Hope FM 107.5 was switched on in East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG), on Sunday, August 4.
Church members around the province, and as far as West Coast Namatanai in New Ireland Province, were asked to tune in to test the signal coverage.
The tower was recently erected by the New Britain New Ireland Mission communications department at Kenabot, Kokopo.
Hope FM manager (Lae) Pastor Ereman Kalava said that, since Sunday, most of the calls and requests coming in to the station have been from the Kokopo and East New Britain areas.
“I sense great excitement among the people to receive Hope FM radio,” said Pastor Kalava.
Since the launch of Hope FM 107.5 in Lae on December 6, 2018, radio engineers have been working hard to locate possible new transmission sites.
New Britain New Ireland Mission president Pastor Danny Philip spoke on air through live broadcast and expressed his gratitude to the Hope FM engineering team for selecting Kokopo as the first transmission site as part of the nation-wide rollout plan.
The team, comprised of Rishan Gounder (PNGUM IT), Paul Holton (Faith FM), Soni Poli (PNGUM), Jamie Lassah (PNGUM IT), PNGUM’s communications department and Adventist World Radio, have invested countless hours in the project and are currently identifying low-power transmission sites for the next rollouts in locations including Kimbe, Kavieng and Manus.
The Hope FM engineering team encourages readers to pray for the gospel to reach through the airwaves throughout PNG.