At the age of ten, Forshia Ross became the youngest ham radio Operator in the state of Alaska, where her family lived at the time.
Forshia remembers when she took the Morse code and radio theory exam to get her license; She was very perplexed by one question. She was sure the multiple-choice answers did not contain the right one from which she could choose. Finally, Forsha went to her instructor during the exam and shared it with him.
She was apparently right, and a letter of correction to the Federal Communications Commission accompanied her exam. As the local newspaper reported, “The young Miss passed her test in radio theory and the international Morse code with flying colors.” Forshia even built her own transmitter, a task that took one whole summer. Her father built the receiver; and when they tested them both, Forshia's worked fine, and his began to smoke. They had a good laugh about it, but Forshia was still very proud of herself.
Foshia also remembers going to a ham radio summer party, given for the benefit of all radio operators in Alaska, and asking if she could sign the roster that had been placed high up on a podium. The man she was asking looked down at her, smiled sweetly, and answered: “Honey, that’s for radio operators to sign.” Innocently, she looked up at him (everyone was taller than her, of course) and said, “But I am one.” Through this medium of communication, she would reach as far as Guam and many other places.
Forshia still has her logbook. She received fan mail from all over the world and was featured in the CQ Magazine, one of the most well known magazines for radio operators.
When the Lord opened up ministry to Forshia Ross in 1990, never would she have believed that radio would continue to be so important. Only this time the purpose would be to share the Good News of Jesus Christ around the world.
Forshia's radio program, Hidden Treasures has been aired on several stations in the United States, short wave in Africa and Northern and Southern America and in her own local area. God has given Forshia a unique ability to share the Gospel in practical ways that help people realize that He desires to be everyday real in their lives. She is often interviewed as a guest speaker on syndicated radio stations. Her audio CD, 18 Sound Bites, a collection of some of her best programs, continues to encourage people with God’s love and personal care. It has been her great pleasure to be invited to share the Good News with the European Gospel Radio ministry as well.
Forshia Ross is a licensed and ordained pastor and head of the international ministry Treasurers from the Heart, which started in 1990 on the outskirts of Washington DC. She fulfills the call of ministry to help people through television, radio, books, Bible studies, speaking engagements and her website, TreasuresFromTheHeart.org. Forshia has won two Rhode Island PEG Awards for Best Religious/Spirituality TV Program and has also published two books, No Secondhand Rose and The Wilderness Shall Blossom like the Rose, the first and second of a trilogy about her journey to wholeness. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Glendale, Rhode Island.
Traditional ways of broadcasting your message only on local FM or AM radio are quickly becoming ineffective and obsolete.
The reason? Internet and media fragmentation. Still there are wide and unreachable areas not covered by the Internet and local radio and TV, in the less developed areas in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
European Gospel Radio offers Christian broadcasters, particularly independent Christian radio producers, a much more effective way of communicating with new, existing, and additional listeners world-wide, by combining several, different media with one package, reaching listeners in more areas around the world.
EGR can, and will, help you deliver your Christian message to millions of listeners in poor and underdeveloped areas around the world. EGR uses a combination of international radio channels, local AM radio, Internet streaming and satellite TV to reach the most remote regions in the world. If you still use local radio and TV in your own country, you may be losing a large and interested audience that you can evangelize.
We are truly missionary in spirit, as all our Christian broadcasters who trust and have used our media on a daily basis since 1979. This is an invitation for truly missionary organizations to join us, and spread your message worldwide. Please do not contact us if you are just a fund-raiser or money making venture: we strongly believe that International and Christian broadcasting should not be a money making opportunity, but rather an exciting missionary challenge to evangelize the poorest and unreachable corners in the world.
I am radio enthusiast from Finland, a country far up in the north of Europe. I have caught the signals of IRRS Radio on AM 846 kHz here! Listening to far away stations is my hobby. This is the first time I got across with your station on 846 kHz.
Please listen to MP3 audio attached. Please verify that this was IRRS I heard. Here is a MP3 recording of IRRS announcemenet on the 312st of July 201254 at 2045 UTC on 846 kHz! Please send me e-mail or letter and verify that I am listener of IRSS Radio!!! I'd really appreciate your time and trouble! .
I m 58 years old senior scientist at the Natural Resources Institute Finland. Kannus is a small town of 6000 inhabitants in the western coast of Finland. To walk in forests, pick berries and mushrooms, to camp and sit at fire: they are my favourite past times. I also like to ski (Nordic, classic cross-country).
