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UB FM LIVE 88.6 Tower Construction

The team began on a journey that only a few will be brave enough to embark on.  The whole UB FM Family appreciates the effort and time put on by this youth to ensure growth of the station and most of  all to bring about the positive change needed in the community.

In September 2017, the  team began an intensive build-out of our radio tower and transmission site. This included the fabrication of a radio tower, the construction of an equipment housing shed, the designing of a solar power system, and the installation of transmission equipment. Volunteers pooled their time, resources and expertise to complete the most challenging stage of the process thus far. We are pleased to announce that this major hurtle has been crossed and we are nearly ON-AIR.

The September 2017 build-out was a community effort: A local blacksmith fabricated a 25 foot steel mast, and a matching hinged base to support the antenna and allow for its easy maintenance. A local carpenter and general contractor designed and constructed an enclosure to house transmission equipment and solar components. An electrician and solar power expert designed and installed a solar system to power the transmission site. Other volunteers helped by carrying the steel mast to the site overlooking town (KaBokweni link), hammering copper grounding rods into the rocky hill side, mixing concrete to anchor the mast, digging, drilling, hoisting, or even making PB&J sandwiches to fuel the operation.

Additionally, the UB FM LIVE team welcomed help from across the country for the September 2017 build-out. UB FM LIVE joined forces with  Hero Hosting24 LTE Radio Project, a company that supports the creation of new low-power FM radio stations.

With our transmission site complete and fully operational, we are moving on to finishing work on our on-air studio, and soliciting applications for show hosts and DJs. Stay tuned for more information about how to get involved, and have a show of your own on UB FM LIVE 88.6MHZ

Special thank you to Mr Abbie S Mkhatshwa for his support throughout the very hard and challenging times on building the tower. We also thank you everyone who supported us until the end.

The below video, it shows everything.

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