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                    THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #929
                 Saturday,  August 29, 2009
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              Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
              <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
  Copyright 2009, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  THE "STATION FIRE" NEAR MTS. WILSON AND HARVARD
  The "Station Fire," as it is called, is apparently still
some distance west of Mts. Wilson and Harvard as we go to press.
According to InciWeb's Incident Information System (viewed
at 1 PM today), "Friday [fire] behavior was very active to
extreme, with rapid rates of spread and flame lengths up to
80 feet.  There is a potential for Saturday's fire behavior
to be similar to Friday...."
  Before workers return to Wilson/Harvard, they must consider
not only the likelihood of the fire spreading to Wilson/Harvard,
but the availability of escape routes.  Mt. Wilson is served by
only one road: Wilson Red Box Road.
  According to an e-mail posting from one TV station at
1:30 PM PDST Saturday, "Mt. Wilson has two hot shot crews
staged at Skyline park [on Mt. Wilson], The Mars and DC-10 have
been approved to start dropping [retardant].  It currently looks
like Mt. Wilson may be ok but Red Box and Mt. Disappointment
[are] in serious danger."
  http://inciweb.org/incident/1856/
  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_13231111
  http://tinyurl.com/WilsonFireProspect
  http://www.holub.us/090829fire.htm
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  ABOUT THE MT. WILSON WEBCAM
  The Mt. Wilson Webcam (URL below) is located atop the
Solar Observatory tower on Mt. Wilson and is currently keeping
an eye on the broadcast complex that is located west of the
solar tower.
  If the camera is still pointing west when you view this
URL, you will see the tall KCBS-TV tower on the far right (the
orange and white tower and the only tower that is lit at night).
The tall mountain behind and just to the left of the KCBS tower
is probably San Gabriel Peak, and behind it (hidden from view)
is Mt. Disappointment.
  San Gabriel Peak is about 2.5 miles from Wilson.
  Live Webcam:
  http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~obs/towercam.htm#imagetop
  Wilson at a dark hour.  Smoke in the background, local lights
  (not fire) in the foreground:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/towercam9.jpg (archived)
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  FRANKEN FM ON 87.9 MHZ TERMINATED BY FCC
  Ever since the June 12 DTV conversion, the digital
signal of WRGB-TV, CH-6, Schenectady, NY has included an
analog "Franken FM" (unauthorized) signal on 87.9 MHz.  Now,
the FCC has reportedly ordered the FM off the air.  Here are
the details, first from Inside Radio:
  http://www.insideradio.com/Article.asp?id=1470117&spid=32060
  http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/radio-1265823-span-11pt.html
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC to power company:  Don't look to your customers
  to pay you for locating and correcting RFI:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/AmateurActions/files/Duque09_08_07_5108.pdf
  o  Notices of Inquiry on Mobile Wireless and other hot topics:
  Overview:  http://tinyurl.com/WirelessOverview
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293120A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293118A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293117A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-66A1.doc
  o  HD Radio interference dispute between KFMB(AM), San Diego,
  and KBRT(AM), Avalon, goes before the Commission:
  http://radioworld.com/article/86140
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH - LOCAL ITEM
  The FCC has issued a Citation to Irma Frausto of Compton, CA.
Ms. Frausto was reportedly using a "Philips amplified television
antenna, model Mant300, installed on top of a television set in
the residence."
  Apparently the amplifier had broken into self-oscillation on
840.356 MHz and the spur was strong enough to interfere with the
input to a Verizon cell site.  If only Ms. Frausto had used a
spectrum analyzer, she could have avoided this problem!   :)
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-292933A1.html
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  More on free over-the-air Mobile TV:
  http://televisionbroadcast.com/article/86098
  o  Wireless security: WPA encryption cracked in one minute,
  but other forms on encryption appear safe for now:
  http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/147906
  o  Arbitron's PPM encoders are subject to overheating:
  http://radioworld.com/article/86142
  o  Learn the basics of Nanotechnology at this easy to
  understand Website (mention health concerns):
  http://trynano.org/index.php
  o  News Corp. is encouraging major newspapers to charge
  for on-line content:
  http://tinyurl.com/ChargeForContent
  o  Two astronomers predict sunspots will soon completely
  disappear (but their data are limited):
  ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News-A/news.txt
  o  Reader comment on the vanishing sunspots:
  "Sounds like we may have to use our cell phones in the
  future to work DX."
