Petite Anse update: 840 AM Back on the Air
After four months of silence for many 4VEH listeners, 840 AM is back on the air! We still have a lot of work ahead to restore the signal to full strength, but praise God, 840 AM is back!
In August 2012, thieves broke in and stole copper wiring and equipment at Radio 4VEH’s Petite Anse AM transmission site. This meant we were off the air on one of our main stations, 840 AM, the far-reaching signal that reaches about 75-80% of our listening audience across northern Haiti, especially in rural areas.
Then in November 2012, deadly rains in Cap-Haitien killed 16 people – a sober reminder that information saves lives. Our presenters broadcast weather warnings on Radio 4VEH’s other stations (FM stations), urging listeners in vulnerable areas to be vigilant and get to higher ground. Even more reason to get back on 840 AM, to share life-saving information for today and the eternal hope of Jesus.
Then in Nov 2012, after weeks of prayer and hard work, with financial support from inside and outside of Haiti, the new equipment (that would get 840 AM back on the air, but only at partial strength) was ready to ‘go live’. Radio 4VEH technicians Jonathan, Louis, Rodney and our technical advisor Jerry tested the signal – it worked! One listener called immediately, saying “4VEH is back on 840 AM!”
Within minutes, people were calling in to the live afternoon music show saying, “Yes! I’m listening!”
Only at Partial Strength
840 AM is working, but it’s not at full strength. Only one of two radio towers is operational, sending a weak signal in one direction. To reach the maximum area, our signal needs to be at full strength and in many directions. The 40-year-old radio towers need to be replaced urgently, and the tuning system restored to reach as far as possible across northern Haiti.
Please continue to pray for the work needed at Petite Anse, to rebuild a secure wall around the property, replace two radio towers (270 foot and 200 foot tall) and protect the site so that Radio 4VEH can continue to reach people across Haiti on 840 AM.
You Can Help!
You can give online to Petite Anse AM Tower Project # 407990 by credit card today through One Mission Society or send a check to:
USA: Make your gift by check, payable to One Mission Society with #407990/Petite Anse Towers on the memo line.
Send to: One Mission Society, PO Box 1648, Monument CO 80132-1648
For other countries visit: OneMissionSociety.org