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                 THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                       CGC #941
              Sunday,  September 6, 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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  EYEWITNESS REPORTS FROM MT. WILSON
  Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, 5:30 PM PDST:
  Scott Blake on Mt. Wilson (KTBN transmitter site) reports
firefighters "everywhere" cutting fire control lines and
performing other tasks.  A controlled burn close to the
Observatory and visible on the Observatory's Web Cam may
occur tonight.  There are no TV/FM transmitter outages to
his knowledge.  Scott is reportedly running low on grub.
  Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, 9:30 PM PDST:
  Dennis Doty on Mt. Wilson (KNBC transmitter site) also
reports that firefighters are everywhere.  He visited with a
number of the out of town fire crews rotating through Wilson
today.  Dennis plans to leave the mountain tonight for a change
of clothes and some much needed rest, but may return to Wilson
on Wednesday.  No TV/FM transmitter outages to his knowledge.
  Dennis adds that the control burn near Wilson has not yet
occurred because conditions didn't quite meet criteria.  However,
that burn will take place whenever conditions are right, even
1 AM.
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                 BRING AND WEAR YOUR NOMEX GEAR
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  FIRE GARMETS MANDATORY
  Dennis urges anyone attempting to visit Wilson to be
fully dressed in fire protective gear -- including Nomex suits
-- especially when getting into or out of vehicles.  You will
attract a lot of attention otherwise, and put yourself in danger.
Hot ash is still falling on Wilson.  It's an ACTIVE fire zone.
  All of the roads to Mt. Wilson are still reportedly blocked
to broadcasters and tourists.  There has been no further input
from the Forest Service concerning a convoy to Wilson.
  Both Scott and Dennis add that the firefighters are owed a
huge debt of gratitude.  CGC applauds not only the firefighters
but Scott and Dennis for having stayed in place to handle any
technical emergencies.
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  LINKS
  o  The latest firefighting plan for Mt. Wilson and vicinity
  courtesy of Inciweb.  Note that the first map is interactive:
  http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1856/
  o  Archived fire photos and firsthand reports from the Mount
  Wilson Observatory staff:
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
  o  The Mt. Wilson Observatory Webcam:
  http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~obs/towercam.htm#imagetop
  o  Dennis Doty's photo file has been expanded:
  http://mtwilson.net/photoslive/index.php?cat=27
  o  Tour the CBS-FM Aux Site on Verdugo Mountain (as
  reported by CGC in 2006):
  http://www.fybush.com/sites/2006/site-060728.html
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  IS THE FCC ANTI-DTV?
  [Here is a copy of a letter reportedly sent to Mr. Haghighat,
District Director of the Los Angeles FCC field office, concerning
the Citation issued to Irma Frausto of Compton, CA whose set top
TV antenna preamp had apparently broken into spurious emissions
causing interference to a cell site nearby (CGC #929).   If this
Citation sticks, why would consumers want to buy DTV antennas?
The action seems unbelievable at first glance.   -Ed.]
  "Dear Mr. Haghighat:
  "The attached FCC Citation has crossed my desk.  The text of
this Citation does not mention any willful or negligent action on
the part of the cited party.  Rather, the Citation would suggest
that this woman is simply an innocent TV-addicted citizen who
happened to purchase a defective piece of consumer equipment.
  "Is there more to this case than indicated in the Citation?
This FCC action seems somewhat Draconian to this casual observer.
Can you comment, please?"
  "Jim Wood, Brea, CA, electrojim (at) sbcglobal.net "
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-292933A1.html
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     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR -- REGULAR NEWS REPORTING SUSPENDED
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  REGULAR NEWS REPORTING SUSPENDED
  The CGC Communicator is suspending most regular news
reporting and Letters to the Editor in order to cover the
Mt. Wilson fire.  AM, FM and TV Local Items (see below)
will continue uninterrupted for now.
  Following the conclusion of the fire, news reporting
may be greatly reduced for some time so we can catch up
on a number of consulting projects.
  Thanks!
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BMPL-20090818ABE  KXRN-LP  124565  SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS CHURCH
               E   93.5 MHZ               OF LAGUNA NIGUEL
                                          LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
  Low Power FM Mod of CP to chg
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPFT-20090831ABT  K213AR  72001  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
             E    101.1 MHZ             LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K213AR.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825BGG  NEW  181414  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
                 E  CHAN-29              PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 29
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825ACM  NEW    181235     PLUM TV, INC.
                E   CHAN-36          SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a 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-20090825BUB  NEW  182257  JOSE RIVERA MIRAMONTES
                 E  CHAN-38           SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for SANTA BARBARA, CA
  on channel 38
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BNPDTL-20090825BEY  NEW  181925  POINT BROADCASTING COMPANY
                 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-20090825BTR  NEW  182262  JOSE RIVERA MIRAMONTES
                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-20090825BUA  NEW  182293  JOSE RIVERA MIRAMONTES
                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-20090825BTN  NEW  182380  JOSE MIRAMONTES RIVERA
                E   CHAN-51           PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Construction permit for a new station for PALM SPRINGS, CA
  on channel 51
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