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Welcome to Saint FM Community Radio, where you are invited to listen in and become acquainted with one of the world's most remote islands via a radio station whose very own listeners fought to bring it back on air. For eight years, St Helena's link to the outside world depended on its supply ship, a painfully slow Internet connection and Saint FM. It was a precious bond with home and family for islanders. Unfortunately, the Island's first independent radio station went off air abruptly, four days before Christmas 2012, in the face of impending competition from a new rival set up by the island's government. Within three weeks, a group of islanders had formed a committee to revive the station It was their intention to re-launch it as a charity, but this status was declined, hence it now operates as a community enterprise. Councillors', some of whom had voted to launch the rival, are now in full support of the people's own radio station. This was expressed when one of these councillors, allowed a transmitter to be erected at his home, to assist in getting the signal relayed across the island’s mountainous terrain. The station renamed Saint FM Community Radio, commenced broadcasting live on 10 th March 2013, and was back Internet streaming the following month. The output is unique, it doesn’t possess the slick sound heard and expected from professional stations in big countries.

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  • Lost Solomon’s deeds found after 160 years October 23, 2014
    For years, it had been believed that the deeds of several historic houses on St Helena had been destroyed by fire. But then someone pulled out a drawer from a desk in Jamestown, and made a most surprising discovery. Behind … Continue reading →
  • The ‘merchant king’ suspected of intrigue with Napoleon October 23, 2014
    Saul Solomon founded a business empire that has dominated commercial life on St Helena for more than two centuries. He was also suspected of smuggling a silk ladder to Napoleon, to help him escape from exile. Now documents relating to … Continue reading →

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  • The St Helena Independent 20141017
    Are the church and the state compatible? – hotel building – tuberculosis on the Island and much more – Only in today's St Helena Independent St-Helena-Independent-20141017.pdf
  • St Helena Independent 20141010
    This Week – 40 pages with information and news. Big events in St Helena this week. Interesting letters and plenty of other reading St-Helena-Independent-20141010.pdf
  • St Helena Independent 20141003
    A huge, jam-packed issue, for your reading pleasure. All from planning decisions to sea rescue. St-Helena-Independent-20141003.pdf
  • A floor board for a rudder
    Sailing to for st Helena with a floor board for a rudder read about it all here http://sthelenaonline.org/2014/10/01/sailing-for-st-helena-with-a-floorboard-for-a-rudder/
  • St Helena Independent 20140926
    Is 1, 2 & 3 a good site for a hotel. Much about fishing and marine life. All the news and view in today's Independent. Str-Helena-Independent-20140926.pdf

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