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    KURS 1040 off the air

    KURS/San Diego has been off the air for at least a week. Anyone know why? I also noticed their Wikipedia entry states they're at 1390 AM, but as of this writing they're not broadcasting at that frequency either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Signal Geek View Post
    KURS/San Diego has been off the air for at least a week. Anyone know why? I also noticed their Wikipedia entry states they're at 1390 AM, but as of this writing they're not broadcasting at that frequency either.
    What? Wikipedia wrong? I am in shock!

    In the same sentence they say KURS is on 1390 they refer to protecting WHO... which is on 1040.

    A station in San Diego could not be on 1390 due to the co-channels in Long Beach and Tecate, BCN.

    KURS has had multiple STAs to be off the air, they have been fined for the public file and other administrative issues, and does not appear to have had revenue for a while. There is a rumor that it is going off the air permanently, as the owner, Jaime Bonilla has the 1030 AM station in Tijuana with which KURS interferes.
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    A move to a diffferent frequency might also let them increase power. Don't see how any AM station under 500 watts can be comercially viable these days. Some possibilities: 880 khz, 1400 khz, 1500 khz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Signal Geek View Post
    A move to a diffferent frequency might also let them increase power. Don't see how any AM station under 500 watts can be comercially viable these days. Some possibilities: 880 khz, 1400 khz, 1500 khz.
    1500 and 880 would require directional sistems, and that means going to the east of the market. And going far east means a need for considerable power, which is not going to be possible without a directional array if even possible at all. Too expensive.

    1400 has a limit of 1 kw. So that frequency, at 1 kw, would likely cover less than 400 watts at 1040.
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    Thanks for explaining that, David. Do you also know why KURS's owner launched a Mexico station just 10hz away that interfered with his original station? If it weren't for the 1030 signal, 1040 probably could have increased power. And 1040's antenna location right near San Diego Bay would have given them great coverage up the coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Signal Geek View Post
    Do you also know why KURS's owner launched a Mexico station just 10hz away that interfered with his original station?
    Any explanation for anything that Bonilla has done likely is more suitable for a deposition than a message board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    Any explanation for anything that Bonilla has done likely is more suitable for a deposition than a message board.
    Seriously, Bonilla is all over the place. Like, he attempted to take over XERM 1150 Mexicali in a bid to try and win votes for MORENA. Not a good idea.

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    Noticed 1040 silent on 9/18. A source suggests a 3-way tussle... El Sembrador, Crawford, and Quetzal Bilingual. 1040 is limited in signal due to cross-border protection.
    However, Bonillas' 1030, and 620 totally ignore any cross-border regulation/protection. Operating completely ND antennas, with 620 located 20 miles north of it's
    licensed location.

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    Jaime Bonilla Valdez is in a losing position with Crawford, tower owner.
    https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws...&fac_num=54257

    BTW, 1390 Tecate, went silent months back, now 100% on 88.5 FM , with a better signal than before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big 121 View Post
    Noticed 1040 silent on 9/18. A source suggests a 3-way tussle... El Sembrador, Crawford, and Quetzal Bilingual. 1040 is limited in signal due to cross-border protection.
    However, Bonillas' 1030, and 620 totally ignore any cross-border regulation/protection. Operating completely ND antennas, with 620 located 20 miles north of it's
    licensed location.
    KURS has nothing to protect in Mexico; 1040 is a former US 1-A clear and is restricted in use in Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

    Both 1030 and 620 are licensed for 5 kw day and night. Any violation of the Joint Commission rules is laid at the doorstep of the IFC.
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