Amanda Dawn Christie shares footage of RCI towers falling


Documentary filmmaker, Amanda Dawn Christie, has been gathering footage to create Spectres of Shortwave: a 90 minute documentary film focusing on the Radio Canada International Sackville transmitting site. Little did Christie know when she started shooting the film several years ago that the site would not only be be shut down but dismantled.

Christie recently shared back-up footage of the towers falling. She describes her videos on Vimeo:

“In the spirit of the founding principles of the CBC and public access to information, i am sharing the back up videos i shot this week of the RCI shortwave towers falling. I retain the copyright to these images, but i do want to share them with anyone who would like to watch them sooner rather than later (given that my film will still be a few month in post production before release). i would also like to thank the CBC for giving me permission to film, and all of the workers on site for being so cooperative and supportive.”

Click here to continue reading and to watch Christie’s footage on Vimeo.

It’s with a heavy heart that I watch these majestic towers fall. After all, I’ve been pretty vocal about how foolish I think Canada is for destroying Sackville. Still, I’m glad someone is documenting it properly. Click here to follow Spectres of Shortwave on Facebook, set to be released later this year (2014). I’ll certainly post updates about the film here.

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4 Responses to Amanda Dawn Christie shares footage of RCI towers falling

  1. Trevor says:

    For the 20+ years I have been journeying down there, the towers and their lights were a beacon coming to and from Sackville, this time there will be nothing.

    Farewell RCI, I shall miss you dearly. :(

  2. W4ASZ says:

    Many years ago I was so strongly attached to RCI and the BBC WS that I built a crystal controlled converter for the 49 meter band to use in the car. This was a one-time expense of about $50.00. A fine performer, it went from car to car.
    I still have that converter, but the Sackville plant is no more. It seems strange, and sad.

  3. LYNN KELLY says:

    even before the towers fell at Sackville I posted on this blog that the VOA site at Greenville NC would be next to the scrapyard. No sooner had I posted than the BBG does a fake poll on the relevancy of SW simply as a formality in a decision already made to scrap Greenville SW site. Then site A at Greenville is declared surplus and up for final disposal. For years site A has been used for parts to keep the obsolete tube stuff at site B going. Clearly the BBG intends to scrap site B too and would have done so long ago but for congressman Walter Jones R-NC who simply wants to save jobs in Pitt County not because he cares about SW per se. ALARMS should have gone off in our minds when the VOA was reduced to sending digital such as MT63, PSK 31 ect. in full DSB AM for a tiny hand full of hams and SWLS to decode with a PC and ham software. It is very foolish to think any goverment will long bear the huge cost of keeping a massive SW site like Greenville in existence for no more than sending such signals to a handfull of people. Before the towers at Sackville fell I posted here that Greenville NC would be next to the scrapyard and I will be proven right sooner than even I had expected. The decision to scrap Greenville has already been taken even before the formality of a fake poll about SW relavancy by the BBG.

  4. Bernhard says:

    next one will be Wertachtal in Germany – that station will not see the year 2015

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