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Falklands' television service to be fully restored this month; new transmitter on Sapper Hill

Thursday, March 16th 2017 - 12:26 UTC
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The teams are planning to undertake this work on Tuesday 21st March, however the works are very much weather dependent, so this date is still to be confirmed. The teams are planning to undertake this work on Tuesday 21st March, however the works are very much weather dependent, so this date is still to be confirmed.

Falklands' television viewers in Stanley will be able by the end of the month, weather permitting, to again have a full service of its former level of transmission. A release from the Falklands government recalls that viewers are well aware of the problems encountered over the last nine month, caused by the TV transmitter falling from the mast on Sapper Hill.

 In effect BFBS are pleased to advise that the new TV transmitter and mount have now arrived and they will be working with Sure to arrange installation on the mast, which should fully restore the service to its former level of transmission.

The teams are planning to undertake this work on Tuesday 21st March 2017, however the works are very much weather dependent, so this date is still to be confirmed.

In order to carry out the work, BFBS will need to shut down TV and Radio transmission from Sapper Hill, therefore TV viewers and radio listeners in Stanley are notified that all TV and Radio services will be affected. An all-day outage is anticipated at this stage; however the predicted hours will be advised nearer the time.

Please note that Falklands Radio/World Service will still be available in the Stanley area on 88.3 FM. Camp viewers and listeners will be unaffected.

Finally BFBS and FIG apologize for any inconvenience caused whilst this work is being undertaken. A further announcement will be issued nearer the time once weather conditions are known.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Jo Bloggs

    Actually only a small number of viewers, those in slightly shadowed areas and / or with indoor aerials were affected. For example, we have good line of sight to the transmission mast and an aerial on our roof so have experienced no degradation to our signal.

    Briton
    Unfortunately we already get all of the soaps. We get BBC 1 & 2, IVT 1, BFBS 1, Forces TV and Sky News. can't complain at all and never would. FIG pays BFBS for this and they do a good job to keep it running all of the time, and, everyone living in Camp receive it also via sat dish.

    Mar 17th, 2017 - 05:57 am +2
  • Rufus

    I give it three months before some cretin tells the UN that it's another “sinister surveillance array” (or the control system for the nuclear attack penguins)

    Mar 16th, 2017 - 10:31 pm +1
  • Livingthedream

    I heard that in the 60's a couple people on the island could tune into Argentina TV if they had a very tall antenna. Is this true?
    I also remember reading that the first Television transmission on the islands was during the Argentina occupation when they put a transmitter and were giving out color tvs.

    Mar 17th, 2017 - 12:53 pm +1
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