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  • Albert LaFrance
    A magazine ad (American City, Dec. 1952, p.67) for Enterprise diesel engines says in part: Largest Transmitter Afloat - powered by Enterprise diesels
    Message 1 of 7 , Aug 4, 2010
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      A magazine ad (American City, Dec. 1952, p.67) for Enterprise diesel engines
      says in part:



      "Largest Transmitter Afloat - powered by Enterprise diesels"



      "Speeding swiftly from one corner of the globe to another, the newly
      converted USCGC COURIER relays Voice of America broadcasts to freedom-hungry
      peoples everywhere - over the most powerful radio transmitter afloat!"



      The caption on a photo of an engine mentions ".the COURIER's 150,000 watt
      medium wave transmitter and the two 35,000 watt short wave transmitters."



      Albert



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    • OZOB99
      ... More: http://www.offshore-radio.de/fleet/courier.htm
      Message 2 of 7 , Aug 4, 2010
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        --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Albert LaFrance" <albert.lafrance@...> wrote:
        >
        > A magazine ad (American City, Dec. 1952, p.67) for Enterprise diesel engines
        > says in part:
        >
        >
        >
        > "Largest Transmitter Afloat - powered by Enterprise diesels"
        >
        >
        >
        > "Speeding swiftly from one corner of the globe to another, the newly
        > converted USCGC COURIER relays Voice of America broadcasts to freedom-hungry
        > peoples everywhere - over the most powerful radio transmitter afloat!"
        >
        >
        >
        > The caption on a photo of an engine mentions ".the COURIER's 150,000 watt
        > medium wave transmitter and the two 35,000 watt short wave transmitters."
        >
        >
        >
        > Albert


        More:

        http://www.offshore-radio.de/fleet/courier.htm
      • OZOB99
        Photo s of the gear & balloon antenna on this page: http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Courier_WAGR410_Photos.asp
        Message 3 of 7 , Nov 14, 2011
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          Photo's of the gear & balloon antenna on this page:

          http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Courier_WAGR410_Photos.asp


          --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Albert LaFrance" <albert.lafrance@...> wrote:
          >
          > A magazine ad (American City, Dec. 1952, p.67) for Enterprise diesel engines
          > says in part:
          >
          >
          >
          > "Largest Transmitter Afloat - powered by Enterprise diesels"
          >
          >
          >
          > "Speeding swiftly from one corner of the globe to another, the newly
          > converted USCGC COURIER relays Voice of America broadcasts to freedom-hungry
          > peoples everywhere - over the most powerful radio transmitter afloat!"
          >
          >
          >
          > The caption on a photo of an engine mentions ".the COURIER's 150,000 watt
          > medium wave transmitter and the two 35,000 watt short wave transmitters."
          >
          >
          >
          > Albert
          >
          >
          >
          > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          >
        • John Young
          CIA declassified a 1952 newsletter, Psychological Operations, in addition to describing Operation Vagabond for which the VOA Courier was launched, stated:
          Message 4 of 7 , Nov 14, 2011
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            CIA declassified a 1952 newsletter, "Psychological Operations,"
            in addition to describing "Operation Vagabond" for which the
            VOA Courier was launched, stated:

            [Quote]

            The Ring Plan

            USIE's Ring Plan, one of the most important developments
            now underway for reaching the peoples behind the Iron Curtain,
            was evolved by State engineers about a year and a half ago.
            When the plan is completed, the Soviet Union and its satellites
            will be circled by 14 super-powerful US radio installations.
            Each installation's equipment will include a one-mega-watt
            (1000 kilowatt) transmitter -- short, medium or long wave
            depending on the region -- and two 35 kilowatt shortwave
            transitters. The megawatt transmitter will be 20 times more
            powerful than the strongest commercial radio station in the
            US. Directional antennas will increase the effective radiation
            as much as 200 times in the direction of the beam. Four of
            these installations are already under construction in Germany,
            Greece, the Philippines and Okinawa. If Congress appropriates
            the necessary funds (approximately $100 million), additional
            installations to complete the plan are tentatively proposed for
            Tangier, Turkey, Lebanon, Kuwait, Gwadar, Ceylon, Siam and
            Japan. Powerful 100 kilowatt shortwave transmitters will feed
            the Ring from installations in Alaska and the East and West
            Coast of the US. Construction on two of the US installations
            will begin shortly. An equally powerful shortwave transmitter
            may blanket Latin America from Panama. The Ring will be
            connected by a virtually jam-proof intercommunications system
            and will have facilities for originating programs at any point.
            One or more of the land-based Ring stations may be replaced
            or supplemented by ship-borne transmitters to add mobility
            to this radio offensive (See page 3 [Operation Vagabond].
            (Secret)

