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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #971
                  Monday,  November 16, 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
  FCC to convene staff workshop November 20, 2009 to address
"distracted driving."  To what degree radio listening and viewing
displays (including RDS information) constitutes distraction
remains to be seen.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294573A1.doc
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  FCC MAY IMPLEMENT THE SHOT CLOCK
  The Commission, at its Open Meeting on November 18, 2009,
will consider imposing strict time limits for local zoning
authorities to consider cell tower applications.  The term
"shot clock" has been bandied about FCC corridors.  Read about
the famous 24-second basketball "shot clock" at the URL below.
  The FCC could adopt the shot clock for their own deliberative
process and lead by example.
  http://tinyurl.com/ylasd7w
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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- SELECTED ITEMS
  o  Enforcement Bureau rescinds $5,000 fine imposed on KWVE-FM
  for EAS encoding mistakes (CGC #962), sets aside the Notice of
  Apparent Liability but imposes a new reporting requirement:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/kwve_NAL_cancel.pdf
  o  Notice of Violation issued re a marine radio on
  Exxon Oil Platform Hondo in the Santa Barbara Channel that
  transmitted intermittent pulses on 156.800 MHz (VHF Marine
  Channel 16):
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-294563A1.html
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  POLICE GET TOUGH ON ROAD PASSES FOR WILSON/HARVARD
  Today the Highway Patrol has changed modes.  They are now
checking the permits to see if the license plate numbers match
the vehicle you are driving and ID to see if the permit you have
is yours.  They confiscated passes and revoked passes issued to
[name withheld] today because they have been handing the passes
around to other employees.  [One person] had to drive to the
bottom today to escort his man up the hill....
  Construction company executive, November 12, 2009
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  THURSDAY NIGHT RAIN CLOSES MAIN WILSON ACCESS ROUTES
  Following are extracts from an e-mail list server dealing
with closed roads to Mts. Wilson and Harvard due to rainfall
Thursday night, November 12.  Seems that rock and mud slides
physically blocked some of the roads.
  In the correspondence that follows (each bullet item is
generally a different person writing), you will see wonderful
cooperation as engineers and facilities managers pool information
on how best to access Wilson/Harvard.  The correspondence -- all
from November 13, 2009 -- is just a foreshadowing of what lies
ahead as winter tightens its grip:
  o  I am stuck at my transmitter today due to mudslides on the
road last night.  I pulled out another transmitter guy with no
four wheel drive.  I was able to get through it with my 4X4, but
soon rolled up to another one that was a little deeper and a small
truck abandoned in the center of it.  I gave up and turned around
to the safety of my transmitter building.  I will try to get
through shortly, since it's daylight now and maybe the road crews
have cleared a bit out.  The first slide is just past the first
fire station from the La Canada entrance.  The second one was past
Switzer Falls, closer to Redbox.
  o  I spoke to the Caltrans office this morning to obtain a
road access pass/permit for next Tuesday (USFS Meeting on Wilson)
and was told that Hwy 2 is closed indefinitely due to the slides
and they will not be issuing any new road passes for access in the
near future.  He did not have a timeline on the road reopening.
  o  Both Angeles Forest and Angeles Crest have hard closures.
The gate is closed and locked on both roads.
  o  What about access from Palmdale?  We were told today
Angeles Crest Road is clear and passable.  Can this route be
opened on a permit basis?
  o  Yes...you can use Big T from the 210 area or Angeles
Forest from Palmdale BUT you need a key to get through the gate
at Angeles Forest and Angeles Crest Clear Creek Ranger Station.
I will be in that area around 2:30 to 3:00 if someone needs
through.
  o  Within the last hour I have tried both routes, first
via Big T to Angeles Forest then to La Canada via Angeles Crest.
Both are gated closed.
  In summary, it will probably be a long/hard winter on Wilson.
A related story from the L.A. Times follows:
  http://tinyurl.com/MudCity
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  BACKUP POWER LINE REPAIR - SECOND HALF OF 2010 AT EARLIEST
  According to Steven Conroy, Manager of Media Relations for
Southern California Edison (SCE):
  o  SCE's assessment of the Station Fire's damage to the
  "Broadcast 33 kV line" providing backup utility power to
  Mts. Harvard and Wilson is complete.  The conclusion: The
  line "pretty much has to be completely rebuilt."
  o  There are a number of things that must be done before
  work can get underway: Obtaining Forest Service permits,
  resolving environmental issues (e.g. animal habitat) and
  securing access to critical areas.
  o  Restoration of service is not expected before the
  second half of 2010 at the earliest.
  [CGC telcon with Steven Conroy November 12, 2009]
  http://www.bext.com/_CGC/2009/cgc961.htm  (Archived info)
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  BEAR-PROOF DUMPSTERS -- NO NEED
  Regarding the need for "Bear Proof Dumpsters" (CGC #970).
I have been handling all of my clients' trash on the mountain
since Waste Management stopped trash service a few years ago.
I pick the trash up directly from the buildings once a week
and haul it off the mountain immediately.  Since the Station
Fire, and in fact since I have been providing trash service,
there has only been one [bear?] incident at one station
which was dealt with immediately.
