Local 600 MHz DTV Stations on the Move

The FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction has San Diego and Baja Mexico stations moving to new channels after T-Mobile bought the spectrum last year. LPTV stations on channels 39 through 51 were told by T-Mobile they would be taking over the spectrum after November 30, 2018.

Protected station KNSD won’t have to move until April, but their Technical Operations Manager Michael Fouch says they will join KPBS and KSWB in making a big channel swap on March 14, 2019.

Let’s look to see what’s going on, channel by channel:

15 – XHTJB, public TV “Canal Once” (channel 11) moved from channel 46 in September. The FCC website has this allocation placed in Ensenada, but they’re actually in Tijuana.

16 – KDTF, Entravision’s LATV outlet, moved from channel 51 on Mt. San Miguel on November 16th using their same broadband panel antenna.

17 – KNSD, NBC Universal, is up and testing with color bars from Mt. San Miguel since December 3rd on their new Rohde & Schwarz transmitter into a UHF Dielectric Pylon antenna installed by Wireless Infrastructure Services (“WIS”).

19 – KPBS, San Diego State University’s PBS outlet, had their antenna installed by WIS earlier this year and is due to move from channel 30 on March 14, 2019.

20 – KZSD, a UHF outlet of Scripps, is up on Mt. San Miguel and broadcasting a repeat of their channel 10 lineup.

21 – XHDTV Tecate, an Entravision outlet, is working to move from channel 47.

25 – KTCD-LP, another Entravision station, and KSDY-LD have applied for this channel and are considered mutually exclusive. They’re working out a solution.

26 – KSWB, Tribune’s Fox affiliate, had WIS install their Dielectric slot pylon antenna last week. They’ll move from channel 19 on March 14. KVSD-LD from Mt. Woodson has been off the air for some time even though they have not filed a Silent STA.

27 – XHBJ Tijuana moved from 44 in the past month.

30 – KPBS will move to 19 as mentioned. Tijuana will take over this channel after that date.

39 – KZSD-LP STA on Mt. San Miguel became KZSD-LD and moved to channel 20 in time for their November 30th T-Mobile takeover date.

50 – KSDY-LD on Mt. San Miguel received a reprieve from T-Mobile to hang on until January 31, 2019 while working out a mutually-exclusive application for channel 25 with Entravision.

51 – KDTF Mt. San Miguel moved to channel 16.

SBE Leader Barry Thomas Passes

(From SBE National Headquarters) We are deeply saddened by the passing of Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, who died on Dec. 6, 2018. Barry devoted a great deal of his time and talents to the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He joined the SBE in 1986 and served the SBE with involvement in several local SBE chapters and on the national level. His national involvement included two terms on the SBE Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005, and two terms as treasurer from 2005 to 2007. He served as the society’s 25th president from 2007 to 2009 and immediate past president from 2009 to 2011. In 2017 he was elected to serve on the board again but decided to step down early in his term. In 2011, Barry was elevated to the membership grade of Fellow.

Barry Thomas, past SBE President

On Barry’s passing, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “Barry served the SBE in many capacities and has been a voice for many engineers in our industry for decades. After hearing this news, I remembered so many occasions where Barry spent time developing younger engineers and being that mentor so many of us talk about. He was a devoted father, son, brother and fellow engineer who will be sorely missed by all.”

Local note: Barry was Corporate Director of Engineering for Lincoln Financial Broadcasting when that company owned San Diego broadcasters KIFM 98.1, KBZT 94.9, and KSON 97.3 FM. Eric Schecter, local market DOE in the mid-2000s, remembers Barry. “I have a fond memory of driving the KSON signal with Barry and getting sushi. Barry loved good sushi. He gave us the resources to do our jobs and build out great studios, as well as permission to purchase new transmitters for Mt. Soledad.”

2018 Annual SBE Holiday Luncheon

We always have a great time sharing good cheer and shop talk. This year’s holiday luncheon is sponsored by our friends at RF Specialties, so no cost to you. No presentations, either.

Please join us Wednesday, December 19th at 12 noon at Souplantation, 6171 Mission Gorge Road in Mission Valley. RSVP to rsvp@sbe36.org so that we can reserve a place for you.

KZSD-LP Granted Displacement on Channel 20

On October 10, 2018, EW Scripps Broadcasting, licensee of KGTV and KZSD-LP, was granted a Construction Permit to operate on channel 20. This is to remedy a displacement by telecom from their temporary home on channel 39. The 7.3 kW ERP signal will have a westward directional signal.

This should be an interesting one to watch because it is the only San Diego station given FCC permission to occupy a Los Angeles/Orange County T-band channel used by first responders there. A previous attempt by Televisa’s XHUAA to occupy channel 20 in 2006 was met with resistance by land mobile operators in the L.A. metro area and Televisa moved that operation to channel 22.

KZSD was purchased by Scripps to broadcast Azteca America programming, but with that network’s broadcast being taken over by Entravision’s XHAS Tijuana, KZSD has been translating the KGTV ABC subchannel. To date, the signal is analog.

Society of Broadcast Engineers, San Diego