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Woodson LPTV KZTC Flash Cuts to Digital

Mt. Woodson channel 7 VHF low power station KZTC flash cut to digital ATSC February 22. KZTC outputs a 1.5kW directional signal aimed at the southwest quadrant toward San Diego. The station had been rebroadcasting Entravision XHDTV’s MundoFox subchannel, but now rebroadcasts the same station’s English language services that include the Fox MyTV network and syndicated content.

KZTC is maintained, and partially owned, by Matt Lunati, who had been a fixture in San Diego broadcast engineering, but lately has been working servicing telecom sites in Arizona.

FCC Takes More San Diego Area LPFM Actions

On January 12, 2015, the FCC ordered in a single document the granting of an LPFM station for San Diego Catholic Radio and dismissal of applications from Active Pulse and Hi Neighbor. SDCR was given the right to construct its station on 93.7 MHz at iHeartMedia’s historic KLSD-AM/KGB-FM facility at Oak Park.

In summary, the FCC agreed with SDCR’s objection to Active Pulse’s application on grounds that the organization had no state record of being a non-profit organization. Hi Neighbor had earlier affiliated itself with AP in the mutually exclusive group.

93.7 MHz is currently occupied locally by 10W translator K229BO on Mt. Woodson rebroadcasting KPFK from Los Angeles after 90.7 MHz signed on in Tijuana.

 

San Diego Broadcast Tech News

June Gonzalez, long-time San Diego office FCC agent, is retiring at the end of the month. She’s been with the FCC since they administered First Class Radiotelephone license tests.

Congratulations to new member Joshua Hager for passing his Certified Broadcast Technician (CBT) exam as part of a school course.

KPBS producer/operator Roberta Griego recently joined Chapter 36.

Zack Takes Over Western Radio Electronics Store

No sooner had Western Radio Electronics moved its store back to Kearny Mesa from Mira Mesa than Zack Electronics swept in and purchased its assets and sent its employees home. Mike Richards, who sold supplies at Western for 32 years total, said he was laid off in October.

It’s no secret that electronics retailing has suffered from a combination of increased web mail order purchasing and a decrease in do-it-yourself hobby activity as modern electronics has used large scale integration techniques increasingly difficult to build and test. In San Diego, only Willy’s Electronics remains as a strong source of audio/video installation supplies and electronic components. Gateway Electronics and its derivative SD Electronics have closed.

Mike said that all stock was sent to Zack during by end of August from a temporary facility on Convoy Court. “I understand Zack has a will call department and counter but no real storefront as majority of sales are by phone or internet,” he said.

“At the time I officially retired from Western Radio I had been with the company starting downtown in 1973 working in the stock room and shipping department, and filled in on counter sales for only 2 years, at which time I was hired by Honor Marine Communications to be a buyer and estimator for repairs and maintenance on the tuna boats (also did some bench repair work when needed in shop).

“I was re-hired by Western Radio in 1984 to become Purchasing Manager upon retirement of the head of that department. At the high of Western Radio I was managing 2 additional buyers, 1 purchasing clerk, and shipping and receiving personnel.”

Jim Dujiwich bought the company in 2004 and moved it to Mira Mesa, where it floundered with low inventory and a poor location.

Mike continued, “It was always fun and really enjoyed getting to know all the customers of Western Radio. It was sad for me to see an institution close down that had been in San Diego since 1932, but as we all know, times change and local distribution just could not maintain the kind of sales that almost all manufactures wanted to retain dealerships.”

Mike is continuing with a side business he has had since 1971, setting up live sound events, and consulting and design work for small- to medium-sized churches, resorts, and businesses. Anyone can email him at soundbymike@gmail.com.