TWR boosts power
of its AM signal to 450,000 watts
After a three year campaign to raise $300,000, Trans World Radio has announced it is going ahead with its reconstruction at the MW facility on Boanire in the Caribbean.
Announcing the major development in July 2017, TWR's CEO Lauren Libby said: "I am overjoyed to announce that the financial needs that we had, to upgrade the station from 100,000 watts to 450,000 watts, has now been met!”
“The higher power transmitter has now been ordered, the antenna array will be retuned in early July and the sign-on probably happen by the end of January 2018."
TWR made a last push on fourteen local radio stations in the USA to raise the final $80,000 for the Caribbean station With changes to the antenna, the signal is expected to blanket two major area: First, the signal over Cuba and the east coast of Mexico will be considerably enhanced, and secondly a much improved signal will be possible, reaching well down in to the Amazon basin and other parts of Brazil.
Previously the 100kW signal on 800 kHz AM covered a roughly omni-directional pattern, with a lot of power being wasted over the eastern Windward islands and out into the Atlantic - the signal was often regularly heard in Spain and Morocco after dark with just 100kW!
The extra areas covered taises the potential audience for the station to over 100 million people.
The increase in power will make TWR Bonaire the most powerful Christian radio station in the western hemisphere. “Over 220 volunteers have visited Bonaire to work on the project. U.S. churches have been involved," said Mr Libby. "Large donors have given generously and thousands of people have given toward the project.”
TWR is now plann ing a further campaign called Gifts Beyond the Goal, to help pay for the extra electricity needed to feed the 450kW station.
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