Radio 1630 AM, La
Plata (1630 kHz)
Radio 1630 AM is among the strongest
Argentinian X-band stations, and I was lucky to
be able to listen to it for almost an hour in April
2000. Just before sunrise, the signal was surprisingly
clear and stable, although I was using a modest
50-meter-long wire antenna.
|Sandro Gonzales is one of
the announcers of Radio 1630AM. (photo ©
Marcelo Escande, used here with permission)
Playing international hits, the
station identified frequently as Red 92 and
1630 AM, also mentioning the slogan Buen
The legal status of the station
is a bit unclear; the station doesn't have call
letters, which would suggest that it is unauthorized
- as is the case with most if not all Argentinian
X-band stations. However, the station claims to
have broadcasting licenses for both FM - which they
have been using for a decade - and also AM, which
they say they have acquired recently. Nevertheless,
in Argentina the legal status doesn't seem to matter
very much nowadays.
|Technical Director Juan Marcelo
Escande in front of the 5-kilowatt transmitter
(photo © Claudio Dieguez, used here with
Many unofficial Argentinian stations
don't reply to international mail, partly because
they don't want to make a fuss about their existence.
Radio 1630 AM was, and hopefully still is, different.
Already in May I received a friendly email reply
from Technical Director Juan Marcelo Escande, who
enclosed an eQSL.
The station employs some 40 people
(including both AM and FM personnel), Escande explains.
It seems that the same feed is broadcast both on
AM and FM. The transmitter power according to Escande
is 5 kW, although WRTH 2002 puts it at 25 kW, which
may indicate an upgrade. Personally I think that
the signal has become weaker and I don't remember
hearing the station anymore for a very long time.
AM 1630 has a website
made by Flash software - so no access unless you
have Flash Player 5 or newer. A typical Flash site
with lots of annoying sound effects - but fortunately
also useful data such as contact information (Av.
Circunvalación 32 e/ 3 y 4), email
and frequencies, which in addition to 1630 kHz include
four FM frequencies and surprisingly also 1480 AM
for Dolores. A look at the WRTH reveals Radio Dolores
listed on 1480 kHz, so it seems that they are just
part of the same company, Emisiones Platenses SA.
Escande says that La Plata is
a city of many public offices as it is the capital
of Buenos Aires province. The city has a university
and some 850.000 inhabitants. It is located some
50 kilometers southeast of Buenos Aires. Although
La Plata is practically on the coast, it is not
a coastal vacation resort like Mar del Plata much
further away to the south.
(published on May