Luz y Sonido, a new religious broadcaster of the Diocese
of Huanuco, first appeared on 6473, 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 heard also in Japan. Radio Luz y Sonido has been
regularly observed on 6472-6473 in the range from its first
appearance until late May 1996. Since they have previously
planed to move from 6473 to 3235 under the direction of
the Ministry of Transports and Communications, it became
to be audible on 3234.8 in the 90 meter band. Reportedly
after having changed its shortwave frequency, its signal
was weaker than former one while being outside band.
reason why I decided to return to be in Huanuco after
about 10 years of my first visit, is needless to say that
to visit the newest shortwaver, Radio Luz y Sonido. On 12/1/1995,
I made a surface journey from Lima to Huanuco by Empresa
de Transportes "Leon de Huanuco".
I decided to remain in a hotel located near the main square
for convenience, because I had previously learned that Radio
Luz y Sonido announced its postal address as "Jirón
Damaso Beraun alfrente 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 another
inexpensive one, Hotel El Paraiso which costed 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 Jirón 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 an employee
where Radio Luz y Sonido was. She informed me that the add
ress was exactly of 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 thought it was
a good chance to make just a pre-visit.
knocked at 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 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 "Luz y Sonido". After
the transmission at 8:30 PM local time, I made an interview
with the station director, Profesor Jesús Abd Pereira.
In September 1993, Radio Luz y Sonido commenced its experimental
transmission on the nominal frequency of 6473.
station was established by the Bishop of Huanuco ("Obispado
de Huanuco") with a primary objective of bringing the C
hristianity 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.
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 Ben avides Moreno
to able to transmit on shortwave band. Its signal is fed
into a 1/2 wave dipole antenna (11.5 meters high above the
ground). Transmitting unit is settled at the back of Church
Reportedly, when the shortwave frequency was changed from
6473 to 3235 in late May 1996, the station also announced
additionally a new operative frequency "1515 kc". But it
was not confirmed that another transmitter was purchased
exclusively for the medium wave outlet, or depending of
time its frequency was switched from shortwave to medium
wave using the same transmitting equipment.
Takayuki Inoue Nozaki in Relampago DX, November 17, 1996