UPDATE 3 (July 19) – We were able to configure the third transmitter to work at the site and it is now installed and operating, although it did indicate a less-than-perfect connection to the antenna. This transmitter is on loan to us while we work on a more permanent solution. Currently, we plan to move the antenna to a nearby tower to give it more “space” from other antennas installed at the present location, then thoroughly test the system. This will take a few weeks as we need authorization from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to relocate the antenna. Ultimately, we may have to purchase another transmitter. In the meantime, we expect to continue with good service to the Lower Valley on 92.3. Please let us know if you experience any problems.
UPDATE 2 (July 18) – With another report of problems, the translator was turned off Thursday night. We have access to another transmitter that is different from the other two we were working with, and will try it by the weekend. The most likely cause appears to be the antenna, however, which will require as much as a couple of weeks to repair. Thank you for your prayers and patience as we work to restore reliable operation.
UPDATE – We visited the site both Thursday and Friday. Thursday, we placed our alternate transmitter into service and noted that both our transmitters exhibited the intermittent problem. One transmitter was taken back to our shop and ran flawlessly for over 14 hours using what is called a “dummy load”, which is, in effect, an ideal “antenna” when testing the transmitter. (It also does not broadcast the signal.) This led us to suspect that the problem was in the translator’s antenna. We visited again Friday and climbed the tower to inspect the antenna and cable that leads to the antenna (known as “feedline”). Before we started our work on Friday, we noted that both transmitters worked without any problems while we were checking out the antenna system. All connections were tested for a problem, and we were not able to find any.
All this means that we have not found the root of the problem, but left the translator in good working condition. We do have access to a third transmitter and will try this if we continue to have problems. We request that our Lower Valley listeners let us know if they hear any problems with the translator, and report to us by leaving a message at 866-800-5658 or through our contact page.
Thank you again for your prayers and support.
We have been experiencing more problems with our translator in Prosser, with it having an unstable output and working on and off. I visited the site on Tuesday, July 9 and was able to get it working for a while, but shortly after I left the problems returned.
I will be returning to the site on Thursday with an alternate transmitter that we will use temporarily until we can either repair or replace the present one. We appreciate your patience, and if you ever experience problems while listening to 92.3, be sure to contact us so that we can correct the problem as quickly as possible.