FCC Publishes List of New Non-Comm FM Applications

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 applications used software that failed to take into account Mexican licensees, and those applications will likely be 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 that the FCC has received and marked as “pending”:

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Lyle Henry, Well-known Los Angeles Engineer, Passes

This relays a post from Chapter 47, Los Angeles.

It is with sadness to announce the passing of longtime SBE47 member and past chair, Lyle Henry – The Radio Doctor. He passed away November 8th after a battle with prostate cancer. Lyle’s impact on LA broadcast engineering came in many different forms. Many senior engineers now got their start in the business from Lyle or improved their RF knowledge with Lyle’s teachings. The SBE 47 board recently sent a letter to Lyle after hearing of his diagnosis. Here was his response back to that letter he wanted to share with the group. Lyle will be missed. –Matthew Wilson Anderson, SBE Chapter 47 Chair

Here is the obituary in Lyle Henry’s own words:

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KWFN 97.3 Applies to Move

Audacity sports talk station KWFN 97.3 FM applied last week to relocate from the KOGO tower to the KGB-FM tower one mile to the northwest. The Minor Modification app is the first sign that Vertical Bridge intends to go through with its sale of the property under the historic towers at KOGO 600 in Emerald Hills. If approved, KWFN would share an antenna with KGB-FM 101.5 and radiate 38 kW horizontal and vertical polarity. 

Though they haven’t yet filed an application, KOGO (AM) 600 is expected to move to the KGB-AM site in west Santee along highway CA-52. KLNV 106.5 will also need to move but has not yet filed to do so. 

Venture Technologies Now Transmitting Hybrid FM NextGen Signals on TV Channel 6

KRPE-LD San Diego, low power TV channel 6, atop Mt. San Miguel, is the first local station to broadcast ATSC 3.0, marketed as “NextGen”. The FCC granted a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) for a signal that includes an innovative analog FM carrier at 87.75 MHz. According to Director of Engineering Daniel Bissett, licensee Venture Technologies Group, LLC completed construction of the new signal on October 7, 2021.

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October 20 Online Meeting: What’s Up with Frequency Coordination?

When the FCC sold off the 600 MHz band to telecom, it left wireless microphone and foldback monitor device operators scrambling for workable spectrum, especially in the largest metro areas.

I’ve been coordinating frequencies for the NFL since 2012, and now perform the pre-game coordination for the Chargers, Rams and 49ers. Monitoring and enforcement means travel to Los Angeles on some game days. With the Super Bowl coming up this February in Los Angeles, we’re preparing to jam more wireless gear into more diverse frequency bands.

In an online presentation, we’ll review current options for wireless options in each available band. What are power users buying? What spectrum is best to use for your applications in LA, San Diego, and Phoenix? What spectrum must be avoided? What’s new with NFL coordination? What’s been happening at recent Super Bowls? 

Join me Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM. SBE Members and all interested are invited. Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Society of Broadcast Engineers, San Diego