|In this issue:
||In light of all
of the troubles and hardships in this world, thank you so much for remembering
us and helping to keep our mission on the air.
It’s truly cold now, and we’re down to six hours of sunlight each day.
Firmly into another winter, we pause with prayers of thanksgiving for your
prayers and your financial help.
Fr. Hemmer is pastor for the small village, which is located on the Yukon River about 200 miles east of Nome.
Kaltag is shielded by hills on three sides. With an ordinary radio, you can hear nothing across the bands.
Over the past year, Fr. Hemmer has built a long receiving antenna which can pick up KNOM reliably.
On October 10th, KNOM manager Tom Busch and chief engineer Les Brown, both radio technicians, flew to Kaltag to determine how to accomplish the project.
The FCC has “frozen” all repeater applications, and it may be a long, difficult process receiving a license.
October 18th, Tom visited top FCC broadcast engineers in Washington, DC. See below for more information, and for many photos of the Kaltag trip, for which there was no room in the printed "Nome Static.".
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Only through
wholehearted living do we truly live at all.
Perhaps some of us fail to fully live because we fail to fully appreciate from where, and to where we’re going.
It’s not vanity to recognize our own place in life and then our fitness for it. Let’s not waste our time envying others, but rather, devote ourselves to the productive use of our own abilities.
God intends each of us for a very special job. Whatever our vocation or mission in life, He calls us to be men and women for others.
inhabit the Athapascan Indian village of Kaltag (left).
Historically, it was the site of a cemetery for surrounding settlements. In 1900, food shortages and an outbreak of measles struck down one-third of the region’s population, and the people of three seasonal fish camps regrouped at the site, founding the village.
41.4% of Kaltag’s residents live below the poverty line. Their diet is based upon the land and the Yukon River: salmon, white fish, moose, bear, waterfowl and berries.
In this image, snapped while circling above the Yukon River in a little
Cessna 207, you can see St. Theresa Catholic Church as the large white
building toward the left.
Bernard is one of the few people in Kaltag with a long wire antenna, and listens to KNOM at home.
Andrew tunes in KNOM at 22 Mile, a fish camp downriver on the Yukon. With no electric lines, the camp is free of static interference.
(Left) At Kaltag on October 10th, a pair of "joyriders" slice
through paper-thin ice on the Yukon River.
(Left) From Kaltag's northern edge, the Yukon River snakes to
the Northeast on its long journey to Canada.
(Left) Those 90 miles are lonely ones, with no sign of human habitation,
just mountains, hills, trees and wildlife.
Please remember missions like KNOM in your will.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: We should learn from the mistakes of others. We cannot possibly live long enough to make all of the mistakes ourselves!|
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Remember your label: “Made by God.”|
AGAIN? As Tom and Les were in Kaltag, “just about everyone” who
encountered volunteer Ryan Conarro in the village of Shishmaref (SHISH-mah-ref)
asked if KNOM could put in a translator there, too.
Shishmaref is only 120 miles from Nome, but like Kaltag, it’s shielded by hills. Shishmaref is on a barrier island and has suffered serious beach erosion recently, losing fifty feet of land in one October 2001 storm.
The people of the village desperately want the kind of weather information
which KNOM routinely broadcasts.
(Left) This theoretical ribbon is the thin red line to the left of this chart by Mullaney Engineering, Inc., approximately 600 miles Southeast of Nome. The tiny theoretical interference zone mostly crosses mountainous ice fields which are completely unpopulated.
The circular lines and the jagged ones to the left outline the theoretical coverage area of KCHU.
However, in reality, Valdez is surrounded by tall mountains which prevent their signal from traveling more than a few miles.
It will be an uphill battle, but we are hoping that the FCC will eventually realize that increasing our night power is truly in the public interest. We will keep you informed.
“The villages are among the most interesting places I’ve seen,” John says. “They’re like a different country, although in times like these, we all feel an immediate bond as Americans.”
John enjoys writing, playing the guitar and listening to music.
He loves golf “--but not here,” he jokes, although he and fellow volunteer
Tim Bodony “play at least one game of golf a week in our minds. We
talk about it all the time!”
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: How do I love God? How do I prove my love for God? By how much love I am giving to the work God entrusts to me.|
(left) From left, Tom Busch and Ric Schmidt visit with singer Vikki
Carr, who holds KNOM’s ninth Gabriel Radio Station of the Year Award statuette.
Carr was co-host for the awards ceremony in San Antonio.
As the ceremony closed, she sang an impromptu “God Bless America,” which brought the audience to its feet.
Art Linkletter was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Television
Station of the Year was WCVB-TV in Boston. Once more, we are in heady
We were humbled to also receive:
Thank you for making KNOM’s signal strong throughout western Alaska 24 hours a day.
We remain deeply grateful to you, for you are our strength. We keep you in our personal prayers, and pray for you during our weekly staff meetings, too.
May God greatly bless you. May He keep you and everyone you love strong, well, safe and close to Him.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Holy Spirit of God, help me follow
you. Enlighten me, strengthen me, direct me. Guide my hands,
that they may do only good, my speech that it may only help.
Dwell in my heart, that it may love only what is right.
Wherever You lead me, I will go, whatever you forbid me, I will reject. Whatever you command me, in your strength I will do.
Lead me, then, to the fullness of Your truth. Amen.
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