University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The University of Wisconsin Collection

Page View

Janett, Leslie G. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 39, Number 2 (November, 1934)

[Cover],   p. IV


Page IV


G-E
C campus
News
            TWO POLES IN ONE
Radio entertainment and '-airmail" have been
sent to the Antarctic through General Electric's
short-wave station W2XAF, ever since Rear Admiral
Byrd arrived there last year. Recently, in con-
junction with a Byrd program, another was sent
out to Rockwell Kent and his son in the Arctic
region-thus linking simultaneously Americans who
are, in the matter of latitude, farthest apart.
Governor McNutt of Indiana and other prominent
Hoosiers spoke to the Byrd Expedition from
Indianapolis in a program sponsored by the Indian-
apolis Star. Immediately afterward, the Coffee
House Club, an organization of artists and writers
to which Rockwell Kent belongs, sent music and
greetings from New York to him on the island of
Ubekjent, just off the coast of Greenland, 600 miles
within the Arctic circle. Features of this program
were special greetings from Mrs. Kent and her
daughter, and a talk in the Eskimo language by
Vilhjalmar Steffanssen, Arctic explorer, for the
benefit of the natives. Both programs were broad-
cast over a coast-to-coast NBC network as well as
by short waves.
         GOOD-BYE, SMOKESTACK
For many years, the old central heating plant at
Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, with its tall,
unsightly smokestack, barred the way to certain
necessary improvements and landscape develop-
ments on the campus. This summer the old boilers
and the smokestack were torn down. In one of the
buildings of the old plant stand 120 General Electric
oil furnaces arranged in circular groups of five. Fifty-
two more G-E oil furnaces are installed in the smaller
or more isolated buildings of the campus. operating
singly, in pairs, and, in one instance, in a battery
of 10. In the central plant, only as many groups of
furnaces will operate as are necessary to maintain the
required steam pressure. The remainder will be shut
down, avoiding stand-by losses. The individual
furnaces and small groups in distant buildings permit
the abandonment of some of the longer runs in the
underground steam-distribution network. The high
efficiency of the system is expected to produce
savings which will pay for the installation in five
to seven years. In addition, as a result of the more
careful regulation of temperature, it is expected
that health conditions at the college will be con-
siderably improved.
The main plans for the system were drawn up by
C. W. Colby, consulting engineer. D. W. McLenegan,
Wisconsin, '21, assistant engineer of the Air Con-
ditioning Department; W. 0. Lum, and H. R. Crago,
Penn State, '18, both of the same department,
handled engineering details for General Electric.
          FLYING POWER PLANT
Gold was discovered in 1925 along the Bulola River
in New Guinea, an island just north of Australia.
Prospectors worked the richer veins by hand
methods, and packed their "take" on the backs of
natives through 40 miles of cannibal-infested and
nearly impassable jungles to Lae on the coast.
After the best veins had been worked out, it became
apparent that placer operations on a large scale
would pay if the necessary dredges and other
machinery could be brought to the location. Land
transportation was impossible, so a plane was sent
in. The pilot found a spot to land, and a flying field
was cleared off.
Four 875-kv-a. General Electric waterwheel gener-
ators were among the equipment ordered. When
they arrived at Lae, they were transferred to huge
all-metal Junkers freight planes and flown to the
location piece by piece. The largest single pieces
had a net weight of 6545 pounds. As the load limit
of the planes is 7000 pounds, it was a tight squeeze.
D. B. Gearhart, Iowa State, '27, of International
General Electric, Inc.. handled the order for the
Company.
                                  96-83 DH
GENERAL * ELECTRIC
The Wisconsin Engineer
IV


Go up to Top of Page