Aqui Radio Andorra

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Special Broadcasts

Help Save the Tapes

The next 2 programs From the Archives of Radio Andorra are ready to be broadcast. In August and September on the first Saturday of the month, it is time to roll again some 43-year-old cassettes. The program on August 6th the French chansonnier Ricet Barrier will do the programming for one hour. It is a program from the Carte Blanche series, which was recorded in the Summer of 1979, where stars at that time were invited to select their music on a Sunday afternoon program. Barrier was born in August 1932 and died in 2011, so it would be his 90th Birthday this year. Unfortunately, the second hour of his program got lost, and only the first cassette survived.

Times and Frequencies are as follows:

6th August 2022

1700-1800 UTC 6180 kHz LPH 270° towards Europe

2200-2300 UTC 13730 kHz HRS 295° towards North America

On September 3rd the French singer and actor Mirelle Hartuch is in charge. She was born in September 1906 and was at the time the program was recorded already 73 years old. So we will hear music from the 1930s and 1940s as well as contemporary songs from the 70s. This program survived completely and will be broadcasted:

3rd September 2022

1700-1900 UTC 6180 kHz LPH 270° towards Europe

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2200-2400 UTC 13730 kHz HRS 295° towards North America

As usual, all transmissions are broadcasted via Moosbrunn, Austria rated at 100kW carrier power. As you can see in the attached photo from 2008, the storage condition of the tapes was not ideal. The transmitter building of Radio Andorra in Encamp was left empty after 1981, the roof got leaky, and water got into the building. In 2009, the inheritance disputes between Spain and Andorra could be settled and the remaining apparatus and some tapes could be saved.

Since last year I have been trying to restore some of the old cassettes and bring them back to HiFi quality for the enjoyment of radio fans. The whole thing is a matter of the heart, not a commercial activity. The national archive supports this ideally, but the whole financial part is done privately by myself. If anyone likes to contribute, here is my GoFundMe-campaign:

https://gofund.me/cc66ad4a.

All raised funds go straight to the reconstruction of the programs (buying the necessary records, software licenses for the DSP Tools, maintenance of the cassette players), as well as the transmission feed on short wave.

All transmissions already broadcasted are also available online:

https://www.aquiradioandorra.com/archives_sonores_emissions_integrales.html

(Source: Christian Milling [[email protected]] | BDXC via Chrissy Brand)