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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #966
                  Tuesday,  October 20, 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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  EDUCATIONAL FM -TO- TV CHANNEL 6 PROTECTION CHANGE
  The Media Bureau announces that as of October 27, 2009,
a noncommercial educational FM applicant will not be required
to demonstrate compliance with Section 73.525 of the Commission's
Rules with regard to protecting an "affected" TV Channel 6 station
that has ceased analog transmissions and that has a new DTV
channel assignment.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2214A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  FCC announces the public launch of the Electronic Comment
  Filing System (ECFS) Version 2.0:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-293952A1.doc
  o  Media Bureau announces freeze for FM minor change
  applications and certain rulemaking filings:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2221A1.doc
  o  Media Bureau announces filing window for vacant FM
  allotments reserved for noncommercial educational use:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2220A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2220A2.pdf
  o  FCC's OET releases lab report on testing of DTV converter
  boxes for certification under NTIA'S coupon program:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2236A1.doc
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH
  O  Fifty state broadcast associations have signed onto a
  letter of protest to the FCC about the proposed $5,000 fine
  against KWVE-FM for an EAS mistake by a station staffer:
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/88866
  [Radio World has been having trouble with their Website.
  Try again later if the story does not open.   -Ed.]
  o  Government-controlled Bank of America is in a bit of hot
  water with the FCC:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2208A1.doc
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              IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STATION FIRE
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  ACCESS TO MT. WILSON MAY BE CLOSED "UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE"
  I was handed a notice this morning at the Angeles Crest
Hwy CHP checkpoint - PLEASE TAKE NOTE!!  It reads:
  "Due to the possibility of storm related mud slides in the
burn area, Hwy 2 may be closed from Tues, 10/13/09 until further
notice."
  Jeremy Howard, KCET-TV RF and Transmission Supervisor
  Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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  CONVENTIONAL MT. WILSON ACCESS HAS BECOME DIFFICULT
  The La Canada access to Mt. Wilson has in fact been closed
most of the days last week, over the weekend and on Monday.
Not only was there rock and mud cleanup from the first moderate
rain since the Station Fire, but serious road repairs by CalTrans
were also underway.
  o  From CBS yesterday: "CHP this morning still refusing
  traffic from La Canada to Mt. Wilson.  Reason given was
  continuing work on caissons to reinforce the road bed
  2 miles up from the ranger station."
  o  "I agree with the message [above].  I rode my bicycle
  up to the La Canada gate today and found the CHP would not
  let me through even on my bicycle.
  -  Marvin Collins, retired Chief Engineer KFI/KOST
  The good news is that access up Angeles Crest has been
permitted in off-hours and crews can sometimes get through on
other routes.  For example, some tower work involving a crane
took place last week, so the mountain is by no means shut down.
Broadcast engineers and construction crews are a determined
bunch and find ways to get their jobs done.
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  A NEW CONCERN:  BEARS
  Garry Moss, the duty operator at KTBN-TV in the Fox compound
on Mt. Wilson, heard a noise outside his building last Sunday.
So he shouted out the screen door and asked who was there.  A
bear about six feet tall popped his head up from the other side
of Garry's car and made eye contact with one of those classic
"You rang?" expressions.
  Apparently the bear had been rummaging through TBN's trash
cans.  When Garry got a flashlight, the critter was gone.  This
is the second bear sighting on Wilson in the past week.  The
third was later that night from Dennis Doty at KNBC:  "FYI a 250
to 300 pound Bear was sitting by the NBC Building / Mt. Harvard
gate at about 10:20pm."
  Bear reports are of concern because of the possibility of a
physical attack, either on a person or a vehicle.  For example,
Yosemite bears that smell food in a vehicle may rip the door
off to gain access.  Food, as far as those bears are concerned,
is just about anything with a scent including toothpaste and
after shave lotion.
  Bottom line: Don't keep anything resembling food in your
vehicle, don't throw any food stuffs into the trash cans on
Wilson/Harvard and DO NOT FEED the bears.  If the bears find food,
there will be more bears soon and a more dangerous situation.
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  FOREST SERVICE LETTER RE PROPANE DELIVERY TO MT. LUKENS
  Dear Permittees and Tenants,
  Wes Hoffmaster, of Angeles National Forest Engineering
Dept, is coordinating the transportation of Propane to the
Forest Service building/facility at the far NW end of the
Mt Lukens Communications Site.  A Helipad has been constructed
recently at the site.
  Wes would like to hear your plans/ideas in case of prolonged
road inaccessibility.  He is considering a helicopter service.
Anybody that has propane delivery requirements should contact
Wes at wesleyhoffmaster (at) fs.fed.us
  Graham H. Breakwell, Tue, 13 Oct 2009
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  Angeles National Forest
  grahambreakwell (at) fs.fed.us
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  ANOTHER LETTER: CONCERNING PING PONG BALLS AS IGNITORS
  I have a question regarding one of the news stories in your
newsletter, during the Station Fire.  There was a reference to
firefighters using "ping pong balls" [to set] their backfires.
  Being born and raised in Iowa, besides using ping balls for
that table in the basement (and the occasional bunch that fell
from the ceiling during Captain Kangaroo), I've never heard of
this before.  Are they filled with gasoline or some propellant?
Can you enlighten me on this?
  George Nicholas, NRG Media, LLC, Cedar Rapids, IA
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  Dennis Doty provides the enlightenment right here:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/ping_pong_ball.pdf
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                  REGULAR LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  THE KWVE EAS SNAFU IS STILL REVERBERATING (CGC #962 & 963)
  I've been calling around the FCC for the past few days and
trying to get someone - anyone - to speak to the environment
that has brought the KWVE EAS situation to the current status.
