Category Archives: Local

Lightning Strike Knocks Off KNSJ

East County Magazine reporter Miriam Raftery says that an August 5th weekend thunderstorm caused KNSJ Descanso at 89.1 MHz to go off-the-air until repairs estimated at over $2,000 can be made.

The transmitter and antenna sit atop Monument Peak in the Laguna Mountains, giving the station a strong signal over San Diego and into Imperial County, “but the high elevation also leaves the transmitter vulnerable to extreme weather.”

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FCC Issues Notice of Violation for KSVG Mettler, CA

KSVG, Mettler, CA, is licensed for 1.7 kW ERP (H&V) @ -309 M HAAT on 89.7 MHz with a highly directional Scala antenna. Their theoretical coverage pattern falls far short of reaching any part of Bakersfield. So, the licensee may have thought, “Why not just move the TX to Bakersfield and not tell anybody?”  Check this out:

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0726/DOC-345950A1.pdf

Wireless Microphones After the TV Spectrum Auction

SBE General Legal Counsel Chris Imlay wrote an excellent article in the June 2017 edition of Signal, the print newsletter of the Society, in which he discusses what spectrum we should expect for wireless microphones after TV stations have moved and mobile carriers like T-mobile have set-up their services. It’s not as bad you might think, but you may have to buy new mics or intercoms.

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Matthew Wilson Anderson Moving to Los Angeles

iHeart Media Los Angeles cluster has hired Matthew Wilson Anderson from the San Diego cluster, so he’ll transfer effective July 1, 2017. Matt has served as SBE Chapter 36 Vice-chairman since November 2015.

Matt has served as an engineer at iHeart in San Diego since September 2014, doing everything from IT to transmitter work.

He’s also been an NFL Frequency Coordinator with the Chargers. He is expected to continue in that role in Los Angeles.

Matt said of his move, “I really loved my time in San Diego and I hope this isn’t my last time working in this market. I would like to thank John Rigg, Bill Thompson and everyone at iHeart Media that took the time to teach me. Day 1 started with ‘What do the filaments do?’ We’ve come a long way from there.”

The LA cluster includes five FM and three AM stations and is led by market Director of Engineer Doug Irwin.

Matt will be missed by his San Diego friends and colleagues.