Friday, September 15, 2017

TWR 360 Update

I haven't written about TWR's online media portal, TWR360, for a while.

There is audio and video content in 52 languages, from 190 ministries and churches.  (including the International Bible Church of Bonaire - search on "Doug Searle")

There were visitors from 228 countries/territories in August.  The servers were recently upgrades so the response is snappy again.

The new improved apps for Android and iOS are proving more and more popular each month.  The top 10 countries with the most app users in August were:  Pakistan, Bangladesh, Algeria, India, Iraq, the USA, Nepal, Morocco, Tunisia and Iran.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

News on TWR site about our special Hurricane related efforts

Good overview, complete with audio clips, on the TWR website of what we've been up to for the last week or so.  I've been working split shifts so I could help with the live Spanish programming that airs from 10 to 11pm.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Hurricane Relief

Bonaire is some 600 miles (1000km) south of the current hurricanes.  It looks like the Dutch marines have been staging some relief efforts to St. Maarten from the Flamingo Airport.  We've been using our 800AM station to broadcast news and encouragement during the night time hours.  Modern technology allows our people in the Dominican Republic, Chicago, and Cary, NC to all be on the air together live from Bonaire at the same time.

During the daytime, from 8:30am to 5:30pm, we are re-transmitting the Web feed from a radio station in St. Maartin.  Hopefully people who can't pick up the FM signal from St Maarten can hear our AM signal from Bonaire.

Here is how Bonaire station director, Bernard Oosterhoff, describes it: 
We are currently rebroadcasting the live FM broadcast of "Laser 101 FM", a station on St.Maarten.  We do this outside our regular programming during the daytyime. They have very valuable practical information e.g. about water supply, about the latest on Jose and help that is underway.  It’s a miracle they are on-air and we can get their stream, even though it’s on and off, so Brad is babysitting the stream and filling the gaps. We’re really not sure how far we reach during the day. We hope to get an indication.
We were requested by the National Crisis Center in the Netherlands to warn the people for Hurricane Jose and we recorded a weather forecast, which we air every hour.

Friday, August 25, 2017

November 2016 Supermoon Revisited

I just dug up a super moon blast from the past. Last November, we went to the south end of Bonaire to watch the Super Moon rise up behind the Willemstoren lighthouse. I used an iPad app to predict where we needed to stand so that the Moon would rise behind the lighthouse. You could have knocked me over with a feather when the Moon did exactly that, rose up right behind the lighthouse and then disappeared behind a cloud bank, grrr.

Here is a short sequence of images.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Eclipse from Bonaire

We still have our eclipse glasses from the total eclipse that we saw here on Bonaire back in the day.  So we invited a number of people to swing by the house Monday afternoon to do some eclipse gazing.  Sharing our three glasses worked fine.  Much like looking at the hands of a clock, we couldn't see the Moon's shadow actually moving across the face of the Sun, but if we checked back every five minutes or so, we could see that the shadow had indeed moved.

It was raining about an hour before eclipse time, which had me worried that we'd get clouded out, but we were able to view the whole eclipse through breaks in the clouds.  As the afternoon wound on, the skies got progressively clearer.

Below is a montage of pictures of the eclipse as seen in my C-90 telescope.  I would have liked to take the pictures at regular intervals, but was limited to the gaps in the clouds.

Below is one of the images at a larger size so you can see some of the sunspots.  The sunspots created a frame of reference that made it easy to track the progress of the shadow.

This last picture is not from Bonaire!  TWR missionaries, the Pedersens, happen to be in the States visiting their sponsors right now, and cleverly set up their travel itinerary to place them in the path of totality.  Ten year old Rachel snapped this picture of the Corona and Bailey's Beads with her trusty Canon SX30-HS camera.  Great shot Rachel!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Amazon Prime is 5% today only

I've mentioned Amazon Smile once or twice. When you buy stuff on Amazon through the Smile portal, they donate .5% of what you spend to various charities, including TWR.
Today only, they are donating 5%, not .5%, soooo, if you're planning to buy something from Amazon, do it today!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Furlough Fun

We've begun our March/April furlough with doctor visits in New Jersey.

We'll be heading to North
Carolina and Florida soon.

We're enjoying some beautiful sticky snow today.