KNLS ALASKA – 9795 kHz

Next in my Short Wave log was KNLS, New Life Station, broadcasting from ALASKA on 9795 kHz in the 31m band.

KNLS is an international shortwave radio station near Anchor Point, Alaska, United States. The station is operated by World Christian Broadcasting, a non-profit company based in the United States. KNLS broadcasts 20 hours a day of Christian-themed programming in Chinese, English and Russian.

The target area of the broadcast was the Pacific Rim which is that part of the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

Maurice Hall was the inspiration for KNLS. During the Second World War he was a young Army Signal Corps officer, and was involved in delivering shortwave radio transmitters to the Yalta Conference so that President Franklin D. Roosevelt could stay informed of news from Washington.

Hall was a devout Christian and realised that Christian programming could also be sent to the entire world in the same way. At the end of World War II, Hall became a minister, educator and missionary. He still dreamed of an international shortwave station that would reach the entire world with Gospel messages.

Above:- Maurice Hall. Image c/o christianchronicle.org

In 1976, World Christian Broadcasting Corporation was formed and work began on making the station a reality. The following year, Lowell Perry, Hal Frazier, and Ken Ferguson, three of the KNLS founders, were killed in a plane crash near the island of Martinique, during a mission to find a transmitter site. In 1979, land was purchased in Alaska and a transmitter was built.

KNLS signed on the air July 23, 1983, broadcasting ten hours a day in Mandarin Chinese and Russian and reaching roughly one-third of the world. English was added later. As the Soviet Union’s empire fell apart, listeners from those countries began writing and requesting Bibles and other religious materials. In 2005, the station signed on a second transmitter in Alaska.

Overall reception of KNLS was good for the majority of the time.  The signal strength was good and there was slight fading of the signal with no interference from adjacent stations on the band.  However, from about 1215 UTC, an  Over the Horizon Radar came onto the frequency and wiped out the signal out from time to time.  The SINPO report below is when there was no interference.

SINPO
45444

Below is a video showing my reception of KNLS. It shows the Over the Horizon Radar.

References.

  1. KNLS, 2021, <http://knls.org/>, viewed 25th October 2021.
  2. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KNLS>, viewed 25th October 2021

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