Category Archives: Local

KZSD-LP Granted Displacement on Channel 20

On October 10, 2018, EW Scripps Broadcasting, licensee of KGTV and KZSD-LP, was granted a Construction Permit to operate on channel 20. This is to remedy a displacement by telecom from their temporary home on channel 39. The 7.3 kW ERP signal will have a westward directional signal.

This should be an interesting one to watch because it is the only San Diego station given FCC permission to occupy a Los Angeles/Orange County T-band channel used by first responders there. A previous attempt by Televisa’s XHUAA to occupy channel 20 in 2006 was met with resistance by land mobile operators in the L.A. metro area and Televisa moved that operation to channel 22.

KZSD was purchased by Scripps to broadcast Azteca America programming, but with that network’s broadcast being taken over by Entravision’s XHAS Tijuana, KZSD has been translating the KGTV ABC subchannel. To date, the signal is analog.

FCC Opens Settlement Window for LPTV Displacement Applications

The FCC announced on October 30th a displacement application filing window for low power TV (LPTV), TV translators, and digital replacement translator stations displaced by the incentive auction and repacking process. Three San Diego TV broadcasters made mutually exclusive applications and are caught up in the fight for channel 25. KSDY (ICN, channel 50) and KDTF-LD (Entravision, channel 51), both now operating from Mt. San Miguel, are seeking to operate on channel 25 after repacking. KHAX-LP (Entravision, channel 49, Vista) is also listed, but Entravision can resolve that application by stipulating it could accept interference from its own transmissions in its isolated coverage area. KHAX-LP was granted a Special Temporary Authority (“STA”) in late October to operate on channel 21, which its Mexican sister station XHDTV Tecate is expected to move to from channel 47. Both XHDTV and KHAX in the past operated on channel 49.FCC Logo

Upper UHF stations in San Diego have received letters from T-Mobile stating they may begin operations on the upper UHF channels at the end of November 2018. Not only do the LPTV’s have to resolve the MX claim, but in many cases they must file STA applications for operation on a temporary channel, then must order and install the equipment before the end of November or go off the air.

Mutually exclusive applications can be settled a number of ways. One station could file for operation on another channel. The stations could agree to share a single physical channel. Or one station could pay the other’s legal and engineering expenses and have that station go off the air. Stations are not allowed to sell for a speculated value exceeding accrued costs.

The MX settlement window opened October 30 and will close January 10, 2019. If stations can’t resolve their mutually exclusive applications through a technical settlement, the FCC will force an auction for the channel.

FCC Asks for Comments on FM Translator Auction

The FCC wants feedback on its announced procedures on Auction 100 that affects two San Diego area broadcasters. At issue locally are the mutually exclusive applications from AM broadcasters KURS (El Sembrador Ministries, 1040 kHz, San Diego) and KECR (Family Radio, 910 kHz, El Cajon), who each want to operate FM translators on 100.1 MHz. The FCC has set opening bids at $35,000.

The FCC expects bidding to open in 2019. Initial comments are due by November 15.

KRSP-LP FM Asks to Cancel License

La Maestra Family Clinic Secretary John Kuek sent a letter to the FCC in October asking that their license for KRSP-LP 101.1 MHz in El Cajon be canceled and the callsign deleted. Curiously, an engineer from northern California showed up in town the day before the station’s CP was to expire and said he installed a temporary broadcast to qualify for a License to Cover. That documentation was filed, but the licensee said separately they no longer had a desire to broadcast.

Low power FM stations often underestimate the monetary and labor obligations to set-up a radio station and lose interest once reality hits.

ARRL Adds Dick Warren Scholarship

(Adapted from ARRL.ORG) The ARRL Foundation has announced that the Dick Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship will join the growing list of scholarships administered by the ARRL Foundation. The scholarship is funded through the generosity of the family of San Diego longtime broadcast engineer, announcer, and ham radio operator Dick Warren, K6OBS, who passed away earlier this year. Intended exclusively for educational use, this scholarship will provide assistance with the costs of tuition, room, board, books, and other fees essential to the recipient’s higher education. The scholarship award will be $500 annually, with the first scholarship expected to be awarded in 2019.

An applicant must be a US citizen, but without regard to gender, race, national origin, or disability. The applicant must be performing at a high academic level or be an at-risk youth with at least two counselor or teacher recommendations describing why the applicant is deserving. All applicants must hold a valid FCC-issued Amateur Radio license and be attending, either part-time or full-time, a regionally accredited technical school, community college, college, or university in a program leading to an undergraduate degree education, science, math, engineering, technology, or a health care-related field.

Applicants must demonstrate activity and interest in radio service or some technical proficiency by participating in some form of radio-related activities such as emergency communication, equipment construction, community radio service, or scouting. Award preference will go to applicants residing in San Diego or Imperial County.