WEFT gets full power from new transmitter

WEFT gets full power from new transmitter

CHAMPAIGN – WEFT 90.1FM is back to broadcasting to its full coverage area in East Central Illinois at the station's licensed power of 10,000 watts, station Manager Mick Woolf said on Wednesday.

"After nearly five weeks, we are back at full power, being heard throughout the many communities of East Central Illinois," he said. "We are excited about broadcasting a more clear and reliable signal to our listeners."

The station replaced its storm-damaged 20-year-old transmitter, which was struck by lightning May 30, with a new solid-state transmitter, which no longer requires the use of older tube technology. Maintenance on the new system should be easier as well, Woolf said.

The price of the transmitter is $51,000. There are other associated costs for installation and materials. Woolf said that WEFT will be raising funds to replace more aging equipment as well.

Those outside the WEFT listening area can tune into the station's webcast at their Web site: http://www.weft.org, where contributions are being accepted.

WEFT has been broadcasting since 1981. The non-commercial, volunteer-operated station will hold a membership drive Aug. 1-14, Woolf said.

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