January Meeting – DVEO, Local Company with Cool Tools

Outfitting a TV channel with playout automation can be a real challenge. “Channel-in-a-box” solutions turn out to be more expensive than advertised because you end up buying a dizzying array of modules and licenses to get EAS, graphics layers, dynamic content, satellite network sources, and ASI inputs and outputs. Your vendor can make your product ownership experience frustrating because support is overseas or you have to pay for a big contract.

Local supplier DVEO is gaining traction with some interesting solutions for broadcasters of all kinds, whether a cable station, LPTV station, government channel, or a subchannel at your major affiliate TV station. DVEO will appear this month to show us modern tools for inserting commercials, network and local media, graphics layers, and even EAS into an SDI or ASI stream.

We’ll also get a look at a 4K resolution brand spanking new H.265 HEVC encoder and decoder pair. While you may not think of 4K as a practical format for broadcast yet, you can still use this codec for transmission of conventional HD video at about half the bandwidth of H.264.

Join us Wednesday, January 20 at 12 noon at KFMB, 7677 Engineer Road in Kearny Mesa, San Diego. DVEO will buy us lunch.

FCC Approves FM 102.1 Transfer to EMF

In mid-December 2015, the FCC approved the transfer of KLVJ (formerly KPRI) FM 102.1 San Diego to the Educational Media Foundation. Owners of Compass Radio, the company that operated KPRI, say they will transfer the operation on January 15, 2016. KLVJ has broadcast a Christian music format since August 31, 2015.

SBE 36 Adds Facebook Page

After years of procrastination, Chapter 36 has finally added a Facebook page. Vice-chairman Matthew Anderson set-up the page at https://www.facebook.com/sbe36/. Help it spread the news by “Liking” it. All SBE 36 web posts will have a link from the Facebook page, so you’ll always have the latest news if you Follow the site. This includes meeting reminders. Check it out.

Lombard Off to Phoenix

Immediate past Chapter 36 Chairman Andrew Lombard just landed a job as Chief Engineer at Fox O&O KSAZ (TV) channel 10 in Phoenix. Lombard had most recently been Director of Engineering at KFMB Stations in San Diego. At KSAZ, he’ll replace Gerry Grunig, who is planning to retire in early 2016.

Holiday Luncheon Planned at Casa Machado

Once again Chapter 36 will meet to simply talk shop, share some cheer, and toast to a great coming year.

Our past meeting place, Cozymel’s at UTC, is now rubble, so we’ll gather at Casa Machado, 3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, on the south side of the runways at Montgomery Field in Kearny Mesa, San Diego. Date is Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The meeting time is a bit earlier, at 11:30AM. 

Please reserve a spot if you intend to join us so that we can plan sufficient table space. Whether you’re a member, a guest, or just came to town, you’re welcome. Expect to spend about $15 – 20 for lunch and a tip.

If you would like to donate a gift for an exchange, let us know and bring it with you.

Matt Schiller Heads to Houston

Past term SBE 36 Secretary-Treasurer and KGTV Engineer Matthew Schiller is moving to KPRC-TV Houston. There, he’ll become the Project Manager for the NBC affiliate station as it builds a new facility from the ground up in its parking lot. Matt had worked at KGTV for the past seven years and had led the effort to build a new studio. His wife recently gave birth to twins.

Chapter 36 Officers Elected

The next crop of San Diego SBE chapter officer volunteers were elected in a late November online vote:

  • Chair, Gary Stigall
  • Vice Chair, Matthew Anderson
  • Secretary, Doug Alman

Doug Alman was Chapter Chair in 2012 – 2014. Gary was Chair previously from 1998 – 2000.

The nominating committee consisted of past officers Andrew Lombard, Steve Moreen, and Gary Stigall.

Steve Moreen has been appointed to serve a second term as Program Chair.

The new officers succeed past officers Andrew Lombard, Chair; Manny Cervantes, Vice-Chair; and Matt Schiller, Secretary-Treasurer.



EMF Sends KPRI Callsign to Julian

The FCC in late October approved the Educational Media Foundation’s request to swap callsigns between two of their San Diego County FM stations. 102.1 MHz on Mt. Soledad became KLVJ and 100.1 Julian became KPRI. This is the third frequency in San Diego to identify itself as KPRI, the first being 106.5 in the 1970s and early 80s.

Does this signal an intent to sell the Julian property? Does anyone else find it interesting that both KLVJ 102.1 and KLQV 102.9, transmitting from the same building atop Soledad, market themselves as K-LOVE (though the latter is in Spanish)?

November 18 Meeting: Henry’s Little Boxes

If you work at a typical broadcast station, you have a number of little boxes under a console or in the back of an equipment rack. They amplify the lower level of a prosumer audio playback device, mute a speaker, or digitize an audio feed. Hank Landsberg is one of the original interface box makers and says he’s sold 120,000 little blue boxes. He still makes the IHF interface amps, but now offers a wide product selection, including a new AES audio switcher, PowerClamp surge suppressors, and A-to-D converters.

Come meet Hank and learn a thing or two about how he got started, what’s different about his blue boxes, and what’s new to the line-up.

Join us at iHeart Media, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego on Wednesday, November 18th at 12 noon. Henry buys us lunch. All are all welcome. Continue reading November 18 Meeting: Henry’s Little Boxes

FCC Auction: What Will You Do With Your $221-Million?

When the FCC published on October 16 the TV spectrum auction starting prices, you have to believe a number of San Diego station general managers were dreaming of what they would do with the money. KSWB-TV had the highest listed price for abandoning its channel 19 spot at $221.5-million. All infomercial low power broadcaster KSEX-CD came in at $146-million. K35DG-D, the 300 watt flamethrower of UCSD’s has a starting bid of $91-million. Continue reading FCC Auction: What Will You Do With Your $221-Million?

Lombard Departs KFMB

Director of Engineering Andrew Lombard, parted company with KFMB Stations last Friday. He had replaced retired DoE Rich Lochmann in November of 2014. Andrew says he is “actively seeking new opportunities.”

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