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Southampton Support Group March meeting. Click above to view individually

50th anniversary of the UK Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act.

 This year sees the 50th anniversary of the UK Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act.

The  commemoration of the important events of August 1967, will take place on August 13th at the Princes Theatre, Clacton, Essex.

For more info and pre-booking CLICK HERE

 

Rare Ross Revenge Recording

A news item found in a Caroline recording from Nov 1988, exactly one year after the mast came down.  Nigel Harris was, of course, on board when it happened, and it's interesting to hear his perspective both on the event, and on what transpired in the year afterwards. Thanks to Ray Robinson for the clip.

 

Radio Caroline recording November 1988

John Birch Info Line recording from 2007

Before Facebook came along one of the ways you could get the latest info on Radio Caroline was via the old landline telephone. A John Birch ran this service for quite a while called the "Jaybee Info Line" with proceeds from the calls helping Radio Caroline. The sound clip below is of his report in December 2007. It is mainly about the previous Southampton Support Group meeting.

 

 

Jaybee Info Line recording Dec 2007

Another great Caroline North Easter weekend

Radio Caroline North was back on air again over the Easter weekend 14th-17th April, courtesy of ‪ Manx Radio‬ from the radio-ship Ross Revenge.  The broadcast was on the usual Internet outlet and 1368am.

 

DJ's involved were, Dave Foster, Peter Phillips, Nick Jackson, Kevin Turner, Chris Pearson, Johnny Lewis, Andrew Austin, Barry James and Ray Clark. We heard from 60's presenters Tony Prince Tommy Vance and Keith Skues about their times with the station,

 

 I am pleased to tell you that the Radio Caroline Southampton Support Group sponsored the event.

 

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Cotswold Motor Museum 2017...

  The Radio Caroline studio exhibit is still on display in the Cotswold Motor Museum at Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire.

 

It has a fresh new look for this year and the theme is 1967 psychedelia featuring music and jingles from the year. If you are in the area please go along and tell them that we sent you. We will be spending the May Day Bank holiday weekend there 29th and 30th April and hope to see some of you. We will be selling Caroline Merchandise.

 

The Cotswold Motoring Museum is a truly fascinating journey through the 20th Century. Overflowing with vintage car collections, classic cars and motorcycles, caravans, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities, it is a genuinely captivating experience.

 

Click below for last years photos

Sad News..

Sadly Dick Verheul passed away on April 3 at the age of 60 Reported Radio Central FM in Holland. Dick was a DJ on several radio stations including Radio Caroline.

He started in 1974 with FM Pirate Radio Central in The Hague. In 1978 Dick worked for the offshore station Radio Mi Amigo and in 1986 and 1987 for the offshore station Radio Monique.

In September 2000 Dick Verheul worked on the Radio Mi Amigo Revival from Belgium. In 2010 Dick visited the Ross Revenge in Tilbury.

Here is a programme he did for Radio Caroline's 44th birthday weekend on the Good Friday afternoon. podomatic.com/dickverheul 

Another great Southampton Support Group meeting.

Once again thanks to all the visitors that turned up for the latest Southampton support group meeting at Netley on 29th March, including several DJs from our friends at Flash FM who share our DAB multiplex transmitter in the Portsmouth area. A Special thanks to all the Caroline DJs that came along including Kevin Turner, Chris Pearson, Rob Ashard and John Ellery, The Ross Revenge restoration staff and Caroline Legends Albert and Georgina Hood who bought along lots of merchandise for sale. The visitors heard all the latest news about the station and its plans for an AM licence for the Suffolk and Essex area and news about our broadcast ship, the Ross Revenge moored on the River Blackwater in Essex. The next meeting is due to take place on June 28th at 7pm.

 

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In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope.

 

Their ioLight microscope is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket - and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images are displayed instantly on your iPad or iPhone making them simple to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning paper.  Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth of a mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" screen and even more on a larger screen.  In summary the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner for any scientist, student or educator,  ioLight Website

 

Latest Ross photos January 2017

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Radio Caroline applies for a full-time medium wave licence

The legendary pirate is currently broadcasting online and via a number of outlets including DAB and Manx Radio’s AM transmitters, but this would be the first time Caroline would own and operate its own full-time community radio AM service, legally in the UK.
The application comes along with 10 other radio groups around the UK who have applied to Ofcom to run a station using AM.
They include Leicestershire Community Talk Radio, AM-Rock in Thanet, Canterbury and Dover & East Kent, Ark FM in Glasgow and Radio Central in Birmingham.
It’s all part of the Ofcom Region 11 application process, which invites any radio group to apply for a community radio licence anywhere in the UK outside London, but on AM only.
Source radiotoday.co.uk/2016/

Caroline now on Brighton DAB+

Caroline is now broadcasting to Brighton and Hove on DAB+.  The area is home to 275,000 people, not counting the outskirts where the signal may also carry.

