|Travel Report Same Booster
The road up to Vudee is steep and narrow!
We dropped two ofour passengers in Vudee at the old mission.
The road further on is getting repared now!
This is the old electricity meter at the church in Ndolwa
The earth cable rund down here up again on the other side and then from there up to the transmitter!
We had to fix the battery again
Unloading of the antenna when we climbed the mountain
Steepwayup the Shengenna
The rain has washed the cable free
The shelter did not open
Exchanging the antenna
It is getting dark until we had replaced the antenna
Evangelist Eliatosha Mnzava, who helped us to set up the Booster for the Paare Mountains
and helped us all the time since, is now in Dar Es Salaam.
We took the way the cable takes to bring up the electricity to the transmitter. On some places the rain has washed down the soil above the soil above the wire, and it is dangerous if the cable is open. On the way people could destroy it with a panga, and on the bush area a fire can burn it. So we left some money with the person in charge to burry the cable again everywhere. As soon as enough money will be available it should be replaced with an armed earth cable to be more resistive to injuries.
It took nearly a complete hour until we came to the transmitter. Unfortunately we did not succeed to open the door. We called Evangelist Eliatosha in Dar, but even that did not help to open the door. We decided to take down the antenna first. Since the antenna cable was short we had to take even out the screw at the bottom to move it some bit.
Now opening the old antenna gave us an headache after one of our pliers broke. We simply did not had enough power to turn the socked of the old antenna to take it off. It was so badly rusted. We sucked all in penetrating oil, but it did not move. We hammered against it, cut all the old antenna, but no movement.
It was nearly six in the evening we said "If God wants us to repair this transmitter He will show us a way to open this socked!", and I tried to look again through the tools I had with me. I found an old adjustable spanner. We fixed it on the socked. I hold the pipe with the wrangle and Temper hammered the spanner to turn the socked. By putting all his Force left it started to move! We could replace the antenna, took it up, but had to lower it again, because we had turned the telemetry antenna around. We took it up again. Meanwhile Zawadi had succeed really to open the shelter. We cleaned it. Unfortunately the meter switch of the transmitter did not work any more. So until we could receive the telemetry data in Moshi we did not knew, whether we were successful with our antenna!
It was nearly dark when we finished, and we had go back again to the car! And all the way back to Same, where the tomaked road started we had ro reconnect the battery again and again several times..
On the road we compared the signal of Radio Maria in Maua with ours in Kidia. There is really such a big difference if we could use 2000 Watts instead of 20 Watts, and we have to not to loose our listeners!
We arrived in Moshi around 10 oclock at night.
Tuning and sealing the new antenna in Moshi