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Falklands : Falklands Welcome All New FM Radio Infrastructure
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.07.2014 (Article Archived on 16.08.2014)

FIG is pleased to announce the installation of the new FM Radio main infrastructure is complete and the project is now moving to the commissioning and testing phase.

Falklands Welcome All New FM Radio Infrastructure

By J. Brock (FINN)

FIG is pleased to announce the installation of the new FM Radio main infrastructure is complete and the project is now moving to the commissioning and testing phase. The following channels are being broadcast island-wide from the new transmitter sites and can be accessed on the frequencies shown:

FIRS/BBC World Service (when FIRS is off air) (Mid frequency range island-wide)
West Falklands: 97.4 MHz FM (from Byron Heights) or 97.6 MHz FM (from Mt Alice)
East Falklands: 97.8 MHz FM (from Mt William) or 97.2 MHz FM (Sussex Mt)
BFBS Falklands (Higher frequency range island-wide)
West Falklands: 106.4 MHz FM (from Byron Heights) or 106.6 MHz FM (from Mt Alice)
East Falklands: 106.8 MHz FM (from Mt William)

BFBS Radio 2 (Lower frequency range island-wide)
West Falklands: 88.4 MHz FM (from Byron Heights) or 88.6 MHz FM (from Mt Alice)
East Falklands: 88.8 MHz FM (from Mt William)

Additional solar panel array, to complement the wind turbine and increase power capacity for Sussex Mountain, will be arriving later this month and once installed BFBS Falklands will be broadcast from Sussex on 106.2 MHz FM and BFBS Radio 2 will be broadcast on 88.2 MHz FM.

FIG and KTV will be carrying out Acceptance Tests of the infrastructure over the coming months, which will also monitor coverage and reception. Following commissioning and data gathering, consideration will be given to installation of further infill sites where considered necessary.

MLA Ian Hansen said “Acceptance testing is an important phase of the project; we want to make sure the predicted coverage levels are achieved and hope Camp listeners can help with measuring this in the coming weeks. It is not the intention to leave anyone without radio, and there will be a gap filling process undertaken to ensure that the best service is provided island-wide, however there may be areas where stronger antennas may be required”.

Director of Central Services, Simon Fletcher, commented “Camp radio infrastructure is one of the projects I inherited when I arrived in FIG three years ago, so I am delighted to see the progress made, and being supported by a local company in KTV”.

Camp listeners are asked to contact Lynn Brownlee in the Secretariat by e-mail to lbrownlee@sec.gov.fk or telephone on 28430 should anyone encounter any difficulties receiving these channels.

 

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