Low-Powered Broadcasting

Training a pastor to operate a low powered FM station.

Training a pastor to operate a
low powered FM station.

Galcom International’s ministry focuses on “low-powered” broadcasting only. Low-powered radio broadcasting is typically considered to be any station with a transmitter of 2,000 watts of power or less. Other technical missions such as Trans World Radio (TWR) and HCJB can help with high-powered broadcasting needs.

The use of low-powered broadcasting is spreading rapidly worldwide in the following ways:

Technically

David Creel setting up studio in Ma-Ulan village.

David Creel setting up
studio in Ma-Ulan village.

New micro technology has improved quality and reduced the size of components. An entire radio station can fit into one suitcase and studio equipment in another. Installation takes only a few days. Also, in very remote areas a low-powered station can run completely off of solar or wind-generated power.

Politically, it is easier in many countries to receive approval for a low powered or community license than a large commercial station license.

Financially

The cost of a low-powered FM-radio station is relatively low. Transmitter prices for 10 watts to 2,000 watts typically range from $1,500 up to $20,000 US dollars. The cost for a basic semi-professional radio studio is approximately $4,000. However, a complete basic station can be installed for as little as $4,800 for transmitter, antenna and studio.

Practically

Reaching the disabled

Reaching the disabled

Typically, a low-powered radio-station broadcast will reach a 20 to 30-mile radius depending on terrain, the wattage of the transmitter, and the height of the transmitting tower. Distribution of solar-powered, fix-tuned radios can blanket an area surrounding the radio station, reaching thousands of people up to twenty-four hours a day in their own language.

 

 

 

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