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February 28, 2013

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Gary

On another topic, KBRT 740 is switching their transmitter from Catalina Island to Oak Flats this afternoon, according to Scott Fybush on the Yahoo ABDX group.

A heads-up for my West Coast friends: today's the day KBRT 740 officially completes its move from Catalina Island to its new transmitter site at Oak Flats in the Orange County hills way above Anaheim. The move changes KBRT's COL from Avalon to Costa Mesa, and boosts day power from 10 kW to 50 kW (albeit across much worse ground conductivity, so the signal will be a little weaker everywhere except Orange County and nearby parts of the Inland Empire, and will be much weaker along the coast north and south of LA.)

KBRT is apparently doing a special "Bottom Line" talk show from 3-5 PM PT in which the engineers will be discussing the move and Donald Crawford Sr. will officially throw the switch to turn on the new signal.

(Those of us in the know, know that they've actually been testing the new signal on and off for several months now.)

There will be no night service, at least not right away; while KBRT is licensed for 190 watts at the new site, the word is that they're going to optimize the day signal before they start working on nighttime.

If you're interested in seeing what the old site looked like, here's an article I wrote for Radio World after touring it in December:

http://www.rwonline.com/article/one-of-america%E2%80%99s-most-remote-am-sites-signs-off/217334

StarHalo

Funny you should post this the same day as the smart glasses - I believe the future lies in something similar to one of these watches paired with smart glasses and the Bluetooth earpiece; people are already complaining that the iPhone 5 is "too light", which means as minitaturization continues, the cell phone form will be unnecessarily large. Since you will already have the visual interface in your smart glasses, and sound interface in your earpiece, there will be no need to carry a separate object with its own screen/microphone interfaces - all the necessary cell phone hardware will fit comfortably in your watch, which can be something stylish and unassuming since it also does not require an interface. The end of the cell phone is near..

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