If we are to prevent mass defection from the EAS, something needs
to be brought now to the broadcasters to calm the waters - not
after "the process has worked its way through."  The direct
link to my editorial on this subject follows.
  Barry Mishkind, barry (at) oldradio.com
  http://www.theBDR.net/articles/hello1.html
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  COMMENT ON "EARTH LIBERATION FRONT ON RFR"
  Last week's story starting with the sentence "Earth Liberation
Front (ELF) has its sights leveled on RF emissions [allegedly
affecting human health] from ham radio operations" has drawn a
comment from Bill Pasternak, editor of Amateur Radio Newsline.
Bill writes in part as follows:
  "The piece... you referred to comes from the "rec radio.
amateur.policy" Newsgroup and as far as I can tell is the typical
phony post one finds there.  If you go to the URL at the end of
the article and do a site search, you find no mention of ham
radio, CB or any other type of hobby/personal radio."
  In short, the authenticity of the claim that the outlaw
group ELF is raising an issue about ham radio emissions and
human health is highly questionable.
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  TERM LIMITS AT SBE
  Last week, The Leslie Report stated that, "Clay Freinwald
is stepping down from the board of the Society of Broadcast
Engineers due to term limits and also leaving his post as
chairman of the EAS Committee for the same reason."  CGC
mentioned Clay's departure as EAS Chairman in last week's
Communicator newsletter and linked to the Leslie Report
story.
  According to Ray Benedict of CBS, "SBE does not have term
limits for committee chairman!  The ten year limit only applies
to national officers."
  With these points in mind, Clay Freinwald now gives us the
inside scoop on what really happened:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/term_limits.html
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  WEB LINK VANISHES
  FYI, the Incredible Radio Tales link [CGC #965] is no
longer valid.  Apparently your newsletter is too popular!
  Rick Sietsema
  http://www.radiomarine.org/IRT/
  [There are some other very interesting stories by clicking
  on the Parent Directory tab.  Let's hope we don't crash those
  stories too!   -Ed.]
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  SEE THE KSPN(AM) MAKE-OVER ON THE WEB
  Last week we mentioned the KSPN transmitter site make-over.
This week, you can see the changes for yourself courtesy of this
neat Web-posting by Scott Fybush:
  http://www.fybush.com/sites/2009/site-090828.html
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  NATIONAL NEWS BRIEFS
  o  It's official -- the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard.  The
  technical specs are now set in stone:
  http://www.rbr.com/tv-cable/17829.html
  o  Here are some details on H.R.6209, the Commercial
  Advertisement Loudness Mitigation ("CALM") Act:
  http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h6209/show
  o  More on a possible 6 dB power increase for FM HD Radio:
  http://www.insideradio.com/Article.asp?id=1541294&spid=32060
  http://www.insideradio.com/Article.asp?id=1543129&spid=32060
  o  The Federal Register is now in an easier-to-read online
  version at:
  http://www.data.gov/
  o  Florida electrocution killing three family members reminds
  us all of the dangers of antenna mast erection:
  http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/10/13/11135/?nc=1
  http://tinyurl.com/FloridaElectrocution
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  LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS
  o  On Saturday, October 17, 2009 at about noon, KTBN-TV,
  Los Angeles, activated DTV operations on CH-33 pursuant to
  its CP (CGC #884), and abandoned its DTV operations on CH-23.
  An LPTV station has since taken up residency on CH-23.
  [Private communication]
  o  Recording studios in L.A. are vanishing as inexpensive
  software makes mixing at home a reality:
  http://tinyurl.com/LAmixAThome
  o  The California Energy Commission could vote as early as
  Nov. 4 on a set of stricter energy requirements for big-screen
  HDTVs sold in the state:
  http://tinyurl.com/PowerHungryTVs
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                           OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  OnStar RF circuit stops carjacked vehicle.  This "was the
  first time since OnStar began offering the service in the 2009
  model year that it was used to end a chase that could otherwise
  have had dire consequences."  The carjacker jumped out of the
  stalled vehicle, ran and wound up in a swimming pool before
  being apprehended - a fitting ending to a great story:
  http://tinyurl.com/OnStarCarjacking
  o  Cool computer animation showing the International Space
  Station (ISS) being assembled in space, piece-by-piece:
  http://tinyurl.com/issAction
  o  When scientists pointed the world's best telescope at what
  seemed like an utterly empty patch of the night sky and did a
  10-day time exposure, the results were amazing and humbling:
  http://www.flixxy.com/hubble-ultra-deep-field-3d.htm
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED
  BNPED-20071022AIN  NEW  176034  CENTRO DE INTERCESION Y
            E     89.1 MHZ     ADORACION INTERNACIONAL, INC.
                                       OLD DALE, CA
  CP New Station.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/18/2007
  Petitions to deny must be on file no later than 30 days from
  the date of this public notice accepting the application for
  filing.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20091002AAZ K216EM  88940  LIFE ON THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS..
            E     91.1 MHZ                 ARCADIA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  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 CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20090811ACL   KOCP   70563   GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
           E      95.9 MHZ                CAMARILLO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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                 TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  LPTVs/TV TRANSLATORS: PROPOSED CPs
  This proposal affects CH-23 in Los Angeles and CH-45 in
  Van Nuys:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294004A1.doc
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BDISTVL-20091009AEI K20IU  125257   IGLESIA JESUCHRISTO
               E     CHAN-12          ES MI REFUGIO, INC.
                                       BIG BEAR LAKE, CA
  Minor change of callsign K20IU.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE
  TO A LICENSED FACILITY ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BPTTL-20091007AAT KPSE-LP 51660  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
              E     CHAN-50               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KPSE-LP.
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