Construction of Radio of Hope has been accomlished by a great team of dedicated volunteers!
The road to active ministry was "paved" by the contributions of time, talent and finances
resulting in the photo collection displayed below. To borrow a well know phrase...


In the Beginning...



1. The main studio under early-construction at the "Better Living Center" in Port Townsend, Washington.



2. Our first on-air mixer (made possible by our friends at KSQM 91.5 FM in Sequim).



3. One of our Electrovoice RE27/ND Studio Microphones with "pop" filter. More images from
"in-and-around" the studio will appear later, but, for now, it's on to the heavy construction.



4. Volunteers from Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend and Poulsbo assembling the tower sections.



5. Let's see, that's Tab "A" into "Slot "B" right?



6. If it isn't going to be a tower, it might be a nice small-guage railroad.



7. Bending and wiring lots of rebar for multiple foundations!



8. Forms to keep the concrete where it belongs until it becomes rock-hard.



9. The tower sections are coming together, nicely, now.



10. What a great crew! KROH - Radio of Hope wouldn't get built without our talented and dedicated team!



11. Grady Stevens and Glenn Gately discussing the early work to be done for the transmitter building.



12. "X" marks the spot for the precise tower location.



13. One of our tall neighbors.



14. Looking back downhill, on the road headed to the transmitter site on Maynard Peak Communications site,
located to the southwest of Port Townsend. 2000+ feet elevation above the Puget Sound.



15. Casselary Road Extended coming into the Maynard Peak Communications Site located on
Blyn Mountain near Discovery Bay, Washington.



16. Lots of horsepower got the earth-moving equipment to the transmitter site.



17. Clearing the top of overgrowth.



18. More clearing.



19. The BIG hole starts here.



20. Now make it bigger and deeper please!



21. "X" marks the spot!



22. The spur-road to our new transmitter site.



23. Prayer for guidance, safety and thanksgiving for tasks well done at the end of another work-day.



24. Preparing the driveway for traffic in all kinds of weather.



25. Lots of plywood and other lumber for concrete forms and more.



26. Cutting the pieces with precision.



27. One of several foundation forms.



28. Everything is customized for its task.



29. Steel and concrete holds everything on the ground together.



30. The foundation for the transmitter building.



31. The hole for the tower foundation developes.



32. The silt fence keeps the dirt where it belongs.



33. Straight and level.



34. How much deeper do you want that hole?



35. Moving earth around the in-place forms.



36. Anybody need any extra dirt?



37. Jason Woods, of Double D Electrical, arrives to locate the MANY cables hidden underground to
avoid damage and nasty surprises. No high-voltage sparks please!



38. That orange paint really stands out!



39. The precise "spot-finder" is right HERE!



40. Red lines mark the location of the main underground power lines.



41. Another trailer-load of parts off-loaded.



42. The tower base will eventually fill this spot.



43. A view of the transmitter building and the emergency generator foundation forms from the Southwest.



44. Another, closer, view from the Southeast.



45. The close of another day with our great volunteers heading home.



46. The conduit pipes that will pass the coaxial cables to and from the tower.



47. Lots of rebar cut to fit its precise location and need.



48. This five foot tower-base will soon be encased in 23 yards of steel and concrete.



49. Parts and pipes.



50. The nuts, bolts and washers that hold the tower together.



51. Customized forms were constructed on-site to shape the tower base.



52. Customized forms were constructed on-site to shape the tower base.



53. Hay bales and a silt fence kept loose dirt from blowing off-site and into the woods.



54. The cement crew ready to pour.



55. Here's the plan!



56. Last-minute check of the form for the transmitter building.



57. Fill it right to the corners.



58. Going from rough to smooth.



59. The surface really begins to take shape.




60. Down the chute!



61. Getting the roof-anchors in place.



62. All nice and smooth!



63. This pad will support the emergency backup generator for when AC power fails.



64. Ready to move more dirt into place.



65. Digging a path to the electrical transformer for our connection.



66. CAREFULLY digging cross-over holes near existing underground electrical cables.



67. Hmmm, needs to be a little deeper.



68. The trencher had a long, tough path (in mostly rock) to connect our future building to the transformer.



69.Taking photos of the photo takers.



70. This lumber will construct the form for the tower base. Containing 25 yards of re-bar and concrete.



71. Custom-built right on site and placed into the main pit.



72. Prior to the main tower-form construction a solid base for tower-leveling was poured.



73. Prior to the main tower-form construction a solid base for tower-leveling was poured.



74. A few weeks later, for a "non-leaning" tower, the base-section is adjusted for "plumb".



75. Multiple layers of re-bar are tied together and conduit prepared for cable-feeds to the transmitter.



76. The completed form, containing hundreds of feet of re-bar, cable conduit and, eventually
25 yards of concrete, all sit upon the bed-rock of Blyn Mountain.