I have visited Italy two times and I am coming again to Milano in October. There is a conferences of popular growing in Italy. Greetings from Finland!
Jyrki, from Finland (29 July 2015)
You can find us 24/7 online, on Shortwave around the world, on AM/Medium Wave in Europe:
I am a 57 year old Japanese shortwave listener. Last night I heard the program of "Radio Santec" relayed by IRRS on 15190 kHz.
Thank you very much for your program. I started shortwve listening in 1970 when I was a student of junior high school. I was very ative in the hobby when I was a university student, In 1990's OI became inactive in the hobby due to heavy duties in my work. A few year ago I became again very active in the hobby.
Thank you again for your program, and looking forward to your kind reply soon.
Mr Satoshi W. from Osaka, Japan listened to our 300 kW shortwave broadcast to India & China, on May 13, 2013, reporting a good reception in Japan (SINPO 35443). Thansk you for tuning in! Despite your location is a bit off-set to our beam to central and SE Asia, Despite the fact that we are not beaming specifically to Japan, it seems that we are reaching Osaka with quite a decent signal as well.
I have been a keen shortwave radio listener for over 40 years - I well remember the first broadcast I heard when I was 12 year old boy. Since those early days I have regularly listened to the shortwaves learning a great deal in the process.
I thought I would give you a few personal details so at least you can understand the sort of person that is listening to your broadcasts - I am a 57 year old professional businessman, I travel all over the world on business visiting my company's regional offices in China and India several times a year. During my travels I always take my short wave radio as it allows me to listen to the news from home via the BBC and news from around the rest world on other shortwave services. When I am at home I can continue those "travels" by listening to broadcastsfrom countries such as yours.
Keep broadcasting on shortwave - there is an audience, not everybody wants to use the Internet Over the years my knowledge of the world has improved greatly because of shortwave. I also get to learn about your country - I have visited several countries on holiday as a result of the interest generated from shortwave programmes.
I appreciate you must receive many hundreds of reports a year and I know it must be very difficult to reply to them all! I hope however on this occasion you will be able to find the time to reply as I would like to addyour QSL card to my collection.
Richard K. from England, UK
Richard listened to our mainstream frequency to Europe on 9,510 kHz, reporting a strong signal (SINPO 4444) on March 9, 2013. Thank you, Richard, stay tuned and best 73s!
I regularly listen to the broadcasts transmitted over IRRS on short waves, your current choice of frequency of 9510 kHz to Europe is excellent!
I am glad to send you this reception report on this European Gospel Radio broadcast. Please, send me your QSL-card to verify this report. Thank you very much!
Receiver: SANGEAN ATS-909X
Antenna: built-in telescopic
Reception Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Station: Italian Radio Relay Service
Programme: European Gospel radio
Frequency: 9510 kHz
Quality: 55544 SINPO
Remarks: Very strong signal, no interference.
Details: European Gospel Radio - Sermon dedicated to the Sabbath, readings from the Bible, hymn, improving health through oxygen and breathing, hymn, address for donations and web pages.
The March 2013 edition of Radio World Int'l magazine, available digitally free of charge, carries an article on their front page dedicated to our international broadcasting mission.
The article features European Gospel Radio and NEXUS-IBA story going back from the late 1970's when we started relaying programs in English on FM radio in Milan, Italy, and then expanded our broadcasts on the Internet, AM/Medium Wave and via shortwave to cover the entire world.
The article also mentions briefly our own CDN technology called WorldDirector, developed internally at NEXUS-IBA to distribute our Christian radio and TV programs over the Internet, via our web farms in North America, Europe and Asia.
The Shortwave antenna displayed in the RWI article is actually a short range log-periodic antenna used only for local broadcast at reduced power up to 100 kW, while the more sophisticated long distance antennas used at 150 and 300 kW are shown on our web site.
Since the beginning of 2011, we have been broadcasting on a new European AM/Medium Wave frequency of 1368 kHz, covering the North East of Italy (Venice, Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Bologna and vicinities, population around 3 million) from 7 PM until 2 AM Central European Time every night, and from 6AM until 8AM every day.
