BFBS FM radio can be configured to cover entire cities with kilowatts of transmitter power, or cover small compounds with a couple of watts of FM transmission. FM broadcasts are universally receivable and can play an important role in the British Forces engagement with the local population, providing essential broadcast information in times of emergency or natural disaster. Equipment can be housed in a small room or housed in a half-ISO container. Electricity requirements are small (typically 16A or less incl. air conditioning). A low power FM transmission system ROM cost is as little as £3,000.
There may be a requirement to obtain local transmission licences before broadcasting can begin. SOFA or equivalent host nation agreements may be a route to gaining an FM licence. BFBS is currently developing a DAB version of the low power FM radio transmitter which can deliver a choice of 20 radio stations instantly upon deployment.