Pardon Our Disappearance

In case you hadn’t noticed, our website and email server were down for the past two weeks. When you stop paying the bill for domain registry, the registry keeper can redirect to a “shaming page,” wherein that agency declares the website registry expired and is awaiting payment to renew the registration or offer it for sale.

However, that redirect page declared that the registry had “expired on 11/11/2024,” two years into the future.

Many thanks to “Lucy,” the overseas support agent for Network Solutions, who, after 45 minutes wasted with online support chat and several other phone agents, finally understood the issue and initiated the fix.

Dave Biondi of and originally offered websites to all SBE chapters in 1997 and we took him up on it. He upgraded us to SBE36.ORG the next year and has maintained the registry as part of a wholesale group ever since. He continues to ignore our offers to pay. Some people.

KLVJ 102.1 Leaves UCSD Site

Crews at the UCSD tower site atop Mt. Soledad removed the remaining equipment at KLVJ (FM) 102.1 after constructing its primary site at the KFMB (TV) transmitter building last year. KLVJ had continued transmitting from the UCSD site until their lease expired this year. The tube-type Harris HT-30CD was retired and the massive FM combiner split to act as a bandpass filter for site partner KLQV 102.9, said regional engineer David Pelz.

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FCC Announces NPRM to Address EAS Security Updates

The FCC issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking FCC-22-82 last week in an effort to shore up security vulnerabilities discussed recently. The vulnerabilities include the usual easy-to-guess passwords, lack of EAS device software updates, and so on. The FCC wants to require broadcasters and cable operators to report cyber threats to their EAS equipment within 72 hours and file a cybersecurity risk management plan with the FCC for their EAS system. The commission also wants broadcasters to download and install security patches for their EAS gear.

Nautel Online SBE Chapter Meeting Nov. 8

With hundreds of transmitter site visits under his belt, Jeff Welton of Nautel has seen a few things and will attempt to share some of the challenges he encounters most often in this session. The content will cover grounding and lightning protection, safety, IT security, and whatever other tips come to mind. There should be a bit of something for everyone in this fast-paced presentation. We’ll look at the problems and situations we encounter and discuss ways to resolve or work around them.

Join us Tuesday, November 8, at 11:30 AM PT for this Zoom online meeting organized by Chapter 47, Los Angeles.

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