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Monday, May 16, 2016

Swan Island Radio

Swan Island Radio was started by the CIA in 1960 as part of the U.S. Government's effort to dislodge Castro's Communist regime.

Radio America QSL card from 1966

Radio Americas Map

Swan Island Postcard 1961

Swan Island Radio eventually became The Voice of America and moved to Miami. Since then ownership of the island has been transferred to Honduras, which maintains a navigation beacon, or at least did. A few scientists and cruisers visit occasionally.

Rotating Navigation Beacon Light 1986 Edwin P. Cutler

Dr. Sylvia Earle Explores a coral reef at Swan Island, (c) Kip Evans Photography 2011

Aerial View of the Swan Islands, (c) Kip Evans Photography 2011
We are looking east. Big Swan is in the foreground, Little Swan in back.

cGPS site CN18 on Swan Island, Honduras. Photo by Michael Fend, UNAVCO 2014
Used to measure Caribbean plate movement

Aerial view of Swan Island, Honduras. Photo by Michael Fend, UNAVCO 2014

Living quarters for the Honduran navy while stationed on Swan Island
2015 Barbara Duhn

Honduran sailors on the wharf


Radio Havana had a page with this map, but it's been deleted.

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