All posts by Gary Stigall

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 Talked 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, came to San Diego February 20, 2019 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.

Many thanks for the talk and for lunch, Jeff!

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.

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.