For nearly 60 years, HCJB Global's international broadcast site at Pifo, Ecuador beamed the Gospel around the world, often into countries closed to other forms of outreach such as the Former Soviet Union. In recent years our focus has moved to supporting local partners to reach their own communities through local radio and the Pifo site has now closed to make way for the new Ecuadorian airport.
For some areas of the world, however, shortwave is still an important medium and can reach into remote areas where other technology is not available. HCJB Global uses shortwave to reach villages in North Africa and the Middle East, where satellite and internet signals can't be received.
In January 2003 we began shortwave broadcasts from our new transmitter site at Kununurra, Western Australia. This site has the potential to reach the whole of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The facilities are on a 200-acre farm owned by HCJB Global-Australia which will eventually become self-sustaining, growing crops such as sugarcane, bananas, papayas and mangos. The site is being developed to create funding and develop a ministry of encouragement to pastors, church and community leaders.
Our shortwave transmitters are designed and built by our Technology Centre.