Established in 2006, QComm has provided negotiation, engineering, project management, and installation services to 69 TV stations as part of the 2GHz relocation project, transitioning the stations ENG capabilities from analog to digital operations. Prior to establishing QComm Tony zumMallen and his business partner, John Owen, both served on the Sprint/Nextel 2GHZ team to relocate the stations. Tony and John established QComm to work with the broadcasters to ensure that the stations maximized the benefits of the Sprint/Nextel 2GHZ deal as per the FCC requirements.
REPACK - continuing in the same vein in helping the broadcasters, QCOMM, has been tracking the Repack all along and has been instrumental in participating in the final Repack rules and have now repacked over 75 transmitters from initial 399 and evaluation to Installation and FCC true-up.
Tony, prior or QComm, participated in all FCC auction relocation efforts since 1997 and started zCommunications as an engineering and tower services company for the carriers. He has negotiated and managed the replacement/decommissioning of ~500 microwave paths while participating in the PCIA relocation working group for Sprint and Nextel and other carriers. Tony has served as VP and President of multiple medium sized regional tower companies as well as owned and operated services companies in the broadcast and telecommunication industry. As a proverbial “Rocket Scientist” Tony, holds an Aeronautical Engineering degree from, ASU, and used those studies in the aerospace industry, until 1997.
John Owen is a broadcast Principle with over 50 years in the industry. Prior to the 2GHZ project, John was the Chief Engineer at WBNS, which was the first station in Ohio to convert to full high-definition studio broadcasting. Owen held a VP position for the Austin Company where he designed TV stations around the world, and was also a VP of Engineering for Taft Broadcasting. John brought his Chief status to QCommunications in 2008 as owner and Chief Technical Officer.
SBE- CH 52 Chairman
SBE - Sustaining Member
Phil B. Larsen
Phil Larsen, one of leading subject matter experts in vertical inspection by way of UAV in a RF environment, has been appointed vice president of the Airborne Division and will be responsible for leading the QForce team, a group of specialists tapped to operate, service and support the new division. Larsen’s career dates back over a decade and includes extensive experience designing solutions and advising the telecommunication industry on the benefits of using UAVs. Larsen previously worked for the DoD, NSA, CIA, Navy and other governmental agencies globally, and brings with him an exceptional background and understanding of the safe, accurate and overall benefits this technology will deliver to QComm customers.
Nick Solano is serving as Director of Repack for QComm, assisting LPTV clients go through the FCC Repack Reimbursement process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Nick brings almost a decade of valuable experience from his multiple Project/Program Management roles in the telecom industry, where he managed thousands of cell tower modifications and new installations.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology.