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Hearing Honduras on Shortwave

By Don Moore


Because Honduras is relatively close to North America, it is one of the easier Latin American countries to hear. Unless you are in a very noisy location, Honduras should be received even on mid-priced portables with just the attached whip (rod) antenna. Of course, better equipment would be necessary for stronger and more consistent reception.

The best station to look for is Radio Internacional from San Pedro Sula, which broadcasts on the shortwave frequency of 4930 kilohertz. This is a relay of their commercial mediumwave (AM) service in San Pedro Sula. Programming consists of a variety of musical styles, depending on the hour, ads, Honduran news, and everything you would expect to find on a mid-sized commercial radio station. All programming is, of course, in Spanish. Radio Internacional can be heard in the morning from their sign-on until it fades out with the dawn. Sign-on is usually at 1100 UTC (0500 am Honduran time). The station can be heard again in the evening from roughly your local sunset until it signs-off for the night at around 0500 or 0530 UTC (1100 or 1130 p.m. Honduran time.)

Other easily heard Honduran shortwave station are La Voz Evangelica from Tegucigalpa on 4820 kilohertz, Radio Luz y Vida from San Luis in Santa Barbara on 3250 kiloherta, and Radio Immanuel from Puerto Lempira on 4960 kilohertz. These are all evangelical religious stations. Programming is primarily in Spanish. The first two stations carry some prerecorded English religious programs from the US in the late evening. Radio Immanuel has some broadcasts in Miskito and other local languages. These stations can all be heard roughly at the same times as Radio Internacional, although Radio Immanuel and Radio Luz y Vida sign-off somewhat earlier.

Because good long-distance reception on lower frequencies requires a darkness path, obviously these stations will be best heard during the North American winter months and least well heard during the North American summer. Likewise, the stations can be heard earlier in the evening and later in the morning during the winter months when there is more darkness.


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