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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #993
                    Monday, January 25, 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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  CLEARING THE 700 MHZ BAND FOR NEW USERS
  The FCC has adopted an Order and Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking prohibiting the further distribution and
sale of devices that operate in the 700 MHz band.  This action
helps complete an important component of the DTV transition by
clearing the 700 MHz band for public safety and 4G applications.
  Further, "to ensure that individuals and groups currently
using unauthorized devices in this band have ample time to
transition to appropriate frequencies, the FCC is providing
a sunset period until June 12, 2010, one year from the DTV
Transition."
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295737A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-16A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-92A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295844A1.doc
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  "ENFORCEMENT ADVISORIES" ARE NEW
  The Enforcement Bureau will periodically release "Enforcement
Advisories" to educate businesses about and alert consumers to
what's required by FCC rules....  While the first advisories deal
with matters not of direct concern to broadcasters, the spotlight
will undoubtedly turn to broadcasting in good time.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295749A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-93A1.doc
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-91A1.doc
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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS
  o  The International Bureau has issued procedures to
  provide emergency communications in areas affected by the
  earthquake in Haiti:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-95A1.doc
  o  Amendment of Rule Parts 25, 74, 78 and 101 re coordination
  between the non-geostationary and geostationary satellite orbit
  fixed-satellite service and fixed, broadcast auxiliary and CATV
  services in the 7, 10, and 13 GHz frequency bands:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-15A1.doc
  o  FCC affirms waiver for whole body scanning imaging
  system used for the detection of weapons or explosives:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295819A1.doc
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  FCC TAKES FIELD STRENGTH MEASUREMENT ON PIRATE AM STATION
  A Notice of Unlicensed Operation has been issued to
Charles Forssi of Lompoc, CA, for allegedly operating a pirate
broadcast station on 1610 kHz.
  What makes this case so interesting is that the FCC has
taken a field strength measurement (something the Commission
has often been reluctant to do in low power AM cases) and has
concluded that the radiation found exceeded the value allowed
by Rule 15.209(a).  In addition, it was determined that "the
total length of the transmission line, antenna and ground lead
(if used)" exceeded 3 meters, thereby violating Rule 15.219(b).
  http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-295836A1.html
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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  INCOMPLETE NEWSLETTER
  Because of the flood of important Mt. Wilson news, some
regular news items were not included this newsletter.  We'll
attempt to catch up soon.  -Ed]
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  ROAD INFORMATION FROM THE FOREST SERVICE
  Current Road Situation - Mt. Wilson County Road is open to
emergency vehicles only.  Access is from Forest Hwy from Alison
(Acton) to Upper Big T Road to Crest Highway and then down to
Red Box.  4WD vehicles only and all access MUST be coordinated
through LA County Dept of Public Works - Road Division.
  Slides on Crest Highway between LaCanada and Red Box.
  No intell on Toll Road but assume it is not in good shape.
  Michael J. McIntyre
  District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
  (818) 899-1900 ext. 223
  Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:33 AM PST
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  OPEN LETTER TO ALL WILSON/HARVARD USERS - MANDATORY ROAD ESCORTS
  LA County has been trying to work with us for access.
From what I understand, you have to call LA County Public Works
Department (Palmdale) @ 661-947-7173.  You must speak with Mark
Caddick to arrange for an escort and to be part of the trip up
and/or down the hill.  Mr. Caddick will explain the ground rules.
  Just because [other] crews are traveling doesn't mean that
anyone can just show up and get into the group.  A number of
people have used keys to gain access without the escort along
with just showing up at the meet point to joined the escort
without first getting approved by the county.
  I heard rumors that the county is not to happy with those
people and may cut access if the process is not followed.  In
addition, you must be escorted down the hill as well.  Yesterday
a group of people left before the escort and got stuck requiring
assistance from LA County Crews which I am told was very
upsetting to the LA County Managers and people in charge as
resources had to be used to get the people unstuck and safely
down the rest of the way.
