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FCC May Close NW Field Offices

Jim Dalke, CPBE, Editor   The FCC has announced a plan to reduce the number of field offices from 24 to eight.  The reduction would include the closure of the Seattle and Portland FCC field offices.  The FCC would also reduce the number of field agents from 63 to 33 and reduction of staff positions…

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Westlake Electronic Supply Sold!

Westlake Electronic Supply Sold!

Jim Dalke CPBE, Editor – Westlake Electronic Supply has been acquired by Industrial Electric Wire & Cable, Inc. (IWEC).  IWEC says the acquisition will support their broadcast, audio-video telecommunications and RF markets in the US. Westlake Electronics has been in the capable hands of the Granard Family since the company began their business in downtown…

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Washington Senate proposes regulating radio towers

Washington Senate proposes regulating radio towers

Jim Dalke, CPBE AMD 8VSB CBNT – W7PB: The proposed legislation SB5000 was withdrawn by Senator Honeyford as a result of the response from the amateur radio community and professional radio broadcasters.  It is possible that legislation will be reintroduced in the future with an exemption for towers associated with appropriate FCC licensing. I recently…

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Westlake Electronics Celebrates 60!

Westlake Electronics Celebrates 60!

Westlake 1963 Westlake Electronic Supply is celebrating 60 years of service to the Northwest communications industry.  In celebration of service since 1952, Westlake is holding a big Party and Trade Show July 26 from 2 to 10 pm at the Columbia Winery in Woodinville. Westlake Supply has been in the capable hands of the Granard…

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Broeffle Moving to Colorado

Broeffle Moving to Colorado

Ken Broeffle is taking a position as Director of Engineering and IT for KUNC, Community Radio for Northern Colorado on August 6th.  Ken was recently elected as Vice Chairman of SBE Chapter 16.  We will miss Ken here as a longtime SBE member and a leader in the Northwest broadcast engineering community. Ken served several…

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Puget Sounds last new AM station

Puget Sounds last new AM station

The FCC cleared the way for KKXA to begin commercial programming and has given the station the green light to operate its new transmitter facility in the Snohomish River Valley.  The station will likely be the last new AM station in the Puget Sound broadcast market. In his explosive hit single “Country Must Be Country Wide” Brantley Gilbert sings “In every…

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KRKO + KKXA = 100,000 Watts

KRKO + KKXA = 100,000 Watts

KRKO and KKXA are on the air! From Stephen Lockwood: KKXA is now broadcasting 10 kW non-directional on 1520 kHz from Snohomish.   Those of you all with HD radios tell us where you can hear it.   It will soon be 50 kW just a few more high voltage problems to chaise down. The FCC has…

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Fisher: FrontFour Will Not Take Control

Fisher: FrontFour Will Not Take Control

Fisher Communications’ board has waged a fierce proxy battle against a slate of nominees proposed by FrontFour Capital, which, says Fisher, wanted to break up the company and sell it. In an SEC filing on its shareholders’ meeting, Fisher says it’s not yet ready to name the new board, but based on preliminary results, “it…

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