648 kHz: Radio Caroline gets a permanent home on the MW broadcast band

Radio Caroline circa 1960’s.

(Source: ARRL News via Eric McFadden, WD8RIF)

Radio Caroline, the latter-day incarnation of the famous shipboard pirate radio station that beamed rock music to the UK in the 1960s and 1970s, has obtained a license to operate permanently on 648 kHz at 1 kW ERP. A transmitter imported from Europe has been undergoing necessary modifications to suit the MW frequency, which falls between the 10-kHz-spaced AM Standard Broadcast Band frequencies in the US.[…]

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3 thoughts on “648 kHz: Radio Caroline gets a permanent home on the MW broadcast band

  1. Dan Olsson

    Hi radio friends on Radio Caroline.

    The 25 of November 2017 I had the pleasure to hear Radio Caroline on 648 kHz between 19.35-20.00 your local time.
    Here are some details from the program:
    19.35 Music “Heartbreak warfare” with John Mayer
    19.38 Music “Don´t forget me” with Glass Tiger
    19.44 Music “In the midnight hour” with Wilson Pickett
    19.57 Music “New kid in town” with Eagles

    I am 57 years old and live in south Sweden. I´m married with my wife Gunilla since 2003. I have two stepdaughters and two grandchild.

    My interest are: listen to radio, sport, collect stamps and my dog Chinook. Chinook are an american collie on 9 years.

    1. David Poulton

      Hi, I’m David and listening on Dab in Portsmouth. Enjoying the music, nice mixture. I’m 63 and can remember Caroline starting in 1964. My parents had a radiogram so we could listen. I remember the Sister Station Big L, Radio London, i was only 9,when it closedown.

  2. Ray Robinson

    Unfortunately the author of this article is not at all familiar with the station. It is NOT a latter day incarnation of the famous shipboard pirate radio station – it is the same organization. They broadcast at sea not only during the 1960s and 1970s, but also from 1983-1990, from the MV Ross Revenge. Throughout the 1990’s they broadcast via various short-term “Restricted Service Licenses” and also on shortwave and satellite. Since 1999 they have been streaming fulltime on the Internet, and for the last few years have been on DAB in the UK too. Their main studio is now on land in Strood, Kent, but they still own the MV Ross Revenge which is now moored in the estuary of River Blackwater in Essex, England, and they broadcast live from the ship the last weekend of every month. This station has been under the same ownership since 1964, and under the same management since it was at sea in the 1980’s.


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