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Old March 15th 05, 06:33 AM
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Thoughts on the demise of the former BBC/DW Caribbean Relay Station...

Websites with details of relay station:
http://www.tdp.info/atg.html
http://www.transmitter.be/mar-b6122.html

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Possible reasons for shutdown
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1. Marconi is totally out of the SW transmitter business, so transmitter
repair over the long run is a gamble.

2. The B6122 transmitters were not very efficient, electrically -- 60% vs
the commonplace 80% efficiency with most modern transmitters.

3. Two modern ALLISS modules could replace the existing Caribbean Relay
station.
(ALLISS module info :
http://www-db.thomcastcom.ext.coltfr..._ID=1 &P_ID=9)

4. There is extra capacity for SW transmission on the South American
continent. On the South American continent hydropower is used to power radio
broadcasting vs more costly diesel used in the Caribbean and South Atlantic.
HCJB (and TDF) could cover the Americas completely with their existing and
spare SW transmission capacity.
Worst case scenario (1% probability) would require leasing the Russian
Vladivostok-Kamchatka & Magadan relay stations, to meet transmission needs.

5. Because the US / Canada and Western Caribbean are not primary BBC/DW
target areas, it becomes logical to sell the facility off so that it can be
turned into an upmarket resort -- thus putting some Euros into cash strapped
BBC/DW as well as VT-Merlin that operated the facility.




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Old March 16th 05, 04:12 AM
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"Max Power" wrote in message
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Thoughts on the demise of the former BBC/DW Caribbean Relay

Station...

5. Because the US / Canada and Western Caribbean are not primary

BBC/DW
target areas, it becomes logical to sell the facility off so that it

can be
turned into an upmarket resort -- thus putting some Euros into cash

strapped
BBC/DW as well as VT-Merlin that operated the facility.


From my memory the transmitter site was in the middle of the island -

NOT a prime resort location. Maybe it could be used for a golf
course, but I'd think any resort would have to be on a beach.

Even modern shortwave transmitting stations are hard to sell these
days. I've heard of one which recently sold for about the same price
that people are paying for large 4-bedroom houses in my neighborhood
or a modest flat in London or Paris.


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Old March 18th 05, 04:01 AM
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The real estate could be used for many things besides a resort.
In the Caribbean, due to the limited amount of land -- land costs will
always be higher.

Not all resorts have to be on the beach, in Fiji many are not.

If a multinational company is interested, a higher price may occur during
the land sale.


Thoughts on the demise of the former BBC/DW Caribbean Relay Station...
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5. Because the US / Canada and Western Caribbean are not primary
BBC/DW target areas, it becomes logical to sell the facility off so that
it
can be turned into an upmarket resort -- thus putting some Euros into
cash
strapped BBC/DW as well as VT-Merlin that operated the facility.

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From my memory the transmitter site was in the middle of the island -
NOT a prime resort location. Maybe it could be used for a golf
course, but I'd think any resort would have to be on a beach.

Even modern shortwave transmitting stations are hard to sell these
days. I've heard of one which recently sold for about the same price
that people are paying for large 4-bedroom houses in my neighborhood
or a modest flat in London or Paris.




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Old March 19th 05, 03:45 PM
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Max Power wrote:

The real estate could be used for many things besides a resort.
In the Caribbean, due to the limited amount of land -- land
costs will always be higher.

Not all resorts have to be on the beach, in Fiji many are not.

Picture of antenna relay at:
http://www.ilgradio.com/sitetour/sitetour-atg.htm
High res. map of Antigua at:
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ameri...guabarbuda.jpg
Caribbean Relay Co. has P.O. box in St. Johns, the capital.
Many QSL listings for the various services there at:
http://www.schoechi.de/ac-atg.html#BBC%20(ATG)

If a multinational company is interested, a higher price may
occur during the land sale.


Thoughts on the demise of the former BBC/DW Caribbean Relay
Station...
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From my memory the transmitter site was in the middle of the
island -
NOT a prime resort location. Maybe it could be used for a golf
course, but I'd think any resort would have to be on a beach.

Even modern shortwave transmitting stations are hard to sell
these
days. I've heard of one which recently sold for about the same
price that people are paying for large 4-bedroom houses in my
neighborhood or a modest flat in London or Paris.


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