 

Caroline has now also got a DAB transmitter in Aldershot. It went on the air on the 1st of November. Previously the Aldershot area was covered by a transmitter in Woking but reception was patchy so another transmitter has been opened in Aldershot in addition to the transmitter in Woking which is still on air. Reception reports have been received from Fleet and Farnborough and further down the M3

 

Radio Caroline is also available on DAB in the Birmingham area. Try doing a search on your DAB Radio and save it on one of the buttons. Please let me know the results of your search  on the contact button below .

 

Radio Caroline on DAB can also be heard across Glasgow, fourth largest City in the UK with 1.2 million residents and home to over 40% of the Scottish population.

 

Also Radio Caroline are now transmitting in stereo to the Portsmouth area in DAB plus. Some radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this new service. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark. According to Solent Radio who are operating this new service the DAB digital radio transmitter was relocated to Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill and Ofcom have also kindly allowed a change to the transmission antenna which will result in an effective doubling of power. This means that coverage should be improved in the Southsea, Gosport, Hayling Island and Waterlooville areas. To listen to the services broadcasting to the Portsmouth area, you’ll need to rescan your radio by doing an ‘Autotune’ or ‘Scan".

 

More info from Peter Moore on the Caroline Website

Trip by Razorbill 3 to the Ross Revenge and the Waverley September 2016

A trip by Keith Maton out to the MV Ross Revenge on the 28th September 2016, home of Radio Caroline to see the Paddle Steamer Waverley pass by and circle round. It was a blustery day, hence the wind noise. The trip was from West Mersea on board the Razorbill 3. For more details and to find out how to book an official trip to go on board the Ross Revenge, see radiocaroline.co.uk

TO VIEW GREAT VIDEO CLICK HERE

 

Kenny Everett on Capital Radio, MOA special

Off air recording of Kenny Everett in 1977 marking the 10th anniversary of the MOA on Capital Radio. Includes Tony Blackburn shortly after joining Radio London using the wrong cartridge machine when reading the news.

Great YouTube video posted by Martin Peters. VIEW VIDEO Number 2 on playlist..

 

 Ross Tower Fit 1981/83

From 1981 to 1983 the former trawler "Ross Revenge" from Ross Fisheries made her transformation into a radio ship in Santander (Spain). It became the 3rd and last ship of the famous offshore radio station Radio Caroline.  Below are some photos of the The Ross Revenge during her transformation from the holder of the World Record for the biggest fish catch to the World Record holder for the tallest transmitter mast ever put on a ship.

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Caroline at the Cambridge Rock Festival 2016

Photos taken on board the Balmoral on its cruise around the Ross Revenge in June 2016

Thanks to Mark Hawkins for the following report and pictures...

With perhaps 30 other people, I boarded the Balmoral at Gravesend. Looking across the Thames the pontoon where the Ross Revenge was moored for a while could be seen, and behind the pontoon the Tilbury docks, home for the Ross for rather longer. The cruse was going to follow the route the Ross took to the Blackwater. Next stop, the pier at Southend which was looking in good shape. More passengers boarded and we headed out into the Thames estuary. In the distance the various groups of Thames forts could be seen and once the Balmoral was well away from the land (avoiding shallow water) we headed for Clacton. Clacton pier seemed a bit creaky when Balmoral docked. The additional passengers brought the total to somewhere over 100 and we set off for the Blackwater. Some of those who embarked at Clacton were clearly Caroline fans and there to see the Ross, others more interested in a coastal cruse. After a while we passed Mersea Island and the Ross Revenge could be seen in the distance. There were two smaller vessels tied up by the Ross, one each side, possibly preparing for the forthcoming Caroline North broadcasts. A few people could be seen on the aft of the Ross Revenge waving. The Balmoral provided a good view of the Ross Revenge and because it is a substantial vessel it was possible to get above the deck level of the Ross and look down. Possibly for the same reason, the Balmoral kept a safe distance from the Ross. After sailing round the Ross, the Balmoral headed back to Clacton for the passengers to disembark. We had perfect weather for the voyage and I can recommend seeing the Ross Revenge from a substantial ship.

