The new 5-ton air conditioning unit that is vital to keep our 20,000 watt transmitter cool has been moved into place at KOLU’s transmitter site.

2015-03-14 Air Conditioner SetThis unit is a packaged system, which requires no space inside our building.  This is important, as our once-roomy transmitter building is becoming full with a large 2-cabinet transmitter, a couple of equipment racks, along with space necessary to keep clear of electrical panels and disconnects.

Also, we met with the highly experienced engineer that is assisting us in assembling and testing the transmitter.  Tasks necessary to complete work on the transmitter were reviewed.  The good news is that the transmitter is in excellent condition, and we only need a few additional parts to begin this phase of the work.

Our electrician will be wiring the air conditioner unit and the transmitter shortly.  After this is done, holes will be cut into the building for duct work, then final work on the air conditioner will be completed.  Along with this we will begin testing the transmitter.

It’s exciting to see this project nearing completion.  Please keep this work, along with the safety of all those that are helping us, in your prayers.

We are pleased to announce that we’ve moved our children’s programming to earlier time slots to provide these stories and teaching programs at times that would be more convenient for this special audience.

2015-03_kidsradioThis was only done after much thought and input from our listeners.  During the week, children’s programming used to start at 4pm and was in a one-hour block.  When we started airing Adventures in Odyssey, it was simply added after the other programs, putting it into a time when listeners were commuting and preparing for their evening.  By moving these programs up to 3:30, they are airing in the “after school” time block.  And, placing them back-to-back, they are finished before 5pm.

Saturday programming also began later in the morning, at 9:30.  Most children are up well before this time, and families are starting their Saturday activities well ahead of the noon time that the programs ended.  We now start the airing of the programs at 8am, and finish them before 10:30.  Of course, Bible Quiz will continue to air during this time, so be sure the kids (12 and under) listen carefully to win a Walmart gift card!

In making these changes, a couple of other programs were affected.  Here’s a list of the changes:

Monday through Friday

Story Time moved from 4:03 to 3:31pm
Adventures-Bookshelf moved from 4:18 to 3:46pm
Stories of Great Christians moved from 4:33 to 4:01pm
Keys for Kids moved from 4:48 to 4:16pm
Answers with Ken Ham moved from 4:53 to 4:21pm
SRN News moved out of the time slot (airing at 3 and 5pm)
Adventures in Odyssey moved from 5:03pm to 4:22pm

Saturday

The Gospel Hour moved out of the time slot from 9:05 to 6:31am
SRN News moved out of the time slot, airing at 8am, then at 11am
(Note that program times for children’s programs are approximate, depending on when Bible Quiz airs)
Adventures of Patch the Pirate moved from 9:35 to 8:03am
Storybook Room moved from 9:50 to 8:18am
Verse of the Week moved from 10:05 to 8:34 and 9:56am.  Verse of the Week will no longer play in the afternoons.
Adventures in Odyssey moved from 10:31 to 9:00am.  This program still airs in the evening at 8:03pm
Ranger Bill moved from 11:00 to 9:26am
Fables of Faith moved from 11:31 to 10:06am

Unrelated to the children’s program schedule, we also moved Bible Tract Echoes from 4:31am to 1:18pm to reach a wider audience.

Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “If Christ Didn’t Resurrect” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, March 12-13. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in April 1990.
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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “Troubles and Problems” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, March 9-11. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in April 1990.

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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “MasterCard and the Coming of Christ” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, March 5-6. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in April 1990.
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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “The Resurrection of Christ” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, March 2-4. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in April 1990.

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2015-02-27 Feed Line Small

The old, smaller feed line

We are happy to have completed the next major step in the upgrade of KOLU to 39,000 watts.  The larger “feed line”, which carries KOLU’s signal from the transmitter to the antenna, is now installed.  This new feed line is rated to handle much more than the nearly 20,000 watts of transmitter power that will be running through it.

Work was completed Friday, February 27.  It took a bit longer than we anticipated as we dealt with winds and having to work around some of the things mounted on the tower.

We now turn our attention indoors, where the large transmitter is waiting to be connected, checked out and tested.  There are some parts we need to hook things up, and most of these have been located as used parts that will save us thousands of dollars.

The new larger feed line

The new larger feed line

A concrete slab was poured outside for our new 5-ton air conditioner that will keep the transmitter running cool.  This air conditioner should be installed within a few weeks.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support of this project, and patience as we have to disrupt our regular broadcast signal while work like this is performed.   Of course, we are all looking forward to the day in the coming weeks when we will be broadcasting at 39,000 watts from Beck Mountain!

We are pleased to announce that the tower work to prepare KOLU for our 39,000 watt upgrade has been rescheduled for Friday, February 27.  During this time, KOLU will be unable to broadcast at our present 4,100 watts, since the work involves the replacement of the cable that feeds signal to the antenna.  Instead, we will use our 100 watt backup transmitter, which serves primarily the Tri-Cities and Hermiston.  Our translators in Yakima and Prosser will automatically shut off during this time, since the signal will not reach them.  We will also need to be off the air for brief periods of time while climbers are near our backup antenna.  We expect to operate at low power from approximately 9:30AM for about 4 hours on Friday, February 27.  Also note that we will continue to stream on the internet at kolu.com.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we progress toward upgrading KOLU to 39,000 watts in the coming weeks.

Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “I Am an Environmentalist” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, February 26-27. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in April 1990.
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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “Convenient Religion” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, February 23-25. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in April 1990.

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