Of-course the ideal would be a silent Amp, but that is not currently the case. The new bigger Amplifier we installed on the Ganda means we have a better traversing range (probably better than ever before), but it takes a lot of power and needs to be cooled via fans which increase the ambient noise. This back ground hum is made worse for our viewers because of the stereo microphone we now use, which is a much higher quality than before and even with the bespoke sound mixing desk we have installed, we can't filter that hum.
Of-course this is all part of our efforts to bring a higher quality service and we have a plan for a different amp. However our problem (as ever), is that we're breaking boundaries here and you can't just pluck the Amp we need off the shelf and definitely not in Africa.
So, after thought and listening to your comments, we made the decision to install the new Amp and increase the traversing range. We very much hope that this will give you more frequent and better sightings.
I have been asked about the fate of the Jigga and I know a lot of our viewers have an affection for the old girl (as we do), so fear not. She won't be scrapped. After many hard years working in the bush she needs a lot of TLC
(and when I say a lot, I mean it, you should see the mechanics estimate!).
Anyway we'll give her the care and attention she is due and put her back to work supporting the team soon. As to the question of should we fit the old redundant equipment on her and keep her as a museum piece and reminder of the years passed? I like that thought, but it seems too early for that. There is still life in the old girl. Retirement can wait a while.
Written by Will Fox
CEO Safari TV