Station Technical Issues
Two weeks ago we had a major issue with our radio transmitter. An important part called the combiner stopped functioning, and was even producing electrical arcing. The transmitter we have is somewhat new – we purchased it in 2015. It had a nice feature where we can power down just the part of the transmitter which had the problems, and run on lower power. As a result we have been running on about 20% power since that time.
We purchased the replacement parts, and today a radio engineer will be working to install them. As a result, you may notice a few minutes this afternoon when the station goes offline. Following that, if everything goes according to plan, we will be running for several hours using a small backup transmitter, which should provide a clear radio signal in Fargo, but for those of you outside of town, you may notice that you have significantly degraded signal or you may not be able to hear us at all.
In the best-case scenario, this should be resolved by this evening and we’ll be back online. However, there is a chance that this is a two-day job, meaning we’ll be running on extremely low-power using our backup transmitter through Thursday.
We will continue to be broadcasting using our mobile app, online at our website, and via our call-to-listen number. If you would like to help defray the costs of this expensive repair, you can send a check to Heaven 88.7 PO Box 107, Fargo, ND 58107, and put “transmitter” in the memo line.