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KFMB Slow Death Thread

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18 minutes ago, A3N said:

Do they even still use Jennifer Markham in the chopper? I don't watch in the mornings, and haven't heard her on the 11a as they use Jenny Milkowski.

 

Markham is still in the chopper (operating the camera), but KFMB doesn’t use her on air since they have Milkowski doing traffic.

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28 minutes ago, A3N said:

Do they even still use Jennifer Markham in the chopper? I don't watch in the mornings, and haven't heard her on the 11a as they use Jenny Milkowski.

She is up there, you can tell because the camera work is so horrible. I'm sure there is more of a reason they hired Jenny, but I have a feeling it's also due to how clueless Markham is up in the Chopper. I remember there was a short pursuit on the 11AM a year back, CBS was carrying it live. It was in the SDSU MidCity area, and Markham was a train wreck narrating up there. I recall Dan Cohen asking her where she was, she literally said she had no idea. Long pauses, sounded very frustrated and very unprepared for what was going on. 

 

Poor Chopper 8 yesterday, could barely keep up with the car going at freeway speeds... chugga chugga!! Signal crapped out when they reached the Lake Hodges area on the 15, causing Fox 5 scramble and cut to break. When the signal was present, looked like it was being transmitted from the Chopper using some LiveU unit, pixilated cellular like quality. I'm sure this is due to the amount of times the video is processed and scrambled down the line? Was very pathetic, yet entertaining to watch. 

 

Where's NewsChopper/SkyRanger 7 Alpha/Bravo? Come on NBC...

(if City got a R44 then we have no excuses for SAN...)

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On 3/5/2019 at 11:13 AM, Eat News said:

They are lucky that chase ended when it did because another 15 miles and they would have lost the microwave signal to Palomar mountain...and there was no L.A.  choppers to intercept the coverage.

 

So are they only connected to the Soledad site for the Chopper? I thought they had multiple "uplink" mountain sites, looks like up even in LA?Screen_Shot_2019-03-06_at_11_22.07_AM.thumb.png.b0bd44a1b9e83f812b317642383b19a7.png

 

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There are multiple sites for the microwave  receivers, but for the most part KFMB uses the 2 "High Sites"  of Mt. Otay and Mt. Palomar for the regular Chopper 8 activity. Everyone else stays on the lower sites most the time.

 

 Mount Otay (Oh-Thai) and Palomar have altitudes of 3500ft to 5000feet and offer lots of transmit range while not interfering with all the other microwave activity on the lower altitude locations of Mount Woodson, Mt. Soledad, Mt Miguel where the portable and van based units play.

The idea is to keep your airborne microwave signals out of the way on the ground based signals, since your chopper is always moving ...and sending radiation all over the place.

 

Anytime a pursuit heads north on interstate 5 or 15 north of Del Mar or Rancho Bernardo...the L.A. desk should be informed so everyone is on the same page in case you have to hand-off to L.A.

 

The real problem is the 2ghz systems in San Diego are not fully integrated into the L.A. desk mentality.  You could pass-off pursuits real easy as long as the techs and deskies are communicating with each other.

 

But the real problem chopper 8 is the lack of understanding exactly what it can...and can't do. Markham and the others in that rear seat are poorly trained on the technical aspect of Chopper 8, and ill trained in police pursuit procedures..  Officer Phil knew the streets and freeways from the air, and he could also draw on his past experience as a police officer. Jennifer, Deb and the rest of them just don't understand how simple it is to "change the channel" for the LA stations.

 

Do we really want chopper 8 covering pursuits in LA airspace???

No...we would prefer an LA Chopper take over any pursuits coming into LA si1nce they know the area much better, but why suddenly lose coverage just because you don't know your equipment capabilities?

 

Chopper 8 should be able to follow any chase into seamlessly into the LA area with a few simple channel changes in the micro transmitter channel and site...and the UHF 2-way / IFB site.

 

All Chopper 8 has to do is call KCBS/KCAL tech ops and say they are "coming your way".  Assign a site...and a channel...and route chopper 8 thru KCBS eng systems....just like they do for their own choppers and live trucks. This shit is all supposed to be compatible with everyone in the whole country.

 

But nobody even thinks of picking up the phone and asking...

 

"Can We route Chopper 8's signal thru LA...and backhaul it  to San Diego while still going live inboth SD and  LA?"

 

Easy Peasy...unless TEGNA removed the CBS LA-SD backhaul feed.

 

Duh!

 

 

 

 

 

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Steve Fiorina "Retired" at KGTV, then shows up a few months later at KFMB as a reporter. Does Tegna pay that much more than Scripps?

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On 3/6/2019 at 12:21 PM, Eat News said:

There are multiple sites for the microwave  receivers, but for the most part KFMB uses the 2 "High Sites"  of Mt. Otay and Mt. Palomar for the regular Chopper 8 activity. Everyone else stays on the lower sites most the time.

 

 Mount Otay (Oh-Thai) and Palomar have altitudes of 3500ft to 5000feet and offer lots of transmit range while not interfering with all the other microwave activity on the lower altitude locations of Mount Woodson, Mt. Soledad, Mt Miguel where the portable and van based units play.

The idea is to keep your airborne microwave signals out of the way on the ground based signals, since your chopper is always moving ...and sending radiation all over the place.

 

This is assuming the receive sites are working, which based on what I'm hearing, TEGNA isn't paying for the upkeep so several are down.

 

4 hours ago, NotInTV said:

Steve Fiorina "Retired" at KGTV, then shows up a few months later at KFMB as a reporter. Does Tegna pay that much more than Scripps?

 

Steve "retired" from KGTV like KFMB's news director was told to "pursue other opportunities." Seems like KFMB is becoming the patron saint for laid off reporters. All the XETV folks and now Steve. Nothing wrong with that if they think he's going to help the station.

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1 hour ago, TVnews said:

 

This is assuming the receive sites are working, which based on what I'm hearing, TEGNA isn't paying for the upkeep so several are down.

 

What site(s) are down?

Cuz that's a pretty big deal .

 

You know Ric Bosscher retired also after 44 years...he was the dude for all that stuff.

 

from sbe36 website...

 

We’ve learned that Rick Bosscher, longtime RF Supervisor at KFMB-AM-FM-TV, turned in his keys for good in mid-December 2018, less than a year after Tegna bought the stations. He was hired by Chief Engineer Charlie Abel in 1977 after installing and servicing the FM and TV transmitters in 1976 as a technician for RCA. ......

 

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At least Kimmel paid those bribes for admission to Southern Cal and Georgetown, unlike that one joker who needed to grease the wheels for his child's admission to USD.

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3 hours ago, TVnews said:

Steve "retired" from KGTV like KFMB's news director was told to "pursue other opportunities." Seems like KFMB is becoming the patron saint for laid off reporters. All the XETV folks and now Steve. Nothing wrong with that if they think he's going to help the station.

 

Im surprised KFMB is retirement home 2.0

 

KUSI was notorious for getting all the ex KNSD, KGTV, and KFMB folks. Lately it’s been mishmash since they have been hiring younger ones with looks than the retirees.

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On 3/13/2019 at 2:46 PM, Eat News said:

 

What site(s) are down?

Cuz that's a pretty big deal .

 

You know Ric Bosscher retired also after 44 years...he was the dude for all that stuff.

I heard Otay, Mission and Soledad, but I saw a crew in La Jolla recently pointing at Soledad so it may be back.

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