            [End Quote]

            This newsletter candidly called these psyops "propaganda."


            http://cryptome.org/0005/cia-psb-news-1952.pdf

            More broadly, the Psychological Strategy Board was
            established in 1952 to assure that US values were embedded
            in all USG operations and US cultural resources


            http://cryptome.org/0005/cia-psb-1952.pdf

            For relevance to this forum, the Psychological Strategy
            Board asserted that the Cold War could not be won without
            a massive, enduring and sophisticated shaping of people's
            minds in ways that would be seemingly transparent but
            fundamentally top secret.

            This deep-seated policy continues today in the various
            propaganda activities directed by the Broadcasting Board
            of Governors which not long ago extensively discussed how
            to use New Media for this purpose:


            http://cryptome.org/0005/bbg-021511.pdf

            New Media is described as Google, Twitter, Facebook and
            the welter of highly popular fora for shaping people's
            minds without that being disclosed.
          • OZOB99
            ... More on the Courier: http://www.vacuumtubeera.net/RadioAge-1952-04.pdf p13
            Message 5 of 7 , May 2 5:53 PM
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              --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Albert LaFrance" <albert.lafrance@...> wrote:
              >
              > A magazine ad (American City, Dec. 1952, p.67) for Enterprise diesel engines
              > says in part:
              >
              >
              >
              > "Largest Transmitter Afloat - powered by Enterprise diesels"
              >
              >
              >
              > "Speeding swiftly from one corner of the globe to another, the newly
              > converted USCGC COURIER relays Voice of America broadcasts to freedom-hungry
              > peoples everywhere - over the most powerful radio transmitter afloat!"
              >
              >
              >
              > The caption on a photo of an engine mentions ".the COURIER's 150,000 watt
              > medium wave transmitter and the two 35,000 watt short wave transmitters."
              >
              >
              >
              > Albert


              More on the Courier:

              http://www.vacuumtubeera.net/RadioAge-1952-04.pdf p13
            • OZOB99
              ... The website above mentions a VHF programming link to the ship; this website mentions a microwave relay to the ship:
              Message 6 of 7 , Jul 8, 2013
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                --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "OZOB99" <ozob99@...> wrote:
                >
                >
                >
                > --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, "Albert LaFrance" <albert.lafrance@> wrote:
                > >
                > > A magazine ad (American City, Dec. 1952, p.67) for Enterprise diesel engines
                > > says in part:
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > "Largest Transmitter Afloat - powered by Enterprise diesels"
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > "Speeding swiftly from one corner of the globe to another, the newly
                > > converted USCGC COURIER relays Voice of America broadcasts to freedom-hungry
                > > peoples everywhere - over the most powerful radio transmitter afloat!"
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > The caption on a photo of an engine mentions ".the COURIER's 150,000 watt
                > > medium wave transmitter and the two 35,000 watt short wave transmitters."
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > Albert
                >
                >
                > More:
                >
                > http://www.offshore-radio.de/fleet/courier.htm


                The website above mentions a VHF programming link to the ship; this website mentions a microwave relay to the ship:

                http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bdxcuk/Communication.pdf

                Any one know which it was, recognizing that VHF frequencies are sometimes used in a radio relay context?
              • ozob99
                Truman in the radio room: http://research.archives.gov/description/200345
                Message 7 of 7 , Feb 3
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