Video: Building RNW Bonaire

(Source: Jonathan Marks)

This black and white film was made in 1968 at the moment when Philips shipped two 300 kW transmitters from the factory in the Netherlands to the island of Bonaire, then part of the Netherlands Antilles. The film had no sound – I just thought the music fitted for an internal presentation because it does look as thought they are building a secret rocket launcher for Dr Evil rather than a shortwave relay station to improve the audibility of Radio Netherlands in the Americas and West Africa. I’m guessing that this film was used for promotional purposes by Philips since the shipping containers carry rather obvious ads plastered on the containers.

The Building of Radio Netherlands Bonaire Relay Station from Jonathan Marks on Vimeo.

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