Come to our FUN-draiser and celebrate!
See details below!
KNSJ people-powered community radio is hosting a FUN-draiser!
It’s been a long haul, but we’ve finally got the green light and we’re ready to bring you San Diego’s people powered radio, a radio station by the people and for the people. A crew of 5 people went up to Monument Peak to tackle the most difficult equipment issue that has faced KNSJ. After securing a contract to rent tower space, we mounted our high-end $15,000 custom built antenna on the tower. Please join us in celebration at our FUN-draiser.
When: Wednesday, 5/22/2013
Where: Haritna Middle Eastern Restaurant 7303 El Cajon Blvd La Mesa CA 91942
Time: 6:00 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Comedy Show
Delicious buffet dinner will be provided!
Cash Bar open to guests!
Raffle– with great prizes!
FREE Parking in rear!
Use of outside patios w/heatlamps!
Price: $18.00 at the door, only $16 if you buy online via PayPal!
Please come and bring a friend or come solo and make new ones! You’ll want to be part of this historic event!
Activist San Diego and KNSJ Radio Announce:
Your “People Powered” ANTENNA has been mounted!!
A crew of five people went up to Monument Peak to tackle the most difficult equipment issue that has faced KNSJ; after securing a contract to rent tower space, we mounted our high end, $15,000 custom-built antenna on the tower!
So as of May Day 2013 KNSJ’s antenna has been installed at 6300 feet elevation pointing toward San Diego and the coast. We feel a great sense of satisfaction that we have gotten to this point and thank all of you who have donated and pledged to make this groundbreaking project a reality.
Please keep the pledges coming as we will have $2000 a month in ongoing expenses and are looking to raise another $1200 a month in pledges for our first part time station manager and staff. Please click here to make a donation.
We are not ready to go on the air until we take up the $5000 transmitter, the $2400 emergency response equipment, satellite down-link and submit our certifications to the FCC. All of this can easily take us to the end of May, give or take a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, after six years effort, we feel like we are only minutes away from broadcasting and streaming on KNSJ.org
We will count on you to build our listenership, our membership, our crew of citizen journalists and our monthly pledges. This is your radio station, people powered radio, eager to give voice to the voiceless.
Thanks to the many heroes who have stuck with this project and all who are now coming forward to breathe life into this vision of “information, communication and mobilization”.
To all of you,
The KNSJ members, founders and Leadership Council
Who will hear KNSJ 89.1FM?
The 60db circle is a very strong signal that is heard by anyone and everyone.
The 40db circle is heard in cars and good home radios, perhaps with antenna
or where there is good “line of sight” from our tower at 6300 feet to your home.
“The signal to noise ratio (SNR)… of 30 or 40 dB is considered an excellent quality signal” (source http://www.hfunderpants.com/?p=46) … “The signal to noise ratio (SNR) is defined as the ratio between the signal and noise levels, and is usually expressed in decibels (dB). 0 dB means the ratio is 1, the signal and noise power levels are the same. A 10 dB SNR means the signal power is 10 times the noise power, 20 dB means the signal is 100 times (it is a log based scale)”
We have the FCC License for our new station! This is What Democracy Will Sound Like.
RADIO PROJECT MEETINGS
Please Join us at a San Diego COMMUNITY RADIO PROJECT.
The First Thursday of every month is the meeting of Radio Project Steering Committee for those who are serious about being part of the leadership effort to launch KNSJ- 89.1 FM.
The Third Thursday of every month we hold the Informational meeting at 4246 Wightman Street, San Diego, CA 92105 – All Supporters of Independent Media are welcome and invited!
Join us at the Activist Center office during the week too 10 am – 2 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 4246 Wightman Street. Call us at 619-871-9354.
Activist San Diego‘s in-the-works, full-power FM station. The signal will transmit out of Descanso, with a parallel Internet radio stream and studios based in East County and central San Diego. ASD is a 13-year-old 501c3 with a rock-solid mission of networking for social justice.
HELP US BUY AN ANTENNA: The San Diego Community Radio Project is conducting a targeted fundraiser for an essential piece of hardware to get on the air: an antenna, which will cost just $17,000 — and we hope it will have your name on it.
We were heartbroken with the loss of KLSD; we had hopes with Liberty One; is San Diego County ready for this NCE (non-commercial, educational, listener- supported) endeavor led by progressives? Come find out more, we’re creating a commons!
Activist San Diego is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded Construction Permits by the Federal Communication Commission for a new, full-Power radio station in East County San Diego. The DESCANSO station is the first of two stations which we applied for. The second station is in Ramona and we fully expect to be granted that license as well. These two stations will bring education, information (including emergency information), community affairs, entertainment and cultural programs to areas where no such public broadcasting service has existed before. Potentially several hundred thousand people around East County and in greater San Diego County will be able to receive this signal and programming.
The project will also give voice to communities and organizations that have been excluded from the airwaves. The development of the San Diego Community Radio Project is on a fast-paced course and we are confident that we will be broadcasting programs by 2013.
While we are awaiting a legal ruling from the Federal Communications Commission on the RAMONA station, the DESCANSO STATION has been approved and it is only community funding that keeps the project from moving forward now! We have taken several key steps in advancing the project by coming up with an engineering design and by applying for major grants. As the next most important step, we are seeking the community’s participation in the realization of the project. We are seeking the wisdom, the volunteer work, fund raising efforts and specific ideas from the talent that abound in our community.
