Chapter 23 - "For It Is God Who Works"

 

Chapter 23 - Reaching for the Stars

        Shortly after KHCB installed the translator in Bryan, the Trustees saw new opportunites for expansion through advances in satellite technology. They began praying and investigating the possibility of expanding KHCB's outreach by rebroadcasting the programming heard on 105.7FM via satellite. This would allow KHCB to establish satellators and satellite stations around the state.

        A satellator, like a translator, rebroadcasts a signal to a local community outside the primary coverage area of a station. The difference is that a satellator station receives the signal from a satellite whereas a translator station receives it directly from the station. Broadcasting Missionary Radio via satellite would also allow anyone with a full size dish in the entire United States to receive Christian Radio in their home.

        A satellite station is a full-fledged station that has more power than a satellator, and can originate local programming. Each satellator will cost approximately $20,000 to install, and a satellite station is priced at $60,000. By setting up a full- fledged station, the ministry can reach many cities from one transmitting point. These satellite stations will be allowed to operate with much more power than a satellator. In addition, a station can reach a 25 mile radius while a satellator covers only 10 miles.

        The monthly expenses of between $1500 and $3000 will include the cost of satellite time, and the operating costs of each facility. The monthly budget was raised to $62,000 in order to absorb the added monthly expenses, and a "satellite fund" was established to raise the construction capital for each satellator and satellite station.

        In April 1996, negotiations were finalized and the Lord opened the door for KHCB-FM to be heard on satellite across the United States on Satcom C1, Channel 10, at 7.3mhz. Two weeks later, KHCB began appearing in the national satellite guides. Almost immediately, people began calling the station from all over the United States and Canada saying that they had tuned in to KHCB on their satellite dish. One of the first calls was from the retired medical doctor in Montana (see page 11).

        The Trustees of KHCB have mapped out a plan for the satellite expansion of KHCB-FM. The goal of what is being called "Phase One" is to reach 12 cities in Texas with KHCB's programming using a combination of satellators and satellite stations.

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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