Radio La Hora, Cusco
This cusqueña station
is an offspring of Radio
Tawantinsuyo. Located in the same block, with
an address on Avenida Garcilaso, Radio La Hora (1400
and 4855 kHz) is headed by Edmundo Montesinos G.,
the son of Raúl Montesinos Espejo, who established
Radio Tawantinsuyo. Edmundo learned the trade at
his father's station, and later set up a station
of his own, with a profile aimed at a younger audience.
Accordingly, the station has a slogan La Emisora
de la Juventud.
Montesinos junior hasn't displayed
much more interest in reception reports than his
father, but fortunately he has allowed someone else
to take care of replying to reports. Mr. Carlos
Gamarra Moscoso works at the station and is a shortwave
listener himself. Some sources name him as Director,
but he is (only) Director de Frecuencias.
I believe that in this case title matters, as Mr.
Montesinos might find it a bit annoying if the person
getting all the mail is being called the boss. Carlos
was not at the station when I visited there in April
2000, but luckily he came by at my hotel later,
when I was bedridden with fever.
For the past couple of years
Carlos has done his QSL-duties with an utmost sense
of dedication and responsibility, and has kept a
detailed log of all reports received and all verifications
sent out. He has tried to send out verifications
for many old reports as well, but some have bounced
back due to outdated addresses, which is the main
reason why he hasn't been able to deliver all confirmations.
If you haven't received a reply, please send a follow-up
to Carlos, preferably with a return postage. A reply
is guaranteed for all correct reports - he does
Carlos has just one wish: please
do let him know once you have received the verification.
The mail service is somewhat unreliable, and Carlos
is very worried that some of the QSLs sent by him
never reach recipients - he definitely knows the
value of QSLs. So, all of you who have received
a QSL from him, he would really appreciate a short
thank you note.
It wouldn't hurt if you also
told Gerente Montesinos how much you appreciate
the efforts of Carlos Gamarra Moscoso, whose dedication
is indeed unparallelled in all of Peru. Instead
of the station address, Carlos says however that
reports reach him with more certainty, if sent to
his home address: Avenida Garcilaso No. 411, Wanchaq,
Cusco. And as he is DXer, I am sure he would enjoy
receiving the same kind of radio memorabilia that
all we DXers love to collect.
Both Carlos and Edmundo by the
way should already be wearing their stylish YLE
caps under the scorching sun of the highlands...
I later sent Carlos also my WRTH - a book which
would otherwise be out of reach for any Peruvian
DXer outside the capital.
During the first week of July
2000 Radio La Hora is hoping to inaugurate a new
2-kilowatt shortwave transmitter, doubling the present
power. Funding for the new transmitter is however
still partly unresolved.
on April 22nd 2000)