We eagerly look forward to your participation either as an organization or as an individual. Without your participation and inclusion, this effort would be rendered weak and meaningless. We invite you to attend the Community Information meeting, where we will inform you on the details of the radio stations and the efforts that are underway. We hope we will make a compelling case for your vigorous and whole-hearted support.
An invitation for you to become a Founder of the San Diego Community Radio Project
- The Founding Five thousand – Those honored Radio Access Activists who donate $24 and pledge $2 a month
- The Founding Fifteen Hundred – The Free Radio Radicals Rearing to Rebel …who donate $60 and pledge $5 a month
- The Founding Five Hundred – The Free Speech Fabulosos …who donate $120 and pledge $10 a month
- The Founding Fifty – Free Radio Freedom Fighters whose feisty $1000 donation and a $25 monthly pledge will allow the Community Radio Project to be free of Corporate control.
- The Founding Fifteen – SD Radio’s Community Radio Champions who liberate the airwaves in the name of free speech and donate $5000 or offer a monthly pledge equal to $5000 over the next 3 years of radio construction.
- The Founding Five – The Community Radio Rebellious Heroes, the organizations or individuals who launch Community Radio with a $20,000 gift or offer a monthly pledge equal to $20,000 over the next 5 years.
What others are saying about KNSJ
San Diego Community Radio Project also gets set to launch from Descanso; seeks funds and volunteers
By Miriam Raftery
April 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –“Every once in a while, government does something that is not only good news, but refreshing,” local author and former public radio producer Walter Carlin said of last month’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to open the airwaves up for community radio stations, rather than reserving that space for mega-networks with concentrated ownership and opinion-shaping power.
The decision, however, presents a new challenge, Carlin notes. “Can and will local radio respond?”
The FCC rule changes aims to open up the airwaves for potentially hundreds of new low-power community radio stations across America. To make room for new stations on crowded airways, the FCC will halt processing applications for 6,000 FM translators, which are repeater stations that rebroadcast programs from distant areas. Some mega-broadcasters have used the translators to block local programming. For instance, Horizon Christian is a religious network that owns 435 radio licenses including many translators broadcasting on a spectrum reserved for educational broadcasting.
Such monopolization of the airways was made possible by deregulation, in which a rule limiting one media outlet to owning five radio stations was eliminated. That gave rise to powerful conglomerates such as Clear Channel, which at its peak owned over 1,000 stations including a half dozen or more in San Diego.
“Pirate radio” stations sprang up illegally, reaching small geographical areas until the FCC shut down such operators.
Now, however, aspiring broadcasters hoping to serve their communities will soon be able to apply for legitimate low-power FM licenses.
“Typically they only reach a radius of a couple of miles,” said Martin Eder, whose San Diego Community Radio Project recently had an application approved to launch a full-power FM radio station that will transmit from East County. KNSJ89.1 FM should be broadcasting from a tower above Descanso by the end of 2012, but streaming radio from KNSJ.org will be online in the near future.
In East County, Eder is best known for efforts to help defeat Blackwater’s plans to open a private military camp. Eder’s station has a potential initial audience of several hundred thousand (still low by full-power FM standards, less than KPBS and far below strong signal stations such as KOGO).
Even a low-power station capable of more limited reach, however, can have value for local listeners. “They are local and community oriented. They may be for a language minority and serve a specific community,” Eder observed. “They definitely tend to give voice to the voiceless, to those people who have no access.”
Eder estimates that San Diego may have only two or three low-power licenses available, fewer than some other urban areas due to the proximity to the border and signals reserved for Mexico.
Although Eder supports the FCC move to block translator applications, the step actually hinders his station’s effort to obtain a translator to boost its signal. But Eder says there are other options. “We may be able to relocate our antennae closer,” he said, adding that with emerging newmedia models, more people may also be able to listen online or through other means, such as cell phones or satellite radios in their cars. “So we are going to start small, and hope to increase both our signal and quality and certainly do radio streaming.”
To get on the air, Activist San Diego must raise at least $50,000. “We are committed to get on the air by the end of 2012,” said Eder, adding that about 25% of that goal has been reached thus far.
The organization aims for an inclusive programming model of community-based broadcasting that “allows for a very high level of civic mindedness and civic involvement,” Eder said. “We want to be able to highlight local culture, local musicians, and local issues but also tie in to national programming that has to do with citizen participation in social, cultural, economic and political involvement,” he said of the venture, which will be nonprofit. “Also very much in our plan is to take existing local journalism like East County Magazine, Voice of San Diego, and Zengers Magazine and give an audio version of this.”
The San Diego Community Radio Project is looking for locals to produce shows and provide content, particularly local and civic affairs. Meetings are held the first and third Thursdays each month at 4246 Wightman Street, San Diego 92105. All volunteers or supporters or independent media are invited.
Are you looking for naming rights? San Diego Community Radio Project is conducting a targeted fundraiser for a custom transmitting antenna that costs $19,000–an essential piece of equipment to get on the air. Radio donors will be permanently recognized as founding members. To help, call 619-871-9354 or donate online at our donation page .
Each One, Reach One; Pass the Microphone; Pay It Forward
For info: 619-528-8383 info@ActivistSanDiego.org or Martin @ 619-871-9354 or Funguy 310-507-7458