Sunday, August 19, 2007

Lights and stuff

Hay luz! The electricity is on at Utopia!! The transmitter which was donated by WGIL in Galesburg shows signs of life! It's putting out the full 1,000 watts, but I have yet to test the audio aspects. It's still kinda dark in the transmitter building since the lights are yet to be installed. The transmitter from WDWS in Champaign isn't putting out power. Probably something got disconnected in all the bumping and constant vibration of the bus.

Lots of volunteers have been painting the tower and getting the groundwork done for erecting the tower. Leonel, the "torrero" (tower erector) is scheduled to arrive tomorrow mid day. He'll be bringing the remaining supplies necessary to put up our section (the lower 60 feet), and then he'll build the remaining 90 feet on top of that. I'm kind of apprehensive about this -- we don't have many supplies -- but I think we can pull it off. We're heading out at 6:00 a.m. = Hora de Honduras of 8:00 a.m., to get an early start assembling the tower. This has all been pushed up a day earlier in the schedule to get it done before possible heavy weather if Hurricane Dean heads south toward Honduras.

This afternoon, we had a great time shoveling dirt back over the new radial wire connections at the base of the tower. Salvador, Refugio and Soltero's constant good humor keeps everyone feeling good about the work. Maybe too, it was the fine lunch of salad and fruit we all had -- a great change from the usual tortillas, beans and cheese.

More soon.

Peace, Bill