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
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Radio Caroline North
were back on air the weekend 24th-25th
of Manx Radio from the radio-ship
Ross revenge. The Caroline story continued
into 1988 when the crew built a new aerial
system to replace the original mast, only to see
much of their work destroyed by armed raiders
the following year. We heard from some of those who were onboard.
Also the "Ross" had many
visitors onboard the same weekend. Click
thumbnails below for many photos.
listen link available here
Click below for latest photos
I have just been
informed by Elaine Holloway, Sister of Ron
Hubbert who was known as Narrowboat Ron to many
Caroline listeners and to his waterway friends
sadly passed away on Wednesday 14th September in
Milton Keynes Hospital.
The Funeral service is
to be held on Monday 10th October, 12:30
Harwood Park Crematorium, Watton Road, Stevenage,
Herts. SG2 8XT. If anyone would like to say a
Donations will go to
HULA cat rescue, where Ron’s cat Ollie is now.
Any Flowers to Austin Funeral directors,
Letchmore Road, Stevenage, Herts.
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.
VIDEO Number 2 on playlist..
The latest gathering of
the Radio Caroline Southampton Support group took
place Wednesday 14th September from 7pm at the Netley
Victoria Club, Netley near Southampton SO31 5DG.
It was a brilliant night. Thanks to Dave Foster,
Rob Ashard, John Ellery, Andrew Austin and Alan
Watts for being our guest DJs and thanks to all
our visitors some of them making long journeys to
join us. It was also nice to meet representatives
from Forest FM from the Hampshire Dorset border
and Flash FM who are also on the Portsmouth DAB.
The pictures shows many of our guests. Dave Foster
spoke about the Manx Radio broadcasts from the Ross
Revenge and Rob Ashard spoke about the new processing
equipment that he has installed in the studio. We
welcomed the return of Alan Watts and hope to hear
his return to Caroline soon. The next meeting will
be at the end of November.
|| Ross Tower Fit 1981/83
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.
SEE A LOT MORE
George Johnson, David Noakes,
Roland Beaney, George Scullion, Michael
Webb, Keith Stimpson and Roger Tricker were
on board the Ross Revenge over the weekend to carry
our restoration and cleaning work. The overhangs
over the bridge and record library were rusting
and these were cleaned and painted white.
Click below for photos
Saturday August 13th was another special
day of live broadcasting from the Ross Revenge,
this time on Caroline Flashback, in co-ordination
with the 'Keeping the Dream Alive' all-day
party in West Mersea. The schedule was supposed
to run from 9am-6pm, but a power-cut on
land disrupted the origination of the Flashback
stream just before the planned start, so
in the end they delayed by an hour and webcast
from 10am-7pm instead. Click
thumbnail for photos...
|Here is the
schedule as broadcast
10am Martin Fisher
12pm Barry James
2pm Bill Rollins
4pm Dave Foster
6pm Bill Rollins - 'History of Radio
Caroline' (This was mostly 1960's, but was
introduced as "1964 to the present
day, in 60 minutes"!)
At 7pm, the
stream switched to the regular Clive Garrard
show, which went out one hour later than
usual, from 7-9pm.
Radio Caroline is now 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
A reminder that the Radio Caroline replica studio
can still be seen at the Cotswold Motor Museum located
in the picturesque village of Bourton on the Water
which makes a great day out with the kids or break
in the Cotswolds, 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 and a fun day out at Bourton
on the Water in the Cotswolds. This year has a 1966
theme when England won the World cup and Radio Caroline
was broadcasting from a boat at sea.
Click below for recent photos
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. The Balmoral
won’t be repeating this trip this year but the paddle
steamer Waverley will make the same journey on Wednesday
28th September and Tuesday 4th October.
Click thumbnails for photos
Pictures taken on board
the Ross Revenge over the weekend of 14th and 15th
May. It made a change to have a weekend of
fine weather after all the storms of last winter
so we were able to do some work outside without
the threat of rain or high winds to send us back
inside. he shop, formerly Raffles kennel had a good
clean up and parts of the deck were cleaned and
painted. A tender also turned up to service us and
take some pictures. We have a pied wagtail on board
who has built a nest and we are hoping to see some
baby chicks soon. It was also a very busy weekend
on the river Blackwater with lots of activity with
boats passing by regularly, some towing water skiers.
Click below to view photos
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
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.
