Volunteer Joe Lynch rolls out the cable The first radome goes up!
August 2, 2012
Members of the global community radio family are converging on Story County to help KHOI go on the air. Veteran Radio Frequency Engineer Tom Voorhees came from Seattle to lead the tower site build-out. Veteran Operations Manager Donna DiBianco came from Santa Fe to coordinate station readiness for going on the air and training volunteers. Todd Wallin arrives Saturday from Viroqua to help calibrate the equipment and test the signal. Filmmakers are coming from Madison Wisconsin to document these historic events.
Murphy Tower crew drove to Ames from Hartford, Iowa to install the KHOI broadcast equipment at the tower site. By the end of August 2, KHOI's three antenna bays were installed on the tower. For pictures of the process, go to "see more" below.
Family Radio Network, who broadcast there previously, ceased broadcasting at 89.1 FM to make way for KHOI, which will be heard there within the next few days. Our engineers will turn it slowly up, as KHOI volunteers are in a flurry of activity.
You can hold vigil with KHOI: tune your radio dial to 89.1, which is currently it is silent. You will hear the transition as the sound of community radio starts to be audible.
During the next week we will be in the "testing" phase. If you hear KHOI on your radio, email email@example.com and report what you hear (how clear, any weird quirks?)
Join us on Saturday August 4, at 7 PM for a reception at the Ames Pantorium Building. The engineers will give us the latest, filmmakers will document the community response, and we may already be able to turn on the radio together to hear the sound of KHOI.
For photos see "read more" below