Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of May 7, 2007 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:12 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Cole, Longo, Manos, Schneider, Starr, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Blazek, Middlemiss
Visitors: Roy Mayhugh, Kennedy Rayneveld
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the April 2 meeting were approved as posted to the web site.
7. Review of calendar and agenda
It was suggested that withdrawing from membership in the Community Broadcasters Association be a topic of discussion at the next meeting.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
Reporting on a recent trip to Blue Ridge, Mayhugh said it should be possible to increase power on K08NZ-D with the purchase of a stringent digital mask filter.
Cole reported having updated the firmware in the three set-top boxes purchased for the Booster by Wetzel.
Wetzel reported that on April 21 KUOR (FM, Redlands) began rebroadcasting KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) programming instead of KKJZ's all-jazz format. He also expressed optimism that KCNV (FM, classical music, Las Vegas) would resume HD broadcasting sometime during May, in which case an exciter will be needed to allow Booster resumption on 107.1 MHz.
A work party to B Mountain on April 7 was successful in improving channels 2 and 9 and installing a set-top box to convert digital channel 45 to analog on channel 9.
2. Ad hoc committees
a. Annotator operations
Mayhugh reported acquiring a digital exciter that could allow us to resume annotator operations in the future. Longo recalled that annotator operations in the past had been very successful in increasing donations to the TV Booster.
b. City council liaison
Longo reported that the City Council no longer has jurisdiction over Mediacom or any other cable-TV franchise, since the FCC has pre-empted all local rate-setting regulation.
C. Old business
1. Concerning the antenna upgrade construction at Laurel Mountain, Cole reported that the Navy requires a professional engineering report prior to approval for the new concrete pads. He relayed an estimate from Middlemiss of $750 for the engineering report, $400 for the cement, plus related construction costs. Wetzel is scheduled to meet with an engineer on May 10.
D. New business
1. Longo moved that expenditures of up to $1,500 be approved in order to prepare for pouring the pads. (Manos 2nd, 6-0-0 voice, Passed).
E. Discussion items
1. FCC possibily protecting FM translator frequencies
Mayhugh noted that the FCC will open a window on October 10 through 21 for new license applications for full-service Class A, B, and C stations only. Also, a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is due within 4 to 6 weeks which should address FM translator concerns, possibly offering protection of existing translator frequencies.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, June 4, 2007, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:23 pm.

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