Here I am in Panama putting the finishing touches on our satellite dish. The blue box in front contains the amplifiers that power our signal all the way into space. The white spot is a drop of rain. The ground here is very wet and it rains every day between 3pm and 5pm.
I am working on the dish some more. You can see every thing is up
on pallets and plywood. The yellow cord is the power cord and the
white van behind me is a live truck for the local government TV
The building at the top of the hill is offices. Our Master
Room(MCR). Most of the electronics are up there. Down at
dish is just the amplifier and the dish. The hill is the
in height for one of the locks that we are right next to.
is the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal. The house back there
is the control house that controls 2 locks of the canal. That is
a big boat in the back ground and they are just now closing the lock
bedind it. This boat is on its way to the Pacific Ocean.
are 2 locks here at Miraflores and 1 more two miles up the river.
Then the boats travel across Panama and are lowered back down to the
Here is a wide shot of the area. The Canal runs across the top right side. The gray thing in the back is a draw bridge that we never saw them use. Down front on the right is our dish and the blue blob next to it is the boxes it comes in. Lots of TV trucks all from local News stations ans agencies. Right next to the Canal on both sides are special rail road tracks. In this picture you can see 3 Mules on the tracks. Two are next to each other and the 3rd is half cut off. These Mules pull the boats through the canal. A big ship takes 6 mules to help it through. 3 on each side Or 4 in front to pull the ship and two in the rear to act as brakes.
are 2 big container ships coming through. The mules are in front
pulling the boats along. They are both going right to left from
Atlantic to the Pacific. Their cargo is the orange boxes called
containers. These are 36 - 46 feet long and they can lift them
off the boat and put them directly on a truck or a train. Most of
the ships we saw comming through the canal were container ships.
I am at the far south end of the Canal. Behind me is the Pacific
Ocean. In front is the control tower, the big gate, the tents and
trucks, and MCR on top of the hill. On the gate youu can see the
light and dark line. The water is low right now and it raises to
the level of that line. It takes about 10 minutes for one lock to
fill or drain of water. The water to fill this lock comes
the water in the lock right behind it. That water comes from a
up river. Then it all empties into the ocean. There are no
pumps used to move the water around just the power of gravity.
<>Here> you get an idea of how big these ships are.
The mule giding it along
and two people under the blue tent. That is out livve shot
If you saw a live shot on CBS, NBC, or CNN this is probably where it
from. The Mexican tv network TV Azteca got lucky and had a ship
through there live shot. You can see the containers stacked 3 and
4 high. then there are about 13 rows front to back and 8
That is a lot of cargo.
a day we would see a cruise ship come through the canal. These
were fun because all the people would stand and wave and shout and it
just nice to see a clean white ship all pretty and dressed up.
camera man let me shoot a bit with his camera so i let him shoot a bit