Sounds of FEN - Nagoya

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FEN Nagoya

1490 kHz 10,000 Watts

Our thanks to Zenro Suzuoki for much of the information presented here.

In the earliest days of its existence (circa May 1, 1946), the FEN outlet in Nagoya was known as WVTC and broadcast at 1340 kHz.

According to the Asahi Shimbun (Newspaper), Nagoya edition, Sunday September 1 and Tuesday September 3, 1963, FEN at Nagoya began broadcasting from Sorami-cho, Minato-ku, Nagoya in October 1953. 

The FEN transmitter and antenna (but not the studio) were loacted at a facility operated by the 1st Communications Squadron, the unit that provided communications for Headquaters, 5th Air Force.  According to the 1953-1954 Yearbook of the Squadron, they called the site the "Little Alcatraz" of Nagoya because of its extreme isolation.

Headquarters, 5th Air Force was in Nagoya from May,1946 to June 30, 1957 except for the period from December 1, 1950 to August 31, 1954 during when it was in Korea.  5th Air Force, along with the 1st Communications Squadron, relocated to Fuchu Air Station.  By July 1, 1957, the FEN transmitter and antenna were all that remained at "Little Alcatraz."

Sorami-cho is reclaimed land extruding from Nagoya Port and Ise Wan (Bay).  Nagoya Jo (Castle) which is referred to in "A Brief History of the Far East Network" written by H. Jordan Roscoe, is about 14km north of Sorami-cho.

With a transmitter power of 10,000 watts, it's probably more appropriate to think of Nagoya as a full-fledged transmitter rather than a relay

The Nagoya station ceased broadcasting at 2400 hours JST on Tuesday, September 3, 1963.  As the station prepared to leave the air, FEN broadcast special announcements to Nagoya listeners inviting them to tune to either the station at Iwakuni or shortwave.  In spite of the good intentions, the signal from Iwakuni was too weak to be listenable in Nagoya.

During a very large typhoon in September 1959, FEN Nagoya was knocked off the air for an extended period of time.  The same storm killed approximately 5,000 people in and around Nagoya.

Zenro also provided two interesting articles from 1953.


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