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The following item is taken from pages 209-210 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.

La Voz del Llano is one of the radio stations well heard in 49mb thanks to its powerful l0kW SW transmitter. The station can be heard with an excelent condition almost everyday from 1000 (when NSB Radio Tampa leaves 6115.0kHz) until 1200 f/out GMT. They seasonally suffer from interference from Radio Union de Lima which uses the same channel 24 hours a day.

When La Voz del Llano had a problem of cristal, the station had been off the authorized frequency as follows; 6117.7kfHz (mid December 1983), 6124.6kHz (early January 1984), 6117.7kHz (mid January 1984) and finally to 6115.8kHz (early August to up to now, i.e. April 1987).

In Japan, some of their morning programs can be heard as follows (times in GMT); 1000 "Alborada Musical" (music program consisted of musica campesina and musica llanera colombiana with social service, exact time check and advertisements.), 1055 "Radioperiodico al Minuto" (local news program. This program is broadcast from Monday to Saturday at 0555-0630, 1300-1400 and 1930 - 2000 local time. Directed by Sr. Marco Antonio Franco who has the first class license No. 1-3229 of Colombian Association of Radio & TV Announcers.), 1130 "Super Noticias" (30 minutes news relay from Radio Super de Bogota.)

On July 29, 1985, I visited La Voz del Llano located at Carrera 31, next to the Plaza de Centauros. In front of La Voz del Llano, there is a building in which Ondas del Meta and a new FM station, HJQY Llano Stereo (98.3MHz/0.9kW) are located. Both stations show black big signboards shaped pennant. And that La Voz del Llano has neonsigns of station name at an antenna (used for communication with Bogota), so it is rather outstanding. I was shown over the station by Sr. Marco Antonio Franco, director of a local news program "Radioperiodico al Minuto". La Voz del Llano is the most poweful (l0kW) station using MW/SW, and has the 2nd longest history (first being Radio Villavicencio). HJJP Radio Villavicencio (1100kHz/l0kW) was bought by RCN in 1974 and changed to 24h broadcaster, relaying 80-90% of programs sent from RCN-Bogota, as an "Emisora Basica". Little time provided for local program is used for news "Radio Sucesos" so there exist no program in which listeners can take part.

Meanwhile, Radio La Voz del Llano has been getting more and more people who make use of "message service" of the station. As of July 1985, Radio Macarena provides a part of programs for this message service, however, limited time makes it impossible to cope with an emergency (urgency) use. On the contrary, La Voz del Llano spares any time for the message service 24 hours a day for C$250 (in music program) or $400 ( in local news program) (US$1=C$146 as of July 1985), but riot during relay program from Bogota station called "Cadena Nacional". 'I'hus La Voz el Llano is also known as "La Voz de los Pueblos Llaneros".

Reception room / office at 2nd floor is always crowded with people who make use of the message service. In this office, I happened to see Sra. Gloria Ines Rodriguez, Administradora, who is in charge of overseas correspondence. As you may know, La voz del Llano is notorious for a bad verifier, so I asked her the reason. She said, "We receive 5 or 6 reports a week from Europe and US. I usually do not respond to them unless PFC is included. I do not have enough time to write a QSL letter to each report." To get a QSL from a bad verifier, it is recommendable to enclose a PFC and return postage so as not to bother the radio station.

And then, I visited studios, control room and discoteca on the 3rd floor. Control room is equipped with rather new equipments like "LPB" console mixer, "Ampex" ATR-700 open tape deck, etc. Also there is a US made "Mc.Marti" STL transmitter (302.3MHz/10W) to link with transmitter site located 5km east of the city. Formerly used FM 94.9MHz for STL, but later QSYed to UHF, which is effective to avoid artificial noise, because of its sharp direction.

History of the Station

Ing..Alfred Lopez Junio, Engineer of SUPER Network, (who also provided me with information on Ondas del Meta) told me the following story. He has been working at the station from its foundation . On July 1, 1960, Sr. Jaime Pava Navarro, the founder of SUPER Network, inaugurated broadcast, using a national transmitter made in Bogota by Ing. Alfred Lopez Julio, on 6065kHz (kW) and l050kHz (2kW). Later QSYed to actual 6115kHz and 1020kHz. Frequency drift from mid-December was due to an old cristal. At the time of my visit he had already been informed of the problem of frequency drift from Ministry of Communications (claiming to be operating on 6117.682kHz). Afterwards they drifted again to 6115.8kHz and stabilized there. I wonder if they changed a cristal?

Technical Information

HJKS l020kHz: A national transmitter made in 1975 by Ing. Pablo Endrade in Bogota. Maximum power is l0kW. Also has an old 2kW transmitter for emergency use. Antenna is 1/4 wave vertical type (64m high) .

HJIA 6115kHz: A new transmitter made by Ing. Alfred Lopez Julio in 1983. Usually operated with 80% power of lOkW. Antenna is 1/2 wave inverted V (13m high).

QTH: Carrera 31, No.38-07, Villavicencio, Colombia


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