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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #992
                   Thursday, January 21, 2010
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2010, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  CLARIFICATION FROM THE FOREST SERVICE
  The lead story in the last CGC Communicator is reproduced
below.  Following the story is a letter of clarification from
Michael J. McIntyre, USDA Forest Service District Ranger in
charge of the Mt. Wilson area.  We appreciate his input.
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  EXTRACT FROM CGC #991:
  INTERVIEW WITH THE FOREST SERVICE CONCERNING MT. WILSON
  This morning (January 19, 2010), CGC informally interviewed
an official at the USDA Forest Service concerning Mt. Wilson.
Following is a paraphrase of the important points made by the
official:
  o  We are "not that concerned" about the engineers on Wilson.
They are experienced and doing what they need to do.  We could
not do much legally even if we decided we did not want them up
there.
  o  Unless our public notices specifically mention Wilson,
the notices are not addressing the engineers who are camped
at Wilson.
  o  We have opened the old Toll Road (presumably largely dirt)
to Wilson/Harvard.
  o  Concerning rebuilding the backup power feed to Wilson/
Harvard, we aren't standing in the way.  In fact, we are
encouraging SCE to move quickly because that line feeds some
of our fire stations and they are out of power.  One of our
facilities was just cited by the air pollution folks for
running their power generator more than 8 hours/day.
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  NOW FOR THE CLARIFICATION FROM MR. McINTYRE
  I need to clarify some of the statements that were put
out there yesterday.  Regarding the Mt. Wilson Toll Road,
when I said it was open, it was not open to be used at that
point.  I meant it was open in the fact the landslides from
the last couple of years have been cleared off and it is
passable depending on the storm.  The road now falls under
the same approach as the Mt. Lukins Road, we need to run it
after the rain to make sure it is passable.  So please don't
call to request to use the road.  We are not going to look
at it till we get through this week.
  Legal ability to remove people is not the issue, the lease
can be suspended and as such, occupancy is not authorized and
therefore not legal.
  I know you all have challenges in staying on the air during
storms and limited access but no transmission is worth injury
or death to any individual.
  Michael J. McIntyre
  District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
  (818) 899-1900 ext. 223
  Wed, 20 Jan 2010, 07:46 AM PST
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  PERMIT SUSPENSION LETTERS
  CGC #989 referenced two Forest Service letters concerning
permit suspensions.  At first glance, those letters dealt with
Clear Creek and cabin permits and were not related to Wilson/
Harvard users.  The letters have been Web posted and are now
available for your viewing:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Clr_Crk_Sus.doc
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Cabin_Sus.doc
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  MT. WILSON SAFETY NOTE
  We have a good old autopatch repeater available for anyone
exploring the road situation on the [Angeles] Crest Highway:
  450.675 MHz + PL 110.9 Hz.
  This is a very good safety system for non-cellphone coverage
areas.  Anyone needing access can call me at KCBS TV 818-655-2585.
I will give them an access code and away we go.  This frequency
is used a lot on weekends as an itinerant channel for visiting
broadcast entities.
  Steve Niemczyk, KCBS/KCAL TV
  818-655-2585
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  REPORT FROM THE TOP OF MT. WILSON
  I have posted some pictures of the mud and rock slide
that I mentioned earlier -- this is the slide east of Redbox on
Highway 2.  The pictures are here: <http://drop.io/wilson2010>.
  Today we got mainly snow and high winds but power was very
stable.  Todd and the guys from L.A. County Mountain Operations
have been keeping Redbox Road clear of mud and rocks, and now
snow.  They are also ensuring that the water drains are clean.
  Some stations are having icing problems on their antennas,
even the UHF stations.  Ice builds up on the antenna surfaces
and then the reflected power goes high because of detuning
effects.  But when there is enough ice and conditions are right,
the ice will fall off in a big chunk and, presto, the reflected
power goes back down.
  Tonight the air has warmed and the snow is getting slushy,
and ice is cascading down the towers.  It's spectacular if you
have never seen this before.  Just don't stand around the
tower bases.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson
  20 Jan 2010, 11PM PST
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  JANUARY 26 AES MEETING
  You are invited to attend the January 26th meeting of
the Audio Engineering Society - Los Angeles Chapter.  The topic
is "The CALM Act (now in Congress) and ATSC's New Recommended
Practice for Calming Television Loudness presented by Steve
Lyman of Dolby Labs.
  The meeting time is 8:00 PM at The Castaways Restaurant,
1250 Harvard Rd., Burbank (overlooking Burbank).  The optional
pre-meeting dinner is at 7:00 PM.  For details see:
  http://www.sbe47.org/AESMtgNotice.htm
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  CELL PHONE FORUM IN SAN DIEGO AREA
  The FCC invites you to join Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
at an open forum for consumers to discuss cell phone issues
on Monday, January 25, at the Chula Vista Library Auditorium
in Chula Vista, CA:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/January252010Flier.doc
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