104.3FM Hobart secured for the Gospel!
In a show of great unity, Christians from across Australia rallied behind Vision to secure a high-power FM licence covering all of Hobart, auctioned by the Government on 31 August 2021. On top of Mount Wellington, this ten thousand watt licence will soon broadcast Vision Christian Radio across Tasmania’s capital city and its quarter of a million souls.
Establishing this FM service has been a priority project for us and we are pleased to report we are now in the final stages of set-up and testing. We hope to have Vision Christian Radio broadcasting from the top of Mount Wellington within four months.
We have been so encouraged by the financial and prayerful support we have received and the many goodwill messages. As we have faced this challenge, we have been reminded of Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”.
Clearly, the Lord has gone ahead of us to prepare the way through the unity and faith of His people around His great mission.
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks go to all who have been part of taking this important first step in giving Hobart loud and clear access to Vision Christian Radio through 104.3FM.
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Vision has been on air in Hobart through a network of low powered stations for a number of years – but these are far from ideal, with each having a reach of only around 5km, resulting in very patchy signal coverage, multiple frequencies and large gaps. The launch of 104.3FM will mean crystal clear reception on a single frequency across the whole city and surrounds.
The coverage of 104.3FM will be comparable to commercial and ABC stations in the city!
How much did the licence cost?
The competition at the auction was very hot, but thanks to the generosity and faith of the Vision family from every part of Australia, we were in a good position to win the day! The final price was $855,000, funded entirely through ‘crowdfunding’ (donations) from people across Australia passionate about seeing Christian media continue to grow and expand.
Is any more money needed?
Purchasing the licence is only one part of the equation – however, based on the donations and pledges we have received so far, we should also have enough to cover the equipment and setup costs, praise God! Some extra fundraising may be needed for marketing at launch time, but we will evaluate this down the track.
What about ongoing costs?
We haven’t built our own tower however, instead, we are leasing access to one of the existing facilities on Mount Wellington. There is the cost of electricity usage (High Power transmitters use a lot of electricity!). However, we know from past experience that we can trust God to provide what we need through His people. If you would like to be one of them – perhaps committing to give monthly – you can donate using the button below.