  Finally, if you are scheduled to be part of the escort and
you change plans you really need to let the county know ASAP
as they had a crew waiting for some people Friday AM only to
find out that they had decided to sneak up the night before,
further upsetting LA County Personnel.
  We all need to work with the county and understand that it
could be worse -- and we are making it worse by sneaking around
and not getting cleared properly.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson
  Saturday, January 23, 2010
  [Reprinted as received.]
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  THE MT. WILSON PICTURE IN BRIEF
  Snow accumulation was about 17 inches but much deeper in
drift pockets.  The heavy icing on the towers from this week's
storms is now about 90% cleared.
  A number of stations had major issues during this week's
big storms:
  o  A major site had a generator failure.  I was able to put
on my "diesel mechanic hat" and got the beast up and running for
five hours before it died again.  Thankfully the power returned
shortly after the second failure.  It was a fuel system problem
-- kept sucking air and needing bleeding to remove the air.
  o  Another incident involved a logic system that locked out
[the cooling?] pump on the main TX, so they were on their aux TX
for a day or so.
  o  A microwave system problem required a chopper flight in
yesterday and back in again today.
  o  Yet another station group had a generator just shut down
for no apparent reason.  It was restarted a few hours later with
no faults showing.
  o  The mountain has lost power for a total of 20+ hours in the
last 13 days or so.
  o  Roads are EXTREMELY ICY.....  Highway 2 is in need of some
work that will take a month or so.  The road sholders are washed
out in some places and some guard rails have been washed away
as well.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson
  Sunday, January 24, 2010 @ 10:28 PM PST
  [Minor editorial clarifications were made to Dennis' letter
  without the benefit of his review.  -Ed.]
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  CAUGHT USING GATE KEYS WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION
  I am aware of two different parties that used keys to
get into the closed off area over by Big T and Angeles Forest.
The radio traffic I heard was that two different parties were
cited by law enforcement, their keys confiscated and their
bodies escorted out of the area.
  Anonymous
  Saturday, January 23, 2010
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  DSL NOW AVAILABLE ON MT. WILSON
  For those of you that want more affordable Internet service
than T1s, DSL is now available on the hill.  I checked and we can
get around 384 kbs up and 3 Mbps down.  They offer both Business
and residential (requires a kitchen, bath and bedroom to qualify
as residential service).
  Call AT&T and let them know you understand Wilson is a new
service area as the pre-qualification tool still doesn't show
DSL is available.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson
  Sunday, January 24, 2010
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  WILSON PHOTO FILE UPDATED
  Click on thumbnails for enlargements.
  http://drop.io/wilson2010
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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  NEWS BRIEF
  CES 2010 -- Is 3-D the future of home TV?
  http://tinyurl.com/3-DatHOME
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  NEW TYPE OF BPL?
  Here is an article on an allegedly new type of frequency-
hopping Broadband over Power Line (BPL) system, for lack of
a better term.  The technical information is skeletal, and
the question remains as to whether the company can really
push data across power transformers (since the iron core
in a transformer ordinarily eats up the data signal):
  http://tinyurl.com/NewBPL
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                      LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  BROADCASTING IS AT TIMES A SAFETY OF LIFE SERVICE
  I'm surprised at the attitude of Ranger McIntyre of Los
Angeles River Ranger District in CGC #992, "...no transmission
is worth injury or death to any individual."  What if the lack
of transmissions [e.g. missed EAS warnings] cause even more
injuries and death?
  Perhaps what they are really saying is that the LA River
Ranger District feels that the value of transmissions to the
public are less than the cost of potential rescues.
  Rusty Hodge
  rusty (at) hodge.com
  January 21, 2010
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  A LOS ANGELES DTV MYSTERY
  It looks like I have another DTV mystery to tell about.