Ross Revenge crew take part in a firefighting course 2016

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Dont forget..

You can listen to all your favourite songs on Woodley Nets Anorak Jukebox. Songs include Caroline - The Fortunes, Man of Action, Because They're Young (Johnnie Walker theme), Peace - Peter. Also Caroline and Mi-Amigo jingles. Just added is a recording of the Caroline DJ's xmas song from 1974 featuring Tony Allan. To go to the popup player there's a link in the panel above or click HERE

Roger Day celebrates 50 years 7th May 2016

The pictures below show some of Rogers Day's guests at his 50th celebrations in the Dreamland Ballroom on 7th May. Roger was celebrating 50 years since he left Dreamland to become a DJ with Radio England and then Radio Caroline. He moved on to many radio stations across the country and interviewed many stars during his career. It was nice to see a good gathering of Caroline listeners and I met up with several friends including Rob Ashard. It was a great evening hosted by Roger who told us some of his life story in two separate sessions. The UK Beach Boys entertained us with two sessions of Beach Boy classics and performed all the old classics very well indeed. Roger now has a daily show on Radio Caroline Flashback at 4pm.

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Radio Caroline Racing Car at Brands Hatch 2016

From Radio Caroline/Flashback DJ Tony Christian

 

I have just returned from Brands Hatch where I spent an enjoyable afternoon with Caroline DJ Rob Ashard and David Cornwallis, the driver of our Radio Caroline Racing  car. The weather was really foggy driving up to the venue but once inside, it turned out warm and sunny. David had completed his practice lap with a respectable time which he was very happy with. We had a nice chat with his wife and friends who were racing other cars. Rob and I then made our way to the Kentagon for some coffee and lunch which David kindly treated us to. Once we had finished lunch and made our way outside to the circuit we discovered that thick fog had come out of nowhere making the circuit barely visible. Sadly the race was then called off due to the weather conditions, so we never got to see the car in action, but all agreed that we had had a brilliant day anyway. David said that he would keep us posted when he races next season so we will look forward to that.

 

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Ross Revenge now has a Defibrillator

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death but with immediate treatment many lives can be saved. It occurs because the electrical rhythm that controls the heart is replaced by chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm. The quicker this can be treated by defibrillation the greater the chance that the patient can be saved. Defibrillators are very effective and easy to use and they are designed to be used by lay persons, the machines guide the operator by verbal instruction and visual prompts.

 

They are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the hearts rhythm requires it. They are also designed to be stored for long periods without use and require very little routing maintenance. With Radio Caroline's ship the Ross Revenge, like any ship at sea the emergency services are unlikely to arrive quickly enough to resuscitate the ships crew or visitors, so it is very important to have the best first aid equipment available.

 

A defibrillator is part of the equipment that we now have thanks to our generous supporters Steve and Ann Swallow. We are also very grateful to the visitors at our latest Southampton support group meeting who helped us to raise money to buy additional medical and safety equipment for the Ross Revenge.

Visitors to the Ross

In 2016 a pod of whales swam up the River Blackwater past the Ross Revenge. Thanks to Nick we have a picture of them in front of the Ross. They seem to have found their way back into open sea now.

Roland

Waverley sails around the Ross...

In 2015 the Paddle Steamer Waverley sailed around the Ross Revenge at its new location on the River Blackwater. We now have a couple of new photos of the two ships together. See link below

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Radio Caroline now in the USA..

Los Angeles, Calif. - Legendary music station Radio Caroline that defied the British government to bring rock and roll to the UK and sparked the Swinging Sixties launches in the U.S.A. today.

 

Still leading the way in innovation, in an industry first, Radio Caroline is rolling out new apps on Tuesday Jan. 20 that remove the time difference and enable American fans to listen to the station's output from breakfast throughout the day and into the evening in either Eastern Standard Time or Pacific Standard Time.

 

It's the first time that a British radio station has synched its output for the East Coast and the West Coast of America with its flagship breakfast show originating in Los Angeles. Now listeners on both coasts can start their day with the breakfast show with Tony Paul from 7 to 9 a.m. and hear the rest of the station's output from the U.K. around the clock.

 

 After 50 years on the air, Caroline remains true to its heritage with real personalities playing the music of the rock and roll generations up to the present day and helping break the best new artists.

 

Apps for iOS and Android are now available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play and the apps are free!

 

“The British station with the American name soon became recognized as a symbol of rebellion the world over.” New York Times, April 3, 2011.

