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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #978
                  Sunday,  December 13, 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-TO-TV BROADCASTERS: "CONTRIBUTE" YOUR EXCESS SPECTRUM
  The spectrum-hungry FCC seeks "more specific data on
the use of spectrum currently licensed to broadcast television
stations."  In part this proceeding explores market-based
mechanisms for television broadcasters to "contribute to the
broadband effort any spectrum in excess of that which they
need to meet their public interest obligations and remain
financially viable."
  This is a very interesting document.  Perhaps the question
should be, "What extra spectrum?"  Perhaps the issue should be,
"How much extra spectrum do TV broadcasters need to regain a
healthy financial perspective?"  The paint isn't even dry on
the DTV transition and broadcasters have already given up
considerable spectrum.
  The Comment deadline is December 21, 2009.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2518A1.doc
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  THE HISTORY OF KFI-FM
  At the invitation of The CGC Communicator, radio historian
Jim Hilliker tells us about KFI-FM, the first FM station located
on Mt. Wilson.  Jim has added some information on other early FMs
in Los Angeles, making this an unusually interesting article:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/KFI-FM_History.html
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Comments sought on video device innovation:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2519A1.doc
  o  FCC announces change in filing location for paper documents:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2529A1.doc
  o  Remarks of FCC Commissioner McDowell on the celebrations of
  Guglielmo Marconi on the centenary of the awarding of the Nobel
  Prize:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295171A1.doc
  o  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announces support for
  three recent actions aimed at enhancing United States-Mexico
  coordination and cooperation on communications issues:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295125A1.doc
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  PUBLIC SAFETY USES OF 4940-4990 MHZ
  State Department press release of December 4, 2009:
"This week at the Tenth Meeting of the U.S.-Mexico High Level
Consultative Commission on Telecommunications (HLCC) in
Washington, senior level telecommunications officials of the
two governments signed a new protocol to reduce the possibility
of cross border radio interference between public safety
organizations in both countries as they begin employing a new
radio frequency band (4940-4990 MHz) for broadband fixed and
mobile use in the common border area...."
  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2009/dec/133202.htm
  Corresponding FCC Public Notice with filing details:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2530A1.doc
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                      THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  COMMERCIAL POWER BLACKOUT
  Monday, December 7 -- Just before 4 PM and during the
first good rain this winter, Mt. Wilson lost its only remaining
commercial power feed.  Stations had to rely on their emergency
power generators to stay on the air.  Commercial power was
restored at about midnight that night.
  The reason for the outage is unknown.  The power company
reportedly could not find fault with the line and simply
reenergized it.  Fortunately, the generators worked and some
stations had extra fuel because their power-hungry NTSC
transmitters had been shut down earlier this year.
  At least one TV station did not have an APCD or CARB-
approved power generator, so the station went dark during the
outage.  That station would have been able to use their non-
approved generator if it weren't for aggressive government
regulations regarding air pollution.
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  AN OPEN PIT APPEARS IN THE ROAD
  Friday, December 11 --  An "open pit" (an underground telco
splice box) was discovered in the middle of Video Road across
from the Mt. Wilson Post Office (one of the smallest P.O.s in
the nation).  The metal plates that normally cover the pit had
been removed and set off to one side as if by a phone company
employee who forgot to put them back.  The pit had been marked
with LA County Public Works barricades and cones to alert
drivers to the road hazard.
  Rather than living with an open pit in the middle of a storm,
an engineer drug the plates back into position using the rain
slickened pavement as a skid.  Another problem solved.
  Photos relayed by Dan Haight:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Open_Man_Hole.html
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  ANOTHER POWER OUTAGE
  Saturday, December 12 --  Another commercial power outage
occurs, but this one lasted only about 30 seconds to a few
minutes depending on who you ask.  The event was just long
enough to get the generators cranking.  You can bet that the
incident caught the full attention of the engineers who are
living on Wilson for the duration of the storm.  Additional
brief power outages occurred Sunday at 2:20 and 2:55 AM.
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  90 VEHICLES STRANDED, MOTORISTS RESCUED
  Saturday, December 12 --  The LA Times reports "90 Vehicles
Stranded on Muddy Angeles Crest Highway."  Read about the rescues
here:
  http://tinyurl.com/StrandedVehicles
  http://tinyurl.com/KabcRockReport
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  THE FORMATION OF "LAKE KTLA"
  Saturday, December 12 --  Rain runoff caused the formation
of "Lake KTLA" (our name for the body of water) near the KTLA
transmitter building this evening.  Fortunately, Todd Smith from
LA County Roads (who lives on Mt. Wilson) "made it over and
drained the lake" about 10:30 PM.
