Sherman George, retired UCSD-TV Chief Engineer, pressed the RF button on their Anywave transmitter Wednesday morning, October 25th, 2017, to permanently end 27 years of public broadcasting from K35DG on Mt. Soledad. Sherman led the effort for the University of California San Diego in 1990 to start broadcasting television on UHF channel 35. For its leaving the air, the university just received a $24-million payment from the proceeds of the 600 MHz broadband spectrum auction completed this April. KTLA in Los Angeles will occupy channel 35 no later than April 12, 2019.
UCSD-TV continues to appear on local cable and satellite distribution. UCSD-TV broadcasts a mix of professor and visiting scholar lectures, music performances, and even classic movies. They also uplink to satellite UCTV for the entire University of California system from the San Diego campus for distribution statewide on consumer and campus cable and satellite systems.
Of his ceremonial sign-off, Sherman commented, “If it had only been that easy to get on the air.”
Venture Technologies, operating KRPE-LP channel 6 on Palomar Mountain, filed with the FCC in late September to install a translator on Mt. San Miguel with 3 kW ERP non-directional. Venture operates several channel 6 transmitters as FM audio stations with analog aural carriers on 87.75 MHz, capable of locking in on a car radio. XETV had occupied channel 6, but the FCC no longer lists a transmitter in Tijuana, perhaps meaning Mexico has relinquished the channel reservation.
Venture has also been granted a construction permit for channel 17 UHF on Mt. Woodson. The city of license is listed as South Park, CA. Channel 17 in this area will be relinquished to KNSD-TV when they switch from Channel 40 in phase two of the current UHF channel repacking.
As part of their deal to take over CBS Radio, Entercom announced on September 26 they are divesting three radio stations nationwide, including KSOQ (FM) 92.1 Escondido, KSWD (FM) 100.3 Los Angeles, and WGGI (FM) Benton (Wilkes-Barre market), PA for $57.75-million to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation (EMF).
KSOQ has served as a simulcast outlet for KSON, quite effectively boosting the country-format station’s signal to North San Diego Country.
EMF currently operates these FM transmitters in San Diego County:
- KYDO 96.1 Campo
- KYDO-FM1 96.1 San Diego (Mt. San Miguel booster)
- K253AD 98.5 Oceanside
- KPRI 100.1 Julian
- KLVJ 102.1 Encinitas (Mt. Soledad)
The divestment was fully anticipated after the three stations were put into a divestment trust this March.
If the FCC approves the CBS/Entercom merger, the successor company Entercom will own KBZT94.9, KYXY 96.5, KSON97.3, KXSN 98.1, and KEGY 103.7 MHz, all of San Diego.
Interestingly, the Entercom has leased property for new studios directly across the street from iHeartMedia and KNSD/NBC on Granite Ridge Drive, but can’t build out the facility in concert with the CBS stations involved in the proposed merger due to SEC rules governing collusion during a significant transfer of assets.
By Larry Wilkins, SBE EAS Advisory Group
All engineers should be aware by now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has scheduled the 2017 national EAS test for Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 11:20 p.m. PDT. This test will be originated and distributed via IPAWS only; the same manner as the 2016 National Test. The test will be sent with the event code NPT for National Periodic Test. All stations are expected to receive the NPT message from IPAWS or off-air and then to relay the NPT message on-air using their normal studio EAS equipment. The message will be sent with both English and Spanish language text and audio.
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East County Magazine reporter Miriam Raftery says that an August 5th weekend thunderstorm caused KNSJ Descanso at 89.1 MHz to go off-the-air until repairs estimated at over $2,000 can be made.
The transmitter and antenna sit atop Monument Peak in the Laguna Mountains, giving the station a strong signal over San Diego and into Imperial County, “but the high elevation also leaves the transmitter vulnerable to extreme weather.”
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