KBUU Gets OK For Small Antenna At Bluffs Park

Written by on September 10, 2019

Radio station KBUU was granted permission last night … by the city council … to place a booster FM transmitter at Bluffs Park.

Five to nothing about came after two people sent letters … asking about electromagnetic radiation from the transmitter.

The radio station’s engineer says the FM transmitter will emit power at much lower frequencies than cell phones.

And its transmission power will be less than 1% of the federal guideline.

Engineers have recommended that the transmitter antenna be placed 28 feet above ground … but the station has elected to go 18 feet in the interest of keeping it just above the roof of the maintenance shed.

Councilman Rick Mullen said maybe its a better idea to go higher.


“I appreciate your concern for the aesthetics and the height requirements et cetera.

“And for trying to make it smooth through the planning process.

“But I see this as a simple… reliable means of communication in a catastrophic situation.”

Mullen said the radio station should build the antenna 28 feet high if necessary.

The council agreed … and voted to allow the city manager to negotiate a city permit for the station.

KBUU station manager Hans Laetz said the station would try 18 feet … and conduct tests to see if that will cover eastern Malibu … without going up 28 feet.

At 18 feet … the antenna will be nearly camouflaged by the adjacent maintenance shed … which is 16 feet high.

No fence … no red light … no electromagnet radiation above near-background levels.

The antenna will extend a usable KBUU signal into the Latigo Beach … Civic Center and eastern Malibu areas.

A similar booster will be installed in western Malibu … to better serve Trancas Canyon and areas to the west.

The radio station hopes to have its transmitter boosters functioning within 90 days.

Funding is provided by the Malibu Foundation … which also supported KBUU’s conversion to 24/7 solar power at its main transmitter.

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