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KRTP, our signal in Alpine, Texas, is having issues. We're aware of the problem and working to return to air.

Station Milestones: KRTS Gets A New Transmitter

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KRTS 93.5 is getting a new transmitter. (Ian Lewis / Marfa Public Radio)

Longtime listeners to Marfa Public Radio know that stormy weather and power outages periodically knock 93.5 off the airwaves. Some of these off-air moments are unavoidable -- put a 300 foot radio tower on top of a 7,200 foot mountain in West Texas, and you get lightning strikes, high wind, and equipment failure.

But updated, more efficient technology helps. So in hopes of fewer off-air moments in 2019, the station is installing a new transmitter.

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Operations Manager Ian Lewis and Broadcast Engineer Jim Stanford will install the new transmitter at our Brown Mountain tower on Friday, January 4. KRTS will be off air for a portion of the afternoon while the team works to get the new equipment up and running. Marfa Public Radio's other frequencies -- 91.7 in Alpine, 91.5 in Marathon, and 91.3 in the Permian Basin -- and online stream will not be affected.

It's all in service of a better, more reliable Marfa Public Radio signal in 2019. Thanks for listening.