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  ACCESS TO MT. HARVARD "TOTALLY BLOCKED"
  Sunday, December 13 --  "Harvard Road [the sole road linking
Mt. Wilson to Mt. Harvard] is totally blocked just past the
second gate.  We have a guy trying to go to Harvard right now
and he found a major slide that will require heavy equipment
to clear...."
  Dennis Doty, 10:52 AM
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  EMERGENCY GENERATOR PROBLEM
  Sunday, December 13 --  An emergency generator problem
developed at one of the Mt. Wilson TV stations and was reported
about 11 AM.  With the roads leading up to Wilson still apparently
blocked by rocks and mud, one of the engineers living on Wilson
headed over to the affected station to assess the situation.
  This is another fine example of engineers helping engineers
when the chips are down.  Cooperation like this happens often
making broadcast engineering one very interesting profession.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEFS
  o  Mobile DTV to move forward at the CES convention in
  Las Vegas:
  http://tinyurl.com/MobTVces
  http://tinyurl.com/yc4x45o
  o  NPR's HD Radio (IBOC) power calculator is on the Web.
  Enter an FM callsign and get a range of acceptable power
  levels assuming the FCC eventually goes along with the
  joint settlement proposal (and that is not assured):
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/91620
  o  About the Advanced IBOC Coverage and Compatibility Study:
  http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/rwee_20091209/#/0
  o  FEMA and FCC adopt Mobile Wireless EAS standards:
  http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/91432
  o  U.S. and Mexico lay out communications issues in the
  border area (news article):
  http://www.rwonline.com/article/91634
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                       LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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  CELL PHONES ARE OF LITTLE USE ON THE WILSON ROADS
  In the Mount Wilson Institute's winter travel safety plan
(CGC #977), there is reference to having a fully charged cell
phone.  Unfortunately, a cell phone is not a reliable means
of communications on our mountain roads.
  I would suggest that when traveling the Mt. Wilson roads
under the present weather conditions, a satellite phone should
be carried along with provisions to operate it from the vehicle's
power.  A cell phone in a weak or no signal area will drain its
battery rapidly as it hunts for signals, so the ability to also
power a cell phone from the vehicle's battery is a must.  Finally,
you need a GPS so if you have to call for help, you could give
your location.
  Burt Weiner, biwa (at) att.net
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  The great paper dragon illusion.  This is really neat.
  Volume up:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKanr-kNEJs
  o  Index to Caltrans Webcams:
  http://www.video.dot.ca.gov/
  o  Lightning struck most of the wind turbines along
  Interstate 8 on the Campo Indian Reservation Monday night
  (Dec. 7) or Tuesday morning, causing severe damage to at
  least two of them, an official said.  Get this - the operator
  of the wind farm is the Bluarc Management Group (no kidding):
  http://tinyurl.com/Bluarc
  o  New product:  The BudTrap is a neat and cheap little
  product that keeps those very popular ear-bud type earphones
  from becoming a tangled mess:
  http://www.budtrap.com/
  o  Merry Christmas from the staff at CGC:
  http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=ER13610552
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               AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  CALL SIGN CHANGE GRANTED
  KJML(AM), Desert Hot Springs, to KPSF.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294963A1.txt
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMML-20091118AGZ   KRAK   72716   CBS RADIO STATIONS INC.
              P    910 KHZ               HESPERIA, CA
  License to cover.  Method of Moments.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  NEW CALL SIGN ESTABLISHED
  For Penfold Communications, Inc. in Yucca Valley: KYWY(FM)
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-294963A1.txt
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  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFT-20091125AAQ  K216FM  92354  LIFE ON THE WAY COMM....
             E     91.1 MHZ              PACOIMA, 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
  DIGITAL FLASH CUT DISMISSED
  BDFCDTL-20090610AAZ   KSMV-LP   14002    KJLA, LLC
                 E      CHAN-33         LOS ANGELES, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSMV-LP.
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  DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATION FOR DISPLACEMENT GRANTED
  BDISDTA-20090812ACT  KSKJ-CD  36717  CAPITAL BROADCASTING CORP..
                E      CHAN-45                VAN NUYS, CA
  Minor change of callsign KSKJ-CA.
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  TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR
  MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTED
  BPTTL-20091007AAT  KPSE-LP  51660  JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION
               E     CHAN-50               PALM SPRINGS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign KPSE-LP.
  Engineering Amendment filed 11/19/2009
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