CoastAlaska creates ‘Radio to Go’ kits in case of disaster

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In response to media outages after recent disasters elsewhere, the CoastAlaska pubradio group has built two compact portable FM stations for use by pubcasters in the state, called Radio to Go.

The nonprofit, which serves seven stations from Juneau, developed the portable kit to go into service within minutes after arriving at a site.

The two units, to be stored in separate communities, can be carried by Coast Guard helicopter, commercial flight or ship. Each unit costs about $10,000, including shipping cases, a 150-watt FM radio transmitter, CD players, a digital audio recorder, radio tuner, mixer and microphones, cables, transmitting antenna and mast.