CJLU-FM, Christian, Halifax
International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc.
|International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc.
On November 26, International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc. was granted a licence for a specialty commercial FM station in Halifax. The station would offer a Christian music service on 93.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 5,000 watts. Antenna height would be 35 metres. The station had originally planned to build its tower at City Church, 276 Herring Cove Road, Halifax. In the end, they decided to rent from Commercial Solutions, 3 Spectacle Lake Drive (Burnside Park) in Dartmouth.
CJLU-FM signed on the air with 1,000 watts of power. The station was being built in stages and expected to eventually operate at the full and authorized power of 5,000 watts. Studios and offices were at 101 Ilsley Avenue, Unit 3, Dartmouth. After being on the air for a time, it was noticed that the signal was not getting out as well as hoped. CJLU was considering either relocating higher in the Burnside Park or asking to move to the Bayer’s Lake district.
On December 20, International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc. received approval to increase the effective antenna height and relocate the transmitter for CJLU-FM. The licensee stated that when setting up two years ago, it discovered two major problems. The first was that the building it was leasing would not allow it to vent out its 5,000 watt transmitter and consequently it was forced to use a 1,000 watt transmitter. The second was that its technical consultant did not provide adequate coverage maps to demonstrate that it would not be heard well in parts of Bedford and Lower Sackville, which it stated are two principle areas in its Metro Halifax market. The licensee indicated that the proposed site relocation would solve these two issues.
On May 21, CJLU-FM received approval to add a new FM transmitter at Wolfville. It would operate at 88.3 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 175 watts. International Harvesters indicated that the new FM transmitter was intended to provide a religious FM radio service to the people of the Annapolis Valley.
On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CJLU-FM and its transmitter CJLU-FM-1 Wolfville until March 31, 2012.
On March 20, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CJLU-FM and its transmitter CJLU-FM-1 Wolfville to August 31, 2012. On August 28, the licence was administratively renewed to March 31, 2013.
On March 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CJLU-FM Halifax and its transmitter CJLU-FM-1 Wolfville to August 31, 2017. This short-term renewal would allow the Commission to review the licensee’s compliance with its conditions of licence and the Radio Regulations, 1986 at an earlier date.
On April 4, the CRTC approved an application by International Harvesters for Christ to decrease the power at CJLU-1 88.3 in Wolfville from 1,000 to 300 watts.
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