Rem Roberti, Program Chairman – The Chapter 16 luncheon and membership meeting was held at Round Table Pizza in Federal Way April 13, 2016. Chapter Vice-Chairman, Rem Roberti, opened the session a little after noon. He talked about some chapter business including information about the Arne Skoog Memorial Scholarship Fund. He also mentioned SBE Elections are coming up and candidates need to be finalized by June 1. Voting will be later in June and encouraged everyone to check SBE16.com for details.
Rem then introduced Jim Dalke, CPBE, CBNT, 8-VSB, AMD, who gave an informative presentation on “Real Live AM Revitalization”. The presentation gave us some background information on KARR-AM 1460 (Class B) in Kirkland, Washington and how the station was displaced for property development. The value of the land in urban areas makes it difficult for AM stations around the country to stay on the air. In the case of KARR, they had a six (6) tower directional array. This took up roughly 6 acres of land in a highly populated part of Kirkland. The new community built at the old site has roughly 30 high-end houses all selling for $800,000 to a million dollars. Once a station goes dark, it had 12 months to get back on the air, or the license gets forfeited.
Jim Dalke was able to purchase the license and equipment and put the station on the air at low power from a friend’s house with a long wire antenna strung between two trees on a STA (Special Temporary Authority). This allowed him to retain the license until the STA ran out. When he tried to file for an extension and was told he needed to move it to a real tower on real commercial land. The new challenge was how to relocate a 6 tower array that takes up 6 acres at a reasonable cost. He found a new site and is working on relocating the station and doing a permanent install with a two tower array (at a lower power than the original station). 1460-AM has a lot of nearby adjacent and co-channels that need to be protected.
Jim then talked about KXSU-LP 102.1 at Seattle University. The antenna was installed on the roof of Campaign Hall and required an extensive permitting process due to height restrictions in the area. It was determined the building was historic and grandfathered into the rules allowed it to exceed the height of other nearby modern buildings. This makes the location perfect for an LP radio station. At only 7 watts, the station covers an area with a population of roughly 600,000 people making KXSU one of largest per watt stations in the country. The university funded the entire project and Jim was instrumental in getting the station on the air.
Eight of our Chapter members were present, along with two guests. The luncheon meal was a buffet style pizza, bread and salad. We were also joined by Tom Lloyd from Pacsat who brought his KU Uplink Truck. The next Chapter Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12 at Safeco Field. One of our chapter directors, Yezmin Blue will be hosting the tour. Check back to SBE16.com for more details in the coming weeks. Many thanks to Jim Dalke for presenting and the folks who attended the meeting.