Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Honduras Menu Main Menu What's New Best of this Site Radio History Clandestine Radio

LA VOZ EVANGELICA DE HONDURAS

(HRVC)

------------------------------

The following item is taken from pages 140-141 of LA-DXing, 4th Edition (1987), as published by Radio Nuevo Mundo. It was written by Takayuki Inoue Nozaki and is placed here with permission.

In 8 hours by bus from Santa Rosa de Copan, I reached Tegucigalpa on May 21, 1985. Then I looked up "Yellow Pages" of HONDUTEL, and found that, La Voz Evangelica was located in Comayaguela, neighbouring city of Tegucigalpa, divided by a river. Contrary to Tegucigalpa, where there are beautifuful parks, shopping centers, high class residential area, Comayaguela has squalid markets, bus terminal (around which crime rate is very high in Latin American capitals) and the poor town. I rode a bus from Tegucigalpa. I got off at market in San Isidro district and found a 3 storied building in front ofsupermarket "La Atomica". The building has a signboard (white) painted "HRVC La Voz Evangelica" in red.

I could not see station Director, because I got to the station a little late, but Ing. Thomas Pruett, who came from Michigan, USA, showed me the station (Incidentally, I saw many missionary people from US come in and out from the station). The first floor has the following:
- First studio (main studio); equipped with control mixer desk of "Sparta" "Telex" cartridge tape deck, 2 "Russco" disk players, 2 "Tascam" 22-2 open tape decks, and "Kenwood" R-600 receiver (for relaying news from HRN).
- Second studio; equipped with "RCA" control mixer, "TEAC" model C-3 cassette deck, "RCA" player, "Telex" model 87 opendecks (all in the control room). A large studio is for live programs, mainly for talks or orchestral performance.
- Third studio; 100% for program recording, equipped with "Collins" console mixer (obtained in 1960), "Tapecaster" model-70ORP tape cartridge deck, 2 "Russco" players, 2 "Tascam" 1-22 & 2-22 open decks.
- Departamento de Noticias (teletype, news production room), but not in use now.

Except for music programs, almost all programs are recorded, so operator in the first studio sometimes act as announcer by giving time checks or reading the Bible, in case of a live program. This system (one operator/announcer) is usual even in large stations in Latin America. Currently (as of May 1985) they don't have own news program at all, so I was quite anxious about the "Departamento de Noticias. Replying to my question, Ing. Thomas Pruett said, "'I don't remember well, but about 5 or 6 years ago, we had a 30 minutes news program called "Panorama" in the morning and in the night. it consumed much money for teletype, much personnel, much time, to produce a news program, it was suspended at the time when Director was replaced." Also added, "All radio stations excluding Radio America (which claimed to be 95% news station) have an obligation to relay news program produced by HRH Radio Honduras "La Voz del Pueblo y Gobierno" (550/880/101.3)

It is unnecessary to broadcast similar news items repeatedly, so La Voz Evangelica will not resume original news program. I can not say loudly, HRPL Radio Progreso, a Catholic station operated by US catholic group, was forced to close SW outlet of 4920kHz by the Government. It is said that it was very bad for the religious station operated by a foreign religious group to broadcast a commentary program in which they criticized the government policy on SW (which has a large service area). Thus, we gave up broadcasting a risky news programs. We would not like to close SW service." These comments are not applied to all the SW station; but it will be the case with religious stations.

The second floor has discoteca, former studio for FM stereo. This is not used because the same program is broadcast simulaneously on MW/SW/FM (monaural). They once had an independent FM programs (classical music, instrumental music, religious music) for 2 years from 1976, but it was discontinued due to lack of personnel. The third floor has office room and Gerente room. A little room on the roof is used as a workshop of Technical department.

Program and its characteristic

Not described in WRTH 1984, they have a cultural/educational program in Miskito for the Miskitos living in "Costa Norte", Sundays 0500-0515 & 1900-1915 (re-broadcast), Tuesday/Saturday 1900-1915. The program is produced by a religious station in Puerto Lempira, La Voz de la Mosquitia (There is no one who can speak Miskito in HRVC). Formerly they had an English program daily at 2100-2300, it was reduced to once a week, Sunday at 2100-2300, because of less audience in the country, as well as in Central America. The English program is produced in US (Formerly produced by American, working at HRVC). Other programs are in Spanish. HRVC operates 18 hours per day, 0500-2300 daily.

Technical Information

4820kHz: Purchased "Mission Engineering" transmitter (5kW) in 1965. 1/2 -wave dipole antenna is used. This covers Southern Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras in the daytime, and all over Central America in the night. When Radio Columbia, San Jose, appeared on 4825kHz, they suffered much from QRM. They planned to QSY, but the problem'was resolved by QSY of the Costa Rican station.

1390kHz: Formerly operated on 1380, but changed to 1390 ordered by HONDUTEL. "Wilkinson" model AM 10000B transmitter (10kW) with 1/4 wave delta antenna of "Rohn", 60m high. This antenna was imported by Ing. Thomas Pruett, and he assembled it.

103.7MHz: QSY from 103.5MHz in December 1984. Until 1976, when they begun stereo transmission, used as an FM link with only 10W. Later obtained 200W transmitter. Currently operating in monaural, however, they have a plan to resume stereo transmission with independent programs in the future when they replace FM link for Microwave link. The distance between studio and transmitter site is 5 km.

------------------------------

This website is maintained by Don Moore,
Association of North American Radio Clubs
DXer of the Year for 1995
.

My Address Is In This Graphic