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Station Construction Update

Here is a brief video showing the studio and some of the equipment of Radio Richmond at the moment.

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Radio Pictures – KFAR Photo

In our next installment of the ‘Radio Pictures’ series we have a photo of the KFAR control room. Transmitting equipment, customized with the KFAR emblem, is seen behind the control desk.

There is a platter on the turntable to the right of the console and very tidy operating position. It’s also interesting to note that to the left of the console is what appears to be a Hallicrafters equipped amateur HF station. This makes sense for a station in Fairbanks, Alaska. Before the days of satellite communications, HF radio was possibly the only reliable way to get programming and news into remote Alaska.

KFAR Radio Control Room

I don’t know if this is a promotional photograph for the station, the transmitter manufacturer, or both. I’ve seen other photos with a similar scene for different station call letters.

Please chime in the comments if you have more information about this photo or series if it is, in fact, one of many in a promotional series.

Hey KUSF, what can you do with 100 mW ?

So this evening is was driving through my neighborhood running some errands and before I left, I switched on the transmitter and cued up some nice motivational speaking.

My transmitter is roof mounted near Arguello and Golden Gate.  I apologize to those who might read this that aren’t familiar with the streets I am talking about, you can always refer to the map on the about page.

Anyway, I was really surprised when I could hear the station quite well on Masonic between Anza and Turk. That’s a good deal farther than I have indicated on my “coverage map.” As I drove west on Turk, through the heart of USF. Which brings me to the next part of the story.

Three years ago, in a moment of profound boneheaded-ness, USF sold off their license for  90.3 FM. I don’t remember the details, but I think they essentially gave the license away. You can read about the convoluted deal here on RadioSurvivor.  A short sighted move if there ever was one.

 

Now I know it’s not FM and it’s not hundreds of watts or whatever they used to run. But Hello KUSF! Put up a Part 15 AM transmitter on 1610Khz! You will easily cover the campus and extend your reach into the surrounding neighborhoods. And it’s real radio, not that internet streaming nonsense! You can serve the community again.

I hope you get an LPFM but I am not holding my breath. But with your studio facilities already in place, you can put a legal AM signal on the air for very little money. Less than $1000 will have you back on the real airwaves.

Have a look at www.CampusBroadcaster.net and see what can be done with Part 15 transmitters.  Contact me, I’ll help you set it up. Really, I will.