I am writing regarding the CRTC decision to eliminate our Yukon 570 CBC AM transmitter in favour of an FM transmitter.
For most of the last 27 years, my family and I have lived on a remote homestead/trapline in Central Yukon.
We listen exclusively to CBC Yukon, 570 on the dial.
This has been our lifeline to the outside world and to our local community.
Even though we are closer to Mayo, we do not receive the signal from Mayo, but from Whitehorse.
We cannot receive the FM signal from our remote location.
And a satellite radio we tried at our home gave us only sporadic service.
So what does this decision mean to us personally?
We count on the CBC for all of our weather information. At times this has affected our choices.
For example, if a cold spell is coming, we may choose not to leave home that day for the trapline. We count on the CBC for all of our news and information about what is going on in the outside world.
This is how we heard about the September 11 attacks.
We spend many an hour listening to As It Happens or the news each hour or the many regular shows each day.
This is our preferred station.
We few who live in isolated regions may not have many voices, but we have loud ones in support of CBC. We are its biggest boosters.
I do not want to be left with no CBC coverage and that is what will happen if the AM transmitter is removed. It will be a huge loss for those of us who are in remote regions that can not receive FM signals.
Please hear my voice and recognize that the service provided by the AM transmitter is a great one.