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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #963
                  Monday, September 28, 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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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Chairman Genachowski outlines actions to "preserve
  the free and open Internet:"
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293567A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293568A1.pdf
  o  The Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Tuesday,
  September 29, 2009, at 10 AM PDST discussing the status of
  the development of a National Broadband Plan:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293610A1.doc
  o  Commissioner Robert McDowell applauds the
  naming of Gordon Smith as president and CEO of NAB:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293557A1.doc
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  SUPPORT FOR KWVE IS GROWING
  Last week, we reported that KWVE-FM, San Clemente, CA,
(the LP-1 for their area) had been issued a $5,000 Notice
of Apparent Liability for inadvertently sending an EAS test
without an EOM burst in October 2008.
  In the past several days, a number of prominent people
in the EAS community have stepped forward with plans to tell
the FCC that the fine is inappropriate.  In short, LP-1 stations
volunteer their services to the nation, and some of them are
saying "why bother with the added responsibility of being an
LP-1" if they, too, will be subject to fines for occasional
slip-ups.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2053A1.doc
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                       LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  BEWARE OF REVERSE POLARITY DURACELL 9 VOLT BATTERIES
  Recently while working on a piece of battery operated
equipment, I was puzzled by the non-operation of the equipment.
Then I noticed that the 9 Volt battery was wired in reverse.
  It took me a moment to believe what I was seeing.  I wonder
how many of these batteries were manufactured and sold before
the mistake was discovered.  See attached photo.
  Marvin Collins, W6OQI, KFIam640 (at) aol.com
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/9V_Batts.jpg
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  BPL TESTING IN RANCHO BERNARDO
  BPL testing in Rancho Bernardo & vicinity, 3-30 MHz.
For details, visit the following URL:
  http://tinyurl.com/Bernardo-BPL
  For File Number, enter 0234-EX-ST-2009 then hit the
Start Search button.  See the application and the grant
via appropriate clicks on the new page.
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  A GLANCE AT NATIONAL NEWS
  o  The proposed 6 and 10 dB power increases for FM
  HD Radio are still in limbo but a decision may be near:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/87702
  http://www.rwonline.com/article.aspx?articleId=87796&mnu_id=14
  o  The quartz crystal ball -- looking into the future
  of AM & FM broadcasting, see paragraph 3 in particular:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/87766
  o  New address for Potomac Instruments:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/86972
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                       MT. WILSON FIRE NEWS
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  HELICOPTER TOUR OF MT. WILSON
  This amateur video taken during a helicopter tour of
Mt. Wilson shows the Observatory property with occasional
shots of the broadcast complex next door.
  Note the very steep terrain drop-offs.  Also note how trees
permeate these sites (especially the Observatory) which greatly
increases the fire danger.
  (If one of the L.A. TV stations would post a better quality
video from a 360 degree fly around, that would be terrific.)
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMz8AaUn7jw&NR=1&feature=fvwp
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  MOUNTAIN ROAD ACCESS IS BEING TIGHTLY CONTROLLED
  Last Monday, the USDA Forest Service advised permittees
  and tenants on Mts. Wilson and Harvard that in order to enter
  the Station Fire burn zone, which must be done in order to
  reach Wilson and Harvard, a special permit will be required.
  Many of the details of that permit were released Friday in
  this e-mail from Graham H. Breakwell, USDA Forest Service,
  on September 25, 2009 @ 09:13 AM PDST.  Here's his letter:
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  As of Monday, the access permits will be handled in person
by the CalTrans Altadena Office.
  I am uncertain of the process but suspect an applicant will
need to be clear on the Permittee, the Tenant, the location and
whether the request is for multiday use.  Credentials will be
needed.
  Front Desk, Department of Transportation
  District 7 - North Region 3
  2122 North Windsor Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001
  Tel: 626 794 7167
  The highways may be closed [to the public] for weeks.  There
are numerous roadworks, workers and single lanes along the route
to Mt Wilson from LaCanada - please drive with extreme caution.
