After many weeks of delay the land-
Following several months of uneventful broadcasting, during which the Peace ship moved to a position off Tel Aviv, concerns arose in October 1982 when rumours began to circulate about the return of the MV Odelia -
In December 1982 problems were encountered with the official registration of the MV Peace. Rumours circulated that its Panamanian registration and flag had not been valid for four years, with a consequent effect on the vessel's insurance arrangements. Abie Nathan immediately flew to New York to sort the problem out with the Shalom Peace Foundation and the Panamanian authorities.
Also in relation to insurance cover during 1982 the MV Peace was observed to be anchored inside Israeli territorial waters, but this was officially denied by both the station and the authorities who chose to turn a blind eye to the situation. However, the insurers had stipulated that because of the ship's condition it must not be anchored out in the open sea but within reasonable distance of a port with appropriate emergency and rescue facilities available should the need arise.
On 28th May 1983 the Voice of Peace celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a full day of Beatles music, as it had played on its opening day in 1973. The MV Peace sailed to within a mile of Tel Aviv and was visited by dozens of yachts and windsurfers as well as Israeli and foreign television crews and journalists.
At about this time too a new generator was installed on the Peace and the medium wave aerial was rebuilt to its full height -
The first listenership survey for the Voice of Peace was undertaken in June 1983, and showed that in Tel Aviv, where reception of the station was at its best, it had a 23% audience reach. On 27th July 1983 shortwave transmissions began once again using a power of 400 watts. These broadcasts were made possible after a centre fold dipole aerial had been rigged between the radio ship's foremast and midships mast. Reception reports of the shortwave transmissions were received from Britain and Europe.
The shortwave service closed in March 1984 on instructions from the Israeli Ministry of Communications because a complaint had been received, via the International Telecommunications Union, that the station was causing interference to Swedish Embassy communications. Abie Nathan complied with the instruction because he did not want to cause bad relations with any government.
In September 1984 the Voice of Peace returned to a 24 hour programme schedule on both medium wave and FM stereo. However, there were some major generator problems aboard the MV Peace towards the end of the year which were largely neglected because Abie Nathan had left Israel to campaign for starving refugees in Ethiopia.
Despite the technical problems and the lack of any input, financial or otherwise, from Abie Nathan the Voice of Peace did manage to continue broadcasting, but by spring 1985 the situation became desperate once again and there were so many technical problems that the Voice of Peace went off the air altogether.
Abie Nathan, having returned from Ethiopia, managed to persuade a friend in the Israeli Army to make some temporary repairs to the transmitting equipment which enabled the Voice of Peace to return to the air. Shortly after this he also persuaded two former DJs, Keith York and Don Stevens, to return to the station and help keep it on the air. The station gradually began to recover from these problems and by mid-
This whole episode demonstrated how dependant the Voice of Peace was on Abie Nathan. He would not allow anyone else to make major decisions about the station, but when he was absent or pre-
A split AM/FM service was introduced in June 1985 -
However, the revival of the station's fortunes was short-
A new Perkins generator was installed on the MV Peace in July 1986. The FM transmitter was still working but both medium wave transmitters were now virtually beyond repair, yet the station struggled on trying to maintain some sort of regular service.
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