New frequencies in parallel with 1368 kHz were added at the beginning of 2015: 846 kHz and 567 kHz. The latter is currently on lower power, to cover local areas only in the North Eastern part of Italy and over the border of neighbour countries. The addition of 846 kHz has been proved very effective in reaching DXers in Northern Europe, as far as Sweden and Norway during darkness
European Gospel Radio and IRRS broadcasts daily on all of these AM/Medium Wave frequencies between 7PM CET and 01AM CET, and from 06AM until 08AM CET. English is our primary language, although short segments in German, French and Italian are also aired occasionally. All programs are also carried via audio streaming on the main IRRS/EGR stream (see more details on top of our home page)
All broadcasts can also be heard in the border countries of Slovenia. Croatia, Austria, Switzerland, southern Germany and eastern part of France after 7 PM until 7:30 AM (nighttime) approx Central European Time. Listeners' letters on 1368 kHz have been received also from Spain, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. The total potential coverage is approximately 143 million people, of whom ca. 68 million speak English as a first or second language. Nighttime coverage is approximately within the darker zone in the coverage map below, including the lighter area close to the transmitter). Daytime coverage is also available for programs in Italian (in the smaller, lighter circle in the coverage map).
Over this new voice in Europe we are repeating some of the programs being broadcasted on European Gospel Radio, IPAR (International Public Access Radio) and IRRS-Shortwave on Shortwave, in addition to music, news and information in English.
All programs on our AM/Medium Wave network are 95% in English. It's a great opportunity to make us heard in the center of Rome, just a few blocks from the Vatican, and in the large tourist and business areas in the North-Eastern part of Italy and Central/Southern Europe.
For more information call us free of charge from the USA or Canada every day from 8AM-10PM Central European Time, 11PM-1PM PST, 2AM-4PM EST
Our system will call you within a few minutes connecting you to our office in Italy at no charge. If we are unable to connect, please contact us and we will call you or email at a later time.
How does shortwave radio work?
Standard AM and FM stations lose their power as their signals dissipate along the ground over long distances. In shortwave, the opposite is true. The Earth is encased in an invisible covering of gases called the Ionosphere. This acts like a mirror, reflecting shortwave signals back to Earth, thus making it possible to cover vast distances with a single transmitter. This is why shortwave is so efficient and cost-effective. In the case of IRRS-Shortwave, this means you can cover Europe for the same or less money than it would cost to reach just one local market at home.
Christian broadcasting organizations, Church leaders and Pastors placed their trust in us to provide a radio link between their programs and our European listener.
We take this trust seriously, and want not only to place the best possible transmission facilities at your disposal, but also to give you the benefit of our experience and knowledge of the Shortwave broadcast medium and the European audience, which goes back nearly a quarter of a century.
Europe, North Africa and Middle East
Historically, Europe has been our main target since we began operating with an omnidirectional antenna in 1988. As we began increasing transmitter power to 100, 150 and 300 kW, we started using directional antennas, that are able to target European Gospel Radio to any country or continent in the world. Custom broadcasts can be set using our high gain and directional antenna that optimize reception on the desired target.
We strive to provide you with the highest quality broadcasts
On Shortwave, each broadcast can cover a huge territory, such as one or more continents, one or several countries altogether.
You may be spending donors' money and resources buying airtime on another station that cannot be heard, because it cannot reach the target, or because the shortwave channel that you are currently using may be interfered by other stations. You may also be using old transmitters or bad frequencies, at nominal (not real) transmitter powers that may not be doing a good job.
Transmitter power is not the only thing that counts in reaching our targets. We also use modern, well maintained, digitally controlled, DRM capable transmitters, with excellent modulation and excellent antennas. We also take all necessary care to provide a good frequency to each broadcast. We provide direct international frequency coordination with all world stations, governments and private broadcasters, and are able to select the best time and antenna to offer you the best possible signal on each target.
Give the European Gospel radio team a chance to reach out to the world!
We've often heard stories of fake radio stations, fake (paid) broadcasts, fake listeners reports and fake “I’ve Seen The Light” letters sent through networks organized by radio brokers and agencies. On some occasions we have even helped Christian ministries in uncovering those un-ethical and fraudulent schemes.
Europe is just one of our targets. We cover any region in the world by selecting the right transmitter power, the best antenna, a good frequency and the most correct time for your target.
If you are ever in doubt on whether you are really reaching your audience with your own station, at any time you are welcome to ask us to monitor your existing broadcasts. We'll be glad to check and compare the effectiveness of your broadcast at almost any location in the world, and provide you with a competitive signal in your desired target area.
It goes without saying that we stand ready to answer any specific question or request you may have. We strive to help our Christian broadcasters in every way possible to make their mission a success and exploit the potential of saving millions of souls with just one single broadcast, at a very reasonable cost. Please do contact us for any additional information.