Here’s where you can keep up to date regarding station business, program changes, and other tidbits in the life of your community radio station.
January 15, 2013
Our transmitter power has been increased to 300 Watts. Thanks to all the people who helped out on this.
November 21, 2012
If you miss hearing Saturday Salon live, you can catch a repeat on Mondays at 10:00 AM. Check out the new schedule.
November 20, 2012
A New Look
- Minor changes that make this site easier to navigate.
- More up-to-date
- Better Organized
You Can Participate
- We’ve made it easier for you to leave comments. Hopefully this won’t lead to a lot of spam; if it does we’ll make changes to deal with that.
- Community.kpfz.org: Registration is currently disabled until we implement anti-spam measures. Look for its return shortly.
- We will be taking other steps to make use of our web presence to complement and enhance our radio signal. Keep checking back.
April 27, 2011
In January of 2013 we are doing the last four steps listed in the following breakdown of what is happening. We have some more work to do to make the new power transmitter work efficiently and safely.
Below is the steps outlined previously:
Here are the steps we will take on our way to a more powerful signal, which will greatly increase our coverage:
1) Secure financing from County of Lake and LCCR Board.
2) Hire Shivley’s in Maine to conduct antennae pattern testing (approx. $5,200 – this is what County of Lake has promised to pay).
3) Hire Sacramento tower company to a) remove antennae from current tower. b) take down/haul away current tower and guy wires. c) Install antennae and transmission line on new tower. (approx. $6,000 including new transmission line, parts). Note: Pete said the guys and the old tower are worthless and a liability.
4) Hire Ruzicka Engineering surveying firm to survey site/certify. Hire Bill Rett to certify correct installation. Hire Gray to petition FCC for permission to begin program testing/certify (we may get all this for free – as donations)
5) Wait for FCC approval to begin program testing (a few days to a few weeks – KPFZ will be off the air for this period)
6) Go on-air for 30 day program testing period (our regular programming).
7) If problems, shut down transmission, and re-do. If no problems, apply to FCC for a new radio station license.
8) Receive license for five year period (2011-2016). KPFZ will move up in class from a Class A to a Class B1 FM station.
Time frame, once financing is secured, will be 3-6 months. If major problems occur, maybe longer. Our Construction Permit expires in December of 2012, so we have plenty of time. It took approx 6-8 months to do this process the first time for our current 88.1 station.
December 25, 2009
At the end of November, 2009, KPFZ applied to the Federal Communications Commission for an increase in power and signal area. On December 18, 2009 the FCC approved this request.
KPFZ has 36 months to build this new version of 88.1, which will triple the station’s power from 100 to 300 watts. Once the money has been raised, new equipment will be purchased, antenna testing will be done back in New England, then the station will be built on a new tower on Mt. Konocti. KPFZ will be responsible for tearing down the old tower.
Following that, tests will be done to make sure the new 88.1 does not interfere with other stations. The new 88.1 will get to many places in Lake County where the current signal is not satisfactory, and even to some new places within and beyond county borders.
If you would like to donate to the power upgrade fund,call the KPFZ office at 263-3640. And thanks to Lorna Sue Sides, Sanda Wade, Harbin Hot Springs, Gayle McDonald-Gura, Charlotte Griswold, and others for their generous donations!
KPFZ’s Proposed New Signal Area