While the transmitter is what keeps us “on the air” the antenna is what radiates the signal “over the air.” Our antenna is over one hundred feet long and radiates a very powerful signal of 100,000 watts to your radio. In fact it is the highest amount of power allowed on FM in the states. Antennas and transmission lines of this size are pressurized to prevent arcing that could cause significant damage all the way back into the transmitter. Eventually those antennas can be difficult to keep pressurized. Our antenna is on the top of a tower that is 700 feet tall. Naturally it experiences a lot of wear and tear from the elements. Parts inside the antenna can go bad as has been experienced. The antenna is now over 26 years old and has been rebuilt twice.
The projected cost of this project is $100,000 dollars. If emergency replacement of the antenna became necessary, the cost would be much more. An added benefit would be improved design of the new antenna after twenty six years. Would you prayerfully consider a gift for the antenna project?