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tuning across the 48 metre free radio shortwave band during the 1970's
would probably remember hearing the song "Valleri" by The Monkees.
It signified the sign-on and sign-off of Radio Valleri, one of the longest
running stations of the decade. The station wasn't always on shortwave
however. Radio Valleri was actually one of the early free
radio stations to transmit to the Dublin area. It began broadcasting
during the Summer of 1972 on a medium wave frequency of 1525kHz with 30
watts of power. The station started operating from a garden shed
in North Dublin on a Sunday by two young radio enthusiasts, Derek Jones
and Mike Anderson. Radio Valleri first transmitted on Sunday 23rd
July 1972 between 12 mid-day and 1pm with a half hour from each of the
founding members. Transmission times were extended as they were
joined by Arno St Jude and Edward LeRoy and operated regular Sundays until
late September of that year when they closed down due to transmitter problems.
At this point, Arno St Jude left to be on Radio Melinda. The station's
next broadcast was in 1973, but this time they
had moved to shortwave. The operators had been persuaded by their
engineer to try this band, and a suitable transmitter was built.
The change to shortwave was a great success, with letters being received
from listeners all across Europe. As Ireland did not have an Government
operated International Service at this time (this had closed decades before),
Radio Valleri became the 'Voice of Ireland' on shortwave. The frequency
used during this period was initially 6317kHz, moving to 6260kHz and finally
6210kHz prior to the station closing in October 1974 after a year of Sunday
transmissions. The station returned in Autumn
1975, and regular Sunday broadcasts were made until December, when heavy
Post Office activity in Dublin caused a cessation of broadcasts until
May 1976. Following the return in May 1976, Radio Valleri operated
for several years on a number of frequencies starting on 6260kHz.
In late 1976 there were reports in the Free Radio press of a new station
called Premier Radio about to start from Dublin on 6260kHz. Although
no signals from this new station were ever logged, Radio Valleri
moved to 6202kHz in January 1977. (Note: 6260kHz was later used in 1979
by Radio Cill Dara International). In February 1977 the English magazine
'Free Radio Waves' featured a history
of Radio Valleri in its 3rd issue.
6202kHz continued to be used for a time, but transmissions eventually
ceased, possibly during mid-1979. Radio Valleri was next heard during
the 1980's on 6400kHz, although the signal was never as strong as it had
been during the 1970's.
Most of Radio Valleri's broadcasts were live and as a result very few recordings of the station seem to have survived. Some of those which did are available on the Radio Valleri aircheck page. Even rarer are photos of the station. Here see Mike Anderson in action around 1982 when the station had moved from the garden shed to the luxury of Derek Jones's back bedroom. Mike can also be seen in a photo taken around the early 1980's when Capital Radio International operated from the same room!
Posters, pennants and stickers were amongst the memorabilia sent out by the station during the 1970's. There were wo slightly different posters. One had no frequency or times stated, and was possibly from when the station was on medium wave. The second advertised 6202kHz and included the word 'International'. Click on any of the thumbnails above to view the full sized Radio Valleri poster or pennant.
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Two QSL's received from the station for two of their shortwave frequencies. The one above for 6260kHz was signed by Mike Anderson and the one below for the later channel of 6202kHz by Derek Jones.
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