 

 Named after President John F. Kennedy's daughter, Radio Caroline began broadcasting in 1964 from two ships anchored off the coast of Britain in international waters.

 

At a time when Britain's official broadcaster the BBC refused to play the music young people were clamoring to hear, pirate DJs lived on board the boats and rocked and rolled in defiance of The Establishment, playing songs by The Who, the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and other now iconic bands.

 

Endorsing the book “The Ship That Rocked the World,” Pete Townshend of The Who is quoted as saying: “Without Caroline, we would not have sold a single record.”

 

The story inspired the Hollywood movie “Pirate Radio,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, which was written and directed by Richard Curtis, a longtime Radio Caroline fan.

 

The station still has one of the “boats that rocked,” the “Ross Revenge,” now restored and anchored just off the coast of southeastern England.

 

A feature documentary about the history of Radio Caroline is currently in production in the U.S. and U.K. and features interviews with Roger Daltrey, Mick Fleetwood, Donovan, Olivia Harrison, Richard Branson and original DJs including Johnnie Walker and Tom Lodge.

 

Source "Media Info"

Manx Radio onboard the Ross Revenge November 2014

Whilst onboard the Ross Revenge on November 7th Marc Tyley of Manx Radio took a few photos to mark the occasion. Photos include Chris Williams, Alan Turner, Peter Moore, Keith Stimpson and various parts of the "Ross"

 

Alan Turner interview..

 

A great guy who was on Caroline in the very early days was Alan Turner. Alan is pictured in the Radio Caroline studio on Friday 7th November being interviewed by Steve Anthony.(See YouTube Video) Alan was on board the Caroline ship during the historic voyage around the coast to the Isle of Man back in 1965 and he spoke about this voyage.

The Isle of Man radio station Manx Radio are doing joint programmes with Radio Caroline to celebrate two events that happened in 1964 heralding a new era in broadcasting that was to have lasting repercussions in broadcasting and Alan Turner was part of this.

 Exactly 50 years ago the BBC’s monopoly was challenged by two events

:- the opening of the first British land based commercial radio station – Manx Radio in the Isle of Man

:- the advent of offshore commercial radio – Radio Caroline based on a ship anchored in international waters.

Stay tuned to Radio Caroline or Manx radio for this historical link up that will include lots of exciting programmes from both stations and another interview with Alan Turner.

Manx Radio Website

Manx Radio on the Ross Revenge 2014

Manx Radio took their popular sixties programme ‘Carnaby Street’ on to the legendary Radio Caroline Ship, the Ross Revenge. This is a video diary of the making of the programme. Chris Williams and Marc Tyley were on board from the 8th to the 9th of November 2014. Presented by Chris Williams and film directed by Marc Tyley. See YouTube Video

Ross Revenge move to River Blackwater 2014

After spending ten years at Tilbury the MV Ross Revenge was moved to her new home, moored on the River Blackwater near Bradwell.  Many people have said how magnificent she looked as she came out of Tilbury docks and moved into the Thames. For a few minutes the tide caught her (see video 2) and it seemed that she wanted to go towards London but the tug  GPS Avenger soon had her moving out towards the Estuary and she passed Southend and headed towards Harwich. After turning round she spent part of the night with her tug off Clacton and Walton near where she spent many years back in the mid 1980s. This morning Friday 1st August 2014 she settled down in her new mooring and all was completed by 10:25am. Well done to all the people that have spent many hours of exhausting work on the ship in Tilbury and it was a great achievement to get the ship through all the safety checks so that she could leave Tilbury.

Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust, Video 1

Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust, Video 2

Radio Caroline North RSL Easter 2014

Caroline North RSL 2014

Caroline North RSL click thumbnails for photos

 

Radio Caroline North broadcasted on a 28 day RSL to celebrate 50 years since the station first went on the air.  A group of presenters and enthusiasts got an RSL licence to broadcast to Liverpool on 87.7FM. The service was run from on board the former lightship LV23 in Liverpool's Albert Dock, and was open to the public daily from 10am to 6pm through until April 27th. . Organiser John Dwyer said “We felt it was important to acknowledge the Golden Jubilee but at the same time celebrate our station, Caroline North, whose part in the Swinging Sixties is often overlooked. “While we wont be on air for the anniversary of the start of Caroline on 28th March which was actually Easter Saturday in 1964 and since Caroline is the Queen of the airwaves there is no reason why she should not have two birthdays and why we should not celebrate her Official Birthday over the Easter weekend. Facebook Page

 

 

It was Easter Bank Holiday full of pirate radio stars!

