Last week, the FCC recorded Entercom’s applications to transfer several of their stations into a trust for the purpose of divesting them due to exceeding the maximum stations allowed within a given metropolitan market.
Entercom, which owns four FM stations in the San Diego market, announced an agreement to merge with CBS Radio on February 2, 2017. CBS owns two FM stations in San Diego. In order to conform to the FCC limit of five FMs, KSOQ 92.1 MHz Escondido was offered into a divestiture trust for later sale.
Similarly, the new group asked the FCC to put into the same divestiture group KSWD 100.3 and KCBS-FM 93.1 in Los Angeles, though only one will likely sell.
In San Diego, two full-time engineers work for CBS Radio and two for Entercom.
A number of San Diego and Tijuana stations have changed, or are changing soon their network affiliations for various reasons.
The CW Network is moving from XETV (physical channel 23) to KFMB 8 May 31 as a cost-savings move for Televisa. The CW 6 news operation discontinues March 31, though KFMB is expected to re-start CW6 news on June 1 and take over the channel 6 cable and satellite slots with the CW6 brand.
Galavision is moving from XHBJ 44 to XETV 23 May 31. Galavision is owned by Televisa, which also owns XETV.
Azteca America has moved to XHDTV 47 from KZSD analog 39, but is expected to eventually land at XHAS 34.
Currently, KZSD 39 is duplicating KGTV 10, but is expected to leave the air during repacking.
Telemundo is moving to KNSD 40 from XHAS 34 on July 1. This has been foreseen for some time since KNSD’s owner, Comcast NBC Universal, also owns the Telemundo network.
Tonight is the bimonthly SBE HAMnet that originates in Denver but broadcasts on Echolink for everyone to listen/participate.
We hope to have this linked into our repeater soon but for tonight join them on Echolink.
The SBE IRLP (Internet Repeater Linking Project) HAMnet is today (Monday), at 9 p.m. US ET (6 p.m. US PT) and worldwide via IRLP reflector 9615.
The SBE IRLP HAMnet uses the Denver-based N0PQV repeater 145.340, IRLP node #3350. The SBE IRLP Reflector, Node 9615, is now connected to the world via Echolink using a computer as well as via radio. This reflector is also connected full time to the WA2CBS repeater in New York City.
We hope you’ll join us.
Broadcast TV antenna manufacturers should make some good sales numbers in the next couple of years as the FCC forces broadcasters to shuffle channels again. This time around, the emphasis will be on broadband designs. Jampro has been working to make their antennas work on multiple channels with minimal wind loading. Many broadcasters will be looking at designs that make the best use of ATSC 3.0 as well. There are things to keep in mind you as broadcast engineers may not have considered, like OFDM Crest Factor and circular polarization for mobile coverage.
As a bonus, they plan to talk about their experience in Singapore with DVB-T2 and Single Frequency Networks.
Join us March 15 at 12 noon at KGTV, 4600 Air Way near I-805 and CA-94 in San Diego for the Chapter 36 regular monthly meeting. Jampro is buying lunch in the cafeteria.
Come on by, and bring a friend.
The FCC last week issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would give TV stations the right to use ATSC 3.0. This was made in response to a petition made in April 2016 by a consortium of Public Television, NAB, the Consumer Technology Association, and the AWARN Alliance.
There are several catches, however. One would require stations to continue broadcasting in ATSC 1.0 as they do now. The other is that manufacturers would not be required to produce equipment that could be used to decode the signals. The likelihood that broadcasters would use the technology is near zero, especially due to upcoming TV spectrum repacking that will use all available bandwidth in just about every market. A third hurdle is that consumers would have to bear the cost of converting the ATSC 3.0 signals to something usable with present TV sets.
Broadcasters and manufacturers will have an opportunity in the coming months to comment on the NPRM.