It is by God’s grace that we have been able to replace our old medium wave transmitter in Swaziland, Africa, with a 50,000-watt transmitter that produces a clearer, stronger signal. The best part is that the costs are being covered by what we’re saving in electricity!
This rebuilt transmitter was a prototype, which was never intended to be sold or used on the open market. It was originally given by its manufacturer, Harris, to HCJB Global, as payment for work done. There it sat, without being used and with no real future possibility of use, but God had his eye on it for Kingdom use! At the request of Swaziland’s Station Manager, Mark Blosser, HCJB Global agreed to give us the transmitter for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new one.
This would have been in vain however, if the HCJB Global Technology Center hadn’t also allocated two of its engineers to refit the transmitter for use on our frequency of AM 1170. Furthermore, the input of the Harris engineer who built the transmitter was needed and when he heard that the transmitter would be used in Africa to reach people with the gospel, he got stuck right in. What was planned to be a simple three-month project turned into a massive one-year undertaking that only God could orchestrate.
The old Continental transmitter remains in Swaziland as a back-up. “It is a vintage one,” Mark Blosser says, “that I’m told it could be the only transmitter of its kind still being used!” It is famously known as the “pirate transmitter.” During the 1970s, radio stations illegally operated on ships out of the English Channel. When one of these ships entered into port, the transmitter was impounded, and then eventually sold to TWR.
Please pray with us that they will continue for many years to come. Pray that the transmitter would prove to be robust and that the modifications made will endure.
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