Tristan da Cunha Communications News
News from Tristan da Cunha's Communications Department and other communications news.

Head of Communications Department Andy Repetto

can be reached by email at,

by phone on +44 (0) 20 3014 2034,

and via Tristan Radio on VHF Channel 14, 16, 78 and 80. HFSSB 4000 / 4149 / 6230 / 8294mhz.

See also details for visiting ships / yachts on Ship Visits Page

For reports and photos of Tristan Communications including phones, radio and installation of VHF transmission stations see: Communications News 2006 - 2013

First Radio Contact with a plane on 28th October 2016

Head of Communications Department Andy Repetto reports that on 28th October Tristan Radio for the first time ever made radio contact with a plane, Springbok 225 en route from South Africa to South America. Andy hopes for more contacts, and perhaps photos of the Tristan Islands from future flights.

Editor's Note

South African Airways presently operates daily flights from O.R. Tambo Airport Johannesburg to Guarulhos Airport, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Of course, Tristan da Cunha has no airport. Helicopters have a maximum range of about 250 miles and so can only be deployed from ships. Tristan's harsh environment and climate, coupled with its tiny population, will make any attempt to construct and maintain an airport impossible, even if it was affordable.

Photograph left of Tristan was taken from 34,000ft on board a South African Airbus 340 flight from Johannesburg to Buenos Aires on 23rd March 2011 by Senior Purser Rosslyn Milella. See Aerial Tristan for more photos of Tristan from the air.

New Page: Tristan da Cunha's Development and Public Works

Tristan has a modern facilities for energy, water, sewage, roads, etc., which are constantly being developed and improved.
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Andy Repetto visits (SAMSA) MRCC Cape Town and Cape Town Radio

during his stay in South Africa in April 2016,

marking the fortieth anniversary of Andy starting communication links with Cape Town.

Photos inside the Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) run by the South African Marine Safety Authority (SAMSA) during Andy's visit on 3rd April 2016. Andy with colleagues at the MRCC
Photos inside Cape Town Radio Station during Andy's visit on 3rd April 2016 showing the layout of the main room above and Andy Repetto with Cape Town Radio colleagues right.
Andy has had a long association with Cape Town Radio which began 40 years ago when he joined what was then Tristan's Post and Telecommunications Department in 1976. In the early days he worked radio schedules with rather poor voice contact which therefore relied on Morse Code for accurate messaging until the digital age introduced the use of the internet.

Head of Department Andy Repetto

Andrea (Andy) Repetto was appointed Head of Tristan da Cunha's Communications Department in October 2007.
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