Thursday, March 25, 2010

Radio Tower Setup

Rudy and I had the privilege of going with Dan to help setup a radio tower. Neither Rudy or I have done this before but we both like heights so it was a good fit for us. We had to put up a new tower to replace one that is getting very rusty and they don't trust it anymore. We had hoped i might only take two days to set the tower up but because of a few complications it took us three days.

Preparing the first element of the tower.

Rudy on top waiting for the second element to be lifted up.
The old tower that has to come down.

We drove down the mountain to a small town for supper.
Sleeping arrangements were interesting this is where Rudy and I slept.

The next morning we could hardly see the tower for the fog, cause we were up at about 2,000ft.
Rudy felt he had to test the equipment out at about 60 or 70ft.

Charley and Rudy
Climbing Buddies
Looking from the top down.
Gotta love self portraits

A little bit of the view from up there.
Me in my get up.
Charley climbed the whole time and Rudy and I subbed each other off.

Here at 190 ft we were looking down on the old tower.
It is quite a ways down there.
A girls boarding school next door.

That is Charley and I at 190ft.
This was most of our tower setup crew. We were a really international group from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, US, Kenya and Canada.
The tower is going to be built up to 250 ft/ 75 meters but we were short six elements so they will go back next week take down the old tower and then put on the last six elements.

On our way back through Nairobi Dan needed to go to Wilson Airport so he took me into the MAF's(Missionary Aviation Fellowship) hanger.

This evening Moriah was just looking too cute I just had to take some pictures.
She was helping me do some typing as well.
I only have four more days here and I then I fly back to Mozambique it has been a good time but I am ready to go home to Mozambique.


The Woodford's said...

I gotta admit I got a little woozy just Looking at the pic's from the top!! =) But those scenic pic's are AMAZING!! Tim pointed out that your shadows could be seen in the pic of the girls' school next door. Neat!

Mom said...

Yep, too high for me. But really interesting pictures Andrew!!

Mike said...

How do you become a missionary? I have a wife but no kids (yet).