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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.

Remembering Veteran San Diego Radio Engineer Dick Warren

Dick Warren, a veteran San Diego radio talent and engineer, passed away this week after suffering a stroke recently. He has been a member of the San Diego SBE chapter longer than any other engineer.

Dick worked at a number of legacy stations, including KSON 1240 and KSDO 1130 AM. He most recently served as a contract engineer for a number of lesser-known stations, such as KKSM Palomar College, KNSN San Diego, and KPRI (when it was Compass Radio 102.1).

Dick Warren. Photo provided by his family.

Zeb Navarro of KKSM says a memorial service for Dick has been set by his family for July 21st. You can learn more and communicate your desire to attend by sending a message to his family at mailto:dickwarrenrsvp@gmail.com.   This is to help them get a good handle on how many people will attend.

There will also be two scholarships established in Dick’s name. One will be at Palomar College and the other with the San Diego ARRL. Dick’s daughter Rechelle Mojica says, “In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the [memorial scholarship] fund either by a check made out to the Palomar College Foundation, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos CA 92069 OR online. On the drop-down Donations category page, click Radio Station KKSM and it will be credited to the Dick Warren Memorial Scholarship.”

Bill Lipis, mostly retired engineer who brought us the bad news said, “Dick’s big claim to fame was MANY years as KSON country DJ and then he started doing engineering and spinning the country hits! I worked my first weekend board shift with Dick as KSON DJ at the College Grove picture window studios. He later started engineering about every station in town. Dick was at KSON starting out when Jack Rabell was Chief and DJ. Dick also spent years at 1130 KSDO studios and transmitter through a lot of moves! He is truly one of the best and kindness people.”

Bob Gonsett said, “Dick was a fabulous professional announcer (KSON years ago), an accomplished Amateur Radio operator (K6OBS) and an excellent broadcast engineer. He was a Christian, a gentle giant and true friend. He spoke from the heart. He was one of those people you’d meet once and just want to be around again and again. The last time I had the pleasure of working with Dick was on Mt. Soledad a few years ago. We were inspecting an FM transmitter plant and discussing a number of possible improvements. As usual, he had foreseen complications and worked out solutions so we could proceed without a hitch. He will be greatly missed by all.”

I had the pleasure of working with Dick at KPRI-FM/Compass Broadcasting and was always impressed by his positive attitude and vast radio engineering experience.