BACKGROUND

Despite operating at a maximum power of 100,000 watts, the WRFG signal has suffered from poor signal coverage due to terrain blockage and multipath interference since the inception of its broadcasting. Clark/Atlanta University's tower and the top of the tower is nearly the same elevation as the surrounding terrain. An engineering study was commissioned in 1998 to investigate the signal problems. That study concluded that WRFG must relocate its transmitting antenna to a higher location if any signal improvement was to be realized. FM broadcasting requires a clear path from antenna to an individual receiver, and the existing facility did not even provide a good signal to the studio only 5 miles east of the WRFG tower. Clearly, a structure with additional height was needed to solve the lack of signal coverage.

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