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    KSDO scrambles to relocate

    The Santee tower site about to be 'dozed , leads them to consider the KLSD facility...
    https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_...um=1&exhcnum=2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big 121 View Post
    The Santee tower site about to be 'dozed , leads them to consider the KLSD facility...
    https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_...um=1&exhcnum=2
    I wonder what's being built at their tower site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willits View Post
    I wonder what's being built at their tower site?
    Homes.

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    KSDO planning to switch to KLSD/KGB tower site either today, Sunday (the 1st), or Monday.
    Strata Equity bought property from Citicasters for $3.5 million, flipped it to Watts Co. for $10 million.

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    What happened to them being 50KW? I can't find anything about it in the FCC database.

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    2.5kw non-directional from a drop wire at the KLSD site. It's an STA, so eventually they'll have to have a permanent site. Question is, why don't they just diplex with KLSD?
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    They've been directional as long as I remember. If they were to diplex with KLSD permanently, that would mean a switch to non-directional operation. Sure, that'd make things simpler, but wouldn't being directional have advantages so that they could focus the signal where they want it, while minimizing signal toward other stations that need to be protected?

    And if they went directional, what stations could they maybe diplex with? I'm thinking...

    910/KECR and 1170/KCBQ - the 2nd of those stations is a bit close in frequency, but if they could use that site, they could focus all their signal west/southwest. There isn't much population density, relatively speaking, east of the site, so they could effectively protect KWKH. Also this site has 7 towers.

    760 KFMB - only 3 towers (instead of the 6 that KSDO currently has), but maybe would be an alternative to the KECR/KCBQ site? And it's not very far from their current site.

    600 KOGO - only 2 towers, and in the middle of San Diego, so some communities to the east like Lemon Grove, La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, etc. might have to have a reduced signal. (Personally, I wouldn't mind, being a couple miles south of El Cajon, so I can receive 1110 KDIS better, but I'm not the one calling the shots.)

    1210 KPRZ - not sure if this is too far north, but would it possibly work? In this case, they'd beam the signal south, protecting CKWX. They could also maybe have a notch to the east to also protect KWKH. It might weaken the signal over I think Rancho Bernardo or north Poway, but could the side of the lobe, heading south, still hit Lakeside, Santee, El Cajon, etc?

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    ^ 6 cars sighted inside the fence at the Santee tower site. Hi-Favor is , well, extremely cheap about doing things, and these guys probably drove down from L.A. for
    the tear-down. Capable, available locals are considered too expensive. (Crawford the same with KNSN's setup.)
    When KSDO left the Msn. Valley location, it was to be 50kw in the Santee location. "It would have been a costly upgrade with a really tight pattern that
    would require a lot of effort to keep in compliance. Extra estimated cost for 50kw in 1978 dollars exceeded $100,000." (J.M.)
    Consider 1170's 6 tower array; never could get the nighttime pattern fixed from day 1. Forced to go to, what..1400 watts night?
    Daytime had difficulties too. Extensive field measurements and adjustments did little to help; FCC gave continuous wavers on that.

    KLSD @5kw just 1db higher reading than 1130's 2.5 kw , measured here in East county.

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    Methinks KSDO (and a bunch of other Ancient Modulation stations) will consider downgrades of power and be less directional in the future...especially if the land under their towers goes away. 2.5kw non-D covers what needs to be covered just fine, and investing in multi-tower night patterns makes no sense. In Phoenix, 15~Eighty downgraded their 50kw night signal with six sticks to 95 watts non-D, going from Class B to Class D. They're still 50kw day, but what's the point at night with a brokered format?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAkbar View Post
    Methinks KSDO (and a bunch of other Ancient Modulation stations) will consider downgrades of power and be less directional in the future...especially if the land under their towers goes away. 2.5kw non-D covers what needs to be covered just fine, and investing in multi-tower night patterns makes no sense. In Phoenix, 15~Eighty downgraded their 50kw night signal with six sticks to 95 watts non-D, going from Class B to Class D. They're still 50kw day, but what's the point at night with a brokered format?
    How can 2.5KW cover just fine if you need at least 50KW to overcome all the noise?

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