It's been quite some time since we posted an update to this project. In fact, my last update was posted on Christmas Eve. Before I address the transmitter project, let me tell you about my cancer affliction which I mentioned in that last post. I am praising the Lord for having successfully endured radical prostatectomy surgery. I was blessed to have had such a skilled surgeon as Dr. Donald Stritzke and such good care as I received from the nursing staff at West Valley Medical Center. The cancer that was found in one half of my prostate had not breached the prostate wall and no cancer was found in the lymph nodes which were removed and examined. While it is presumed that all cancer was removed and no further treatment (no radiation or chemotherapy) was called for, I will be having my Prostate Specific Antigen level checked for some years in order to be sure that no cancer cells were missed. Though my surgery was done on March 5, and my recovery is going very well, I have been instructed to remain minimally active during several more weeks of recuperation. I am aware of and thankful for so many who have prayed for me during this trial. Thanks for your continued prayers for my full recuperation. Our merciful Heavenly Father has been so good to me.
Now, too, we are praising the Lord for the new KBGN transmitter which has been on the air for several months. While the installation of the control system for the older backup transmitter was interrupted by my health issue, the new main transmitter is functioning without a hitch and is delivering the best radio signal that we have ever broadcast in all these nearly sixty years of sending God's message of truth throughout Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
While this 'Give Send Go' site shows that we have now received 35 percent of our gift target, I am pleased to report that these generous gifts, coupled with some of our personal savings and other KBGN operating funds have allowed us to retire the debt that was incurred when we bought the new transmitter. For the time being we will leave this KBGN Transmitter Fund site active so that ministry friends can still share gifts toward the project and help to offset other operating expenses which must be met as we continue to broadcast the message of eternal life through Jesus Christ via our new, more robust, and purer radio signal.
Thank you for praying for KBGN and sharing your gifts via this site, directly to KBGN, or through the many programs we broadcast.
It's Christmas Eve and KBGN has a new transmitter on the air! The new Broadcast Electronics AM 10A transmitter began broadcasting KBGN's regular programming at sign-on Saturday morning. The new transmitter easily delivers a fully modulated, clear, and accurate signal. The changeover began at sign-off Friday when the antenna system was disconnected from the old Sparta/Bauer transmitter and connected to the new unit. After the new transmitter was tuned to match the antenna system, assuring that it would operate properly, the tedious process of disconnecting the old remote control system and connecting the new was begun. Enough of the myriad interface connections had been made just barely in time to manually activate the new transmitter at sign-on time. It is great to have the new transmitter delivering the life-giving message of Jesus Christ to Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon with a robust and clear voice.
Our thanks go out to all who have prayed and otherwise supported this important improvement to this radio ministry. Without folks like you, KBGN could not exist; your continuing support is greatly needed and appreciated.
Following are some photos taken during the recent work on the project:
Grant Wilson disconnected the antenna coaxial cable from the old transmitter hardline and Nels Wilson connected it to the hardline from the new transmitter.
Nels explained some things to Grant during the initial process of tuning the new KBGN transmitter to the antenna system.
John Runkle, the engineer who “made things happen” long ago when KBGN was moved to its present transmitter location, was on hand early Saturday to witness the results of his integral assistance on this current project as well. He was heard to quietly remark something about this being “a nice Christmas gift for Jesus.” Well said, John!
On this Christmas Eve, in addition to having this new transmitter by which to continue serving Christ and his people throughout Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon, I have been given the important news that I have prostate cancer. Though I am, of course, not delighted to have such a malady, I take this news as a Christmas gift in the sense that it is an important message which I must not ignore if I want to preserve my life. To have been told this truth at this stage gives me the opportunity to make some important decisions before it is too late for a cure. This situation reminds me of the reason why KBGN exists....
All people are born absent of spiritual life; yet, if they hear the truth of their condition and that God sent his only son, Jesus, to substitute for them and suffer the punishment which their sins deserve, they then have the information needed to respond in acceptance of God's cure and receive the eternal life which he freely offers. It is our duty and mission to share this, life's most important message, to as many as will listen throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond. Having heard this truth, you have an important decision to make; spiritual death is unnecessary; in simple faith and without delay, accept the eternal life Christ offers.
At KBGN we are committed to sharing this important message!
With the completion of the design for the remote transmitter controll interface, we are moving into the wiring stage.
As can be seen from the following photo, the connections are very complex and will require very deliberate and careful work.
Most all of the interconnections between the transmitters and the various control, metering and monitoring devices will pass through
the control interface terminal panel, which now looks like this:
Thank you for your prayers and sacrificial support of this important project for
bringing Good News to Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
Many thanks to those who have prayed and shared for this transmitter project.
Though the transmitter has been set into place, it will take some time to complete the installation, placing power modules, making antenna switch connections, and designing remote automation controls and interface.
KBGN friend John Runkle, who credits KBGN with making an essential impact on his Christian life, has gone above and beyond in providing tangible, technical, and physical assistance. John, who was there nearly from the very beginning of KBGN, has had a full career in broadcasting, ranging from voice work to contract engineering, to transmitter site ownership, to station ownership. His important assistance is a special blessing. Here John joins Nels' grandsons in removing the protective wrappings from the new transmitter: