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Construction Completed – Telecom Towers Over Taiga Territory
by NationTalk onDecember 19, 20095018 Views
Wemindji Covers Northern James Bay Coast and Regional Highway with FM and Emergency 2-way Services
Dec. 18. 2009: With a new 200 foot tower up and running and with increased power, CHPH FM Wemindji Radio reaches 110-125 Km beyond the community, providing programming to about 100 Km of the unserved James Bay highway.Wemindji Telecommunications Association (WTA) General Manager Abraham Matches managed the on-site work. “We had to do major excavation and construction on a 250 foot isolated granite slope just outside the community perimeter, similar to a mining operation.”
According to Joe Blackned, WTA president, “the $350,000 project came in on budget. The Wemindji lands now has FM, regional 2-way radio for public safety, transportation and community businesses and IP phone capability. The project had support of both the Cree Nation of Wemindji and Cree Regional Authority and from both Tawich and VCC (Vieux Comptoir Construction) community-owned construction firms.”
Contract and project management was provided by RTS CANADA, a long-time communications consultant to the community. Using Canadian technology including a 10-ton steel guyed tower from Elimira, Ont.-based Trylon, high-power panel antennas built in Edmonton and engineering from Yves R Hamel Associates in Montreal, the new facility also provides a Wi-Fi capacity.
“The tower was designed for future expansion,” said Matches, “it has the capacity for six additional antennas including large microwaves, an expansion platform at 150 feet and full remote connectivity between the community and the tower.”
As a result, CHPH FM will increase its effective radiated power to over 30,000 watts. FM programming services include local community productions and regional network news and features from the James Bay Cree Communications Society.
“We are very proud of our long association with the community,” said RTS CANADA president Hyman Glustein. “It is an important part of the James Bay territory, being the first Internet service north of Val d’Or and the first radio service to actively engage outside advertisers. We take pride in being associated with innovators and our commitment to community radio everywhere in Canada goes back over 35 years”
RTS CANADA is the operating division of Groupe Leclaire Inc., a multi-service broadcast consulting service that provides journalism and management training, engineering, design, maintenance and licensing services for cable, cable Internet and radio stations. Other divisions of the firm specialize in film and video production, software development, publishing and telecommunications.