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The latest Radio Caroline North broadcast of 2020 took place on the weekend 15th and 16th of February
These monthly broadcasts are online, and on the 648 AM service and also on Manx Radio 1368 AM.
They couldn't use the radio-ship Ross Revenge this time, but safety concerns over doing so with Storm Dennis on the way made it a sensible decision. So, instead half the crew worked from a studio in west Kent and the other half were in east Kent.
Presenters on this broadcast included, Johnny Lewis, Dave Foster, Peter Phillips, Ray Clark, Chris Pearson and Andrew Austin
For photos of the latest broadcast click or tap presenter icons above
Southampton Support Group Meetings
Another year has passed and the Radio Caroline Southampton support group meetings have continued to grow. The group was formed when Radio Caroline and Laser 558 were broadcasting from sea but when the broadcasts from the ships closed the group numbers began to drop although a few kept it going by having meetings in their houses. When I took over we found a club in Netley called the Netley Victoria club near where many of the original members lived nearby and we were given a small room. We outgrew that room and moved to the main part of the club when numbers grew to over 60.
Our first meeting this year was held at this club but sadly the club closed and we moved to the Hamble Social club for our June, September and November meetings. This has proved to be a big success with numbers increasing even more. We now have a much bigger room with a stage and alcove for our buffets and more room to park. We've also been honoured to have some very special guests this year including DJs and engineers that kept the generators going back in the days the station broadcast from the high seas.
Thank you to everyone that have joined us this year some travelling many miles from Wales, Yorkshire, Cornwall in fact from all over the country and some from abroad. The next meeting is planned for March and we will confirm the date soon, we hope to see you all again then. For now, have an excellent Christmas and New Year.
The latest meeting of the Radio Caroline Southampton Support group took place on Wednesday 27th November at The Hamble Club, Beaulieu Road, Hamble-Le-Rice, near Southampton SO31 4JL .
Our Special guests were David Cornwallis from Marles Steering Boxes and Peter Chicago who joined us to answer some more of your questions.
Also Albert and Georgina Hood were very welcome visitors
Message from regular visitor Dave Webb "Thanks very much to Roland Beaney for organising another very successful Free Radio meeting down in Hamble-Le-Rice this evening. It was nice to catch up with Phil Meek, Alan Watts, Dave Williams, William Smith, Christopher Levy, Chris Martin, Chris Cooper and an especially nice surprise to see Mandy Marton. As on the other occasions he's visited us, Peter Chicago's stories of the things he's been involved in with Radio Caroline, RNI, Mi Amigo etc. held the audience enthralled. The guy is a legend. It was also very good to see Albert and Georgina made the long trip down from Essex and always interesting to hear the up to date information on the station from Alan Beech. Time flew by and so thanks to Phil Meek for the lift that saved an hour on my journey home. You are an absolute Gentleman and I hope your trip back to Gloucestershire was uneventful."
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Latest Ross Revenge award winning restoration crew photos
The maintenance team were back onboard this weekend the 30th of November and 1st of December.
On Sunday they accepted the National Historic Ships UK Marsh Christian Trust winning team award on behalf of all the people that have looked after the ship for many years.
Photos to follow on the link below
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Steve Anthony and George Johnson with the certificate and letter of commendation
Woodley Net presents the Anorak Jukebox..
You can listen to all your favourite anorak songs and jingles 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 1944 featuring Tony Allan.
Also features the 1972 Radio Luxemburg broadcast of an Elvis Presley special. It was called "The Elvis Presley Gramarathon". It was presented by Tony Prince and Mark Wesley and includes a rare interview with Elvis and also quite a few words with a young Todd Slaughter.
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Tom Rivers report on ABC
US ABC Radio network correspondent (and ex-Laser jock), Tom Rivers with a report from the MV Ross Revenge on Radio Caroline North. This was carried coast-to-coast across America
Radio Caroline at the Cotswold Exhibition 2019
Our retro studio exhibit is still on display at the Cotswolds motor museum in Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire. New features were included last year when we added a piston from one of our generators that supplied power to the ship when it was broadcasting from sea and one of the ships life-rings is now on display.
Over the bank holiday weekend 25th and 26th May several of our supporters were in attendance to answer your questions and Caroline merchandise was on sale.
