Costa Rica 1963
I visited Costa Rica  in mid-1963,
traveling to San José and
also to the northern town of
Liberia, Guanacaste
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Radio Reloj 700 AM was one of the most modern facilities and its owner,
Roger Barahona was several times president of the Costa Rican
Broadcaster's Association
Radio Reloj building with towers. One tower had the antenna for
Costa Rica's first FM station side mounted on it.
Another view of the Radio Reloj towers with the FM transmitter
and studio building at the base.
Radio América Latina 1125 AM building
Radio América Latina owner.
Radio Ateneas towers. Ateneas 975 AM was the first and for many years
the only 24 hour station in Costa Rica, making the expression "... cuando
se apague Ateneas" (...when Ateneas is off) a part of the local vocabulary,
meaning "never."
Horoscope time on Ateneas
Ateneas "radioteatro" or live studio
Radio Columbia studio building on San José's main street.
Columbia was one of the two networked news and novela (soap opera)
stations in Costa Rica. The San José station was on 725 AM
The manager of Columbia who also had his ham gear at the station.
Columbia's live studio.
Columbia San José transmitter site.
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Radio Fides 1025 AM building. This was the Catholic Church station.
Radio Monumental 650 kcs. building
New headlines were posted on the two sign boards.
This was the other networked AM news and drama station.
Cadena Musical TIJC on 575 1 kw transmitter.
Cadena Musical also had stations on 675 and 825 in San José.
Outside view of the TIJC transmitter building
TIFC 1075 Faro del Caribe was an evangelical Christian station
which also was building a shortwave station and had plans to open
a TV station.
A TIFC minister delivering a sermon on the air.
TIFC future TV studio, used in 1963 as a playroom for staff children.
TIFC studio.
TIFC 10 kw AM transmitter.
TIRICA 625 AM "La Voz de la Víctor"
This very run-down station had been sold and would soon begin
broadcasting from a remote site at 1,000,000 watts with a facility
built by Bruce Earle using two Continental 500 kw transmitters.
The operation lasted vey little time, as its intent was to broadcast into
the southern US and the high power interfered with local phones and services.
TIRICA Lobby and reception area.
TIRICA studio view.
La Voz del Trópico studio and converted old live broadcast studio area.
La Voz del Trópico studio close up.
Note the chime set at lower right, used for the staton's identification notes.
In the northern town of Liberia in Guanacaste province
we find the studios of Radio Cima. While the unimpressive studios don't
say much, the modern high power transmitter covered all of the region.
Radio Cima's studio.
Home of Cima's owner, who took me to see the transmitter.
CIma's transmitter on the top of a small hill, probably the reason for the
station name, which means peak or summit. (no large version of picture