Category Archives: Local

Chapter 36 Election Returns Announced

SBE Chapter 36 held an online election and named its new lineup of officers.

Chairman Tony McDaid and Vice-chairman Mike Curran each took a second term.

Oscar Quintanilla, veteran headend engineer at Cox Communications, volunteered to take on the role of Secretary-Treasurer. He’s an Advanced Class ham radio operator, KF6YB. He and Chris Durso maintain several VHF and UHF ham repeaters around town.

All three ran unopposed.

McDaid thanked Secretary-Treasurer Jessica Colyer and Program Chairman Bart Schade for their service in the past year. Meeting program management will be performed by the executive committee in the coming year.

Jaime Bonilla Cuts Off BCA

XHPRS-FM 105.7 and XEPE-AM 1700 have discontinued their operations agreements with San Diego-based Broadcast Company of the Americas, aka BCA Radio. The stations, known as “105.7 Max FM” and “ESPN 1700” were shut down in mid-December after a reported payment dispute with the license holder, Media Sports de Mexico, owned by Jaime Bonilla Valdez.

Their respective websites continued streaming programming until the end of February 2019. BCA continues to operate XEPRS 1090-AM, known as the “Mighty 1090 AM.”

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.