FM Technical Profile: WQXD-LP


Station Name:
God's Country
Frequency:
97.9
Format:
Religious
Transmitter Location:
[map] On US-72 at Hine Street South, on the northeast corner of the intersection.
Power (ERP):
100 watts
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
68 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
Owner:
Emmanuel Full Gospel Ministries
History:
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 any translators.

In February 2017 the station applied, briefly, to move to 106.5 but quickly rescinded that application.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.