Voice of America - Transmission Facilities

Transmission Facilities

One of VOA's radio transmitter facilities was originally based on a 625-acre (2.53 km2) site in Union Township (now West Chester Township) in Butler County, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The Bethany Relay Station operated from 1944 to 1994. Other former sites include California (Dixon, Delano), Hawaii, Okinawa, Liberia, Costa Rica, and Belize.

Currently, the VOA and the IBB continue to operate shortwave radio transmitters and antenna farms at one site in the United States, close to Greenville, North Carolina. They do not use FCC-issued callsigns, as other radio stations on US soil are required by FCC rules to do. The IBB also operates a transmission facility on São Tomé for the VoA.

The Voice of America is fully funded by the U.S. taxpayers. Congress appropriates funds annually. VOA's FY 2010 budget estimate was $206.5 million.

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