Monday, February 19, 2018

Radio Vatican Retrospective

Radio Vatican was another short-wave broadcaster first logged and QSLed in the late 1960's. There signal was always quite strong in western North America, and equally powerful in South East Asia. And with the interval tune "Christus Vincit" (Christ Reigns), they were for many years readily identified when tuning the short-wave bands.

Initially their transmissions originated from Santa Maria de Galeria and, of course, still do. In recent years, their broadcasts have also been relayed from Talata-Volondry (Madagascar), Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Tinang (Philippines). Further, international broadcasters such as VOA, Radio Canada International, NHK Radio Japan, Radio Tamajuz, Radio Dibanga, and Radio Netherlands Worldwide have used their transmitter facilities at Santa Maria di Galeria.

In addition to QSL cards, Radio Vatican over the years passed along numerous stickers, calendars and literature on their facility. QSL cards often depicted the Pope, images of St Peter Basilica and Radio Vatican studio/headquarters. 

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