WCQS, Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. recently learned that its signal to the Highlands area at 101.7 FM will soon be bumped by another station. The other station, located in South Carolina, was granted a full power transmitter at the same frequency. Because the WCQS signal at 101.7 FM is a low-power translator, WCQS listeners in the Highlands area have experienced a signal loss effective Aug. 2.
WCQS engineers will install a directional antenna which will allow the station to broadcast at reduced power. Until the station is assigned a new frequency it will broadcast to a coverage area limited to the downtown Highlands area at 101.7 FM.
WCQS has filed the necessary paperwork with the FCC for expedited approval of a new frequency. Once granted, a new antenna will be installed and WCQS will restore service to its coverage area, which includes the communities of Highlands, Cashiers and Sapphire.