At the Post Office and the Radio Station

Trip Start Jul 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 29, 2008

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Monday, July 21, 2008

In the morning we met Britt and Jim at the Pallas Hotell's restaurant Big Ben for breakfast.  Bev and I had walked into town with the mailing which we packed into two roll-on suitcases which worked very well.  
We then went over the Post Office franking office and sent the mailing off.  The average cost of mailing a piece - which included sending it to Estonia and eight other countries was 80 cents apiece.   
Some of mailing of the Good News and other literature from Cincinnati is considerably higher.  It must be sent international first class.  Our mailing into the Nordic countries is handled from Cincinnati. We have over 600 GN's sent to our Nordic countries which are Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.  Paul and Kira Spenser send out booklets and any personal correspondence.  We have a PO Box in Stockholm. 
We then went to the Pere Raadio, the Christian radio station in town which broadcasts to the entire nation through transmitters in Tartu, Tallinn, Saaremaa and Narva along with transponders in smaller towns. We have advertised on this radio station for the Bible Study Course and Good News magazine.  The station has previously done the commercials.  But, now we have made a set of three different commercials in Estonian, Russian and Ukrainian that we will be airing this fall to acquire more subscribers for the Correspondence Course.  Toomas is the voice of the Estonian commercials, a Sabbatarian pastor in Portland, Oregon does the Russian version and I do the Ukrainian ones. You can hear one of my commercials in Ukrainian by clicking here.  The Russian pastor's wife does the contact information part of the ad.  They are one minute long, tell a little about some of what people will be learning about subjects such as life after death, the Kingdom of God, and God's Instruction book.   The ad copy was written by Johnnie Lambert.   
The manager of the radio station Paavo Pihlak is on vacation. Along with his wife Mare they devote themselves to the radio station which was established in1994 three years after the Soviets left. They manage the programming, he is the station engineer.    
The four of us went out to the radio station about five miles away by taxi.  Tiu, the new secretary graciously showed us around.  I wish that Paavo would have been there, though. But our delegation got a look at the premier Christian radio station for Estonia.  A young lady was finishing up a live morning broadcast that she does daily. The station also streams its programming on the Internet.   
Besides FM they have an AM frequency which has wide nighttime coverage, especially in the winter when it can be heard from Western Europe to way east of Moscow.  It's this propagation that we want to take advantage of with our BSC commercials later this year.   
Setting up the AM station has been a big trial.  At one point an attractive frequency in the 700 kilocycle range was granted, but then when the AM transmitting tower was set up it was found that that frequency had also been allocated to a Lithuanian station. It could have been taken to World Court, but it would have been too much to do that, so they were assigned another frequency in the less desirable 1200 kilocycle range of the band.  The tower had to have a considerable section removed to operate at that frequency.   
The financing of the new transmitter was by philanthropists in the California. The tower construction was donated by a Plymouth Indiana religious non-profit called "Towers for Jesus."  They travel around the world putting up transmitting towers.  This was one of them.  
While short, I felt our visit was very interesting.  I look forward to our continuing working with Pere Raadio which means "Family Radio."  
We then had a relaxing day walking around, taking care of personal chores.  We all had dinner together at the Rasputin Restaurant, the Russian restaurant in Tartu.  Our guests Britt and Jim really seemed to enjoy the Russian experience.   
Thus ended Monday.   Tomorrow Katrin and Andrus will come visit us and we will visit a prisoner at the foreboding Vangla, the prison in Tartu.
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