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January 13, 2018

It is a new year. We are finishing up with all the things at the station that need to be done at the end of 2017 and starting all the 2018 stuff. Redgy was at our station by Wassilla to do transmitter measurements at the start of January. Since Kimberly was on break from UAF she went with him. It is time for us to do more things to get ready for next summer and replacing the tower. Redgy is working with estimates for the smaller items so that we can get them ordered. It is still to early for a time schedule, but it is getting closer. One thing that is in progress is the tuning unit for a standby antenna that we can use to stay on the air with low power while we replace the tower. We are planning to use the old MW-50 transmitter to operate this, but right now it is not working. When we went to test it, we found it has a high voltage short in it. Redgy has been going though and cleaning it and looking for the short. We had a water leak last summer so the sheet-rock roof over top the transmitter fell down and into the transmitter after getting wet. He has cleaned it all out and checked it over, but there is still a short somewhere.

January has a lot for Joy to do. She is getting the music played back to normal after Christmas music. Doing anything else with the music library that needs to be done. She is also working with the bookkeeping to finish up all the 2017 things and send out year end receipts to those that need them. She is also starting everything for 2018. Along with that, this time of year it is good to go through the FCC files and see what things are no longer needed, and make sure everything is up to date.

Kimberly will start back to UAF with the spring semester. She will be taking 17 credits. She is also thinking of taking a class or two over the summer so she needs to register for that. If she takes a couple of classed each summer, especially the math classes, it is easier to get everything done for her degree.

The new thing that has come up is that Sam's club is closing in Fairbanks. What that is going to do for grocery and clothes prices we are not sure. There are no other stores like it in Fairbanks. Small businesses will affected the most. We are looking at how it will affect our summer work crews and things at the station, as well as us at home. Without buying non perishable things in bulk, it will probably be a higher price. To drive to Anchorage to get them is also costly in time and fuel. (390 miles one way) Or with work crews at the station, not getting perishable groceries in bulk. This not only affects us, but the whole interior Alaska, road system and villages, BLM fire crews in the summer, camps, and summer tourist places. So how it is going to work out is hard to say.

God Bless You

Redgy and Joy

 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 ESV