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  EAS LIST SERVER CHANGE
  The LA County EAS list server that was hosted by broadcast.net
for years became more and more unreliable over the past year.  We
now have a new Los Angeles County EAS list server hosted by the
good people at Google Groups.
  I have notified all of the people who were subscribed to the
old list, but with all the staff changes that have occurred over
the past year, I am sure I did not get everyone on the list who
should be on the list.
  Anyone who has a genuine need to monitor EAS-related
information for Los Angeles County should contact me off list
with the following information:
  Name
  Station(s) or organization
  Role in EAS
  Preferred email address
  Emergency telephone contact number
  My address is rar01 (at) mac.com
  FYI, the new Chair of the Los Angeles County LECC is
Lark Hadley, P.E.  Lark (KA4A) is EVP of Operations and
CTO at Premiere Radio Networks and may be reached at
lh10611061 (at) yahoo.com.
  Richard Rudman, Vice Chair, California EAS SECC
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  CELL PHONE RFI IMPACTS COX CABLE BOX
  I've had picture breakup on my Cox cable box (s/a high
definition DVR) for a year. Good cable signal at the box, no
uncorrected data for hours, then the sound and picture suddenly
went away.  Only certain channels were affected.
  My cellphone (a Palm Centro with AT&T) was the culprit.
When I wasn't using the phone, it periodically "checked in"
with the cellsite and caused the obliteration.  Then I discovered
that placing a call from the couch 8' from the box also trigger
the problem.
  My other AT&T phone (an LG flip phone), Cox tech's AT&T
phone, and his company's Sprint phone had no effect on the box,
even when placed right on top of the box.
  Changed phones, kept AT&T, and the problem went away.
  Anonymous, San Diego
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  SUPERIOR QUALITY OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  HEMA is a giant Dutch department store that has a sense
  of humor and a GREAT computer programmer.  Take a look at this
  product page.  Don't click on any of the items pictured.  Just
  wait a few seconds and see what happens:
  http://producten.hema.nl/
  o  "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."
  "An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be
  made in a very narrow field."
  -- Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (1885 - 1962):
  http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Niels_Bohr/
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDVL-20090824AKC KRVD-LP 128327 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP...
                 E    CHAN-5                 BANNING, CA
  Minor change of callsign KRVD-LP.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLTVL-20090819AHG  KRPE-LP  129651  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                E    CHAN-6                   BANNING, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDISTVL-20060331APS,
  callsign KRPE-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDVL-20090825BGC  NEW  181612   JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
               E    CHAN-7                PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 7
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDVL-20090825BHP  NEW   181659    CLARK GAREN
               E    CHAN-7       NORTH PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for NORTH PALM SPRINGS,CA
  on channel 7
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825AAL  NEW  181667  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS,INC.
              E     CHAN-21                  RIVERSIDE, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for RIVERSIDE, CA
  on channel 21
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL FLASH CUT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDFCDTA-20090824AIV  KNET-CA  3167  VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                 E     CHAN-25              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KNET-CA.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ACQ  NEW  181405   CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
              E     CHAN-26               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 26
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISDTL-20090821ADM  KHTV-LP  60026 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP..
                  E    CHAN-27              LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KHTV-LP.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ANX   NEW   181790   MAKO COMMUNICATIONS LLC
                  E  CHAN-34              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 34
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTT-20090825BFZ   NEW   181262   COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF
               E     CHAN-35            SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
                                         PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 35
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ABL NEW 181608  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS, INC.
                E  CHAN-36              SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for new station for SANTA BARBARA, CA
  on channel 36
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ACA   NEW  181407   CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
               E     CHAN-40                EL CENTRO, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for EL CENTRO, CA
  on channel 40
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ACH  NEW   181406   CHANNEL 51 OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
              E     CHAN-44                SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for SANTA BARBARA, CA
  on channel 44
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825BGK NEW  181411   JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
              E    CHAN-44               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 44
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ANU  NEW  181799  MAKO COMMUNICATIONS LLC
              E     CHAN-48            PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 48
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825BFU  NEW  181313  GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST CO...
              E     CHAN-48                EL CENTRO, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for EL CENTRO, CA
  on channel 48
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825BGD  NEW  181611   JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
              E     CHAN-51               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 51
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