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This 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.
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.
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.
This 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.
This 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.
We welcome Yakima area listeners to Christian Family Radio!
On Thursday, February 19, at around 4pm, Christian Family Radio took to the air on 88.9 FM in Yakima. A preliminary survey of coverage matched well with our predictions, providing decent in-car reception from Selah to Sunnyside. Coverage in Yakima itself was better than expected, with a clear signal in most areas.
We had originally thought that simply testing the translator would meet the FCC requirement that it be returned to service by February 20, but learned from one of the attorneys working with us that it had to actually be on the air and broadcasting. Thus, we worked with the current licensee (with whom we are trading translators) to install the receive system that put KOLU’s signal on the air on 88.9.
This deadline was brought about because the former Yakima translator was taken off the air on February 20, 2014, and FCC rules require that if a station is “dark” for more than 1 year, it’s license is revoked.
Praise the Lord we have reached this milestone and met the deadline! There is still some work to do at the site, but most of this work is “behind the scenes”. In addition, we also need the FCC to finalize it’s approval of the trade shortly. We appreciate your support of this project and your continued prayers.
This is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “Why Do Preachers Cry?” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, February 19-20. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in March 1990.
This is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “Questions About the Lord” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, February 16-18. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in March 1990.
Praise the Lord, the transmitter and antenna for the Yakima translator have been installed and tested!
This critical step had to be completed prior to February 20, or the license for the translator would be cancelled by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). In a couple of days, the filing for the license will be complete, documenting the installation and “resetting” the cancellation date.
Because the FCC has not yet assigned the translator to Christian Family Radio, the installation was completed by the current licensee with whom we are trading our Badger Mountain translator. We will reimburse them when the FCC completes the assignment, which we hope to see within the next couple of weeks.
We hope to be broadcasting into the Yakima and the Upper Valley very soon. Please continue to keep this project in your prayers!
This is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “5 Reasons Why We Should Believe in the Pre-Millennial Return of Christ” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, February 12-13. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in March 1990.