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Our hardy maintenance crew were working on board the Ross Revenge on the 3rd/4th February weekend. . If you want to visit the ship tours are still being organised email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your places. Full list of dates and more info at www.radiocaroline.co.uk
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Radio Caroline and 648kHz AM
Recent Felixstowe Videos and TV broadcasts
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Offshore Radio Weekend
The Felixstowe Society, in conjunction with Felixstowe & Offshore Radio, held a Offshore Radio Weekend on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th of September.
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 Georgina Hood with Radio Caroline merchandise, a display of vintage radios & technology, & a Record & CD Fair on the Saturday.
Albert and Georgina 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
This year sees 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.
Radio Caroline's retro studio exhibit at the Cotswold Motor and Toy Museum
Why not visit our retro studio exhibit at the Cotswold Motor and Toy Museum at Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2BY during the summer holidays. 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. Its an award winning museum with over 50 classic and vintage vehicles through seven unique galleries and is open until early December..
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Woodley Net presents the Anorak Jukebox..
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.
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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Tony Prince and Mark Wesley Podcast
In 1972 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
Radio Caroline gets an AM licence
Radio Caroline has now been awarded an AM broadcast licence and will serve the over-45s in Suffolk and northern parts of Essex, who wish to hear album tracks from the 1960s onwards.
The Caroline website have now announced that their AM frequency will be 648 kHz with a power of 1000 watts. This is ERP or simply the power radiated by the aerial.
A transmitter was imported from the Continent recently and is now being modified to suit the frequency.
648 kHz was best known for transmitting the BBC World Service in English around the clock from September 1982 until March 2011 from the rfordness transmitting station on the Suffolk coast.
Ofcom noted that the application was from a well-established group with a long history of providing a radio service, and was satisfied that it had demonstrated its ability to maintain a service (1a). Ofcom considered that the service would broaden choice in relation to existing radio services available in the area by having a strong album focus (1c). The applicant provided evidence of support for the service including a Radio Caroline Support Group that has supported the station for over 20 years, and has raised funds to support the service (1d). As part of its accountability arrangements, at least one member of the Radio Caroline Support Group will be elected to the licencees board (1f). The station will offer training in its ship-board studios (1g).
Barry James announcing licence award on air
May Bank Holiday weekend on the "Ross"
A busy Bank Holiday weekend aboard Ross Revenge as Caroline played host to a National Japanese TV crew working on a documentary about pirate radio - They know there could only be one ship to visit.... also it was payback time for help given in the past as Caroline took part in the RNLI #YellowWellyRelay event, in a fund raising exercise these boots (see photos link below) had passed through numerous lifeboat stations on their journey from Portishead to Harwich and Radio Caroline became the handover point for the crews from Burnham-on-Crouch and West Mersea We have made many friends over the years - everyone needs friends
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Caroline supporters visit Radio Days in Holland
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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.
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
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".
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.
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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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
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