Enterprise: KRCU to put in new antenna, tools in Ellisinore (07/06/21)

KRCU, the public radio station on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, has installed a new antenna and other equipment on its 88.7 FM repeater station in the Van Buren and Ellisinore area of ​​southeast Missouri.

The new antenna replaced a temporary unit and enabled the transmitter there to improve its signal strength and increase its output to 50,000 watts, says KRCU Managing Director Dan Woods.

The improvements “allow KRCU to provide a better signal to listeners and reach more people than the temporary antenna allowed,” he said.

The new antenna and equipment installation follows a frequency switch to 88.7 FM in April and a recent move of the station’s broadcasting site from Van Buren to Ellisinore. The move initially led to a weakening of the signal strength from 100,000 to 12,000 watts. The transmit power will return to 100,000 watts, subject to licensing and approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

Once fully powered, the repeater station will reach nearly 80,000 potential listeners in Poplar Bluff, Van Buren, Ellsinore, Doniphan, and Piedmont, Missouri, as well as parts of northern Arkansas.

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