Station News

Happenings around and regarding the station.

KPFZ FUN-a-thon Starts on Saturday, April 14

The annual, weeklong KPFZ FUN-a-thon starts on Saturday, April 14 and continues through the end of the broadcast day on Friday, April 20th.  Lake County Community Radio depends on this fundraiser for the majority of its annual operating budget.  Even though KPFZ is an all volunteer organization, there are still expenses including tower rental fees, studio rent, PG&E, and equipment maintenance, to name a few.

Annual membership levels start at $50 for an individual up to $200 for a business.  Members receive a discount on KPFZ event tickets.  KPFZ is a 501(c)(3) organization so your membership donation could be tax deductible.  There are several ways to join or renew your membership.  Sign-up online by clicking here.  Print a membership form to register by USPS mail.  Mail the completed form along with your payment to KPFZ 88.1 FM, POB 446, Lakeport, CA 95453.  Call the KPFZ office at 707/263.3640 to join over the phone.

The FUN-a-thon kicks off at 7 a.m. on Saturday.  Stu, host of Surface Noise, will be in the studio for a live show instead of the ususal rebroadcast.  Rumor has it he will have a couple of special guests on the show!  he fun continues throughout the day and all the way through Friday evening.  If you've never seen the station or even if you have, come on by at 149 North Main Street.  This is a great time to meet the KPFZ programmers, volunteers, and fellow listeners.  Bring a snack or beverage to share with other listeners.

Volunteers are needed to help answer the pledge phone lines, solicit funds, and more.  If you are interested in volunteering, call 707/263.3640 or stop by the studio. 

Thank you for making KPFZ community radio!

Station Stutter Update!

You may have noticed that while listening to KPFZ at 88.1 on the FM dial, there are times where the music and talk isn't very clear.  Or perhaps you've tuned in at 5 a.m. and found the station is off the air.  These are 2 of the symptoms of a serious issue facing KPFZ as we enter our 10th year as a full power station.

KPFZ has hired a Portland, Oregon engineer, Gray Haertig, to work on our Studio Transmitter Link (STL) which currently causes drop-outs/shut-downs over- the-air.  Gray has done the engineering for a licensed STL network, and has applied to the FCC.  When the license has been granted, KPFZ will proceed with purchasing and installing new STL equipment. There is no time-line at this point, though the station will have to go off-the-air for a few days when the installation takes place.  The listeners will be advised when this will happen.

GoFundMe link
Help us Stop the Station Stutter by clicking on the above link to donate funds for the STL system.

The problem is complex - the solution requires a large infusion of funds.  The fix is a licensed STL system that needs to be engineered, applied for, and approved through the FCC. Then, the equipment needs to be purchased and installed.  Estimated cost is $20,000 for the equipment, license fee, and setup.

KPFZ Board of Directors Meeting on January 18 at 6:15 p.m.

The Board Of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.  The meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Board members will meet upstairs in the KPFZ office at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport. The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend. There is an agenda item for Public Input for items not on the agenda.  Each speaker has up to 3 minutes.  Please check in with this website or the KPFZ station at 707-263-3640 for meeting agendas and any updates.

When the agenda and minutes are available, they will be posted in the comments.

Mark your calendars! See you there.

December KPFZ Board of Directors Meeting Cancelled

The regularly scheduled KPFZ Board of Directors meeting for December has been cancelled.  The meeting is usually held at 6:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.  The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Board members meet upstairs in the KPFZ office at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport. The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend. There is an agenda item for Public Input for items not on the agenda.  Each speaker has up to 3 minutes.  Please check in with this website or the KPFZ station at 707-263-3640 for meeting agendas and any updates.


KPFZ 88.1 FM is BACK ON AIR !! Nov 29 2017

Wed, Nov 29

Matt Tuell and I went up to the transmitter site early this morning (so
beautiful up there today).  It looks  like there was some damage done to the
antenna (a wire dangling) .  Thet  xmitter was powered- on, but was  putting
out zero watts of  power.  We took care of that and are now back on-the-air,
but with a bit more reflected power than we should have (radio terminology
for some of the power coming back down the transmission line). That needs to
be dealt with because it could harm the xmitter.   From the numbers and
faults in the transmitter software, I think there was a spike in power on
Sunday that reduced the output to zero so nothing would be harmed - which is
exactly what the transmitter should have done.   



Wed. Nov 29,  second report

One important item about the damage to our equipment up on Mt Konocti that I
didn't mention is - reflected power can not only damage the Xmitter, but it
has already  reduced our overall power output by about 10% - which means the
signal is not getting as far, and is  not as strong  as it was before the
event.   And this may get worse, depending on what is causing the problem.
I will keep my eye on the reflected power numbers  and see if it continues
to go up (bad). If it does, we may have to hire Brian Henry (from Napa who
worked on our STL/drop-outs last spring).



KPFZ Off-air due to Equipment Failure : Nov 28, 2017

Tuesday, November 28

Late on Sunday, November 26 (close to midnight) a weather event (wind, rain)
shut down the KPFZ transmitter. At first I thought there was a power outage
on Mt Konocti,  but if there was one, it was brief, and there is power up
there now.  In any event, our equipment on the mountain has not worked since
then,  and the station is off-the-air.  Remote access to that equipment from
the studio no longer exists, so there is no way to contact the transmitter.
A site visit on the mountain will occur sometime this week to asses any
damage to the antenna, transmission line, and transmitter.   However because
of the weekend rains and muddy roads, we will wait until it is safe to go up

In the meantime, programmers may do their shows for the live stream, and for
repeat broadcasts.