Local donors help with new equipment shed
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Chewelah’s community radio station has been working hard on their new antenna system upgrade but it has not been without problems. Due to circumstances beyond the stations control they were not able to get started until late summer. Technical glitches, wireless connectivity and lastly weather have all hampered the volunteer staff’s best efforts to make the mountain top system stable before winter.
Board members report that one huge setback was the outdoor utility cabinet they were given to use and its inability to keep up with the heat of their transmitter and outdoor temperature fluctuations. Management reports that the property owner has granted permission to construct a shed/structure capable of providing necessary airflow and two local donors have stepped up to help. A resident has donated a small building the volunteers will have to dis-assemble/transport and the C.U.P. / Lost But Found Thrift Store has given the station a $1,000 grant which will be used to purchase and wire the heating and cooling system. Volunteers are presently looking for a full-size flat bed 4×4 / or flatbed trailer to transport the building up the rugged two track road to the mountain top.
KCHW has put their countywide signal on temporary hold and will move along with the site improvements as weather permits. The Board of Directors is constantly amazed and appreciative of the communities continued support of the radio project. If you would like to assist the station with a tax deductible/in-kind donation or to volunteer please contact them through KCHW.org or by phone at 509-935-6627.
KCHW 102.7 would also like to remind listeners in the outlying areas that there are numerous ways to listen beside over-the-air, including on their website KCHW.org and through the tunein.com smart phone app.