Tony Prince was on Caroline North! He did a show on Easter Sunday between 12 and 3pm ...then.... The Emperor Rosko,  did a show at Midday on Easter Monday.

Howard Copitch talks to guests and presenters, Podcast Click Here

For Emperor Rosco and Tony Prince Podcast Click Here

Caroline North is fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society at Justgiving Please Help

 

Walton on the Naze Event photos from Chris Mould HERE

Walton on the Naze

 

Julian Wellings video of above event

50th anniversary video now released.

There's also a special bonus video at the end featuring The Honeycombs gig (No 19 0n playlist). Hope you like it!

Click HERE

 

 

Radioday 2014 photos from Theo Bakker

RadioDay 2014

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Corn Exchange RochesterRadio Caroline's 50th birthday bash 2014

Its 50 years since Radio Caroline first started broadcasting music around the clock and before then radio was very different to what it is today. To mark this outstanding achievement the station had a day of celebration at the Corn Exchange in Rochester, Kent  It all started at 10am with Peter Antony broadcasting live from a studio built within the complex  Hundreds of people began arriving and soon the main hall was full up with people watching Roger Day introduce the first panel discussing the 1960s era. Panels discussing the 1970s  and the 1980s  took place during the day with DJs from each decade telling interesting stories and sharing their memories with the large audience. It was nice to meet so many current DJs and staff from the station and legends from the past and it was an event I will never forget. There was further audio from the party during the course of the afternoon going out on a separate internet stream. After a break at 5pm Charlie Dore entertained us and featured the Pirates of the airwaves song that later became an anthem for the station. (Listen Here  No 32 on playlist).  The evening finished with the Counterfeit Beatles that got people dancing until late. Thanks to Andrew Austin and his team who worked so hard over the last few months to make it so successful.

Christopher Mould report and Steve Szmidt's excellent Photos here..

Caroline returnee visits the Ross

Unfortunately due to all the work taking place on board the Ross Revenge at the moment we can’t have many visitors. But recently Ed Nuhfer a regular listener to the station at home in Burbank, California visited the UK for the first time since 1964 so we couldn’t resist showing him around. He found the station on a tour of Europe back in 1964 while trying to find Radio Veronica. He thought the station had closed many years ago but found us again on the Internet and started listening again. Keep listening Ed and tell all your friends. Ed can be seen in the photo about to walk the plank!  PHOTO HERE

Photos of the Ross Revenge in Queenboro' & Southend

 

Steve Worrell a staunch Radio Caroline supporter has kindly sent in some interesting photos of the Ross Revenge taken during RSL's at Queenborough (2002) and Southend (1998). One photo includes Tony Allan with Steve's wife Lynda. There is also one of Pandora with a gentleman we hope you can help us name

  

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In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope.

 

Their ioLight microscope is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket - and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images are displayed instantly on your iPad or iPhone making them simple to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning paper.  Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth of a mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" screen and even more on a larger screen.  In summary the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner for any scientist, student or educator,  ioLight Website

 

 

Mini Caroline "Ships"

One of Caroline’s faithful listeners, Ron Hubbert commonly called Narrowowboat Ron, is the proud owner of a  narrowboat called "Caroline" complete with bell.

Tommy Gerrard also has his own boat on a canal in Cheshire. Tommy is seen doing a bit of "rust bashing" on his boat which has the same name as Caroline's old ship Mi Amigo. But it looks like there is a bit of piratical activity going on as he finds another canal boat with the same name as our famous station and it also has its own mast proudly reaching for the sky. He is now looking forward to meeting the owner of this other vessel.

 

Message from Tony Lake (doughnut)

 

Tug boat Challenger 1990Hi There,   Some of your group maybe aware of the Tug Boat Challenge that is now in Southampton? There is a big link to offshore Radio of the 1960s, in that she helped to tow all of the Sea Forts into place in WW2. She is the Tug in the picture of the Twin Legged Mansell Fort, I have been part of a team who have spent their Saturdays in Shoreham helping to put it back to sea. She is now next to the Shieldhall in Southampton Docks.  Back in 1990 I was lucky or unlucky to spend 5 weeks on the Ross Revenge on the North Sea. and then worked on her in Dover and then Blackwater, Regards Tony Lake (doughnut) Click thumbnail for larger photo

 http://www.stchallenge.org/timeline    

The Irish PPI Radio Hall of Fame

The PPI Radio Awards Committee in Ireland recently announced the establishment of a "Hall of Fame" category. The prestigious honour recognises individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to radio in Ireland both North and South and is decided upon by the Radio Awards Committee, representing both public and commercial broadcasters on the island of Ireland.

