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Newsroom on Bon Jour


The Control Room

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Two views of the transmitters installed on Bon Jour


(Claimed) 20Kw  

(2 x 10Kw) Continental Electronics 316B transmitters (Serial Numbers 32 and 37)

Aerial Height

120’  (37m) mast with 2 wire umbrella array (later changed to 4 wire)


Radio Nord had some of the most modern and sophisticated technical equipment, both in its landbased studios and on board the Bon Jour.

The landbased studios had  a Gates Studioette mixer, Spotmaster 500 cart machines, Gates CB-510 turntables, Ampex tape machines for recording programmes

Onboard were two studios:-

Studio 1 (Used for playing back pre-recorded programmes and live shows) Exactone  tape players (replaced early in 1962 by Ampex 351 players); a Gates Binote 2 channel mixer (replaced in early 1962 with a Studioette mixer); Spotmaster 500 cart machines for inserting jingles and commercials into programmes; and Thorens TD 124 turntables

Studio 2  (news and announcements)

Various radios and tape machines used for news gathering; AKG D25 microphone.

Newsroom on Bon Jour Control Room

QSL Cards

Radio station engineering departments issue QSL cards to verify reception reports received from listeners


Two views of the Control Room on Bon Jour


Aerial mast on Bon Jour

Photo: Ingemar Lindqvist

Photo: Ingemar Lindqvist

Photo: Ingemar Lindqvist

Photo: Ingemar Lindqvist


The studio on board Bon Jour


The Spotmaster players in the studio

Transmitter on Bon Jour

Photo: Ingemar Lindqvist

Transmitter on Bon Jour

Photo: Ingemar Lindqvist

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