77. Can't have too much re-bar for an 80' free-standing tower on this 2000' mountain!



77. As the transmitter building goes up, the trench for the backup generator goes down.



78. 6" walls, vapor barrier and lots of insulation will keep the weather out.



79. Winter really arrived at the KROH transmitter site!



80. I know there are tools and lumber up here...somewhere!



81. More wall lumber.



82. Three up and one more to go.



83. The front wall coming together.



84. Hauling the tools and goods.



85. It will be really nice to get all the skin up!



86. Every building should have a good porch.



87. Metal plates really bind the joints.



88. Very cool re-bar.



89. Skinning another wall!



90. More skin.



91. A nice winter hike.



92. Kerchunk, kerchunk, kerchunk!



93. And for this I skipped Florida?



94. Can I get you anything down there?



95. Measure twice...cut once!



96. Following the pencil line.



97. More wall board ready to place.



98. On its way around the corner.



99. This snow and ice can stop any time now!

 

100. The walls are up and the roof-trusses are custom built for installation.




101. Lots of truss-plate for a roof to withstand all the show that may pile-on.



102. Custom fitted for each one.



103. Taking a much-deserved break for good, hot food!



104. Hot, hearty soup tastes wonderful at this temperature and altitude!



105. Trusses to go.



106. That air-hammer makes quick work.



107. Number one goes right here.


108. This will be solid!


109. More trusses go into place.


110. Only a few more left to go.



111. The last one!



112. In place!



113. Now the plywood roofing.



114. Wow! That is quite the view!



115. Well, back to work, securing the first sheet.



116. Only half a roof more to go.



117. Leaving a 'little" more for the next work party.



118. A Good roof to be under.



119. Winter returns!



120. Don't breath that dust.



121. R-21 keeps the cold out.



122. Closing in the porch-roof.



123. Ready!



124. Heave!



125. Ho!



126. Weather barrier, siding...



127. ...and metal roofing.



128. Better weather, paint, a door and some trim.



129. Our outstanding electrical contracter!



130. Scott Kiele - owner of George's Electric.



131. Electrical plans call for a, LP-fueled, 14kw emergency backup generator.



132. George's brings it all in one trip. 



133. Our main bus to the inside.



134. The main power backup.



135. Extra heat...if it is ever needed.



136. Automatic generator-transfer device.



137. Breakers for every need.



138. The main switch.



139. Spreading the power around the building.





140. The main power-divider and some cables to run up the tower before too long.



141. The main power-divider in our directional array.  Mounted mid-tower.



142. Meanwhile, back at the studio, The microwave antenna support-pole goes up.



143. A very solid wall attachment.



144. Upper and lower attachments.



145. This WILL stay in place!



146 Definately!



147. Antennae construction. 



148. All those erector-sets as a kid now pay off!



149. "Partial assembly required."



150. Ready to go.



151. The tower nearing final assembly on Blyn Mountain.



152. All parts tight and ready for years of exposure.



153. This will receive the signal when placed about 65' feet up.



154. The main FM antennae array.



155. Side-mounted pipes to which other items attach.



156. The crane that will (eventually) raise the tower into place.



157. After the drive-line is re-attached. Oops!



158. A Few days later...success!



159. Looking down.



160. Hanging Broadcast and Studio-link Antennae.




161. Meanwhile, back at the studio...Concrete pads for the generator and LP tanks.



162. Mike and Jim working the first pour into the form.



163. Three 120 gallon LP tanks will go here.



164. Fill er' up guys!



165. Nice and smooth!




166. Getting ready for the 14kw generator.



167. Sliding down the ramp. Watch those toes!



168. Just another ten feet to go.



169. No tanks...no power! Two down and one to go.



170. Get the tie-downs, manifold and piping in place and then fill em' up!
 


171. Looking good!



172. Owner, Scott Kiele, has George's Electric on the job!



173. Wiring the generator.



174. Internally and externally.



175. Wires will pull-through here.



176. The new sub-panel in-place.



177. Routing to the panels.



178. Getting closer.

 

179. Meanwhile, back at the transmitter building, air-handling controls are installed.



180. Installing additional microwave antenna for EOC communications.



181. Installed and properly oriented.



182. The air-conditioning couldn't keep up. A unit with greater capacity needed.



183. More capacity equals greater cooling. We now have a happy transmitter!

More Coming Soon!