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Vol. K, Number ^ Elon College, Elon College, N.C. 27244
Thursday, February 17, 1983
WSOE granted 500 watts; money needed
WSOE WAS gruted 500 w«tt» by tfce FCC on Feb. 10. Nw
Gerald Gibson and the WSOE sUff must obtain the mon^
needed to enable the station to accommodate the extra 490
watts. Pictured above is WSOE staff member James Frost.
Photo by Ron Knippa.
by 1/Oulda Louka
The Federal Communications Commission has granted WSOE a construc
tion permit for 500 watts. Now, WSOE has to raise money to purchase and
install new equipment. Staffers will need to purchase transmitter modulation
monitors, a new antenna cable and antenna and an EBS encoder.
After installing this equipment, WSOE must get permission to test it and
take readings to make sure it operates properly and test for interference with
Once WSOE builds the station with new equipment suitable for putting out
500 watts, the station must apply for an operating license a month before the
construction permit runs out on Jan. 26, 1984.
“The least amount of money it will take us is about $15,000,” predicted
Gerald Gibson, faculty advisor to WSOE, “and that is really pushing it.”
He explained that if WSOE could raise $30,000, the station could purchase
a 1,000 watt transmitter for about $18,000 and turn it down to 500. Gibson
says that if that is done, the transmitter theoretically would never wear out
bemuse it would never be strained.
“I think there’s money available in the public,” Gibson said. He cites
W UNF, UNC-Asheville’s radio station, as an example. That radio station
received $25,000 in the 1982 General Assembly to go up to 110 watts. “The
North Carolina Agency for Public Telecommunications suggested to us that
we ask money of the General Assembly.
“We can just literally ask for donations. Someone said a lot of car washes
and bake sales, but I don’t know what that means.”
Gibson noted that having only 10 watts as being a means the radio station
noted that has “secondary status.” For example, if WXYC Chapel Hill went
to 1000 watts, WSOE couldn’t be heard. In addition, because the Elon station
Bill would close
by Loukia Louka
State Rep. Howard Coble, R-
Guilford, has introduced a bill in
North Carolina General Assem-
My that would require the 16-cam-
Pus University of North Carolina
system to double the tuition it
'I'wges out-of-state students by
A co-sponsor of this bill is Rep.
McDowell, who is also director
community relations at Elon.
McDowell favors increasing tuition
® the UNC system so that more
money might be available to
(ive to private colleges and universi
The N.C. Association of Inde-
Pwdent Colleges and Universities
bas argued that the state subsidies to
out-of-state students at UNC
“opunt to $40 mUlion per year,
*hile the subsidies to N.C. students
the N.C. private schools total
only $20 million annually.
, The association refers to this
®tuation as a “tuition gap” and is
•wking for ways to close it. The
^oble-McDowell bill, while not
f a great chance of passage,
*ould be one way of “adding to our
fwenues without costing us any-
Coble recently told the
cont. on p. 2
Go, Christians, go!
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AL BECK scoots around a Lenoir-Rhyne defend
er and eyes the basket. See coverage of men’s
basketball on page 8. Photos by Ron Kruppa.