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studio rouge

 The red studio
"Introduced in the first studio, where visitors can watch the announcer twiddling the controls and using the turn tables, to a pre-planned programme schedule. He is responsible
for the output from the studio to the equipment and transmitters situated on the cliff, where the aerials will
finally send the signal thousands of kilometres".
(Newspaper of Fécamp 24/09/34)

studio gris

 The studio of broadcasters and discs  

Notice the microphone and the six 78rpm turntables
At the bottom, a control desk

batiment machines

The "Transmitter building" at the top of
La Sente de la Fromagerie. Nowadays, this chalet
is amidst a grove of trees, where it has became
a residential dwelling


The power (transforming high tension,
steam-powered mercury rectifier )


Water Pumps of the cooling system. 

selfs de couplage

The tuning coil of the antenna circuit

emetteur 20 kW fecamp

Above, a more powerful transmitter
(20 kW)... 

Rue de Boulogne

The "house of the Radio", in the street of Boulogne
and Georges Cuvier, commencing 22 September 1934.

Fecamp, the same house in 2005.

studio bleu

 The blue studio

Newspaper of Fécamp 24 September 1934 :
"The large auditorium, 16 m long, illuminated by large glazed windows . Its accoustics and planning have been carefully designed.
It can accommodate a large audience and orchestra easily.
It is discreetly and elegantly furnished. Apart from the piano,
there is an ultra sensitive microphone,
without which no broadcast could take place ".  

 The first studio  

 (recording sound cabin
and four record-players) in 1933

cabine son 1933


monteurs antennes

Photographic "pause" for riggers building
of the new masts for Radio Normandy in 1933 


pylones en construction fecamp

Construction of 2 new masts in 1933.  
To the middle - the old 50 m masts used until now. 

meuble a quartz

... and its pilot piece of quartz furniture! 

Between the new masts, we see the old

April 1933: Radio Normandy overlooks the City of Fecamp. Near the "Transmitter building" the two new masts
(100 and 113 m) replace the two old masts. The range of the transmitter is greatly improved.

A general view of Fecamp in 1940, the german photographer climbed on the mast

Another view of Fecamp, we can see the masts

CLIK ON the pictures (2005) for enlarge  (then shut the window with the button "Fermer cette fenêtre")

Nowadays, the "house of the radio"
at the corner of Boulogne and Georges Cuvier streets at Fecamp
In the same street, on the other side, another house also used by the station One of the "Benedictine" warehouses was used for
the first english broadcasts

At the top of the hill, this elegant cottage hidden by trees was the "engine room" and a transmitter site under the 2 towers, from 1933 to 1938. The transmitter has been scuttled by the French army a few hours before the arrival of the Germans in 1940.

The East tower
would rise in the middle
of the crossroads
The photo is taken from
the place where the West tower was. Beyond the horizon...
this is England !

 The beach and the marina of Fécamp in 2005. On the hill - to the right of the group of buildings - stood two towers
Radio Normandie (100 and 113m) used from 1933 to 1938
(blue arrows).
These towers will resume service for a few weeks in 1939
with propaganda broadcasts to foreign countries under the name "Radio International Fécamp" and will be destroyed,
the first by a storm in 1940 and the second by the German army in 1943.

The location of the two towers and the old "engine room" (transmitter building) of Radio Normandy seen from the
Coast of the Virgin.
Nowadays, buildings and pavilions were constructed and vegetation grew around the property.