Christian Family Radio KOLU 90.1 Tri-Cities, 92.3 Prosser/Sunnyside

Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “Men Who Wanted to Die” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, July 15-17. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in August 1993.

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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.

Earlier report:

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.

Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “Calvary” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, July 11-12. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in October 1979.

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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “A Word Fitly Spoken” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, July 8-10. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in December 1997. Please note that the end of this sermon was never recorded so it will end abruptly. This was because the cassette tape it was originally recorded on was limited to 45 minutes. We apologize but still believe you will enjoy the message.

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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “If Christ Didn’t Resurrect” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, July 4-5. 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, July 1-3. 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. “I Am An Environmentalist” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, June 27-28. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in April 1990.

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As a regular listener, you might just recently have noticed your car radio telling you that you are tuned to KOLU rather than 90.1.  Then, there’s other information such as the name of the program you are listening to, or the name of the song and who’s singing it, that scrolls across the front of your radio.  And, you might have been wondering how the information got there.

Well, we didn’t hook up your radio to the Internet.  What we did was install a technology called RDS, or Radio Data System.  This adds a signal that you can’t hear to what we broadcast on KOLU’s main transmitter, but the signal contains a “digital stream” of information about what we are playing.  This technology is built in to many newer car radios, and only needed us to “turn it on” for you to be able to see it.

Typically, systems to “encode” this information cost between $1,000 and $2,000.  We wanted to do this, but we didn’t have an RDS system in the budget.  Recently, however, we discovered a company called “Pira.CZ”, located in the Czech Republic, that had a very sophisticated system for a fraction of this cost.  Thanks to a generous donor, we didn’t have to take money from somewhere else, and were able to purchase this little box that does so much.

KOLU's New RDS Encoder

Our New RDS Encoder – The Little Box that Could!

Since we were already providing a “Now Playing” list on our web site, it was a fairly short project to create a program that would feed the same sort of information to our new RDS system.  The result is what you see on your radio dial.

We’d love to hear your comments on this, or anything else we do.  You can either comment on this post below, or you can use our contact page to send us a private email.  As always, thanks for listening to Christian Family Radio!

Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon.  “Convenient Religion” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, June 24-26. 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. “Why Do Preachers Cry?” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, June 20-21. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in March 1990.

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