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11.16.18Keith's Daughter to Release EP This Month
11.16.1843rd ApX Episode on Radio This Weekend
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11.16.18New USB Thumb Drives in Stock
11.09.18Encouragement from Fans in Five States
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11.09.18New Single Brought to You by the Letter L
11.07.18Time for an Update on Our Songbook Update
11.05.18New Single, Fan Will Match All Donations This Week
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11.01.18How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
11.01.18Clues for Our Next Single
11.01.18More Musical Reasons to Be Optimistic
11.01.18Encouragement from TX, MO, SC & CA
10.31.18Parody Plans for the Next Three Months
10.29.18Buy Any CD, Get 1 Free (Ends Friday)
10.26.18The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
10.23.18New Single: Two Bands We've Never Spoofed Before
10.20.18Free DVD with Any CD (Ends Sunday Night)
10.20.18Where Have You Gone, Joe Cataneo?
10.20.18Clues for Tomorrow Night's Single
10.12.18Update on Last Week's Prayer Request
10.12.18Revisiting Last Week's Clues
10.12.18Math Tutor Gets Music Lesson from ApX Fan
10.08.18New Single Should Be Rated G
10.05.18Prayer Request & Praise Report from Louisville KY
10.05.18Here's Our Sequel to "The Borean Identity"
10.05.18From a Pastor, Teacher, and Dad in Duluth MN
10.04.18Over 1150 Tracks for $100 (Ends Sunday)
10.04.18Clues for This Weekend's Single
10.01.18Following Up on Last Week's Newsletter
09.28.18Unfortunately, We Still Need Help and Prayer
09.28.18What's on Tap for October
09.25.18New Single (Alphabet Soup)
09.20.18The Borean Identity: A Family of Fans in WA
09.20.18BOGO Deal on New CD Ends Sunday
09.19.18Something for All You Completists Out There
09.19.18Clues for Our Upcoming Single
09.17.18New CD Deal Ends Sunday: Buy 1, Get 1 of 28 CDs Free
09.14.18There's Something About Nichey
09.14.18ApX & Timmy D Back on the Air in Philly
09.12.18New Single: 2 Smashes from the 70's
09.07.18Encouragement from Fans in 22 States
09.07.18Clues for Our Next Single
09.04.18ApologetiX Needs Help & Prayer Now
08.30.18Sensational Sentiments from 7 States
08.30.18Watch Tom Milnes Preach Online
08.28.18New Single: All-American 80's
08.27.18ApX on NPR? That's Twisted
08.24.18ApX Alum Launches New Church
08.24.18Clues for This Wkd's Single
08.24.18Multitudes Pay Respects to Keith Harrold
08.23.18What's on the New CD?
08.22.18New ApX Video: We Will Walk Through
08.17.18More Memories of Keith Harrold from a Band Wife
08.17.18In Memoriam: Keith Harrold
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08.14.18New Single: Summer of '83
08.10.18Three Big Reasons We Do This (from TN, IN & CO)
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08.10.18Clues for Our Next Single
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08.02.18Request from a DJ in WA
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08.02.18The Stories Behind Our Next Single
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07.26.18New Single: Both By British Bands
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07.13.18Fans React to New Single
07.10.181150 Tracks for $100 (Ends Sunday)
07.10.18Half Off CDs, MP3s, & DVDs (Ends Sunday)
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07.07.18Praise Report on Last Week's Prayer Request
07.07.18Clues for This Weekend's Single
07.03.18Half Off CDs & MP3s (Ends Monday)
06.30.18Prayer Request for Lee & Lois
06.30.18Recording Update: Lots of Good News
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06.25.18New Single: Resurrection Collection (70's & 80's)
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06.20.18Clues for This Week's Single
06.15.18Quebec Pastor Plans 8000-Mile ApX Marathon
06.08.18Urgent Prayer Request from African Missionary
06.08.18Recording Update: You Can't Make This Stuff Up
05.29.18Fan Will Match All Donations This Week
05.24.18Update: What's Going On & What's Gone Wrong?
05.21.18Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
05.18.18Three Great New ApX Videos

More Bus Problems: You Call That News?
Wed., Aug. 17. 2011 11:01pm EDT

Many of you already think our bus is a lemon, because of all the repairs it has required in the past year. If so, maybe the lemon is short for "Lemony Snicket," because last Thursday it continued our recent "series of unfortunate events," causing the cancellation of last weekend's shows in Iowa and Kansas.

However, all of the fans did receive a full refund for their "lemony tickets." ApologetiX lead singer J. Jackson relates the story of what happened and gives an update on the subsequent repair process:

I'm not very good at understanding mechanical things -- let alone explaining them -- but here's my best first try:

Keith called me last Thursday night at 8:20 p.m. Apparently, as he was bringing the bus home from the mechanic that evening (yes, the alternator had already been fixed by the electrician, but the mechanic was finishing installation and putting in new air filter and didn't get it done till Thursday afternoon, etc.), Keith heard some loud pops.

Apparently the alternator is now too powerful and blew out the battery -- not just blew it out, but blew four caps off of it, and the lights were much, much brighter than normal on the bus and trailer -- apparently a sign that they were now receiving too much power -- and then they would go out intermittently.

After he heard and saw that, Keith called an expert about the prospect of just running on the battery without the alternator, and (to nobody's suprise) was told we'd probably wind up on the side of the road. Then to top things off, as Keith was telling me that news, he started noticing a burning rubber smell and a hissing sound.

Furthermore -- I'm not kidding -- my six-month-old son threw up on my foot while all this was happening.

Again, I am not good at explaining mechanical things, but Keith is quite good at observing and assessing them, so if anything I wrote above doesn't make sense, it's because I lost something in the translation.

The electric people who worked on the alternator made a house call to Keith's the next day (last Friday) to check the bus out and determined that there appeared to be no regulator for the alternator, and that is why it was overpowering the battery and the bus electrical system.

They were scheduled to come back and install a regulator Monday at Keith's house, but that got rained out. Then they couldn't come on Tuesday, because the part hadn't come in. Finally, on Wednesday, the electric guys came and installed the regulator. They said they got us the best one available, and the owner of the company assures us that there should be no more problems. So we're planning to be there as scheduled.

Please pray for us. We need it!