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Cotswold Motor Museum

Message from Roland Beaney

A group of Caroline supporters spent the weekend (May 19th-20th) at our Radio Caroline retro studio in the Cotswold Motor Museum at Bourton on the Water in Gloucestershire  and met lots of visitors from countries all over the world. Most of the visitors went away with Caroline leaflets and learnt how to tune in to the station. Some of the volunteers and visitors can be seen in the photos. You can visit the museum and see our Caroline exhibit 7 days a week throughout the summer and autumn.

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. Does that 1970s caravan bring back memories of long, lazy family holidays?

Getting there:-  Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, The Old Mill, Bourton-on-the-Water Gloucestershire GL54 2BY

By road:-  They are located in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, which is just off the A429 about half way between the A40 and Stow-on-the-Wold.

For  photos click below

Radio Caroline Southampton Support Group meeting

The Radio Caroline Southampton Support group had another very successful evening on Wednesday 16th May at the Netley Victoria Club, Netley near Southampton. Our guests this time included DJ Suzy Wilde with the team that produces the top 15s, Kevin Bradley and Roger Lovett. Also joining them were Dave Foster, Derek Taylor, John Ellery, Andrew Austin and it was great to meet Alan Watts, John Cronnolley and Jim Coad again. Thanks to all the guests and visitors that came along, some of them travelling great distances from South Wales, Yorkshire and Manchester. Thanks also to Albert and Georgina Hood for bringing along the Caroline sales stall. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the cost of work on board our Radio ship, The Ross Revenge.

Click or tap below for Southampton Support Group page and latest meeting photos

 

 

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Radio Caroline North May weekend broadcast

Radio Caroline North's latest weekend broadcast of 2018  from their historic radio ship Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater took place on the weekend the 12th and 13th of May

The  broadcast was live, online and on 1368KHz am courtesy of Manx Radio. And also on 648KHz am of course.

E-mails are always welcome to memories@radiocaroline.co.uk

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Latest restoration crew photos

New 648 deck logo photo now added

21st to 22nd April was another working weekend for the maintenance crew on board the Ross Revenge. Much of it involved Painting and cleaning, pictured Derek May and Steve Swallow. Nick Farrant is also pictured doing some engineering work with Alan Beech.

We also had some visitors that came out over the weekend on boat trips.  

If you want to visit the ship, tours are still being organised email boattrips@radiocaroline.co.uk  to reserve your places. Full list of dates and more info at    radiocaroline.co.uk

 

Click or tap above for latest photos

Radio Caroline now on DAB in London

From Sunday 1st April 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.

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Good 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 licences under the new framework in 2019.

More information is available.

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.

I'm helping Radio Caroline to raise money whenever I shop online - could you do the same? It's very simple - just visit.....

Easy Fundraising

 ....to register and shop with over 2000 well known retailers like Amazon, Argos, M&S, eBay and many more. Whenever I buy something, the retailer makes a donation to Radio Caroline. No extra cost to you. It really does work.

 £7,241.45 raised so far

 


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, iPhone or Android 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


Radio Caroline on 648kHz AM

Radio Caroline reception on 648KHz AM
  in Romsey Hampshire


 Radio Caroline, the one time Pirate Radio station that started the 1960s music revolution when they started playing music around the clock in 1964 returned to Medium Wave and caused a splash on Social Media sites. Test transmissions started on 648kHz in the AM band on Saturday morning 11th November and within minutes Social Media sites were full of reports of people tuning in. By Monday at noon what must have been the most listened to tests ever were over and the the frequency went quiet again but the eager fans of the station are poised ready for the full time return . .. Keep Tuned in...

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. Might be useful once more now Radio Caroline are on 648KHz AM

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.

Lots more details and ideas CLICK HERE


This is a well-written account of the early business and family life of Reg Calvert written by his daughter Susan who lived for a while in a flat over Tates TV shop in Church St, Romsey. Reg later became involved with Radio City and also managed The Fortunes
He was well known for the dances he organised in the Drill Hall in Station Rd, Romsey

A must read available along with her latest book "Life and Death of a Pirate" at Amazon

"Life and Death of a Pirate" available at the Radio Caroline Webshop.


Recent Felixstowe Videos and TV broadcasts

Click or tap above to watch 10 of the latest Felixstowe and TV broadcasts in the Woodley Net viewer

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. 

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.

To go to the popup player  click HERE

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.

Watch ITN News Report onplayer

 

 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).

Read more on the Ofcom website

 

 

Barry James announcing licence award on air

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.

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

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

 


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, iPhone or Android device 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

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 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

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

  

Click thumbnail for photos


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, iPhone or Android device 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/


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."