):
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-1785A1.doc
******************************************************************
                         SPECIAL REPORT
******************************************************************
  FOLLOW UP ON THE NOW-RESOLVED MT. WILSON TRUCK BAN
  The truck ban affecting Mts. Wilson and Harvard has been
resolved as outlined in the last CGC Communicator.  Basically,
"local deliveries" are permissible while thru-traffic on the
Angeles Crest Highway (State Route 2) is prohibited.
  Here are a few questions and answers concerning the current
state of affairs:
  Q.  Have road signs been posted to alert truck drivers to
the new thru-traffic truck ban and the exemptions in effect?
  A.  Larry Lopez's group has Web-posted a photo of one of
the recently posted signs.  Note the small add-on sign that says,
"LOCAL DELIVERIES OK."  That's the key.  Your truck is making a
"local delivery" when using the Angeles Crest Highway to access
Mts. Wilson/Harvard because the ONLY access to those sites is via
the truck-banned portion of the Angeles Crest Highway.  Here's
a photo of the new sign:
  http://www.angelescrestservices.com/Truck_Ban.htm
  Q.  Is the CHP in-tune with the new law?
  A.  CGC checked with Sgt. Nancy Bower who supervises
the CHP units that enforce the truck ban while allowing local
deliveries along the Angeles Crest Highway.  She is up-to-date
on the new law and mentioned that if her officers stop Wilson/
Harvard trucks too often to enquire about their destinations,
just give her a call.  Her telephone number is (661) 294-5530.
  Q.  An AP story seemed to have its facts mixed up by saying
that the truck ban ended on Angeles Crest Highway at Route N2.
  A.  Route N2 does not intersect with the Angeles Crest Highway
according to our map book.  Stick with the information posted in
the last CGC Communicator (CGC #925) and you'll be in good shape.
  Q.  Who fixed the temporary truck ban with permanent
legislation so we can once again access Wilson [and Harvard]?
  A.  This Letter to the Editor says it all:
  "I work on the mountains and also live in La Caņada.
I think this is well-drafted legislation that provides good
protection while answering the concerns of those who must use
the highway to service their facilities.
  "Anthony Portantino (44th assembly district) and Carol Liu
(21st Senate district) were the key people.  They are both former
mayors of La Caņada Flintridge, so this had special meaning for
them.  Getting good legislation passed isn't easy even in the
best of times.  If you agree, it would be nice to Google their
Web pages, call them and leave a thank-you."
  - Chris Hays (KABC/KLOS)
******************************************************************
                          RANDOM NOTES
******************************************************************
  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Calculate which FM signals are receivable at a given
  location:
  http://tinyurl.com/FMsignalList
  o  Congratulations to NPR for NOT being drawn into premature
  public comments on the initial elevated power FM HD Radio tests:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/85390
  o  "Pulse 87" owner files for Chapter 11 protection:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/85248
  o  Overview of the VHF-to-UHF migration in the DTV arena:
  http://tvtechnology.com/article/85436
  o  More on the demise of the Community Broadcasters Association.
  Most recently, CBA campaigned to ensure that all coupon-eligible
  DTV converter boxes included an analog pass-through feature,
  and that effort was costly:
  http://tinyurl.com/DemiseofCBA
  o  About the coalition formed to stop the California Energy
  Commission's plan to ban big screen TVs:
  http://tinyurl.com/BigScreenBan
******************************************************************
                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
******************************************************************
  RFI FROM DIRECTV
  I am bothered by interference from Class B devices, the
latest from my brand new DIRECTV installation.  The receiver
that has a built in DVR puts out awful interference in the AM
band as well as working its way up into the SW/Ham bands.  The
interference doesn't sound like a cheap PC but more like a cheap
light dimmer; I beleive it is coming from the unit's power supply.
  Anybody got some ideas on eliminating the RFI?  I live in
a rural area so signals on AM radio are not strong (but easily
listenable), but this interference even bothers a local AM
station....  I'm amazed the FCC allows this junk.
  al2@earthlink.net
******************************************************************
  BOB HEIL TO PERFORM ORGAN CONCERT
  Bob Heil, K9EID, will perform on the Mighty Wurlitzer
theatre pipe organ at the California Auto Museum in Sacramento
on Sunday, September  27, 2009, at 2 pm.
  Heil learned his craft as a student of legendary organist
Stan Kann.  "I've always loved the rich, pretty sounds of the
Wurlitzer, and I look forward to sharing them with my amateur
radio friends and my theater organ fans in Sacramento."
  The concert is free with Museum admission ($8 adults,
$7 seniors). For more information, call (916) 442-6802 or
go to www.sierrachapteratos.org
  Dave Sauer, K6QFS, davesauer (at) comcast.net
******************************************************************
                           OFF TOPIC
******************************************************************
  GENUINE GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Segway inventor Dean Kamen has taken his private island off
  the grid.  Video tech tour of his tiny island empire (3 mins):
  http://tinyurl.com/lgznjc
  o  The SR-71 Blackbird jetcraft "grows" over 8 inches and
  the nose glows cherry red at high altitude cruise (90-100,000').
  The plane will cover 180 miles if it has to turn around.  This
  is a slide show produced by one of the 93 people to ever pilot
  the Blackbird:
  http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/SR-71/index.htm
  o  Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire: The best tap team ever:
  www.gbs.bz/tapdancers.wmv
******************************************************************
              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************
  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KAMP(FM), Los Angeles, to KAMP-FM
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-292718A1.txt
******************************************************************
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20090807ADC   K232CX   14059     MCC RADIO, LLC
               E    94.3 MHZ        DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K232CX.
  __________________
  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED
  FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20090807ADC   K232CX   14059     MCC RADIO, LLC
               E    94.3 MHZ        DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K232CX.
******************************************************************
                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
******************************************************************
  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT DISMISSED
  BDFCDTA-20080801ASC   KRET-CA  10536    CHARLES R. MEEKER
                   E    CHAN-45           CATHEDRAL CITY, CA
  Minor change of callsign KRET-CA.
__________________________________________________________________
------------------------------------------------------------------
  The CGC Communicator is published for broadcast engineering
  professionals in so. California by Communications GeneralŪ
  Corporation (CGC), consulting radio engineers, Fallbrook, CA.
  Letters to the Editor are always welcome but must be non-
  commercial in nature and kept to 100 words or less. If you
  have more to say, post your thoughts on the Web and send us
  the URL (the Web address) along with a synopsis not exceeding
  100 words for direct publication in the Communicator.
  For subscriptions to the CGC Communicator, or to cancel
  subscriptions, or to change your e-dress already on file,
  send mail to <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>. Manually
  edit the address so it reads, "cgc@cgc333...."
  CGC Communicator articles may be reproduced in any form
  by non-commercial publications provided the articles are
  unaltered and credit is given to the CGC Communicator. Past
  issues may be viewed and searched at http://www.bext.com/_CGC/
  courtesy of Bext Corporation.
  Typographical errors originating in FCC material are
  reproduced in our newsletter without speculative corrections.
  The views expressed in our newsletters do not necessarily
  reflect those of Communications GeneralŪ Corporation, Bext,
  or the newsletter editor.
------------------------------------------------------------------
_________________________   End  _______________________________