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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #965
                   Monday, October 12, 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  A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on policies to "preserve
  the free and open Internet" is on the tentative agenda for the
  Commission's October 22 public meeting:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293833A1.doc
  o  Nuclear power plants want use of certain intercom and
  headset equipment certified for use only by broadcast auxiliary
  stations under Part 74 of the Commission's Rules:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2171A1.doc
  o  Comments sought on proposal to create interstitial 12.5 kHz
  channels in the 800 MHz band:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2183A1.pdf
  o  The FCC and FTC Chairmen are jointly encouraging the
  public to protect themselves, their privacy, and their personal
  information online.  Fairly basic info:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293921A1.doc
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  LOCAL FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
  o  Shimmick Construction Company and affiliate issued
$4,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for using a ham radio
frequency (146.025 MHz) for commercial communications purposes
in the mixing and delivery of concrete:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-293824A1.html
  o  Tropicana Products Inc. issued $5,000 Notice of Apparent
Liability for operating 460 MHz business band radios with an
expired license:
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-293823A1.html
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                     THE MT. WILSON REPORTS
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  FLARE UPS CONTINUE
  Be there no mistake: the Station Fire is still not out.
On Friday night, I saw a large flare up just south of the Angles
Forest/Angels Crest intersection.  On Saturday, a hot-shot crew
did a firing operation in the same area.  Today (Sunday) we have
had three big flare ups about a mile to three miles north of
Wilson and east of Red Box Road.
  There's another issue of interest.  Some members of the
public are getting past road blocks and getting into trouble.
We have had everything from hunters and bicyclists to motorcycle
and car racers.  The road block at Mt. Emma and Angeles Forest
was moved by someone this morning between 3 AM and noon.  I have
heard a number of police calls involving issues with the public
getting past the closures.
  Rain is expected Tuesday thru Thursday so it could become
real interesting with rock and mud slides.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson, October 11, 2009, 5:18 PM PDST
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  FOREST SERVICE:  DEVELOPING AN EVACUATION PLAN
  As you all should know by now, there is rain predicted
for next week, approximately 1-2 inches for the mtns.  We are
developing an evacuation plan that hasn't been formally finalized
but we are instituting the 48 hour notice.  The Mt. Wilson Ridge
corridor may not have debris flows on the observatory or
electronic sites but there is a good chance that access along
Mt. Wilson Road and the Crest Highway may be compromised for a
period of time.
  If you have a need to be up and down the highway, you maybe
should stay in the city 'till the rain is over.  If a lot of water
and mud flows, there may not be any emergency responders to come
and rescue anyone on the mtns as they may be busy in the foothill
communities.  We are moving our staff and families out of harms
way.
  In the future, there may be suspension of permits along
Mt. Wilson for human safety.
  Michael J. McIntyre, District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
  (818) 899-1900 ext. 223
  Sunday, October 11, 2009 @ 3:46 PM PDST
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE KSPN MAJOR MAKE-OVER IS COMPLETE
  The KSPN(AM) Application for Direct Measurement of Power
mentioned in your last newsletter signifies an important step
forward for us.  The reconstruction activities at our transmitter
site are now complete including a MoM proof put together and done
by our consultant Ron Rackley of DLR.  We have a new building,
new transmitter, new phasor, new TX/sample lines and new ATUs.
Oh yes, and new landscaping in front of the building.  We
replaced everything except the towers and ground system.
  The old 1941 vintage 710-KMPC building was the notable loss
(just too costly to retrofit - it's now a dirt field).  Scott
Fybush has a page on his website showing the new and the old.
The upgrade was long in the making.
  Mike Tosch, Chief Engineer, KDIS/KSPN
  Mike.Tosch (at) espnradio.disney.com
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  TIPS ON IMPROVING DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS
  Tsunami warnings, and other natural disaster alert
networks, often fail if alerts are conveyed over telephone
or cellular systems.  Reverse-911 can fail if the telephone
system is bogged down:
<http://www.braddye.com/newsletters/2009/n2october2009.html>.
  I use Nighthawk products <http://www.nighthawksystems.com/>
to reset and control equipment remotely via paging.  Paging
transmitters often run high power and can penetrate buildings
and cover areas off the main highways, far better than cellular.
  Edward Tipler, P.E., CPBE, tiplerek (at) iwvisp.com
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  INCREDIBLE RADIO TALES
  Richard Dillman, Transmitter Wrangler at KWMR and Chief
Operator at Coastal Marine Station KSM, did a special episode
of "Incredible Radio Tales" for KWMR during their fund drive.
For those who were unable to catch it live it is posted on-
line for downloading.  It's a big file so it will take some
time to download but it's available at the URL below.
  The show deals with everything from the strange sounds
you can hear on radio to the KPH operator who was torpedoed
twice during WWII.  Enjoy.
  Message from "RD" forwarded by Bill Ruck, ruck (at) lns.com
  http://www.radiomarine.org/IRT/
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  KEN JOHNSON, DECEASED
  Ken Johnson, W6FU, died of cancer on October 2.  He was 89.
Together with Don Wilson, K6RKE, he founded educational FM
station KPCS which later became KPCC.
  Ken taught broadcasting classes at Pasadena City College
for many years.  He also served as trustee of the college's
Amateur Radio station, W6BAB.  Ken then travelled with the Los
Angeles Dodgers, engineering their remote broadcasts for KWKW.
  Working with Jaime Jarrin, he saw four World Series
Championships and collected countless stories.  A memorial
service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday [presumably
October 10  -Ed.] at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Catholic Church in Pasadena.
