Due to vicious electrical storms, an MBI team of electrical engineers will ground the towers of three Baptist missionary radio stations in the K’ekchi’ region of north-central Guatemala June 13 – 23, 2015. The storms have burned up costly transistors and mosfets. Suppliers of some of these parts have been difficult to locate on the Internet. Some of these tiny mosfets have cost as much as $560 plus shipping charges. Electrical materials, such as copper wiring and copper grounding rods will be purchased locally in Guatemala City, and local laborers will help the American volunteers with some of the heavy work.
We are indeed grateful to Ray Fallon, owner of an electrical firm that services the communications towers of AT&T and other companies; Jim Howell who served for about 20 years as an electrical expert with the US Corps of Engineers in Central America during the 80s and 90s–and now pastors a Missionary Baptist church in Lucedale, MS; Robert Warren, owner and operator of Warren Electric of Semmes, AL; John Holland, retired air conditioning specialist with Johnson Systems who lives near Lucedale; and Brent Pugh, layman of First Baptist Church, Wilmer, AL.
They will work at Radio Luz 840AM/100.1 FM, San Pedro Carcha; La Voz Comunitaria de Nueva Concepción; and Stereo Campur FM, Campur. Two of these stations are located on rather easy terrain–gradually sloping hills with grass. The tower of Stereo Campur, in contrast, is located on a very steep hill full of large rock boulders.