Travel Guide Africa Liberia Paynesville



Paynesville is a town in Central Liberia. Paynesville was formed 1976 to 1989 the site of a transmitter of OMEGA-radio navigation system, a former radio navigation system, which worked in the frequency range between 10 kHz and 14 kHz. The tower of Paynesville OMEGA-transmitter is the tallest architectural structure in Africa.



Sights and Activities

The former OMEGA transmitter at Paynesville is today unused and there is no access restrictions to it. Therefore it can be used for many radiotechnical experiments (which HAM has a 417-metre mast). For less ambitious radio amateurs the mast can be used for interesting range test.
In fact: 'The mast is the best lab for radio amateurs, especially those working with LF, VLF and ELF! Nevertheless one must take all equipment with. Liberia is a poor country, in which electronic parts and devices are not easily available. For experiments of greater power demand power sources should be brought with, because there are often blackouts in Liberia.

The mast of Paynesville is also suitable for skydiving, although one has to pay special attention on its guy ropes.



Keep Connected


The most common access to the internet is by GPRS/HSPA+ or restaurants, pubs, bars & hotels that offer free internet services to customers or for a small charge. With the installation of the undersea fiber-optic cable in November 2012 internet access is much improved. GPRS/HSPA USB adapters are commonly available from the mobile companies for USD50-60, with data plans ranging from USD1/hr or $0.12/MB to USD125/mo for unlimited data and up to 21MBps (1-2MBps is realistic on HSPA+).


See also International Telephone Calls

Liberia's international telephone code is 231.

Liberia has made a giant leap into the technological or digital age with the arrival of many mobile phone companies; like Lonestar/MTN Cell (the nation's largest mobile company), Cellcom, Comium, Libercell formerly AWI (Atlantic Wireless Inc) & the government own Libtelco. Mobile phone usage is the leading medium of contact to the outside with some (Lonestar and Cellcom) offering GPRS/internet modem usage. So when you arrive, visiting or staying, you need a GSM mobile phone. You will need to purchase a GSM SIM card (1USD1) and prepaid recharge cards (most commonly in denominations of USD1 and USD5), called "Scratch Card" locally. The only exception is Libtelco, that is done by paying monthly bills. Landlines are used only at offices. It is managed & owned by the government also, Libtelco.


DHL operates in Liberia. Expedited Mail Service promises 5 day delivery to the US. EMS counter is at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication on MacDonald Street. The regular post office has just started to operate.


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