FM Technical Profile: WQXD-LP
- Station Name:
- God's Country
On US-72 at Hine Street South, on the northeast corner of the
- Power (ERP):
- 100 watts
- Antenna HAAT:
- 68 feet
- 60 dBu protected
contour map, from the FCC.
- Emmanuel Full Gospel
- This station came on
the air in the late spring or early summer of 2004 as "Help Radio"
with a religious format under the WGHE-LP calls. The original
transmitter site was in the far northwest corner of Athens. It
later moved to a site on New Cut Road west of downtown, and then again
to US-72 on a tower behind the Limestone County Water and Sewer
Building. After starting out as religious teaching, it llater
migrated away from that, towards music as "God's Country". The
station was known to be broadcasting on three different FM translators
in the Tennessee Valley, giving this little low power FM coverage of
over 120,000 people in the Huntsville/Decatur/Athens area. Over
time, however, the translators were peeled off and sold to other
broadcasters for other uses and by 2018 the station was no longer on
- In February 2017 the
station applied, briefly, to move to 106.5 but quickly rescinded that
application. It's not clear why they thought the frequency would
work, as a nearby translator running 250 watts has long occupied that
channel. A few months later they applied to move down Highway 72
a few blocks, closer to downtown Athens, but still on 97.9 MHz.
That permit, with 100 watts from a short tower, was granted in late
June 2017. The station was reported off air in August 2017.
The station filed a license to cover for the new facility in August
2018 and is presumed to be on air.