The Cotswold Motoring Museum’s collections are full of vehicles, toys and memorabilia from a bygone age. Maybe you’ll find a classic car just like the one you learned to drive in, or a vintage motorbike that reminds you of the one you used to ride.
Clive Garrard guesting on Conquest Hospital Radio
Johnny Mason's recent 60s and 70s Show on Conquest Hospital Radio with special guest Clive Garrard. Johnny Chatted to Clive about his memories of 37 years of radio broadcasting, from local radio to Radio Caroline, the people he has met along the way including George Martin, Emperor Rosko, Kenny Everett and more. With tracks from George Harrison, Billy Joel, The Kinks, Squeeze, Wings, The Eagles, Dire Straits, Ralph McTell, Harry Chapin, Elton John, Glen Campbell, David Bowie and more.
Radio Caroline "Listen Again" service
Caroline message- "New Listen Again Service
Over the years we've often been asked by our loyal listeners whether it would be possible to listen again to a particular show broadcast by Radio Caroline. Until now we have not been able to respond – now we can.
We are delighted to announce that we can now provide a 'Listen Again' service whereby you can listen to your favourite shows again when you wish, or for the first time if you missed any. You must be quick though because each show will only remain available for fourteen days after it was broadcast.
You won't be able to download a show, but you can stream any hour you wish using the built-in media players. The service includes an RSS feed if that is something that you'd like to use. " LINK TO LISTEN AGAIN
Nick Carter's Peter Moore interview on Kennet Radio
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Tim Allen, Nick Carter (Bolland), Albert Hood and Martin Fisher at a recent Southampton Support Group meeting
Ross Revenge visitor photos
Several excellent photos taken by John Loader a visitor to the "Ross" recently.
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Caroline presenters on Radio Tech in the States
Click on the thumbnail to watch the YouTube video. Number 3 on playlist. Excellent video which is about one hour long. Plenty of photos and discussions about Radio Caroline's history
44 Caroline Presenters interviews
Radio Caroline presenters (past and present) interviews with Roland Beaney. 44 interviews altogether including, Dave Foster, Alan Watts, Roger Mathews, Tom Lodge, Rob Leighton, Martin Lewis and Johnny Lewis. Very interesting reading, Click Here For Menu
Cambridge Rock Festival 2018
This was the Cambridge Rock Festival's 14th event, with some 75 bands appearing on three fully covered stages set outdoors in the grounds of Horseheath Lodge at Linton, Cambridge CB21 4PT
The festival took place between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th July 2018.
Caroline presenters there included, Barry James, Mike Brill, Lee Shuttlewood, Marc Griffiths and Phil Meek
To find out more about this year's Cambridge Rock Festival click this link . cambridgerockfestival.co.uk
DAB+ in your car
Many new cars now come with Digital radio DAB as standard, for many others its an optional extra but there are still a lot of cars with no DAB at all. With DAB expanding and DAB+ adding even more stations many of them not available on the older DAB radios, you will be losing out. So if you want to hear dozens of new stations including in some areas Radio Caroline you should be thinking about upgrading your car radio. The EZi–DAB–BT is the easiest way to update your audio system in your car, van or truck without actually replacing it.
Radio Caroline now on DAB in London
Radio Caroline can be heard on DAB+ throughout the London area. This is great news for suitably equipped London car users who cannot hear the 648AM signal with clarity and don't want to mess with mobile device/bluetooth solutions. If you are located within the M25, the nearer to central London the better, simply give your DAB+ radio a full scan and then you should find it. If you're technically minded the frequency is 'Block 9A - centre Frequency 202.928MHz'.
Predicted coverage map as of 2016 – this does not take account of transmitter additions since then.
Caroline is also broadcasting to the following areas on DAB/
Brighton and Hove on DAB+. The area is home to 275,000 people, not counting the outskirts where the signal may also carry.
Aldershot. 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
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 .
Glasgow, fourth largest City in the UK with 1.2 million residents and home to over 40% of the Scottish population.
Portsmouth area in DAB +. Some radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this new service. 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.
Caroline is also on Norwich DAB.
Good "DAB" News for Radio Caroline?
