KFMB’s “Quadzilla” Being Replaced This Week

Crews are working this week at the KFMB-TV transmit site on Mt. Soledad to swap out the 8-bay multi-station Dielectric FM transmit antenna for a new 12-bay Dielectric. After the current group of sharing stations moves to the lower power Dielectric aux antenna Monday, June7, Wireless Infrastructure Services will disassemble the ERI antenna known as “Quadzilla.” They’ll replace it with the 12-bay, 1/2-wavelength spaced Dielectric antenna designed to handle the greater power that will be needed to handle the addition of three more full-power stations.

The FCC in late February and early March granted Minor Modification applications for all of the iHeartMedia FM stations atop Mt. Soledad to consolidate at the historic KFMB-TV site, moving from KGTV’s antenna across the street. iHeart’s KMYI 94.1 and KIOZ 105.3 will join current master FM antenna partners KPBS-FM 89.5, KBZT (FM) 94.9, KXSN (FM) 98.1, and KFBG (FM) 100.7. EMF’s KLVJ (FM) 102.1 Encinitas has taken delivery of a new Nautel GV15 transmitter and will move its signal from the UCSD tower site to the new master FM antenna, as well. 

iHeartMedia’s KSSX (FM) 95.7 Carlsbad will also move from KGTV to KFMB-TV, but their allocation requires a separate, directional antenna to be mounted on a tenant tower at KFMB-TV. The signal has some reduction in signal toward Mexico to the southeast. 

he FCC granted a Minor Modification application for iHeart Media to move K277DH, the KLSD (AM) translator on 103.3 MHz, from a KGTV-owned tower to the KFMB-TV tower. The CP specifies a vertically polarized Kathrein yagi with an east-west orientation at 250 watts ERP. 

Since the KFMB Stations were sold to TEGNA, InSite had been managing the site for income. American Tower Corp. recently acquired all of the InSite properties and management contracts and has taken over management of the KFMB-TV property.

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