Chapter 22 - "For It Is God Who Works"

 

Chapter 22 - Translator Takes KHCB-FM

        For some time, the Board of Trustees had been praying and searching for opportunities to expand KHCB's coverage by acquiring translator stations on the fringes of KHCB's signal. One major hurdle which stood in the way was that KHCB was listed with the FCC as a commercial station. Although KHCB has always operated non-commercially, the original license was for a commercial station. The FCC has very stringent rules governing translator use by commercial stations. The stipulations on non-commercial stations, however, are much more relaxed. In order to facilitate the procedure to acquire translator stations, KHCB began transactions to change the license to non-commercial. In 1992, KHCB received its non-commercial license from the FCC. Christian Radio now began making plans to install translators to expand KHCB's coverage to outlying cities.

        A translator is a mini-transmitter that is set up on the fringe of a station's radio signal for the purpose of rebroadcasting that signal. The Trustees sought to place translators in communities without a non-commercial Christian radio station with a format similar to KHCB. College towns were a top priority because Christian Radio has a burden to reach young people with the gospel. The Bryan/College Station metroplex was designated as the first city to receive a translator. These cities have a population of approximately 100,000 with an additional 40,000 students at Texas A&M University.

        KHCB began transactions on the translator to Bryan/College Station in 1990 after a listener gave a $10,000 gift toward the purchase of the translator. An engineering study was done to determine whether a frequency was available in Bryan. The studies showed that FM frequency 100.9 was available and that KHCB's signal would not interfere with other stations in the area. The next step was to secure a location from which the translator and related equipment would rebroadcast KHCB's signal.

        The ideal location is a tall tower or tall building which would give maximum coverage of the area. Pete Steigerwald made several trips to Bryan/College Station over a period of six months trying to negotiate a lease. The prices of leasing a space on a tower were higher than KHCB had hoped to pay, so Pete's attention turned to the tall buildings in the area. After several closed doors, Pete found one proprietor who was open to leasing space on the roof where KHCB could set up an antenna and transmitter. Once a lease was signed, KHCB submitted the engineering study and applied to the FCC for permission. The translator station in Bryan would transmit at FM frequency 100.9 broadcasting with a power of 250 watts. This would cover a 10-to-15 mile radius.

        Missionary Radio prayed and waited as the FCC processed the application for the translator station. Nine months later, KHCB received notice that the frequency 100.9 FM was approved to rebroadcast Christian Radio in Bryan/College Station. The necessary equipment was purchased and installed at the designated site with the help of engineering consultant Bill Cordell. Several trips had to be made from Houston to Bryan because of complications in the installation, but finally at 4:45 p.m. on June 24, 1994, KHCB's first translator station, K265DH, began broadcasting with 250 watts of power.

        Within an hour, KHCB received a call from a listener in Bryan who was listening for the first time to the translator station. Since that time, many have written expressing their appreciation for the translator station which rebroadcasts Christian Radio to Bryan and College Station. One listener writes:

Thank you so eternally for your dedication to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We, as a family of ten, have been listening for six years, but it wasn't until the translator came to Bryan/College Station that we could receive all the programs all the time. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Another listener describes KHCB as an "old friend."

What a surprise to hear KHCB again! I listened to you for 20 years while living in Houston and 5 years ago we moved to the Bryan/College Station area. It was like leaving an old friend to leave KHCB behind. Thank you to all who had a hand in the translator station. I feel I have a great new gift or maybe an old dear friend has come back.

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Table of Contents

Foreword & Preface
1. From Houston to the World
2. A Seed is Planted
3. Getting Started
4. The Lord's Ways
5. God Reveals His Best
6. The Lord Provides Personnel
7. Remodeling
8. Financial Struggles
9 Ministering Servants
10. KHCB Goes to the Rodeo
11. Programming
12. Expanding
13. New Studio Building
14. The Tall Tower
15. Volunteers
16. Changed Lives
17. Trustees
18. AM Station Acquired
19. Hispanics Launch Friendship Radio
20. Chinese Language Programming
21. The Gospel in Vietnamese
22. Translator Takes KHCB-FM to Bryan
23. Reaching for the Stars
24. To the Ends of the Earth
25. And the Work Goes On