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13 Years Later, Still a Bright Idea

In 2003, Les Brown helps guide the replacement beacon on its 233-foot ascent to the top of the AM tower.

Switching to an LED beacon atop KNOM’s AM transmitter tower has saved the mission tens of thousands of dollars in the past 13 years. It’s an example of how we strive to make the best use of our donations.

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The Cost of Living in Alaska

Gas Prices in Nome, Alaska, March 2016

Among the exceptional challenges of life in rural Alaska is its very high cost of living. Explore a few concrete examples of just how more expensive basic staples are in Alaska, compared to their Lower 48 counterparts.

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Engineer’s Corner: “Living in a bottle”

Rolland Trowbridge with pile of batteries

In this edition of Engineer’s Corner, volunteer engineer Rolland Trowbridge focuses on our mission’s consumption of batteries – in particular, the very specialized batteries that keep our equipment working during Nome’s frequent power outages and brown-outs – and why our new studios will help us decrease our battery use. The photo above shows all of…

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Hazard averted

Last week, KNOM volunteer Eva DeLappe and volunteer engineer Rolland Trowbridge saved our radio studio. A GFCI outlet in an upstairs bathroom malfunctioned and began shooting sparks, scorching a nearby wall. Eva contacted Rolland, who turned off the electricity and replaced the outlet. (The new outlet is pictured above.) If Eva and Rolland had not…

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