Click below to view photos
Ten years ago a 32inch CRT TV would
have cost you well over £1000 and it was so big and heavy
you could injure yourself moving it around your house. Now
you can buy a super slim, super light TV with a similar
size screen for half the price and better still not only
High Definition but now 4K TVs are becoming readily available
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.
Pictures Click Below
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.
Martin Fisher Interview...
Where and when were you
born? In Chelmsford
Essex a long time ago.
Where do you live now?
In the house I built a few years back, in a lovely Essex
village just a couple of miles out of Chelmsford, a place
with some real radio heritage, not far from the location
of the UK’s first radio broadcasting station, 2MT – Writtle.
What is your favourite part
of the country? Well apart from Essex, and Kent
where I also spend a lot of time, I love the rest of East
Anglia, Suffolk and Norfolk, and I suppose further a field
my favourite part of the UK would be North Wales – Snowdonia.
Recently 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.
Last year 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
Click thumbnails below for photos..
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
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
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.
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
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 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.
After spending ten years at Tilbury
the MV Ross Revenge has now 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 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
RSL click thumbnails for photos
Radio Caroline North
is currently broadcasting on a 28 day RSL to
celebrate 50 years since the station first went
on the air. A group of presenters and
enthusiasts have got an RSL licence to broadcast
to Liverpool on 87.7FM. The service is being
run from on board the former lightship LV23
in Liverpool's Albert Dock, and is 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.
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.
Caroline North is
fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society at
Justgiving Please Help
video now released.
a special bonus video at the end featuring The
Honeycombs gig (No 19 0n playlist).
Hope you like it!
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 9 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
With the sun shining, Marie and
I left home at 1100 hours on Friday, driving down to Northampton
where we picked up Steve Szmidt. After a short tea
break, we set off for Kent. Fortunately, traffic on
the M1 and M25 flowed well, and we reached Rochester around
1500 hours, where Marie and I checked into the Premier Inn,
located around 2 miles outside the town, on the other side
of the river. It was a nice, clean, modern hotel,
with friendly staff. Even Marie was perfectly happy
with our room, on the first floor, offering a view over
the river towards the town. From there we went across
the road to McDonalds - which was considerably cheaper and
better quality, that the meal we recently had in Burger
King at Birmingham Airport. Next, we drove Steve to
his B&B, in the centre of Rochester. While there,
we did a little sightseeing. At sunset, we went back
to the Premier Inn, by which time Rick & Debbie had
arrived from Lowestoft. After freshening up, we again
drove into town and picked up Steve. The 5 of us managed
to squeeze into my little Ford Puma, and we went to the
Kings Arms, Upnor, a recommended food and real ale pub 3
miles away, which served home-cooked food. I had a
nice Steak, Mushroom and Ale pie, washed down with a couple
of pints of ales. Marie then acted as taxi driver,
taking us back to our hotels.
Saturday morning, we met up with
Rick & Debbie at 0830, and had a large breakfast together
in the Premier Inn (cereal, yogurt, fruit, full English
fry-up, toast & marmalade). Then we drove, once
more, into Rochester, finding a car park at a reasonable
price. Rick and Debbie, plus Steve and I, headed to
the Radio Caroline 50th birthday party at the Corn Exchange,
while Marie went shopping and sightseeing in the attractive
old town. Just after 1030 we booked into the convention,
which had a capacity audience of 300 people. There
were quite a few I recognised - staff and supporters - although
I found it hard putting names to faces. No doubt all
will become clear, when reports and photos hit the internet! Had
a brief chat with Albert & Georgina Hood, plus Roland
Beaney from the Southampton Group, and Mandy from Radio
Seagull. Bought a souvenir programme, but didn't bother
with a T-Shirt or other merchandise. Upstairs, in
the main hall, I met up with Roger Day, who was comparing
the day's events. Chatted with a couple of other people,
before the first presentation got underway at 1130. This
was all about Radio Caroline in the 60's. A number
of guests, from both Caroline North and Caroline South (I'll
think of the names later!) were interviewed by Roger, and
given the opportunity to talk of those days. I did
actually wonder if any of the big names, such as Johnny
Walker or Tony Blackburn would turn up, but they didn't. Unsurprisingly,
Ronan wasn't there - He is living in Ireland and mentally
too frail, these days. This interesting session, including
questions & answers, lasted 1.5 hours. At 1300
hours, there was a break for lunch. The 4 of us decided
to head for a local pub for light refreshments. I
called Marie, and she came to join us. An hour later,
Marie again went off to do her own thing, while Rick, Debbie,
Steve and I went back to the Corn Exchange. The afternoon
session kicked off with an hour about Radio Caroline in
the 70's. This was hosted by Bob Lawrence, and featured
such names as Tom Anderson, Brian Martin, Stevie Gordon,
and - one of my favourites from that era - Mike Stevens. A
lot of the talk was around the difficulties tendering and
maintaining the ship, in those days, plus the subsequent
sinking of the Mi Amigo. At 1500 hours we moved on
to the 1980's. This time, Peter Philips was the host. It
was only at that point I noticed his American wife, Carol,
in the audience, so I went and sat by her. We first
met when I was working on Caroline, where we got along well,
and I hadn't seen her for over 10 years. On stage,
Peter (or Graham, as I know him) interviewed Tom Anderson
(again!) plus Dave Richards, Nigel Harris, and a couple
of others whose names also escape me right now. Oh,
one was Tommy Rivers from Laser 558. An hour later,
the 3 hosts from each era - Roger, Bob and Peter - all got
together for a chat, and to take questions from the floor.
