Radio Yura (4716
Radio Yura appeared on shortwave
in spring 2000. The nominal frequency is given as
4715 kHz, but the station has been heard on approximately
4716.76 kHz. In comparison with many other Bolivian
stations, the deviation is minimal.
I picked up the station for the
first time on Sunday, April 30th 2000, with an extended
live transmission from some local fiesta. I listened
to the station from 2300 UTC for about three and
a half hours, until the signal faded out because
of sunrise in Finland. During all this time, only
a few announcements were given from the studio.
Radio Yura is located in the
town of Yura, Provincia Antonio Quijarro, Departamento
de Potosí. The project to set up the radio
station was launched five years ago by a Catholic
TV station Canal 18 UHF, explains Rolando
Cueto, journalist and director of the TV station.
First they were able to get an
AM transmitter with a power of 2.5 kilowatts on
the frequency of 1200 kHz. The station has not been
listed in the WRTH. Over the years, the transmitter
deteriorated and they decided to replace it with
a 1-kilowatt shortwave transmitter. The shortwave
equipment was installed in the end of March 2000,
The radio station is dedicated
to preserving what is left of the original culture
before Spanish conquistadores. According
to Cueto, the original culture has practically disappeared
in parts of the Bolivian altiplano, but appears
almost intact in the region of Yura.
A special feature of this culture
is an organizational form called the ayllu. The
station is catering to the needs of the local population
and thus uses the slogan La Voz de los Ayllus.
But yes, listening to the radio
is one-way communication. DXers need to get their
voice heard as well... luckily, the mail service
operates in this remote region, and you don't need
any detailed street address to get your reports
delivered. More surprisingly, the station also has
access to the Internet, and verie signer Rolando
Cueto replied to me by e-mail.
Poor Cueto - now his mailbox is destined to be flooded,
hopefully not only with uninteresting QSL requests.
(published on July