Mike Curran, SBE 36 Vice-chair, was caught by the Mt. Woodson UCSD HPWren webcam leaving the site in his Jeep.
Says Mike about this photo: “It’s very rare that I windup in my own weather picture. As I hung out after a service call up on Mt Woodson, I wanted to catch a sunset shot, but as you can see the fog, drizzle, and clouds had a different plan. Just by chance my buddy Drew over in Phoenix was watching the UCSD HPwren cam and was able to grab a screenshot of me leaving in my Jeep. Foggy and windy conditions are not much fun driving down that road, but it sure beats the heck out of driving a desk! Like Julia Roberts said in Oceans 11, ‘You should know, somebody’s always watching.'”
If you’ve been in TV broadcast engineering management at any time over the past 27 years, you’ve had the pleasure of working with Dennis Younker, Cox Communications Headend Manager, regarding getting your signal on cable TV. He’s told you if you had issues with color, lip-sync, signal dropout, and even digital drift or jitter. In other words, he’s had your backside. After 43 years in the business, he’s hanging up his keys and will be doing exactly what he wants to from now on. Dennis sat down and wrote this memoir about the cable business and his part in it for SBE 36. Enjoy.
A reminder for those who may have missed this info: a digital signing certificate used by FEMA for its IPAWS service will be expiring in the next few days. Certificates like this are designed to help recipients automatically authenticate IPAWS messages, and by design these certificates regularly expire to be replaced by updated versions.
To continue to receive IPAWS messages on your EAS devices, most end users like broadcasters and cable systems will need to update the certificate settings in their device. Please check with your device’s manufacturer for instructions on how to do this.
For most users whose devices are otherwise at current software levels and already receiving IPAWS messages, these updates are free to download and install. Please do so by the expiration date to keep receiving EAS messages (for example, AMBER alerts and Required Monthly Tests) via IPAWS.
By the way, the next certificate will be valid until August 21, 2021, so you may want to mark your calendars for July of next year to check again with your device’s manufacturer at that time for the next needed update.
The FCC October 15, 2020 approved the transfer of KFSD 1450 AM Escondido to IHS Media of San Diego for $150,000 from North County Broadcasters, the Astor family that had owned the station since 1996.
KFSD Escondido returned to the air May 20, 2020, with its adult standards music format, just under a year after going silent in June 2019. The station, owned by the Astor Group, had been looking for a buyer to take over the station since Art Astor passed away in 2016.