  I do not understand nor do I see a need for the expense
of "Bear Proof Dumpsters" which in turn would limit trash
service to only two times a month.
  Larry Lopez, Angeles Crest Services
  acsmtwilson5710 (at) aol.com
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  MORE BEAR SIGHTINGS
  I spoke with Todd Smith from L.A. Country Mountain
Operations today.  He lives on Mt. Wilson at the County Yard
near the KCBS(TV) transmitter plant and operates heavy equipment
for road clearing.
  A few days ago, Todd told me he saw a large bear at Red Box
a few days before our conversation.  Last night, he had two very
young cubs around his home on Mt. Wilson.  In both cases he made
some very loud noises in order to try and scare them away and
instill the fear of man into them.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson, dennisd (at) ladigitalnetworks.com
  November 12, 2009
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  HOW ABOUT A "COMMUNITY" BEAR-PROOF DUMPSTER FOR FOODSTUFFS?
  Maybe we can buy a community dumpster [for foodstuffs] and
share the costs between the stations.  I was not aware that the
service to pick up the trash was available.  Plus, the costs
are very reasonable.
  Mt. Wilson transmitter engineer
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  WE HAVE MUD, WE HAVE RAIN, AND WE STILL HAVE FIRE
  Heads up.  We still have fire in the area.  Last night I
called in a hot spot one mile southeast of Clear Creek Station
(south of S2 and east of Angeles Forest).  Today they had two
engine crews hike up to the spot and dig it out.  They have been
working on it all day.  The Chief I spoke with noted this is
going to happen for months and we need to call in anything
we see.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson, November 14, 2009
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  City of Industry, Calif. - The first market-ready Mobile
  DTV tuner for the car was shown by Concept Enterprises, $499
  suggested, availability in early December:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobileDTVtuner
  o  FLO-TV receivers can now be purchased as stand-alone
  devices, but of course there is that little nagging problem
  of program subscription fees.  Perhaps they hope to flood
  the market before free Mobile TV surfaces:
  http://tinyurl.com/FLOstandalone
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  KCBS(AM) WAS FIRST
  Regarding the "The World's First Radio Station" (CGC #970),
I think you will find that KQW(AM), now KCBS, started regular
broadcasts [earlier than the 1916 date claimed by 8XK/KDKA] !!
  Red Blanchard, W6AG, 3720 kHz, redblanchard (at) sbcglobal.net
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  KCBS(AM) WAS INDEED FIRST
  ....KCBS(AM) in San Francisco claims to the World's First
Broadcasting Station.
  Barney Dewey, barney (at) deweys.us
  http://www.kcbs.com/pages/8944.php
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  KCBS(AM) WAS FIRST WITH REGULAR BROADCASTS -- 1909
  KCBS(AM), San Francisco, claims to be the world's first
broadcasting station.  There is much evidence to support this.
Charles "Doc" Herrold ran a radio engineering school beginning
in 1909 in San Jose and started regular scheduled broadcasts
[at that time according to his Web page] as part of the school.
  Herrold is credited with being the first to use radio to
broadcast entertainment programming on a regular basis.  The
station was first known as "This is San Jose Calling," and later
as "FN" and "SJN."  In 1921, Herrold obtained the call sign KQW.
That was changed in 1949 to KCBS.
  Michael P. Smith, Director of Engineering
  KCBS(AM), San Francisco
  smith (at) sfradio.cbs.com
  http://www.charlesherrold.org/
  [Herrold's technology is said to have used DC arcs burning
  in liquid, modulated by a water-cooled carbon microphone.
  So the term "hot mike" has a rich history.   -Ed.]
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  A prototype microphone captures sound with smoke and
  lasers instead of a conventional diaphragm:
  http://tinyurl.com/yf5r3yw
  o  A water droplet photographed at 2000 frames per second
  reveals something remarkable:
  http://www.flixxy.com/water-drop.htm
  o  The view from the top of the Burj Dubai, the world's
  tallest building at 2,684 feet.  That's just over a half
  mile high:
  http://tinyurl.com/BurjDubaiTopView
  o  Kiss privacy goodbye in England.  The British government
  will soon track all of its resident's personal communications,
  showing who they have contacted, when and where, as well as
  the Web sites they have visited:
  http://tinyurl.com/1984andEngland
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEM FROM THE FCC
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLFTB-20091105ABP KWVE-FM4 174101 CALVARY CHAPEL OF COSTA MESA..
             E     107.9 MHZ             SAN CLEMENTE, CA
  License to cover.
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                  TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  DIGITAL TV APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BMPCDT-20080620AJR  KFTR-DT   60549   TELEFUTURA LOS ANGELES LLC
                E     CHAN-29                  ONTARIO, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/04/2009
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  DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR
  LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BLDTL-20091109AAB  KBAB-LP   14003   BILTMORE BROADCASTING
               E     CHAN-50            SANTA BARBARA, INC.
                                         SANTA BARBARA, CA
  License to cover construction permit no: BDISDTT-20090113ACM,
  callsign KBAB-LP.
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