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Radio Luz y Sonido, Huanuco, Peru


The following item is taken from Relampago DX, by Takayuki Inoue Nozaki. It is placed here with permission.


Radio Luz y Sonido, a new religious broadcaster of the Diocese of Huanuco, first appeared on 6473kHz, in September 1993. The first news was brought from Henrik Klemetz in Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia. Without any difficulty, its powerful signal has been caught also in Japan. Radio Luz y Sonido has been regularly observed on 6472-6473kHz in the range from its first appearance until late May 1996. Since they previously planed to move from 6473kHz to 3235kHz under the direction of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, it became to be audible on 3234.8kHz in the 90 meter band. Reportedly after having changed its shortwave frequency, its signal was weaker than the former one which was out of band.

The reason why I decided to return to be in Huanuco after about 10 years of my first visit, is needless to say to visit the newest shortwaver, Radio Luz y Sonido. On January 12, 1995, I made a surface journey from Lima to Huanuco by Empresa de Transportes "Leon de Huanuco". I decided to remain a hotel located near the main square for convenience, because I previously learned that Radio Luz y Sonido announced its postal address as "Jiron Damaso Beraun al frente de Plaza de Armas".

There were two hotels, one was the most expensive Hotel de Turistas which cost about US$25 about one night, thus I stayed in another inexpensive one, Hotel El Paraiso which cost about US$5. It was 6 PM when I checked in the hotel. As I had a little time until the dinner, I went to look for the announced address of Radio Luz y Sonido at Jiron Damaso Beraun 679 in front of the Plaza de Armas, but there was a book store of Church but no radio station. So I asked to an employee where Radio Luz y Sonido was. She informed me that the address was exactly the same as the book store but it has been only used to receive the correspondences from audience, and the broadcasting installation was located at Jiron 2 de Mayo, just round the corner toward the Church.

I though it was a good chance to make just a pre-visit. I knocked on the entrance door. A Sister came to open it. She asked me my object of visit, then I was allowed to enter the small station house installed in the corner of the Church garden. I was immediately interviewed during the evening transmission, before the beginning of the station tour.

The small building was simply consisted by a tiny studio, an announcing cabin, a vacant office, no more, but the board was decorated with a couple of colorful postcards sent from overseas listeners and station name made by red paperboard which identified itself as "Luz y Sonido". After the transmission at 8:30 PM local time, I made an interview with the station director, Profesor Jesus Abd Pereira.

In September 1993, Radio Luz y Sonido commenced its experimental transmission on the nominal frequency of 6473kHz. The station was established by the Bishop of Huanuco ("Obispado de Huanuco") with a primary objective of bringing the Christianity to the rural urban communities in the Department of Huanuco and the neighboring departments. The station was inaugurated on March 14, 1994, under the direction of Padre Obispo Herman Artale Ciancid. Indeed, it is not a commercial broadcaster but a Christian station specialized in religious, educational and cultural programs. As of January 1995, Radio Luz y Sonido has run at two slots: 1100-1500 and 2100-0130 from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday it had no broadcast. As it has been a new member of Christian shortwaver, the station has regularly borrowed several transcription programs, produced by various Christian broadcasting organizations in Latin America. Station staff also prepare local programs on folklore, the delivery of social service, and useful information for the communities. All station staff were volunteers, and some students helped to produce programs, but were not paid. Sandy Martel, Cesar Augusto Cojal Caballero, Marco Antonio Salazar Livia, Gabriela Laos, were working at the station when I visited.

The station is equipped with a 1kW transmitter which was formerly used by the medium wave outlet of Emisoras JSV. This transmitter was modified by Jorge Benavides Moreno to able to transmit on the shortwave band. Its signal is fed into a 1/2 wave dipole antenna (11.5 meters high above the ground). The transmitting unit is settled at the back of Church building.

Reportedly, when the shortwave frequency was changed from 6473kHz to 3235kHz in late May 1996, the station also announced additionally a new operative frequency of "1515kc". But it was not confirmed if another transmitter was purchased exclusively for the medium wave outlet, or if depending of time its frequency was switched from shortwave to medium wave using the same transmitting equipment.


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