  Graham Breakwell, 818 899 1900 or grahambreakwell (at) fs.fed.us
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  E-MAILS FROM USERS CONCERNING FOREST ACCESS PERMITS
  Fri, 25 Sep 2009, 11:04 AM PDST:
  Just spoke with the kind lady at the Altadena Cal Trans office
& they (Cal Trans) are open from 7AM-3PM Monday through Thursday.
Everyone (civilians) entering the Angeles Forest must have a
permit.  Prospective permit applicants must have some form of
valid identification (driver's license is OK), and some form of
documentation that establishes their business need to access
the National Forest (like a Television Station ID or a vendor
business card)....
  Fri, 25 Sep 2009, 11:48 AM PDST, different author:
  I just talked with the very nice lady at Cal Trans.  They
are closed today [Friday] for walk in business. She told me that
the PERMITS are not ready yet, but they will have them ready for
Monday morning....  These PERMITS will be a one time issue and
good for the duration of the FOREST CLOSURE.  Unfortunately, she
also told me that each person that we want gaining access...will
have to go through the process of getting a PERMIT.  She said
the process will be short: approximately 5 minutes.
  (Authors' names not cleared for publication due to time
  constraints at CGC)
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  MT. WILSON NOTES
  o  There is quite a bit of interesting fire information
  to review at the Observatory's Website.  Scroll down past the
  list of contributors to "News Updates Follow" (blue lettering)
  and read from there:
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
  o  KRTH(FM)'s Main antenna has failed.  Tower climbers
  have traced the fault to arcing inside the antenna's fine
  matcher.  The fault is apparently unrelated to the
  Station Fire.
  o  Here is a report on FM Auxiliary Sites in Los Angeles:
  http://www.insideradio.com/Article.asp?id=1477964&spid=32060
  o  The California wildfires have SBE engineers thinking
  about ways to better ensure that technical personnel have
  access to their transmission sites during a crisis or as
  soon as possible afterwards:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/86938
  o  Fire Fight:  With forests burning, U.S. officials are
  clashing with environmentalists over how best to reduce the
  risks of future catastrophic blazes.  Fascinating article:
  http://tinyurl.com/yewe9n3
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  REDUCING TREE DENSITY FROM 400 TO 40 PER ACRE
  [Concerning the Station Fire], I'm sure there will be a
lot of discussion on how to prevent this from happening again.
Clear cutting...around the top of Mt. Wilson might be a good idea,
but there may be a better way.  A few years ago, a Forest Service
study determined that a healthy forest should have only 40 trees
per acre.  Most untouched forests have 400 trees per acre.
  This study was written up in the Smithsonian Magazine
some years ago.  In one forest, they thinned a section and
waited for the next fire.  Fire raced through the un-thinned
section and slowed to a crawl when it reached the thinned
section.  Less trees also make better use of available
moisture....
  Paul Sautter, St. John's, Newfoundland, Sautterp (at) aol.com
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  ETHANOL BOOSTING SYSTEM
  This is really cool.  Forwarded by an MIT friend.  Check out
the data summaries at the URL below particularly with respect
to hybrid technology.
  http://www.ethanolboost.com/
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  A CONTACT LENS WITH AN LED - AND WIRELESS POWER TOO
  A new generation of contact lenses built with very small
circuits and LEDs could display in-focus images and text without
blocking natural light.  Researchers have taken the first step
by creating a lens with a single LED and wireless power.
  http://tinyurl.com/ContactLensLED
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  SELECTED WINNING BIDS, FM AUCTION 79
  Murrieta, CA:  Audion Communications
  $518,000 winning bid; $336,700 net winning bid
  Lamont, CA:  Owens One Company
  $242,000 winning bid; $242,000 net winning bid
  Big Sur, CA:  Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc.
  $150,000 winning bid; $112,500 net winning bid
  Ridgecrest, CA: Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc.
  $64,000 winning bid; $48,000 net winning bid
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2063A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2063A2.pdf
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BPH-20061023AFU KKLA-FM 48453 NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO...
            E     99.5 MHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 09/21/2009
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20090921ABD  K213AR 72001  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
            E      101.1 MHZ          LAS CRUCES, ETC., CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BXPCDT-20090921ABQ    KSCI   35608    KSLS, INC.
                E      CHAN-18        LONG BEACH, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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