Southampton Support Group
Ross Revenge Visitors
Manx Radio Weekend Broadcasts
Cambridge Rock Festival
Various Caroline Events
Aug 14th Weekend 2017
Caroline North Liverpool 2014
Various Anorak Photos
50th Birthday Bash
Move to River Blackwater
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funeral took place of Jim Coad (James Kay) on the 19th
February at the Bournemouth Crematorium. Jim was an engineer
on board the Radio Caroline ships, The Mi Amigo and Ross
He became a regular at the Radio
Caroline Southampton support group meetings where we all
enjoyed listening to stories of his days on the high
seas keeping the transmitters on air.
It was a very moving service and many of his old radio
friends were there. His wife Karen is planning to join
us at our next meeting on Wed 13th March (details below) and you will be very
welcome to share your memories of him with us.
The picture shows the
refurbished overdrive studio on the Ross Revenge.
This studio has been put back in use by the
DJs during the Radio Caroline North weekends.
These repairs were done with money raised by
the Southampton Support Group.
Radio Caroline North's latest
weekend broadcast from the Ross Revenge has now sadly
finished for another month
There will be lots more broadcasts
in 2019 to look forward to though
Presenters onboard included,
Dave Foster, Johnny Lewis, Kevin Turner, Peter Phillips
and Ray Clark .
For photos of the latest broadcast
click or tap below
memory of Paul Kay former Caroline Presenter
Interview by Roland Beaney many years ago
"Following on from
the sad news about the loss of Jim at the beginning
of February, may I just add my memories and condolences
to all who knew him especially of course to Karen
and his sister Kim.
I met Jim in early 1975,
after hearing him on the air (from his home in New
Milton). He gave out a phone number for those that
heard the broadcast to phone during the following
week. I recognised the number as being one in the
area where I worked at the time.
It didn't take long for
me to track it down (especially as he had said for
those phoning to ask for the service manager), it
was a Hi-Fi shop in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth.
So rather than phone him
I thought I'll get a face to face meeting with this
guy.....so I turned up with my Sony cassette deck
and explained to him that I was having a problem
with making recordings and could he possibly give
it a quick listen, well of course he said yes...…….Jim's
face was a picture when he heard his own voice being
played back to him...….and there began a long friendship.
Of course I have other stories
but don't want to bore you with my memories,
to Radio Caroline presenter and British Forces Broadcasting
Services manager Chris Pearson who has been appointed the
new Managing Director of Manx Radio. Chris has had a 28-year
career with BFBS, having held station management roles in
Belize, Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, the Falkland
Islands and the United Kingdom. Chris has, for a number
of years, presented shows on Radio Caroline and been our
guest at the Radio Caroline Southampton support group.
Bill Mummery, Chairman of Manx Radio,
told Radio Today: “I am very pleased to announce that the
Board have identified Chris Sully as the new MD for Manx
“He joins us at a pivotal time in
the development of Public Service Broadcasting and the Nation’s
Station. With this appointment we go into 2019 well-equipped
for the challenges and opportunities that the year presents. "we
look forward to him joining the Manx Radio team."
"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 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
Our last meeting for the year 2018
took place on Wednesday 5th December. Its always great to
see so many people coming along, many travelling long distances.
This time I was even more surprised to see so many people
when the weather conditions were so bad. One guy e-mailed
me to tell me that he was stuck on a railway station when
he found out that there no trains running. Thank you to
everyone that have come along this year, helping us to raise
so much money for the maintenance of the Ross Revenge. This
year amongst other things the money paid for the new spotlights
in the engine room which has brightened up the area for
the many tours. The sales team have also sold a lot of merchandise
which has also helped the station to expand.
In 2019 I am hoping to organise
four more meetings, the first one will be on the 13th of
March so for now I hope you all have a great Christmas and
New year and thank you to all of you that have come along
to make it another great year for the Radio Caroline Southampton
support group Roland.
For latest photos click or tap
1st to 2nd December 2018 was another
working weekend for the maintenance crew on board the Ross
Roland Beaney's excellent pictures
show Radio Caroline DJ Paul Brown, Steve Swallow, Nick Farrant
and Keith Stimpson doing some maintenance work on board
Radio Caroline's ship the Ross Revenge last weekend. Also
involved were Derek May, Mark Eden and Roland Beaney. Also
the companionway and the engine room had a fresh coat of
paint. Last December the deck was covered with snow, this
weekend we were painting the deck. What a difference a year
Click or tap below for
Several excellent photos taken by
John Loader a visitor to the "Ross" recently.
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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 1944 featuring Tony Allan.
Also features the 1942 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
Week in Radio Tech takes a look at Radio Caroline - interview
with Rob Ashard and Nick Jackson from studio 2 on board
Ross Revenge last night, with technical support from Dave
Click on the thumbnail to watch
the YouTube video. Excellent video which is about one hour
long. Plenty of photos and discussions about Radio Caroline's
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,
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This year 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
This year's festival took place
between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th July.
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 .
Message from Roland
group of Caroline supporters again spent the weekend
at the Radio Caroline retro studio in the Cotswold Motor
Museum at Bourton on the Water in Gloucestershire on July
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 1940s caravan
bring back memories of long, lazy family holidays?
Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, The Old Mill,
Bourton-on-the-Water Gloucestershire GL54 2BY
They are located in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, which
is just off the A429 about half way between the A40 and
New Forest Folk Festival took place from 4th to 8th of July
in Plaitford, Romsey in Hampshre with a full programme of
Bands on stage including Dean Friedman and Julie Felix.
It is a small family run event that
came about during a conversation a only a few years ago
between Nick Curtis and Richard Digance. Richard has a passion
for folk music, as many of you know and he suggested a folk
festival on the farm. So with the help of Richard and some
of his friends the festival started and has grown over the
first few years and now has an excellent line up of artists.
There is also plenty of camping
facilities on site if you want to stay.
Radio Caroline sales were pleased to be invited along
by Nick with our merchandise stall and many people came
in to see us and hear all the news about the station and
many went away with our latest leaflets and merchandise.
The pictures show some of the artists
including Dean Friedman and Julie Felix in the sales tent
with some of the artists including Steeleye Span on stage.
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Radio Caroline History
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.
lots more info
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