Dielectric, headquartered in Raymond, Maine, named Steve Moreen to represent the company’s radio and TV antenna, filters, transmission line, and other RF accessories to broadcasters. He joined the company shortly before the NAB Show, so was seen manning their booth this year. Most recently, he was President of RF Specialties of California and past Chapter 36 Program Chairman.
Steve said the RF Specialties of California team of Jeff Motta, Nigel Worrall, Bill Newbrough and Tom Driggers are busy operating the office and using him from time to time as a consultant on more complex orders. Steve is looking for a new principal to lead the office. Anyone with an interest may contact him at his RF Specialties email address.
Steve took over RF Specialties of California in 2009 and has grown their sales steadily ever since.
Dielectric anticipates an increase in its business with the FCC TV Spectrum Auction that requires stations to move to TV channels below 37. Many of those stations are looking to install antennas with both horizontal and vertical polarized radiators in anticipation of the adoption of ATSC 3.0 after the repacking projects are finished.
The FCC today announced both the winners of the spectrum auction and the station winners of cash.
There are surprises
Somehow it seems just wrong to have such classic stations as WNBC-TV New York go dark, taking their $214-million auction winnings with them. Just so you don’t get too teary-eyed, they will be able to channel share with their superior signal from Comcast O&O sister WNJU. Comcast stations in Chicago and Philadelphia will also shut down and multiplex with their NBC sister stations. For more information, see the FCC, Broadcasting & Cable and TV Technology sites.
The biggest spenders in the auction:
T-Mobile at $8-billion,
Dish Network (“ParkerB.com”) second at $6.2-billion
Comcast (“CC Wireless Investment”) at $1.7-billion
AT&T at $910-million
Interestingly, Verizon did not participate.
In San Diego DMA 28
Locally, the big money winners were KSEX-LD getting over $34.7-million and K35DG (UCSD-TV) getting $24-million to each shut down their operations. Also,
KBNT-CD will move from channel 25 to 24
KNSD-TV 40 will move from channel 40 to 17
KPBS-TV will move from channel 30 to 19
KSWB-TV will move from channel 19 to 26
You may ask yourself why make unnecessary moves? Why not just have KPBS take channel 26 and KSWB stay on 19? It has to do with the pre-determined rules on how stations were going to shuffle. Preference is given to a channel change over a loss in population coverage. KSWB was going to lose a thousand or so viewers, so bingo, they get a new channel along with a new antenna, filters, and possibly a transmitter funded by auction proceeds.
Low power UHF broadcasters on channels 38 – 50 like KSDY-LD will have to wait until the FCC opens a window allowing change applications and hope they can get spectrum. There is no guarantee and no compensation offered.
Meanwhile In Los Angeles DMA 2
If you were wondering how LA was going to fit in all those TV stations, wonder no more. Most are going to shut down for good. Ethnic viewers may lose out in the short-term, though ATSC 3.0 will allow stations to multicast like never before, and TV cable with switched digital service and FTA satellite serve those constituents well.
KAZA-TV will go off-air for $91.1-million
KBEH will go off-air for $146-million
KCBS 43 will move to channel 31
KDOC-TV Anaheim will get $66.6-million to move to channel 12
KESQ-TV 42 Palm Springs will move to channel 28
KILM will go off-air for $76.5-million
KJLA will go off-air for $135.5-million
KLCS (LA Unified School District) will go off-air for $130.5-million
KMIR 46 Palm Springs will move to channel 26
KNET-CD will go off-air for $53.7-million
KNLA-CD 50 will move to channel 32
KOCE-TV 48 (PBS) will go off-air for $138-million
KPXN-TV 38 will move to channel 24
KRCA will go off-air for $142-million
KSFV-CD 23 will go off-air for $64-million
KTLA 31 will move to channel 35
KVCR-DT 26 (PBS San Bernardino-Riverside) will move to channel 5 for $157-million
KWHY-TV 42 will move to channel 4
Not all low power stations are listed for the Los Angeles DMA.
Two TV Maintenance Engineers have moved to KFMB-TV from XETV Bay City Television just ahead of the closure of the Bay City facility down the street in Kearny Mesa.
Jeff Latimer had served as Broadcast Engineer and Facilities Manager at Bay City Television since 2012. He started March 6 as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer at KFMB Stations.
Mark Goodman had served as Director of Engineering at Bay City Television since 2013. He started March 12 as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer at KFMB Stations. He will continue some part-time work at XETV in the transition period. Mark started with Bay City in January 2006.
KFMB-TV 8 will be taking over the CW Network affiliation contract and the CW6 identity in San Diego from XETV Tijuana, which decided to close its U.S. operations at the end of May. The last day of news programming at XETV was Friday, March 31.
KFMB is also hiring news, operations, sales, and programming personnel in anticipation of the CW affiliation.
KURS(AM) 1040 kHz San Diego is now licensed as a non-commercial station and will be operated as a “satellite” of El Sembrador Ministries station KTYM (AM) Inglewood. KURS operates its transmitter out of the KNSN site just south of San Diego’s downtown at the junction of CA-15 and I-5.