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RCI's Massive 78-year-old transmitter for sale


Activities 0 Comments 01/23/2018 (This is a Level 0 News item)

A piece of radio history could be yours for $5,000.

A 1940 RCA 50 kW shortwave transmitter, located at the decommissioned Radio Canada International Site in Sackville, is up for sale.

The transmitter is a small room, about five metres long by two-and-a-half metres wide, and it's filled with lever, buttons, glass tubes and wires. 

The property was bought in February 2017 by Mi'gmawe'l Tplu'taqnn Incorporated (MTI), a group of Mi'Kmaq First Nations. Jesse John Simon, the group's executive director, said workers are still taking electronic components apart and removing old equipment that won't be needed now that property is no longer a broadcast site.

The old transmitter doesn't work anymore, said Marc Goldstein, an mechanical engineer helping to take out equipment no longer needed, adding it was decommissioned in the 1970s. 

"It took three men to operate this radio," he said.

"We're trying to find a home for it."


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