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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #970
                    Monday, November 9, 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 BRIEF
  National Public Radio has filed a Petition for Rule Making
to repeal the FM-to-TV Channel 6 protection rule:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294386A1.doc
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  THE DEMISE OF PIRATE CAT RADIO
  Pirate Cat Radio, an unlicensed FM outlet in San Francisco
for the past 13 years, has fallen silent following the issuance
of a $10,000 Notice of Apparent Liability by the FCC.
  http://tinyurl.com/ylbowo3
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORTS
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  MORE BEARS  --  BEAR-PROOF DUMPSTERS NEEDED
  There have been more bear sightings on Mt. Wilson.  It
looks like two different bears are involved.  Work crews
apparently unfamiliar with the bear problem are causing the
problem by discarding foodstuffs... and the bears love it.
  Here's what the Forest Service recommends:
  1. Get a bear proof trash dumpster/trash can.  They can be
purchased locally at the URL below.  They are expensive (about
$1,400) but do the job.  Some people avoided these cans in the
past because they are hard to empty, but that's no longer an
issue.  The Forest Service will empty the dumpster for you.
  2. The Forest Service sends a truck up every other week.
They charge $30 per pickup.  Contact Howard @ 818-899-1900 ext.
229 to set up the service or for more information.  The Mount
Wilson Observatory is already using their service.
  Anonymous
  http://bearsaver.com/Commercial_Containers.htm
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  ASH DUST STILL FALLING AFTER THE STATION FIRE
  H.W. Duncan's letter in CGC #968 reminds me of how long
lasting the after effects of a fire can be.  The Station Fire
burned to within 150 feet of our home, so we have firsthand
knowledge.  We had 2.5 inches of rain in our back yard during
the last rain a few days ago and, despite the rain, the ash
continues to fly with the wind.
  I have included these pictures:
  #1 is a photo of the burned hills behind our home,
  #2 is a photo of what looks like fog but is actually ash dust
  in the air due to the wind, and
  #3 is a photo of our swimming pool the next morning, full of
  ash dust.
  All of this is despite the 2.5 inches of rain that appears
to have done nothing to settle the dust.  Even without the wind,
we continue to get ash dust on a daily basis.  I bet the dust
was bad on Mt. Wilson.
  Marvin Collins, retired Chief Engineer, KFI/KOST
  November 4, 2009  --  KFIam640 (at) aol.com
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Ash_Photos.html
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  CONDITION OF THE "33KV BROADCAST" POWER FEED TO MT. WILSON?
  Does anyone know the status of the "33 kV Broadcast" backup
power feed to Mt. Wilson?  This is the feed that was destroyed
in the Station Fire.  Wilson needs the redundancy.
  One broadcaster writes, "We had a 20 second outage around
2 AM on November 7" and that got everyone's attention."
  Potential contacts at Southern California Edison include
Steven Conroy and Gary Hartman.  The last status report was
dated Sept. 17 -- it's the third story at the URL below.
  If you obtain an updated report from Steven or anyone else
at So. Cal. Edison, please send the information to the CGC
Communicator.  Steven's edress is steven.conroy (at) sce.com --
Thanks!
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2009/cgc961.htm
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  IRMA FRAUSTO AND ASSOCIATE
  Concerning the "Irma Frausto Has Company" article in CGC
#968, an FCC-issued Citation serves the purpose of a warning
that an unsatisfactory condition exists and if it is not dealt
with, penalties will apply.  By law, a person who is not licensed
or is not operating a device covered by a blanket authorization
such as a CB or FRS radio must be given this "one free bite"
before a penalty can be assessed.
  If the operator of such a device causing harmful interference
"does not have the wherewithal" to eliminate the unauthorized
signals by repairing the device, the remedy is to discontinue
operating the device.  This is a basic interference elimination
procedure.
  Now concerning the 12 year old schoolboy whose self-
oscillating TV antenna was apparently interfering with air
traffic communications over his home in Linslade, Beds in the
UK (CGC #968), the British equivalent of the FCC knows how to get
problems solved the first time without fumbling or stumbling.
  Philip M. Kane  P.E. / Esq.
  VP - General Counsel & Engineering Manager
  CSI Telecommunications Inc. - Consulting Engineers
  San Francisco, CA - Beaverton, OR
  commlaw (at) kanafi.org
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  COMMENT ON THE KIDS' DTV ANTENNA VIDEO
  About the video "Kids show us how to build a UHF DTV
receiving antenna" (CGC #968), it's simply priceless.  If we
had them six months ago, we might not have had to field thousands
of phone calls about bad DTV reception.  Just thousands of phone
calls on where to buy wire and a "transformer."   :)
  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF
  http://tinyurl.com/ZigZag-NoPreamp
  [WA6ITF has retired from Fox Television after a career that
spanned close to 30 years at the network's flagship station, KTTV,
Los Angeles.  As Bill put it, "(I've) retired from broadcasting
but not from life."  His agenda is full of projects including
the continued production of Amateur Radio Newsline.  We wish
him the very best.   -Ed.]