Last Sunday, while tuning in for a NFL game on KTTV, I noticed
there was a second channel, 11.2, besides the regular HD channel
11.1.  11.2 is running a standard DTV format duplicating the 11.1
program, but on the bottom of the screen there is a block that
says "KCOP 13.2 Los Angeles."  This didn't make sense, so when
I tuned to channel 13 to find a 13.2 sub-channel, there was none
there.  The 13.1 was there in HD with KCOP programming.
  D. Ramos
  dr2500 (at) verizon.net
  January 19, 2010
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  ANOTHER LETTER ON THE LOS ANGELES DTV MYSTERY
  Here's something that puzzles me.  Channel 11 (KTTV) comes
in here in Huntington Beach with a signal level of about 38 using
rabbit ears (it's raining now).  The sig is barely above the
detection threshold.
  Now I just noticed Channel 11.2 which seems to be a duplicate
of Channel 11.1, but says KCOP, and I get KCOP/Channel 13 with a
signal level of 65-70.
  Since Channel 11.2 comes in with a sig level of around 65 and
says KCOP on the screen, would it be fair to assume that 11.2 is
being trasnmitted by KCOP, Channel 13?  Can anyone explain what
is going on?
  James Wootton
  JamesWootton (at) webtv.net
  January 21, 2010
  [Major editing performed by CGC staff to focus on the
  central issue.  There was inadequate time to receive
  Mr. Wootton's approval on the revised text.   -Ed.]
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  CHANNEL 10 EAS ERROR
  While the voice message on your EAS [warning] at Noon Thursday
made sense about Severe Thunderstorms till 1 PM Thursday afternoon,
your crawling text message across the top of the TV was giving
the wrong time and date!!
  It showed till 2 or 3 AM on Friday 1-22-2010 -- clearly a
clock problem.
  I spoke with my wife, and like many, she had the volume down,
but saw the incorrect message.
  Please do us and yourself a service and correct this problem
promptly.  We rely on 10 News.  From my current location on the
western side of Point Loma, we cannot receive any stations from
Mt. Miguel over-the-air, so 10 News is a critical source for
all news.  Keep up the great doppler radar interactive on the
Web also!
  [Name withheld upon request]
  January 21, 2010
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  REPLY FROM KGTV, CHANNEL 10
  We noticed that too.  The message is generated at the County
of San Diego.  We are contacting them about the time error.
Thanks for your email.
  January 21, 2010
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  GOOD WORK ON FINDING THE KKZZ SPUR.  THAT REMINDS ME....
  A long-form letter from Linc Reed-Nickerson (President,
KORC Radio) is posted on the Web at the URL below.
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Letters/KKZZ_and_KYW.html
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  SAN DIEGO AND MEXICAN RADIO NOTES
  o  This week's storms were making KNX-AM's IBOC cut in and
  out more the normal when driving around east of San Diego.
  The HD and hold light would blink with the storm.
  o  Other radio problems: 1030 kHz off the air (2 days);
  620 audio on/off; 800 ESPN real low power; 950 on low power;
  1310 low power; 1700 down in power, weak; 88.9 MHz (Palomar
  Mountain) off the air; 104.1 on low power, audio in/out/silent.
  Anonymous
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  HAM RADIO NEWS
  Here is a five star video on what ham radio does when
the chips are down, this time in the aftermath of the Haitian
earthquake:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqaKzIkyBug
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                            OFF TOPIC
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  GRADE A OFF TOPIC MATERIAL
  o  Automaton -- Four ways to climb a wall, robot edition video:
  http://tinyurl.com/WallClimbers
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               FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20100107ACV   KSIQ   63471   CCR-BRAWLEY IV, LLC
           E      96.1 MHZ              CAMPO, CA
  License to cover.
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO
  A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMPFTB-20100115ADT  KCAQ-FM6 178421  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
              E      104.7 MHZ               SANTA BARBARA, CA
  Mod of CP
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  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLFTB-20100105ABF  KCAQ-FM2  165418  GOLD COAST BROADCASTING LLC
             E      104.7 MHZ               GRANADA HILLS, CA
  License to cover.
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