In These Dark Times

In These Dark Times

Let Cortes Radio bring you some light. Literally. We are now selling LED light bulbs that have a rechargeable battery in them. You use them as regular light bulbs in a lamp and when the power goes out they stay on for up to 4 hours. They use the ground in your receptacle to complete the circuit. They also come with a hanging cap and on/off switch so that you can carry them around as shown in the picture. This can really change your experience during power failures. 4 hours of real light! They cost $15.00. Due to Covid-19 we have no markets to sell them at so send me an email or call me at home (935-6405) and will arrange a way to get you some light...
Folk U goes to the AirWaves!

Folk U goes to the AirWaves!

We can still be connected, inspired, and supported as a community. And without a computer! Folk University is coming to the Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5… Same time (1 to 3p.m.) every Friday through the Spring, starting Friday, March 27. We will still have neighbours sharing their interests and skills AND there will be a call-in option at (250) 935-0200 for YOU to ask your questions and share your knowledge. Look for topic details forthcoming. (And if you can discuss wild harvesting, gardening, etc.. I’m particularly interested in you!) These airwaves are virus free…. turn the radio on, get your phone handy, extra points if you take it outside and share it with your community (at a 2 meter distance of course). Folk University: going...
Cortes News Update For March 17, 2020

Cortes News Update For March 17, 2020

Originally published on Cortes Currents This is a COVID-19 news update for March 17, 2020. There are now 103 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in British Columbia. 8 of these are on Vancouver Island. The first was a Victoria. The seven most recent cases were reported yesterday. A Courtenay doctor confirmed that one of her patients is among them. While I have yet to see official confirmation, two sources have independently mentioned a case of COVID -19 in the Campbell River Hospital.  Five British Columbians have fully recovered, 6 are in acute care and 4, all in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre, have died.  How Long Will It Last? According to the Guardian, a leaked document from Public Health England (PHE) states, “As many as 80% of the population are expected to be infected with Covid-19 in the next 12 months, and up to 15% (7.9 million people) may require hospitalisation.” A more positive estimate, from a World Health Organization spokesperson, suggests life may return to normal this summer.  The American company that developed a successful treatment for Ebola has isolated hundreds of virus-neutralizing antibodies and is developing a multi-antibody cocktail that it hopes to be manufacturing by the end of summer. Confirmed Cases According to the World Health Organization, states that as of yesterday there are 182,000 confirmed cases COVID-19 and there are now more cases outside of China than in that nation. As of 6:45 PM yesterday, there were 424 confirmed cases in Canada; 74% of these were travellers and another 6% were friends of travellers. British Columbia has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the nation, there are 177 in Ontario. Cancelling Elective...
Cortes Radio Had 24,600 Search Impressions During January

Cortes Radio Had 24,600 Search Impressions During January

According to Google Search Console, Cortes Radio.ca had 24,600 search impressions on the web during January, 2020. CKTZ was on the first page results of 60 Goggle searches. The top performing pages were Cortes Cortes Radio.ca (409 clicks)  and a Cortes Current’s episode called “Paul Stamet’s Anti-dote  For Colony Collapse Disorder” (43 clicks). Our website’s Goggle Analytics program states that 10,704 people visited Cortes Radio.ca during the past twelve months. 2,603 of these were “returning visitors.”  There were 1,096 “active users” on our website during January, 2020. This number resembles that of the 1,036 members of the Cortes Community Radio Facebook Page. No numbers are available for our FM Radio listening audience, which largely appeals to a different demographic. Cortes Radio’s broadcast area stretches down to Powell River and Comox. There may be more listeners in Campbell River and Quadra than on Cortes Island.  In addition, Cortes Radio also has a high definition VosCast channel, not available through our website or on FM radio, which attracts some European listeners. Google Analytics states that during the last 12 months, the top three origin sites for our web visitors were: Campbell River (which probably includes Cortes & Quadra Islands), Vancouver and Courtenay. Approximately 5,000 people are believed to listen to CKTZ, over their radio or through the...
2020 Winter Lip Sync

2020 Winter Lip Sync

With the holidays coming up I thought I should let folks know that this winter’s show will be on Feb. 1st with the rehearsal the afternoon before.Why not use some of your holiday time with friends and family working on...
CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

All photos taken during the original inspection of our tower. Cortes Radio replaced the old antenna on top of its’ broadcasting tower on October 9, 2019. We had no choice in the matter. Our old antenna was no longer functioning and we could no longer broadcast over 89.5 FM. However compliments about the sudden clarity of our signal been flowing in ever since the new antenna was installed.  We have new listeners in Comox, who were not previously able to receive our signal. Our techie, Sean, reports that the signal is 50% to 60% stronger in Mansons Landing.  I live in Squirrel Cove, where most residents have not been able to receive Cortes Raadio. Sean told me that my house might be an exception because we are also on a hill and the signal is bouncing back from West Redonda Island. I was visiting family in the Lower Fraser Valley when the new antenna was installed. Returning last night, we were delighted to find CKTZ broadcasting with far greater clarity than before. (It is not even affected when I turn my computer on!)  Nick Gagnon spent almost six hours at the top of our tower on Thunder Road to install the new antenna. John Murvin assisted him, packing heavy boxes up and down the hill. The repair was made possible through a combination of Gaming Grant Funds and contributions from local listeners. (Thanks again to the Above The Tide Motel, in Campbell River, for its generous donation of...