(Aug. 10, 2012 - by Harold Goerzen) Countless thousands of potential radio listeners in HCJB Global’s Asia Pacific Region have access to a clearer, more powerful signal as a result of a seven-year project to move the transmissions to a new shortwave facility in Australia late month.
“I’m very excited to let you know that on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 24, we began permanent transmissions from our new international broadcasting facility,” said Dale Stagg, chief executive officer of HCJB Global-Australia.
“With a stronger signal and a better antenna design, we look forward [to listeners’ responses] with great anticipation. Please continue to pray with us as we seek to reach the unreached of this region with the good news of Jesus.”
While broadcasts from the international broadcasting facility in Kununurra, a town of 7,000 on the northern edge of Western Australia, began in 2003, the original site was fraught with restrictions, limiting the broadcasts. Antenna height, for example, was limited to 40 meters (131 feet) because of the facility’s proximity to the local airport.
A parabolic curtain antenna, formerly used by Radio Station HCJB in Pifo, Ecuador, is being installed with modifications at the new site with towers as high as 420 feet—four times the height of the tallest antenna at the original site.
(Source : HCJB Global)