ATSC 3 Roadshow Coming to Las Vegas, Phoenix

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society will be hosting the ATSC 3 Roadshow at locations throughout the United States.  BTS will be hosting the one-day course on the new ATSC 3 digital television (DTV) transmission system, taught by expert Gary Sgrignoli of Meintel, Sgrignoli, and Wallace, the noted digital TV transmission consulting firm. 

This course will develop a fundamental understanding of the ATSC 3 digital transmission system’s Physical Layer, provide attendees with practical application ideas and update them regarding the progress of the spectrum repack and ATSC 3 deployment.  Attending the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society’s ATSC 3 Roadshow will earn attendees SBE credit towards re-certification and can facilitate preparation for the upcoming SBE ATSC 3 Specialist Certification exam. 

Dates               Location               Venue               Registration Link

March 7, 2019  Phoenix, AZ         Arizona PBS             Register Now

April 6, 2019   Las Vegas, NV      Flamingo Hotel       Register Now        

FCC Drops Rules Requiring Physical Posting of Licenses

The Federal Communications Commission in late 2018 issued a Report and Order eliminating the long-standing requirement that radio and television stations of all types post physical copies of their licenses at their transmitter sites. A posting in the February 8, 2019 Federal Register made this official.

The FCC said, “These rules have become redundant and obsolete now that licensing information is readily accessible online through the Commission’s databases, including CDBS, LMS, and ULS. It therefore finds that eliminating these rules, which apply in some form to all broadcast licensees, will serve the public interest.”

You may officially take down those dusty old license frames.

February 2019 Meeting: Nautel to Talk About Improved HD Deployments

One of the gripes about early IBOC HD radio installations is that they required inefficient Class A amplification and often a second, dedicated transmitter and/or antenna, not to mention special studio-transmitter links (STLs) and frequent manual time alignments. Messy business.

The new Nautel representative Jeff Wilson, comes to San Diego to introduce himself and make a presentation on “Making HD Radio Deployments Easier and More Affordable,” describing new systems that take a lot of the pain out of HD Radio deployments.

Join us Wednesday, February 20 at 12:00 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego. Jeff buys lunch.

About Jeff Wilson

Before taking over for retiring Ellis Terry last year, Jeff had represented Broadcast Electronics in Quincy, Illinois since 1995 as Western USA Sales Manager and later Director of Sales. He’s well-known in the broadcast industry.

Rick Bosscher Leaves KFMB After Four Decades of Work

We’ve learned that Rick Bosscher, longtime RF Supervisor at KFMB-AM-FM-TV, turned in his keys for good in mid-December 2018, less than a year after Tegna bought the stations. He was hired by Chief Engineer Charlie Abel in 1977 after installing and servicing the FM and TV transmitters in 1976 as a technician for RCA.

Charlie recognized in Rick a deep knowledge of electronics given him by RCA as well as an attention to detail that would serve him throughout his career. He started in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a young technician at a local broadcast station and decided to further his training with RCA.

His job became unique in San Diego. As the KFMB Stations RF specialist, he installed all of their radio and TV transmitters, microwave and satellite systems, and related control systems. He oversaw much of the station facilities management and news mobile technical maintenance as well. His sites were known for their tidy and high-quality “fit and finish.” Because of his maintenance skills, the equipment he oversaw tended to last longer than standard. The KFMB-AM Harris and Collins transmitters, for example, are 27 and 37 years old and still operate like new.

Bosscher is an amateur metallurgist who’s made his own automobile engines in his spare time. He recently restored a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray he inherited from a neighbor.

He’s a ham radio operator, callsign K6FMB, who owns and modified for use on the lower HF bands a Bauer 707 AM transmitter that KFMB staff had originally assembled as a spare in 1959.

Bosscher told me he is relaxing and completing some projects around his Clairemont home and taking his Stingray for drives to the beach.

Chapter 36 Elections Coming

Chairman Tony McDaid called an executive meeting in January to discuss the state of the San Diego chapter of SBE and changes in leadership.

A February election will include this lineup: Chairman Tony McDaid and Vice-chairman Mike Curran seeking a second term.

Oscar Quintanilla, veteran Video Technician at Cox Communications, volunteered to take on the role of Secretary-Treasurer. He’s an Advanced Class ham radio operator, KF6YB. He and Chris Durso maintain several VHF and UHF ham repeaters around town.

All three are running unopposed, though members are welcome to volunteer to run for any of the three positions. Contact Tony McDaid to be included.

McDaid thanked Secretary-Treasurer Jessica Colyer and Program Chairman Bart Schade for their service in the past year. Program management will be done by the executive committee in the coming year.

Members will be sent via their registered email addresses online ballots during February.

Society of Broadcast Engineers, San Diego