1700 hours soon arrived, and that was the end of presentations. There
was a 2.5 hour break before the evening entertainment. We
persuaded Roger Day to come to the pub with us. Well,
he didn't need much persuading, the only problem was getting
away, as everyone wanted to speak with him! We eventually
escaped, and walked to a local real ale pub (Coopers Arms)
where Marie again joined us. It was good to catch
up with Roger, as I hadn't seen him for 5 years, but he
could only stay for one pint as he had to take the train
home to Maidstone. After he left, we took a walk along
the High Street, looking for a place to eat, choosing another
pub where I had scampi & chips.
Shortly before 2000 hours, we walked
back to the Corn Exchange, and this time Marie came with
us. Charlie Dore had started her set, but it was hard
to gain access to the room, which was packed. So we
stood in the doorway and listened, eventually drifting off
to the bar, before returning to hear a special rendition
of "Pilot of the Airwaves". Marie and I
then met up with Carol and Graham, having a good chat with
them. They left for home in Sandwich, Kent, shortly
after the Counterfeit Beatles started their set. They
were reasonably entertaining, but a bit of a cabaret act. The
evening came to an end at 2300 hours, when we had a chat
with a couple who had come over from California to attend
the party! Before leaving, we helped David Esp pack
away all his video recording equipment. Steve then walked
back to his B&B, while Marie fetched the car, driving
Rick, Debbie and I back to the Premier Inn. It had
been a good day. I only wish I had spotted, or recognised,
more people! Steve found Mark Dezzani and Andrew Austin,
amongst others, but I missed these guests – along with Johnny
Lewis, who was there for part of the day. A noticeable
absence was Chicago. I’m surprised he never made an
After a good night's sleep, we met
Rick & Debbie for breakfast at 0900 hours, also chatting
to a few other guests who had attended the convention -
Quite a few coming over from Holland. Albert &
Georgina were also in our hotel. Rick & Debbie
then headed off, while we checked out and drove to pick
up Steve. It was a beautiful day, so we decided to
walk around the town, taking pictures of the castle, cathedral
and Victorian bridge. Then we drove back to the Midlands,
stopping for afternoon tea & cake with Steve & Jill
in Northampton. At 1800 hours, we reached home and
the end of a hectic, but very pleasant and memorable, weekend.
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!
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
One of Caroline’s
faithful listeners, Ron Hubbert commonly
called Narrowowboat Ron, is the proud owner of
a narrowboat called "Caroline"
complete with bell.
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.
television is either a television set with integrated internet
capabilities or a set top box for television that offers
more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a
contemporary or basic television. The term is also used
to describe devices such as mobile phones that have these
capabilities. You can stream content from video on demand
services such as Netflix, catch up services from BBC IPlayer,
watch web sites such as YouTube and stream live TV and radio.
You can have a full HD picture watch Freeview, Freesat,
have USB connectivity to watch files stored on your computer.
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
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
n 1986 members of the Southampton
Supporters Group went to visit the Ross Revenge
in the North Sea. Armed with a couple of VHS video
cameras they recorded the journey and videoed quite
a few DJ's in action. Dj's on board included Tony
Christian and Peter Philips. Members who went included
Bill Smith, David Webb and David Williams. The VHS
tapes have now been digitised and available on YouTube.
Many thanks to David Webb for the recordings. Warning,
its nearly one hour long.
<<< You can view
the video by clicking thumbnail on the left
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:-
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.