Fry’s Electronics Closes All Stores

It’s the end of an era, really. KRON-TV reported it first, saying Fry’s Electronics was going to close its doors soon. Then Fry’s made it official on February 24. All stores, including those in San Marcos and San Diego, were officially closed. They have an agent taking care of warranty service issues.

The stores had been limping along since they lost significant inventory in August 2019. They attempted to force consignees to supply all stock at no risk to Fry’s, but few took the bait. With empty shelves and buyers moving to convenient online purchasing, they joined a host of other big box dealers to their death.

It was fun while it last, though. Fry’s had something for everyone in their heyday, from computer parts to electronic components, movie DVDs to major appliances. You could lose an afternoon in the place. They ran attractive ads with real bargains that could attract huge crowds. Their stores were large enough to support a restaurant and product demonstrations.

It’s 7:00 PM. Do I hear an Amazon truck outside?

Soledad FMs Moving Across the Street

The FCC last week granted a Minor Modification application for EMF’s KLVJ (FM) Encinitas to move its main transmitter from the UCSD tower site to the KFMB-TV tower, both on Mt. Soledad. The CP will have the 102.1 MHz 24 kW signal join the “Quadzilla” 4-bay antenna currently shared by KPBS-FM 89.5, KBZT (FM) 94.9, KXSN (FM) 98.1, and KFBG (FM) 100.7. KLVJ will lower its power slightly to 26.5 kW ERP. Owner EMF was also granted an Aux for the site on another antenna at 6.5 kW at 690 meters AGL.

Just days later, the FCC granted a Minor Modification application for iHeart Media to move K277DH, the KLSD (AM) translator on 103.3 MHz, from a KGTV-owned tower to the KFMB-TV tower. The CP specifies a vertically polarized Kathrein yagi with an east-west orientation at 250 watts ERP.

Since the KFMB Stations were sold to TEGNA, InSite has been managing the site for channel 8 income and there have apparently been some reductions in site leasing costs.

February 9 Meeting: Scott Fybush Shows Us the Real Deal–Big Radio Tower Steel

Scott Fybush hasn’t been traveling very much this year, of course, but he still has plenty of interesting photos and stories to share in this latest installment of “Tower Sites I’ve Known and Photographed.” Is it really radio’s 100th anniversary year? That’s one of the topics in this edition—along with the steady decline of heritage AM sites, plenty of tales from the field and a few thoughts about what’s in store for the broadcast community in 2021.

Join us in an online narrative and slide show Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Mountain in cooperation with Chapters 9 in Phoenix and 47 in Los Angeles. Send a message to for the Zoom meeting link.

About Scott Fybush

Scott wears many broadcasting hats: a news anchor (now with WXXI Rochester) for 30 years; a journalist covering the industry for his own NorthEast Radio Watch ( and Current; an engineering consultant focusing on signal improvement and FCC regulatory issues; a  station broker (; chief engineer for Rochester’s WDKX; and treasurer of Chapter 57.

You might know Scott best as “the tower guy,” recognized for the thousands of broadcast facilities he’s visited and documented on his website and in his annual Tower Site Calendar, now in its 20th year.

Jan 27 Presentation: Fiber Optics for HD Broadcast

Nemal Electronics will present Fiber Optics for HD Broadcast, with a live demo of fiber cleaning and testing. The 45-minute presentation covers basic fiber optic cable construction, termination types, testing, and practical applications in broadcast video, audio, and data.

Join us Wednesday, January 27, at 11:00 AM PST or 12:00 Noon MST. 

Make sure to PRE-REGISTER for this meeting via this link:   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thanks to SBE Chapter 9 Phoenix for coordinating and sharing this presentation. 

Member News

Congratulations to Doug Alman for the renewal of his SBE Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE) certification in November 2020. 

Congratulations to Chairman Tony McDaid for having passed his Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) test recently. Tony said about the venture, “For the CCNA I attended evening classes at San Diego Continuing Education. I would encourage anyone in broadcasting to take the classes. I also used the Boson practice test simulator.”

It’s never a bad time to work on your own certification, whether for Cisco, SBE, or CompTIA. You make yourself more employable, learn new skills, and walk away with a real achievement. 

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