July ’71: A last-minute hardware swap

July 13, 1971

One day before scheduled sign-on, a copper strap burns apart in the Antenna Tuning Unit, removing the antenna from the transmitter. Six small resistors burn in the transmitter’s final section.

In isolated Nome, they are impossible to replace. However, support nurse Kitty Orris has just escorted a patient to Anchorage, where she is able to purchase the parts for transport by air the next morning.