  Paul Gordon/N6LL, KCBS/KCAL TV, 8 Oct '09, pegordon (at) cbs.com
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  NATIONAL NEWS IN BRIEF
  o  Loudness control, to keep commercials soft if the
  preceding programming was soft, is in the works:
  http://tinyurl.com/Anti-Loudness
  o  NPR said to support 6 dB FM IBOC power increase with
  safeguards:
  http://www.radioworld.com/article/88500
  o  Movement toward having third adjacent channel protections
  removed in order to facilitate LPFMs:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/88460
  o  SBE EAS Committee has new chairman; Clay Freinwald exits
  upon reaching his term limit:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/88430
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  EARTH LIBERATION FRONT ON RFR
  Earth Liberation Front (ELF) has its sights leveled on
RF emissions from ham radio operations.  ELF apparently does
not know that hams must meet the same RFR standards that
apply to broadcasters, cellphone companies and others,
namely OET-65:
  http://tinyurl.com/ELFonHAMS
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  A LOOK BACK AT WORLD-FAMOUS HCJB
  This is a look back at one of the world's best known (and
soon to be silent) international broadcast stations, HCJB, in
Ecuador.  As a CGC Communicator subscriber writes, "The Pifo
transmit site is being dismantled to allow an airport to the
north to have runway approaches where once we had tall towers....
  "And now HCJB is planting new, local Christian stations in
hundreds of countries around the world.  As the world goes to
digital media, HCJB is providing a digital feed to shortwave
transmission, eliminating the "short-wave" sound we think of.
And HCJB is pioneering use of the Internet to reach first
world folks who don't use radio."
  http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2009/s09090158.htm
  http://www.hcjb.org/History/ourhistory.html
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  CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI'S SHOT CLOCK PLAN - EDITORIAL
  FCC Chairman Genachowski is rolling out the red carpet
for the cellular telephone industry.  The following is from
his prepared remarks entitled, "America's Mobile Broadband Future"
for Delivery to International CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment,
San Diego, California, October 7, 2009:
  "Our second [goal] is removing obstacles to robust and
ubiquitous 4G networks....  We are ready to help you [the
cellular industry] cut through red tape and overcome these
hurdles.
  "On the issue of [delays in cell] tower siting, we have heard
your call.  This issue is ripe for action.  I have consulted with
my fellow Commissioners, and in the near future we are going to
move forward with a shot-clock proposal designed to speed the
process, while taking into account the legitimate concerns of
local authorities.  This was your idea...."
  A shot clock forces a decision in a limited period of time
as the first URL below elegantly shows, but who wants a forced
decision if reason is compromised?  The cellular industry wants
a speedy decision on cell tower proposals because they can take
a municipality to court if they don't like the decision - and
they can't go to court without a decision.  That's the inside 
scoop.
  Before the shot clock is applied to anyone else, we suggest
that the Commission apply it to their own decision making process.
If they did so, we bet the clock would be scrapped in a heartbeat.
Important decisions cannot be rushed; those decisions have lasting
consequences for the people that live in the affected communities.
  http://tinyurl.com/ylasd7w
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293891A1.doc
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  NOBEL PRIZES FOR DIGITAL CAMERAS AND FIBER OPTICS
  Digital cameras generate much of the data on our optical
fiber telecommunications networks.  This year's Nobel Prize
in Physics recognizes both inventions.  The prize went to the
inventors of the charge-coupled device camera chip, IEEE Fellows
Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith, and also to the grandfather
of optical fiber telecommunications, IEEE Fellow Charles K. Kao:
  http://tinyurl.com/FiberPioneer
  http://tinyurl.com/ccdPioneers
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  ADDENDUM
  Last week, the CGC Communicator presented three stories
on San Diego Gas & Electric's new "Smart Meter" program.  We
failed to include the URL to the fascinating SDG&E technical
slide show dated August 2009, so here it is:
  http://tinyurl.com/SDG-Etutorial
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Transmitter vehicle overturned?  No problem.  One
  call to Pakistani Roadside Assistance will get your truck
  back on its feet:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/PakistaniAutoClub.wmv
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KGDP(AM), Oildale (near Bakersfield), to KWVE
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293764A1.txt
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGES GRANTED
  o  KWVE(FM), San Clemente, to KWVE-FM
  o  New LPFM, Corona, to KORM-LP
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293764A1.txt
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20091002AAZ  K216EM 88940  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS...
            E      91.1 MHZ               ARCADIA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20090910ACC   KLMM  46401   LAZER LICENSES, LLC
           E      94.1 MHZ             OCEANO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFT-20091001AEE   K232CX  14059   MCC RADIO, LLC
             E      94.3 MHZ     DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPH-20090930ANA   KSIQ  63471   CCR-BRAWLEY IV, LLC
            E      96.1 MHZ            BRAWLEY, CA
  Mod of CP to chg
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION
  TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPTVL-20091001ADV   KVTU-LP  130176   MARK C. ALLEN
                E      CHAN-3           LOS ANGELES, CA
  Modification of construction permit file number
  BPTVL-20080922AFN.
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT DISMISSED
  BDFCDVL-20080331APN   KVTU-LP 130176    MARK C. ALLEN
                 E      CHAN- 3          LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KVTU- LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 06/02/2008
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT GRANTED
  BDFCDTL-20090319ACW   KLPS-LD  12690   PALM SPRINGS DTV, LLC
                 E      CHAN-19                INDIO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KLPS-LP.
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