Our radio station, 107FM, began its journey on 20th January 1993 at 6.30 pm.
Back then, it was known as “Echo of Hope 105.5 FM”, and later “Hope 105.5 FM”. This English callsign was a translation of the station’s Bahasa Indonesian name: Gema Bentara. A later realignment of frequencies by the Indonesian Broadcast Authorities forced a change from “Hope 105.5 FM” to “Hope 107 FM”. The callsign made another transit from “Hope 107 FM” to “Be107FM”, owing to station ID technicalities. However, sharing messages of hope & healing is still an integral part of everything we do.
Last Saturday (15/12/18) we experienced very heavy lightning activity in Belakang Padang Island (Our Transmitter site near Batam, Indonesia). The Electricity Board’s (PLN) main power connection pole some 100m away from our transmitter took a direct lightning hit which blew out our supply cable and also caused a major surge into our transmitter rack.
This lightning surge caused 14 out of our 16 transmitter modules and 7 out of 8 power supply modules to be knocked out of service. As the damage is pretty extensive, we are now left with only 50 Watts of transmission power, where we would be transmitting at 5000 Watts under normal circumstances.
As a result, you may be experiencing difficulty receiving the FM signal. However online streaming services continue as per normal. Listen here.
It is also a challenge to get repairs done quickly subject to availability of spares and shipping delays owing to the Christmas and New Year festive season.
Please remember us in your prayers as we are doing everything possible to recover from this major incident.
Thank you for your understanding, financial support and prayers.
May we take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year Season.