Ofcom has written to the 10 small-scale DAB triallists (Radio Caroline is one) to propose further extending their trial licences until 31 March 2020.
By extending the trial period, around 150 radio services will continue to be available to listeners in the test areas. The trial extension will also allow Ofcom to continue gathering useful information to help inform a new, formal framework for licensing small-scale DAB multiplexes across the UK, which is currently in development.
Ofcom expects that interested parties, including the current trial licensees as well as those not taking part, will have the opportunity to apply for such licenses under the new framework in 2019.
Listen to Radio Caroline on Google Home Mini Device
Caroline are on Google Home and Mini devices, via tune-in. To listen simply say: "OK Google, play Radio Caroline" or "OK Google, play Radio Caroline Flashback" or even "OK Google, play Manx Radio" for Manx Radio weekends
A powerful little helper. Google Home Mini keeps you informed and up to date with instant news, weather and commute updates without lifting a finger. Master the kitchen: Google Home Mini helps with timers, step-by-step recipes, and conversions and substitutes. By using your voice, ask for things like translations, calculations, nutrition information and unit conversions, or other information.
All the Mini needs is a mains supply and a Wi-Fi connection. It is a brilliant Internet Radio, just start by saying, "Ok Google, Play (name of station)" No setting up presets. Just say what you want and its there. Control volume with your voice also. This also works with Alexa devices
Offshore Radio Weekend 2017
The Felixstowe Society, in conjunction with Felixstowe & Offshore Radio, held a Offshore Radio Weekend on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th of September 2017.
The Commemorative stone in Felixstowe marking launch of Radio Caroline in 1964 was unveiled in Wolsey Gardens at 2:30 pm on the Saturday.
Unveiling of the Commemorative Stone
This was be preceded by a parade of Mini Mokes through the town from around noon with Emperor Rosko. They were joined by Caroline DJ's from the 60's to the 80's, including Alan 'Neddy' Turner (on board in 1964/5), Peter Antony, Tony Prince, Roger Day, Emperor Rosko, Ray Clark, Johnny Lewis as well as some present day staff.
There was also be displays by the Flashback 67 Exhibition, Albert and Georgena Hood with Radio Caroline merchandise, a display of vintage radios & technology, & a Record & CD Fair on the Saturday.
Albert and Georgena Hood setting up the Caroline merchandise stall
The Caroline Party commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UK Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act took place on August 13th 2017
This year (2017) saw the 50th anniversary of the UK Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act. Radio Caroline's commemoration of the important events of August 1967, took place on August 13th at the Princes Theatre, Clacton, Essex.
As part of this commemoration, Radio Caroline and the Top 15 Team have put together a week of very special Top 15 programmes to be broadcast at 9am between Monday 14th and Friday 18th August. Starting with the Emperor Rosko.
Woodley Net photos of the event plus Manx Radio broadcast are here
Pirate BBC Essex 2017 The LV18 was again the host for Pirate BBC Essex. The station ran from the 12th to 14th August 2017 and marked, on 14th August, the 50th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act which closed most pirate radio stations. Keith Skues presented his Sunday late show from the LV18, with other Saturday/Sunday shows.
Pirate BBC Essex had programmes from 9am – 3pm on Mon 14th live from the LV18 on all frequencies (for the first time!) including presenters Johnnie Walker, Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Tom Edwards and Norman St John.
There was also a unique link up with Radio Caroline aboard the Ross Revenge during Monday afternoon.
Tony Prince and Mark Wesley Podcast
IIn 1942 Radio Luxemburg broadcast an Elvis Presley special. It was called "The Elvis Presley Gramarathon". It was presented by Tony Prince and Mark Wesley and includes a rare interview with Elvis and also quite a few words with a young Todd Slaughter. I put my Akai reel to reel tape on at the time and left it recording the show and went down the pub for an hour. Luckily Luxemburg reception was pretty good that night and I got a fairly good recording. Its been on Podomatic for quite a few years now, so I thought I'd give it a bit of a plug. Here's the Podomatic Link Or listen on the Woodley Net, Anorak Jukebox
Visitor to the "Ross"
Michael Barrington was a recent visitor to the Ross Revenge, here you can see
Alan Beech showing him the transmitter that he lovingly cared for so many years ago.
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 1940s 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