FCC OKs 101.1 MHz FM Translator CP for KECR (AM) El Cajon

In a convoluted ruling, the FCC on April 19, 2022 issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting Family Stations its construction permit to build out K266CO from atop Mt. San Miguel on 101.1 MHz (channel 266), co-channel with KVIB-LP at Balboa Park and KRTH Los Angeles, a grandfathered, traditionally big signal in San Diego.

KVIB owner Positive Hope had objected on grounds that it had filed a mutually exclusive application to modify its low power signal. The FCC had dismissed that application on grounds that it violated separation requirements with respect to the pending translator application.

The complexity of the case was partly due to the timing of KRSA-LP’s failure to build out facilities in El Cajon on 101.1.

RadioWorld’s Susan Ashworth wrote a more detailed summary of the case.

Halloran Group Files Against FCC Grant of KSDS License Renewal

On March 7, 2022, attorney Dan J. Alpert filed a Petition for Reconsideration with the FCC regarding the KSDS license renewal after the FCC had rejected the previous petition and approved the renewal. The filing rehashed the Friends of San Diego Public Radio’s earlier Informal Objection in which the Mike Halloran association objected to KSDS management procedures and public service filings with the FCC.

In return, KSDS attorney Anne Crump filed an Opposition letter on March 22nd in which she reiterated the KSDS stance that they have followed FCC rules and the station is allowed to “use its own discretion and judgment as a licensee to provide service to the portion of the public that is its audience.”

San Diego County NCE Applications—An Update

Here’s an update on what we published late last year.

The FCC on November 15, 2021 published a list of applicants for the latest non-commercial educational FM station filing window, and San Diego County was well-represented. It appears as though some applicants failed to take into account Mexican signals, and those applications were dismissed. Keep in mind, too, that some applicants get cold feet after considering the time and money commitment of a radio station, or may have requested more stations than they can outfit, or may have not yet negotiated to occupy the space they have applied for. Any of these filers may ask to have their applications canceled. Here’s a list of San Diego County applications with their status as of April 1, 2022:

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GEO Broadcast Solutions to Discuss Fully Synchronized FM Boosters

The presentation will discuss the technology and processes used by GeoBroadcast Solutions to design fully synchronized FM radio booster systems. He’ll give details on how their systems in Boston have improved coverage drastically in that market for three stations, and he’ll show the design for the three-station, five node per station system currently under construction for San Francisco. Finally, he’ll describe what ZoneCasting is, and show some results of the testing underway in San Francisco.

Join SBE Chapters 47, 26, and 9 Tuesday, March 8 at 11:30 AM PST. Sign-up for the Zoom call here


Bert Goldman is a technical consultant to GEO Broadcast Services. His company is Goldman Engineering Management. He’s part of the design team and also handles FCC compliance and applications. He’s been in broadcast engineering for over 40 years and has served as corporate VP of engineering for numerous radio groups over the years.

FCC Okays Activist San Diego NCE CP

On March 4, 2022, the FCC granted Activist San Diego a Construction Permit for a new non-commercial educational FM station on 89.1 MHz on Gaskill Peak southeast of Alpine with Dulzura listed as the Community of License. The CP is for 300 watts horizontal and vertical at 2775 feet AMSL at a location mapped as “Alpine Dog Ranch.”

The group already operates KNSJ from Monument Peak on this frequency.

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