AM Technical Profile: WQRX
view] Just outside of Valley Head on Old Highway 11 (Old
Valley Head Road), on the east side of the road. Across the
creek, on Jeff Cook Road.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 10 kW
- Critical Hours:
- 1 tower
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
For the Good News Network that this station carries full time
- // W265CE
// W257EB Valley Head, AL
- This station,
situated in the northeast Alabama community of Valley Head, was
placed on the air in the early 80's by Jeff Cook, member of the
country group Alabama. Has had a country format for all of
it's history [AFIAK - Zach] but recently swtichted to The Good News
Network, a Christian religious network programmed in Spanish.
It also has carried some Spanish Christian programs from the KHCB
Radio Network. As of 2017 the station has switched to the Good
News Network's English programming feed.
is one of the few stations in Alabama I ever saw actually promoting
AM stereo in its advertising. I distinctly remember a mural on a
side of a wall in either Valley Head or Fort Payne saying "870
Stereo" — It wasn't until 2014 that a site contributor with an AM
stereo radio was able to visit the area and verify they'd turned it
off!) -- Zach
March 2009 the station was passed from an investment group to
"Augusta Radio Fellowship Institute", who owns the aforementioned
Good News Network. As of September 2009 the station switched
from commercial to noncommercial operation. The station also
acquired a translator sometime afterwards in W211BW in Fort Payne,
in the non-commercial band.
- In late
June 2011 the station's translator received a construction permit to
make an upgrade. The translator is currently on 90.1 MHz and
has a permit to move to 100.9 MHz with a substantial increase in
power. The city of license is being moved to the nonexistent
town of Cedarburg. The signal will be highly directional and
transmit from near Gaylesville towards Fort Payne, but will fall
short of still covering the city. A modified construction
permit was later filed including a less directional pattern, which
will now put Cedar Bluff in Cherokee County and the outskirts of
Rome, Georgia, into the main coverage area. That facility was
reported as active to the FCC in the middle of August 2011.
The station received a construction permit for a new translator in
Valley Head on 99.3 MHz in January of 2018.