All posts by Gary Stigall

SES Offers to Reimburse C-Band Dish Registration Costs

According to TV Technology magazine, satellite relay provider SES has offered to reimburse C-band dish owners for the cost of registering their earth stations with the FCC. The only catch is…you have to have procrastinated till at least July 28, 2018, to be eligible. Get more information by contacting¬†FCCregistration@ses.com. The NAB encourages members to register all C-band earth station dishes by October 17, 2018 to ensure that they are eligible for protection going forward.

The reason the industry is asking broadcasters to register receive-only dishes is that the FCC is proposing to reassign C-band terrestrial receive frequencies to the telecom industry. If you maintain a receive antenna for radio or TV network services, this could present an interference problem. As users register, the FCC can get a better idea on how large the impact would be.

If you need assistance with your C-band dish registration, Signal Wiz in San Diego can file your application.

KPBS-TV Making Progress Toward Move to Channel 19

Removing old KPBS channel 15 analog slot antenna. Photo by Leon Messenie

KPBS-TV atop Mt. San Miguel tackled their antenna work last week as part of their TV spectrum repack project. They must move from UHF channel 30 to channel 19 while KSWB-TV moves from channel 19 to 26 and KNSD (TV) from 40 to 17. These full-power TV stations, all in Phase 2 of the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction, must switch to the new channel alignment by April 12, 2019.

I asked KPBS Director of Engineering and project coordinator Leon Messenie about recent activity. Continue reading KPBS-TV Making Progress Toward Move to Channel 19

FCC Says It’s ETRS Time Again

The FCC announced last week that all radio and television stations must file their Emergency Alert System Test Reporting System Form One before August 27, 2018. The only exceptions are translators and boosters that do not originate EAS alerts. You need to file for each EAS unit your station owns. The FCC ETRS portal is here.

 

SBE Chapter 36 Ham Repeater Updated

The 70 cm band ham radio repeater atop Mt. Soledad and associated with SBE Chapter 36 was updated on June 30th by Chris Durso and Matt Anderson. The site, licensed as KI6KHB/F, assumed a new channel at 447.28- transmit, PL 91.5, NAC 858. We’re now on an omni-directional antenna. The previous directional antenna and line-of-sight reception of a co-channel repeater near Los Angeles limited the site’s utility. The station is capable of P25 mode digital and FM analog, and switches automatically in response to your signal.

Local broadcast engineers are encouraged to use the new repeater. We’ll have a remake of our local broadcast engineer net beginning Wednesday, July 11th at 7 PM.

Many thanks to Chris Durso, Matt Anderson, and host KGTV for making this repeater possible.

FCC Licenses New El Cajon Low Power FM

The FCC Granted KRSA-LP El Cajon on 101.1 MHz a license to cover their construction permit on June 20, 2018. The 19 watt non-directional station granted to La Maestra Family Clinic in San Diego was set to operate from Rattlesnake Mountain. However, the station apparently ran for just a day before leaving air. It’s not known when, where or if the station intends to operate full-time.