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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #943
                   Monday,  September 7, 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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  NEWS REPORT FROM MT. WILSON -- ONE TRANSMITTER DOWN
  Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, 7:15 PM PDST:  As broadcast engineers
continue to be denied access to Wilson, we have one remaining
permanent source of on-site information: KTBN-TV's Scott Blake.
The KTBN site must be manned, we are told, because the station
is not yet equipped for remote control.
  Scott reports fair weather conditions and continued activity
by fire crews.  Although he found no fire hose in front of his
building, he had heard that crews were actively laying hose at
the KCBS site in preparation for the upcoming intentionally set
"burn out" fire (apparently not a mere "back fire") to eliminate
the tremendous tree fuel to the north and east of Wilson that
would threaten Wilson in the future.
  Scott added that KKLA-FM, 99.5 MHz, Los Angeles, was forced
to quit transmitting from Wilson days ago (this was news to us)
because their telco program line had failed.  See CGC #936, 937 &
938.  We had incorrectly assumed that KKLA had switched to an
STL feed, but apparently that option was not available, forcing
them to fire up their Flint Peak Aux site.  Flint is at a much
lower elevation than Wilson, so they are probably anxious to
return to Wilson.
  Scott reports that he is "okay" on the food situation for
now.  How that problem was solved wasn't explained but we'll
have something to say about fine dining on Wilson at the end
of this newsletter.
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  SMOKE AND ASH MAY BE COMING SOON
  From the Inciweb site <http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1856/>,
we learned Monday that, "The planned burn out operation between
Cogswell Reservoir and Mt. Wilson is being scrubbed for today."
  If this report is correct, the controlled burn will be
a large fire that will generate a lot of soot meaning that
transmitter air filters/heat exchangers will need checking
right after the burn.
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  NOTES ON PERSONAL FIRE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
  Per Graham Breakwell at the US Forest Service, access
to Mt. Wilson depends on the Incident Commander's plans for
proscribed, controlled, burns of vegetation posing a hazard
to Mt. Wilson and Mt. Disappointment and the Mt. Wilson Red
Box road.
  When access becomes allowed, company ID badges will be
required.  Helmets, Gloves, Goggles and Nomex suits are strongly
advised but probably won't be required.
  Access will be limited to personnel truly necessary to ensure
the continued well being of their sites.
  Tony Neece,  mwfsc (at) att.net
  Mt. Wilson Fire Safe Council
  September 7, 2009, 4:17 PM PDST
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  THANK YOU
  You have been doing a great job of keeping the community
informed of real time happenings... alot better than we can do
and you have better sources.  :)
  Michael J. McIntyre, District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  September 7, 2009, 12:41 PDST
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  TWO LOS ANGELES SBE MEETINGS THIS MONTH
  o  CBS RADIO Emergency Broadcast Vehicle by Scott Mason
     September 8 @ 11:30 AM at the Burbank Holiday Inn
  o  KWVE Radio tour, September 17, 6:00 - 8:30 PM,
     food and drink included.  Please RSVP.
  Details at:  http://www.sbe47.org/
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  PICTURES OF THE MOONSCAPE SCENERY NORTH OF LA CANADA
  Photos taken along the Angeles Crest Highway by Susan
McAlister on September 6, 2009 are posted here.  The once
heavily forested scenery has been replaced by a moonscape
of ash.
  http://www.chara.gsu.edu/CHARA/MWO/CrestPhotos1.php
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  FINE DINING ON THE MOUNTAIN
  For fine dining on Mt. Wilson, we recommend the Observatory.
From the Observatory's posting of September 7, 2009, 7:50 AM PDST:
  "Susan and I took a trip off the mountain yesterday afternoon
to reprovision ourselves and the three Observatory staff members
as all of us were out of food.  We obtained a written return
authorization from the fire chief on duty up here.  They wouldn't
guarantee that would work, but fortunately the CHP officer manning
the road block above La Canada was still on the spot when we
returned from Ralph's and Trader Joe's...."
  Let's buy Scott a meal ticket!
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
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