Ronan O’Rahilly of Radio Caroline fame, along with a further three individuals were inducted at the PPI Radio Awards Gala event in Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny, on Friday October 12th

Source:- http://www.ppiradioawards.com/


Surrey Anoraks Society

Just to let you know that the Surrey Anorak's Society (formerly the Caroline Movement East Surrey Branch) still meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The new venue is the Toby Inn & Carvery, Redstone Hill, Surrey, RH1 4BL from 8.30pm.  Venue on Google

Ken James ran this branch from 84-90. They met at the Home Cottage pub near Redhill railway station. Regular attendees included Graham Foy, Geoff Rogers, Ray Adams, Sue Buckle, Richard Buckle (Jackson), Gabe (Steve) Conway, Benny James and Dennis Jason. Happy days! Any queries, get in touch with Ken. email:- khtj62@gmail.com 

The meetings have been held every month since January 1985. A chance to have a drink, meet old friends or new and talk about radio. Meet old land based pirate DJs, and a few of the crew of Susy Radio - Reigate and Redhill community radio).

They produce their own newsletter SAS Interference (formerly the SAS Home Pages.

 

The SAS now has its own website sasradiogroup.org    Info from Graham Foy and Ken James

Harry makes the news...

from the Sunday Times By Jonathan Leake and Jack Grimston 15 August 2010

From pirates to poltergeists. A ghost called Harry has apparently been haunting a ship that once housed Radio Caroline, the illegal pop music station. The spirit is said to have been seen flitting upstairs and has been blamed for pranks such as tapping crew members on the shoulder and stealing their tea.

The antics have been reported by enthusiasts restoring the MV Ross Revenge, from where Radio Caroline made its final offshore broadcast in 1990. The ghost stories have been logged by Kimberley Peters, a researcher at Royal Holloway, London University, who will present her findings next month to the Royal Geographical Society.

One crew member told Peters: "I've had several encounters with Harry. My first one goes back to 2004. Having finished work, we were sitting in the studio having a beer when we heard footsteps.

"I looked up just in time to see someone coming round the landing and going round the next set of stairs to the bridge. When we went to investigate, no one was there and downstairs the doors were still bolted."

Peters believes the hauntings could be a psychological reaction driven by the nostalgia of the restorers for the ship's history. "I cannot say whether such ghostly experiences were real, but they were real enough for the crew members who experienced them," said Peters. "Underlying it is a very real sense of seeing apparitions, conveying something else, like lost heritage."

How to build a AM Frame / Loop Aerial

 

The picture shows a design for an aerial that was very popular in Radio Caroline's AM days when they were broadcasting from the North Sea and it pulled in a good signal over a wide area.

How to build a Frame / Loop Aerial

This aerial replaces the long wire and is very compact and and can conveniently sit next to the radio and as long as the radio has its own built in ferrite rod aerial, no connections to the set are needed. It is directional and after tuning in the aerial, it can moved in different directions to cancel out interference.

Materials needed

6 ft of 1 and a quarter inch timber 100 ft of single plastic coated wire 1 x 400pf variable tuning capacitor 8 large rubber door stops screws, wire clips and solder

Assembly

Cut timber into two lengths of 25 inches and four lengths of 5 inches and assemble the frame as per the drawing. Where the wire goes round the corners cut 16 evenly spaced grooves (17 on the corner where the wire starts and finishes) the wire must start and finish on the same corner.

Tack the start of the wire onto the frame and start winding it on, keeping each turn nice and tight. When you have 16 turns of wire on the frame bring the wire back down the same leg you started on and make secure with tacks.

Solder the two ends of wire onto the two terminals of the tuning capacitor, it does not matter which one goes where just as long as they are well soldered.

The capacitor should be fixed with araldite or similar in the corner.

Fix the rubber feet as on the diagram.

The aerial is now ready for use. Try different positions for the frame as all sets have their ferrite rods aerials in different places.

Good luck with this, we would appreciate any comments on the construction.

  

 


In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope.

 

Their ioLight microscope is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket - and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images are displayed instantly on your iPad or iPhone making them simple to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning paper.  Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth of a mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" screen and even more on a larger screen.  In summary the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner for any scientist, student or educator,  ioLight Website

 

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