Engineering Action At KBRT
January 19, 2010 at 4:23 AM (PT)
DECEMBER's edition of CRAWFORD BROADCASTING's "Local Oscillator" engineering newsletter reports that the company's Religion KBRT-A/AVALON-LOS ANGELES is planning to move its transmission facilities off CATALINA ISLAND. "(W)e are in the early stages of developing a 27-acre piece of land in the SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS of ORANGE COUNTY, dealing with electrical power, NEPA, NPA, FAA, FCC, Forest Service, ORANGE COUNTY Zoning, O.C. Planning and many other agencies and jurisdictions."
No FCC application has been filed for the move, which would move the station off the island to the mainland for the first time and follows the 2007 fire sparked at the transmitter site by workmen that burned a large part of the island 26 miles from the mainland. GARY HUNT pleaded no contest to causing the fire in 2009 and was recently ordered to pay an additional $11.9 million in damages to SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON on top of a previously-assessed $4 million to other parties.
In JANUARY's newsletter, the company reports that KBRT has dropped its upper-digital primary carriers down to -45 dBc, close to shutting them down altogether, to cut interference to second-adjacent channel MIDWEST TV Talk KFMB-A/SAN DIEGO, and reports that the move did reduce interference with little or no effect on KBRT's HD RADIO signal.