2015-02-10 Climber Installing Antenna

Climber Installing Translator Antenna

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!

Dr. Dallas DobsonThis 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.
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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “A Broken Reed” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, February 9-11. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in March 1990.

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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “The Trouble With Lordship Salvation” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, February 5-6. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in February 1990.
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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “Speak Rightly to Yourself” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, February 2-4. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in February 1990.

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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “Beware of the Moabites” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, January 29-30. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in February 1990.
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Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “A Seared Conscience” is scheduled to play Monday through Wednesday, January 26-28. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in February 1990.

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2014-01-23 KOLU Tower Work Ice

A tower worker prepares cable reel. Note ice on tower

As you may have heard, we were announcing over the air on Friday that we would be operating KOLU at lower power while workers attached new cable to the tower.  This cable is necessary to handle the power of the soon-to-be upgraded KOLU.

When all arrived at the site at 8 AM, the tower and guy wires were covered with a heavy coating of ice (see picture).  A warming trend that was forecast did not happen as quickly as we expected it to, so the decision was made at 11 AM to delay the actual tower work.  Despite this, preparations were made to do the work, and we hope to be able to complete it on Friday, January 30.

Many thanks to Rob and his crew at RS Technology for their efforts to complete this project, and their patience in spite of less-than-perfect conditions.

Please pray that the weather remains warm enough to prevent icing and that winds are not strong this coming Friday.  Remember that our location is about 2000 feet above sea level, so weather “on the mountain” is often much different that it is in the Tri-Cities.

Dr. Dallas DobsonThis is the latest full-length Founder’s Corner sermon. “The Urgency of Time” is scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, January 22-23. It was originally preached by Dr. Dallas Dobson in July 1979.
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2015-01-19 CCA In Transmitter Building

The New Transmitter positioned in the building

We’ve achieved another milestone in the upgrade of KOLU to 39,000 watts.  The 20,000 watt transmitter is now in KOLU’s transmitter building on Beck Mountain.

Many thanks to Kennewick Transfer and Storage for doing the “heavy lifting” to move the transmitter from their storage to our transmitter site.

We still have lots more work in bringing the transmitter up to full operating conditions.  In addition to attaching AC power and reconnecting wiring between the two cabinets, we’ll need to make some minor repairs to damage that happened in transit.  None of the damage is significant, but repairs are still required.  In addition, we have obtained a used “load” that we will use to test the transmitter as we bring it up to full power, as well as any time the transmitter needs maintenance.  This load was purchased at a very low cost, but also requires repair.

Our present schedule will have us changing the cable that feeds this higher power to the antenna on Friday, January 23.  We will have to be off the air or at low power for a number of hours, so please bear with us.  We’ll keep our streamed signal at kolu.com running so you can listen on the Internet if you are able.

We also have to pour a concrete pad that will mount the air conditioning unit that is necessary to cool the transmitter with the much greater heat that it will put out.  After this is done, the unit will be installed before we can start broadcasting at the higher power.

In case you’re wondering how a 20,000 watt transmitter broadcasts at 39,000 watts of power, it has to do with what is called “antenna gain”.   Higher gain antennas direct more power toward the horizon, rather than off into space.  This gives an “equivalent power” (known in FCC terms as effective radiated power, or “ERP”) greater than the power of the transmitter.

Keep this project in your prayers.  We appreciate your support!