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ヘリウム到着!

以前活動について投稿したのは役2ヶ月まえ(3月6日Link)。その頃の内容は、「分析装置に必要なヘリウムが届かないので分析が出来ない」と言うことだった。活動の鍵となるそのヘリウムが、やっと、やっと、やっと届いた!届いて、つなげて、装置を立ち上げて、活動再開!なんて、そんな上手く行くわけないよね~。5か月ほど、暑い、湿度の高い部屋に停止状態で放置されていた分析装置の真空ポンプが動かなくなった。個人的には大きな問題ではないと思う。オイル交換や圧抜きをしたり、電気配線を確認すればすぐ自分でも治せるようなものだろう。但し、発展途上国の割にスリランカでは「業者」と言う物がしっかりしている。修理もメンテも全部業者と通してすること。さあ、いつ来てくれるかな?

The last time I wrote about my volunteer activities was about 2 months ago (March 6th, here).  I wrote that, “I’m still waiting for my Helium because without it, I can’t do any analysis work.”  Well, the long wait is over!  It’s here!  It arrived a couple of weeks ago.  We hooked it up.  Started up the machine.  Analysis got underway, and everyone lived happily ever after!

Not quite.  After being idle in a hot, humid room for 5 months, one of the vacuum pumps is now not working.  Personally, I don’t think it’s a huge problem.  An oil change or venting pressure in some of the components and repriming will probably take care of the situation.  Unfortunately, Sri Lanka has a very well established system vendors and contractors which means all repairs and maintenance has to be done by them.  So, again, I wait.  Will I be able to fix it myself?  Probably.  Will they do a better job than me?  Definitely!  It’s only a matter of when they get here.

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