European briefs: New AFN transmitter goes live in Grafenwöhr
A new American Forces Network transmitter in Vilseck, Germany, went live Aug. 28, replacing an older transmitter in Grafenwöhr that was interfering with household electronics.
The old transmitter, located in the Grafenwöhr housing area, hampered some on-base residents’ ability to connect to the Internet, according to an AFN technician. Damage to an underground portion of an antenna, caused by construction, distorted the old transmitter’s signal, and was partly to blame for the problem.
The new AM 1107 transmitter, which broadcast’s AFN’s Power Network, was built following a $100,000 study aimed at remedying the problem and providing better service to listeners in the Grafenwöhr and Vilseck communities.
In all the project will cost the Grafenwöhr community $1.4 million, including the cost of demolishing the old transmitter building and deconstructing its antenna. The old transmitter will be transferred to the new transmission site and serve as a backup to the newly installed transmitter.
The new transmitter is located in a remote corner of Rose Barracks, far from housing areas, while the former site was roughly 100 meters from on-base housing.
AAFES diesel price dives in GermanyThe price for diesel will dive more than 45 cents a gallon Saturday at Army and Air Force Exchange Service locations in Germany, while gas prices there and in the United Kingdom will fall less than a penny, according to the command.
U.S. prices for all grades of gasoline have plunged roughly 43 cents a gallon since mid-July, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data, and AAFES prices in Germany and the U.K. have matched the slide. But the downturn in gasoline prices ground nearly to a halt this week as Hurricane Gustav shut down most oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
At $3.889 per gallon, regular gas in Germany is still the cheapest fuel sold in Europe by AAFES.
In the Netherlands, prices for all grades of fuel will increase a fraction of a cent, and diesel in the U.K. also rises more than half a penny.
The price of gas in the Azores is unchanged. For a full list of prices, see Page 13.
Kyrgyzstan won’t force U.S. out of air baseThe parliament of Kyrgyzstan has shifted course for this legislative session and will not consider forcing U.S. forces out of the air base at Manas airport, Kyrgyz media reported this week.
The issue was not part of the parliament’s official agenda, adopted Wednesday.
Manas has evolved into one of the key regional hubs for U.S. troops and a major transit point for troops and supplies heading to and from Afghanistan. But over the years, several incidents have complicated the U.S. presence. Some Kyrgyz politicians have begun talking of forcing the base to close.
According to the Kyrgyz media, the Parliament will instead take up issues like energy policy and the investigation into a September jetliner crash near the Manas airport.