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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 8:18 am   #81
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I was a Caroline listener and though pleased that they were defiant I felt a massive sadness. I think, despite the defiance, we rather knew it couldn't last. The signal from the South ship seemed to get worse - probably reducing power to save fuel - and there was ultimately the second sadness when the ships were towed away in March 1968. I remember an announcement that it was "for a few weeks" but deep down I knew that was it.

At a young age I didn't understand all the implications but it was now Radio One, Luxembourg, AFN and whatever else I could find twiddling around the medium waves (I never could hear Veronica on 192/1562kHz) until another pirate era arrived.
In 1967/8 we were living in the Midlands and my morning listening while getting ready for school consisted of hopping between the two Caroline ships, both of which were decent signals. One morning in March I leaned out of bed and turned my Bush valve radio on and received only silence. I twiddled the knob to the other ship, but again got nothing. I could understand one ship not being on (maybe a transmitter problem) but BOTH ships off...? I suspected something was wrong and I was right. Despite my tuning in every spare minute for days and weeks afterwords, that was the end. It was like losing a member of the family.
But then I discovered Radio Veronica!
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Old 3rd Aug 2017, 10:56 am   #82
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I have read that there is an event for Caroline in September at Felixstowe, Suffolk - something to look forward to. Are there any other events to celebrate 50 years since 1967 closure?
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There's this one in Clacton a week on Sunday
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Old 4th Aug 2017, 12:35 pm   #83
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Hi Many thanks for the information Howard. Not sure if I can get down to Clacton then, but I have a holiday booked in September and will definitely attend the one at Felixstowe. It also gives me an opportunity to visit Suffolk (where I once lived 1962 to 1967).
When you think about it, you only get "pirate" radio when there is a massive fault in the state broadcasting of a country! Take for example New Zealand - they had similar problems. Radio Huraki operated from a ship. The government there actually recognized that there was a fault in their broadcasting system, and granted them a licence to operate independently. See what could be achieved there and why is it not possible here?
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Old 20th Aug 2017, 7:01 pm   #84
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I had assumed that the broadcasts might resume via the 1983 installed RCA Ampliphase (50kW) transmitter on reduced power with just an antennae mod and crystals, but I've heard they will need a new, presumably low-power, transmitter. Does any one know the lastest? I occasionally tune in for a test pilot tone, but nothing as yet.
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Telstar, The main (from a broadcasting point of view) between UK & NZ, is that the latter is maybe 1000 miles from any other inhabited land. I don't know how frequency allocations are/were managed in that area, perhaps Arjoll will enlighten us, but given the distance between NZ and other places, I'd imagine that co or adjacent channel interference, even by night, is less of a problem than in Europe. AFAIK no really high power MW stations in either NZ or Australia, either)
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Point taken, but even Johnny Walker pointed this fact out on some documentary about the NZ government admitting that their system failed the public with respect to what they wanted to listen to.
I remember reading about Radio London and the fact that someone in Yugoslavia complained about interference being caused by them to Radio Zagreb. Radio London asked the embassy in London about the problem and they admitted that they did not know anything about it. It turned out that someone had made the interference allegation up as a joke/story.
It would be great to hear Radio Seagull's transmissions here where I live, but there are plenty of new stations that blot it out that originate from Europe.
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