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Participating in International Marconi Day - see link  http://gx4crc.com/imd-stations/

The call sign VPC was originally allocated to a 5kW spark transmitter built at Stanley in 1911; the station shown was built in 1915 at the West end of Stanley harbour, using a 150kW Marconi spark transmitter with seven 305 foot masts and operating at 60-70 kHz. It began operation in 1916 and was the most remote and the most powerful of a network of stations built for the Royal Navy during the First World War.
After the war, it continued to carry commercial traffic to South America for a while but ceased operation in 1922 and the station was mothballed; commercial operations then reverted to the 1911 station.

In 1931, the spark transmitter was dismantled and a new HF transmitter installed enabling direct communication with the UK, and the station provided the islands international communications until after the Second World War when a new station was built near Stanley. The masts were demolished in 1956 but the buildings survived until 1983 when they were demolished following the Falklands conflict.



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