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Hello friends. I'm Nels Wilson. For more than 42 years I have been dedicated to serving Christ through Christian radio station KBGN AM.

KBGN was born decades ago when evangelist Demcy Mylar and architect Harold Shaw nurtured a vision to bring Christian radio to Idaho. In 1960, KBGN became Idaho's very first Christian radio station. Beginning with only 1000 Watts of power at 910 on the AM dial, God's word was sent forth from studios in Caldwell.

Then in 1976, shortly after I joined this ministry, it became necessary to remove our broadcast tower, making room for a new city airport. Since we had to build a new transmitting facility elsewhere, it was decided to also change our broadcast frequency to 1060 kilohertz and increase power to 10,000 watts. With a used transmitter, we began to deliver God's message much farther throughout Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Now some 50 years old, with its voracious appetite for electricity and tubes, that transmitter is becoming ever more costly to operate. Manufacturer support ceased long ago, repair components are expensive and hard to find, and power tubes must routinely be replaced at a cost approaching $2000 each. However, while trusting God for wisdom and direction, our limited ingenuity and tenacity have been multiplied as we have kept the old transmitter beaming forth the Good News for over 42 years.

Clearly, the old transmitter is tired and the time has come for a new unit that is more compact, efficient, technologically advanced and serviceable, at a cost of nearly $50,000.

Adding to the current financial burden was the recent failure of the microwave system which links audio and control signals between our studio and transmitter sites. Though manufacturer support is no longer available, we have repaired that system several times. Because our last repair efforts were unsuccessful, a new and better microwave system had to be installed at a cost of more than $5000.

With these necessary improvements, our broadcast facility will be well set for future ministry to the people of Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

Throughout my many years here, I have heard time and again of souls who have been blessed by the edifying messages and music heard over KBGN. For nearly six decades now, the ministry has been able to Keep Broadcasting Good News because many who are being blessed keep supporting their favorite radio programs with prayer and gifts, some of which are shared with us.

Here at KBGN, as we take care to discern and do what God wants, he never fails to take care of us. With that in mind, having taken on this extraordinary expense, we are now giving those who appreciate our faithful ministry an opportunity to share in the cost of this essential new transmitting equipment. Your gift will help KBGN to speak with an even clearer voice as we broadcast an unwavering Christian message to the growing population of Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

To make it easier to share your gift, we have established this GiveSendGo Christian funding account.

Thanks for supporting Christian radio for Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon!
 

     The Old Transmitter

Maintaining the old transmitter became quite a challenge. The black component in the second photograph below is a special high power capacitor which failed, doing serious damage to the inductor below it. Next you see a resistor that has been stressed by decades of service in the intense heat of a power tube cabinet. 

          
 

     The New Transmitter

The new modular transmitter is much smaller and uses an entirely different system to produce its robust radio signal. With its much more efficient transistor technology, there is no need for the routine replacement of very expensive vacuum tubes like the huge power tube pictured above on the right. The single transmitter pictured below will support our 10,000 Watt daytime authorization as well as the various lower powered pre-sunrise and post-sunset authorizations. No longer will we need to operate two separate transmitters. The older PSRA/PSSA transmitter will be kept as a backup unit.     

                                                      

             Thanks again for helping to carry the load.

Jan

2018-12-12 18:01:06

"I really enjoy your Christmas music this time of year. Wishing you all a blessed Christmas -"

Juanita

2018-11-26 17:59:13

"Donation toward your new transmitter. I'm thankful for it."

Jan

2018-11-19 16:35:53

"'All we have comes from God and we give it out of His hand' -- a Dutch paraphrase of 1 Chronicles 29:14b"

Anonymous

2018-11-19 16:29:27

The donor requested that this gift be credited to Melvin and Lucille Davenport. Melvin, of Davenport Engineers, was a friend and associate of KBGN founder, Harold Shaw. Melvin, a surveying engineer, was instrumental in the establishment of KBGN. "This small gift is to help upgrade KBGN in 2018. The best to all at KBGN in 2019."

Connie

2018-11-01 10:48:10

"I want to thank you for your meaningful Christian music and programing. I listen daily.....Thank you for the good Christian witness."

J Marchbanks

2018-10-22 16:31:28

"For the transmitter."

Lois & Dale

2018-10-18 16:04:59

'"Thank you for your excellent selection of radio programs! Especially "Grace to You" "Through the Bible" and many more! God Bless you!"'

Lonnie Garmire

2018-10-17 16:29:39

Thanks for the visit, Lonnie. Keep serving!

Mike & Sharon

2018-10-15 13:42:23

"KBGN contribution toward updating radio equipment. Thank you for broadcasting Christian radio programs."

Merry Weirick

2018-10-14 03:02:39

May God continue to bless your ministry with broadcasting the Good News for many years to come.

Vi & Wayne

2018-10-12 18:05:03

"Thank you for your dedication to KBGN. It is good to be able to hear the good news of Jesus. I am recovering from knee surgery and listen long as I am on my back doing exercises and icing. Helps with pain and boredom. I know Jesus and that he cares for me and loves me. Use enclosed to get a new transmitter and God continue to bless. Love & prayers"

Pamela

2018-10-12 17:56:58

"Please accept this little bit of help for the new transmitter. Thank you for being there - I love KBGN. God continue to bless you."

Joseph and Patricia

2018-10-12 17:52:08

"We lost our income. This is Social Security money. We don't hear KBGN al, but love it when we can. We pray for you and a new trans(mitter) and all equipment yo need. Wish we could do more."

Keith A Rich

2018-10-11 18:36:37

We moved into the area five and half years ago and have so appreciated your station.

J & Velma Marchbanks

2018-10-09 15:52:28

"For the transmitter."

Nancy

2018-10-01 17:02:02

"Glad to hear your announcement on 9/22/18 of the need for equipment updating. Please continue announcing your need to your listeners. We knew there were problems that needed attention. Thank you for your service to the Treasure Valley and beyond. God bless you, Nancy "

J. E. Hughes

2018-10-01 16:58:22

"You have blessed me for many years."

Nancy

2018-10-01 13:42:02

Glad to hear your announcement on 9/22/18 of the need for equipment updating. Please continue announcing your need to your listeners. We knew there were problems that needed attention. Thank you for your service to the Treasure Valley and beyond. God bless you, Nancy

Anonymous

2018-09-24 18:15:50

Let's Keep Broadcasting Good News!

Karl

2018-09-19 15:35:16

"I'm still praying that God takes care of that $60k for the transmitter and all. The included $30 is to help. Thanks for your service!

Update #3
December 7, 2018, 6:07 pm

The design process for our new transmitter's electrical interface and computer control system has been completed and we're close to finishing the tedious interconnection phase. We are greatly encouraged by those who have shown their interest in this project by sharing prayers, comments, and tangible resources, as well as by visiting this link. As we near completion of the transmitter installation, we once again thank you for your important support of this radio ministry to Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon...and Merry Christmas! from your friends at KBGN!

Below, John Runkle installs the first of ten 1000 Watt power modules to the new transmitter:



John was the project engineer who, in 1976, managed the move of the KBGN transmission system from Caldwell to its present site between Middleton and Star, Idaho



Nels Wilson working on the transmitter control interface:



A view of the control connections inside of the new transmitter:



Looking forward to a blessed new relationship.... :) 



The new transmitter alongside the current transmitter that handles our pre-sunrise and post-sunset hours. Since the new transmitter will handle all of KBGN's numerous authorized power levels, the older 1000 Watt unit will serve as a backup:


 



 



 

Update #2
November 14, 2018, 10:10 am

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.

Update #1
October 4, 2018, 1:41 pm

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:

     

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