Guam Transmitter Q & A
October 13, 2010
How old are the “new” transmitters?
The two newly refurbished 250,000-watt Thomson shortwave transmitters are 16 years old. They will replace two of the four 33-year-old 100,000-watt Harris shortwave transmitters that are currently being used on Guam.
Where are the new transmitters?
The two new transmitters are now at the transmitter site on Guam locked in air-conditioned shipping containers.
How much has been received toward the project?
As of Thursday, September 30, we’ve received $129,860 of the $690,000 needed for this project.
How much funding is needed for the work to progress?
Work is tentatively set to begin this November (as it is about a 12-month process), but it’s based on funding. Installation of the transmitters will not begin until the project is fully funded. Already, some necessary preparation has begun.
Two 100,000-watt units are being relocated within the building to allow space for the Thomson transmitters. It’s definitely a work in progress, and a number of engineers and crew have volunteered to come to Guam when needed and share the workload (more are needed).
For up-to-date reports, visit the Guam DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) blog.
What is the potential benefit of the Thomson transmitters’ digital capability?
Digital shortwave broadcasting will enhance TWR’s Asia ministry by:
- Reaching both rural areas and large cities with a strong “near FM” quality signal
- Reducing the fading and interference possible with an analog signal in noisy cities
- Reaching clearly into China’s house churches, where people gather to listen in groups
- Consuming less power and reducing operating costs
- Being prepared for Asia’s transition to digital broadcasting, scheduled to take place in the next few years
- Adding the ability for TWR to broadcast text to listeners’ receivers with LCD screen display