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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #955
                   Sunday, September 13, 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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  SATURDAY'S BROADCAST ENGINEERING REPORT FROM MT. WILSON
  It is extremely quiet here today.  We have a few hotshot
crews working along Redbox Road monitoring and keeping the burn
operations in check.  We have four fire engines: Two from Forest
Service and two from BLM, working on "rehabilitation" (turning
over the smoldering stuff, clearing brush piles on the roads and
tossing the chipped wood and other debris over the side to clear
the shoulders and roadway).  The Phos-Chek folks are soaking --
and I mean soaking -- the vegetation around the top of the
mountain by spraying in the vicinity of the Post Office and
around the upper and lower road loops.
  Mt. Wilson is turning every imaginable shade of pink.
  We still have a good amount of material burning along
Redbox Road and around the north & northeast sides of the
mountain, but it is under control with great fire line and Phos-
Chek lines protecting everything important.
  After checking around, it looks as if I am the only
broadcast engineer left.  Scott is gone from Trinity (I think he
left Friday morning).  I do not see anyone at any of the other
sites.  Red Box Road must be closed to all thru-traffic, as
predicted, while the fire crews do their job.
  About the "explosion" yesterday.  It must have taken a good
2-3 minutes before fire command announced that the sonic boom
from the Space Shuttle was the culprit.  The boom really shook
the mountain and all work came to a halt while the firefighters
were trying to figure things out.  One fellow even speculated
that a huge stash of dynamite from some old mine had exploded
underground!  Rumors were flying.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson, CA
  Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009,  1:21 PM PDST
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  SUNDAY'S WILSON UPDATE
  Today is more of the same.
  I was asked about air filtration.  Those using outside air
will have some ash to remove, but in general we have not had any
wind events that were blowing around hot ash or embers so we
should be pretty good in that regard.  It looks like we are just
going to be on standby for a few more days until things continue
to burn out.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson, CA
  Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009,  2:44 PM PDST
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  EXTRACTS FROM THE MT. WILSON OBSERVATORY NEWSLETTER
  Sunday, 13 Sep 09, 7:44 AM PDST:
  ...Dave also reported that "Smoke is still evident in
the 'bowl' by Channel 2 and some light smoke on the N side of
Newcomb Ridge."
  Sunday, 13 Sep 09, 11:33 AM PDST:
  ...While there is no longer any immediate threat to the
Observatory, there are still hot spots on the north slopes, and,
while the back fire effort is considered quite successful, there
are patches of green fuels that could provide fire with access to
the summit.  Those fires will smolder for weeks and it will take
a good rain to extinguish any lingering threat from the Station
Fire once and for all.  The fire hose laid throughout the
Observatory will remain in place indefinity, just in case there
is a break out somewhere.  I also understand from Dave that a
considerable amount of surplus hose will be left with us
permanently to supplement the Observatory's fire fighting
capability.
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
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  KNLA REMOTE CONTROL PROBLEM SOLVED
  Dan Bissett, Director of Engineering for Venture Technologies
Group, indicates that the remote control computer for KNLA (LPTV)
"came back online on it's own overnight.  Perhaps it was a network
problem."
  Message dated Saturday, September 12, 2009, at 10:19 AM PDST
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  ESTIMATED FIRE CONTAINMENT:  NEXT SATURDAY
  The official estimated containment date for the entire
Station Fire now stands at Saturday, September 19, 2009.
  http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1856/
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