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  LOUIS KING PASSES AWAY
  The well known and respected founder of Kintronic Labs,
Louis Arthur King, passed away on Sunday morning, November 1,
2009.  He was 94 years of age.  During his professional career
spanning a period of 45 years, Louis King, PE, distinguished
himself as an inventor, educator, broadcast consultant and
corporate entrepreneur.
  Among many other things, King patented the bistable
multivibrator, better known as the flip-flop circuit, according
to Radio World.  Flip-flops were the basic switching devices
in early computers.
  http://www.thebdr.net/articles/prof/people/King.pdf
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/89720
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  TV NEWS FROM SAN DIEGO SBE:
  o  KSDX-LD ("D" for digital) is operating on CH-9 and
  their analog CH-29 operation has signed off.
  o  K61GH was just granted an STA for analog operation
  on CH-50 from San Miguel.
  o  KDTF-LD has been granted a CP for digital operation
  on CH-51 from San Miguel.
  o  K12PO (KUSI's CH-12 translator in Temecula) has
  FCC permission to flash cut to digital.  KUSI has also
  applied to put low power DTV stations in Santa Barbara,
  Palm Springs and El Centro.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  SAN DIEGO SBE MEETING
  Next San Diego SBE meeting is on November 11 at noon.
Jeff Muhleman, Product Marketing Manager for DNF Controls,
will present the company's latest whitepaper, DNF Event-Based
Automation.
  http://www.sbe36.org/
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  ATSC makes progress on the TV loudness issue:
  http://tinyurl.com/TVLoudness
  o  Bucking the trend:  A DTV in Fairbanks, Alaska, switches
  from UHF to VHF:
  http://tinyurl.com/UtoVswitch
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  RADIO HISTORY:  THE WORLD'S FIRST RADIO STATION
  What was the world's first radio station?  Although AM radio
broadcasts were tested as early as 1906, it wasn't until 1916
in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania when 8XK began regularly scheduled
broadcasts.  8XK would receive the first official broadcast
license in 1920 with the call sign KDKA.
  But there's more to this story.  At 6:00 PM on November 2,
1920, the US presidential election returns were announced and
KDKA became the world's first commercial radio station.  More
on this story at the URL below:
  http://nmbpgh.org/conrad_project/historical_background/commercial.htm
  (K3VR report via AR Newsline, as edited by CGC)
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  The miraculous Fotoplayer in action.  1910 "hi-tech"
  at its best.  The dogs will howl and the cats will cower:
  http://tinyurl.com/FotoplayerVideo
  o  Electronic circuitry considers one of life's tough
  philosophical questions:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/4ae4b0f.jpg
  o  Gems from The American Museum of Radio and Electricity
  (17 photos):
  http://tinyurl.com/ElectricGems
  o  A little Think Test:
  http://www.oldjoeblack.0nyx.com/thinktst.htm
  o  One super deluxe ham shack:
  http://www.qrz.com/db/w9evt
  o  Crash course on becoming an anti-multitasking advocate:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/multitasking.html
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                AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED
  BMML-20090914ACR  KSPN  33255  ABC RADIO LOS ANGELES ASSETS, LLC
           P      710 KHZ                LOS ANGELES, CA
  Direct Measurement
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  LOW POWER FM APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLL-20091026ABT   KORM-LP  124781   TEMPLO NUEVA VIDA, INC.
            E      101.5 MHZ               CORONA, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO
  A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPFT-20091027AAL  K275BO  72001  CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS...
           E      102.9 MHZ               LAS CRUCES, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign K266BE.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20091019AEV  KKGO-FM1 180677  MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS..
             E      105.1 MHZ               SANTA CLARITA, CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLDVL-20091026ADZ   KSDX-LD  168576   KRCA LICENSE CORP.
               E      CHAN-9              SAN DIEGO, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDCCDVL-20070810ACK,
  callsign KSDX-LD.
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  DIGITAL AUXILIARY APPLICATION FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED
  BXPCDT-20090921ABQ   KSCI  35608   KSLS, INC.
              E      CHAN-18       LONG BEACH, CA
  CP for auxiliary purposes.
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  CH-33 CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM PERMIT GRANTED
  On November 3, the FCC granted with conditions STA cross-
  border program authority for XHAS-TV, CH-33, Tijuana:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294447A1.pdf
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  DISPLACEMENT GRANTED
  BDISDTL-20081231AAD   KDTF-LD  13022   ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
                E       CHAN-51                SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change of callsign KDTF-LP.
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