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Larry and Virginia McGuire

Larry has been serving with TWR since 1967. He married Virginia in 1969, and they served first in Bonaire, then served for 2 years in South Africa...
Americas, Engineering
Larry and Virginia McGuire

Larry has been serving with TWR since 1967. He married Virginia in 1969, and they served first in Bonaire, then served for 2 years in South Africa and 16 years in Swaziland, where all five of their sons were born. Larry was chief engineer for most of that time.

In 1990, the McGuires transferred to Elkhart to build 100,000-watt shortwave transmitters and work on many other projects. Three of these transmitters are now in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), one in Guam and three in Australia. In recent years they have assisted in Guam, Bonaire and Eswatini during times of engineering staff shortage.

In 2016, Larry helped with the upgrade of the TWR Swaziland AM antenna system from 50,000 to 100,000 watts.  He also assisted with the project of upgrading the AM transmitter on Bonaire from 100,000 to 440,000 watts. This most powerful AM transmitter in the Western Hemisphere went on the air in January 2018. In 2019 he helped obtain and modify electrical power panels for the 200,000-watt AM Oasis Project in West Africa.  He then provided remote (due to COVID-19) assistance to get this transmitter on the air in 2020.  He also modified ten FM transmitters (seven 10,000 watt and three 5,000 watt) for service in Latin America and Austrailia/Tasmania.

In July, August and September 2022, they again assisted TWR Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) during an acute shortage of engineers.

All of their sons are now married and they have 18 grandchildren.  In March 2022, their first great-grandchild was born.

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