The Georgia Tech Student Government Association today approved funding for half of the cost of the new antenna and related tower upgrades which will complete our FCC-authorized coverage increase (click for more). WREK was issued this construction permit in September 2008, and has been working long hours since then to upgrade to the necessary transmission equipment to complete this increase in power, signal quality, and reach.
Installed in 2008, our wonderful new combined FM and HD Radio transmitter has the capability to take us to 100,000 W EIRP. The transmitter was procured with financial support from the Student Government, alumni, and our listeners. We know embark on the last leg of this 10 year project. Over the next several months we will be working non-stop to finish planning and implementing tower upgrades, antenna design, commissioning for construction of the antenna, and installation.
Our 30 year old antenna is certainly due for an upgrade, and now we can improve our coverage in the process! We could be a 100,000 Watt station by Fall 2011, perhaps sooner. The details will take a few more months to nail down. With a few hundred more hours of research, engineering, regulatory work, and negotiations left for our student engineers and our alumni friends to do, we’re working hard to bring more of you the healing energy of quality, diverse programming that is WREK. If you would like to help our worthy cause, you can donate or just write us a letter or call us. We’d love to here from our faithful listeners.
Our Georgia Tech alumni friends at Cavell Mertz have offered their antenna system engineering expertise to do what others said couldn’t be done. We thank them for their invaluable assistance. In addition, many WREK staff and alumni have worked thousands of hours over the past several years to reach this point. To find out how we got here and who made it happen, please take a look at the stories of our past work leading up to this achievement by clicking the links above.