Archive for September, 2011

New Antenna is GO!

New Antenna

Update: The FCC approved our application, we will be going to 100,000 on Friday, 9/30 at 6pm!

Our new antenna is installed, tuned, ready to go!  We’ve fired it up to 50,000 watts, which is half power for the time being (also have both HD channels back!).  The paperwork has been submitted to the FCC and once they give us the nod, we’ll be good to go to 100,000 watts, the highest allowed power level for an FM radio station!

Even at half power, we have significantly better coverage than our previous 40,000 watt station, which installed in 1978.  Although it served us well, we have a brand new, top-of-the-line ERI antenna and brand new transmission line.  You should be able to hear us much further out.  After we go to 100,000 watts, we expect to be heard up to 70 miles away!

Almost there…

New WREK Antenna from 290ft

Really, I promise this time!  We’ll be at 50kW tomorrow.  All that’s left is tuning this bad boy up!  I expect a full power 100kW test sometime in the morning, then we will scale back to 50kW until the FCC gives us the nod to proceed at full power.

Also, we found something interesting at the top of the 320 ft WREK tower… (click read more to see)

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September 19, 2011

I hope you got a chance to check out the Japanfest up in Gwinnett. I, on the other hand, was stuck working on my car all weekend. While I was eating a rather big bowl of pho the other day, I was thinking that maybe I should start posting on the website how to make some simple dishes or at least highlight some of my favorite Asian foods. I’ll start taking more pictures to see how that goes. (Don’t worry, the set list is down below.)

This tradional Vietnamese Noodle Dish is served hot rare beef This image is taken from www.pkway.net

Remember that next week we will be broadcasting a 100,000 W EIRP so expect 50 LBS to kick it off with a bang!

The Set List:

  1. 6:00 PM: Duyen Xuan by Ban Truong
  2. 6:06 PM: Xuan Ca by Nhom  Dong Ke
  3. 6:10 PM Ao Cuoi Mau Hoa Ca by Phuong Lien
  4. 6:18 PM  The Nicest Auburn Horses by Altai Hangai off Gone with the Wind (not the movie soundtrack)
  5. 6:25 PM Mongolia by Altai Hangai by Mark C. van Tongeren
  6. 6:27 PM Track 4 off Disc 7 of the compilation album Shanghai-Oriental Pearl
  7. 6:31 PM White Snow in Sunny Spring by (a traditional Chinese instrument ensemble) off The Classics of Pipa
  8. 6:35 PM Sing in the Moonlight by (a traditional Chinese instrument ensemble) off The Classics of Pipa
  9. 6:44 PM A Legendary Couple: Scholar Liang and Lady Chou by (a traditional Chinese instrument Ensemble) off Masterpieces of Chinese Traditional Music

BAPR September 18, 2011 Playlist

  • Garden Hymn – Tim Eriksen
  • The Wild Side of Life – Mac Wiseman
  • Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom – Blackberry Bluegrass
  • Flop Eared Mule – Carl Jackson
  • Pamella Brown – The Country Gentleman
  • The Devil To Pay – Merle Travis
  • Mr. Bojangles – Bluegrass Generation
  • Mississippi Water Blues – Doc Watson
  • Death Is Only A Dream – Stanley Brothers
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Bluefield
  • Pal Of Mine – Joan Baez
  • On the Banks of the Ohio – John White with Ralph and Felix
  • Hooknose In Town – The Hodges Brothers
  • Fire in the Mountain – Bluegrass Cardinals
  • When Bacon was Scarce – The Red Clay Ramblers
  • Shady Grove – Ricky Skaggs
  • Saga of the Old West – Steve Martin Brothers
  • Sadie Green – Even Dozen Jug Band
  • Hung My Head and Cried – The Best of Britt

New antenna almost done!

New Antenna

We had a few delays with the installation of the new antenna, but we’re back on track!  You can see our shiny new 8-bay antenna is installed.  The parasitic elements still need to be installed (this makes our antenna directional) and we have to tune it, but we expect to be broadcasting on this antenna by Tuesday or Wednesday this week!

Initially we will be running at 50,000 watts. We must wait for the FCC to approve our application to complete our construction permit, and then we’ll be all the way turnt up to 100,000 watts!