Category Archives: Local

New XHTJB Channel 15 DTV Causing Ruckus in LA Metro

After KPBS-TV abandoned channel 15 during the digital conversion in June 2009, the FCC allocated that spectrum to first responders in the Los Angeles and Orange Country for use in mobile 2-way voice communications, otherwise known as  “T-band” public service spectrum. Past UHF-TV channels 14, 16, and 20 are also so designated in the L.A. metro area.

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Chapter 36 Adds Members, Certifications

Zeb Navarro joined as Associate Member. He’s the General Manager at  KKSM San Marcos, the AM radio station operated by Palomar College. He’s also an adjunct professor of Digital Broadcast Arts there.

Kurt Kohnen joined as Member. He’s a radio and TV production manager at KPBS and adjunct music professor for the San Diego Community College District. He also freelances with AMFM Music, a company that sells production music, and with the record label Tidepool Music.

Angel Ramos passed his exam in early August to become a Certified Broadcast Technician. Angel has been Chief Engineer at Univision Radio (KLQV 102.9 and KLNV 106.5 FM) since 1998.

Gary Stigall renewed as Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and remains a Senior Member.

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.