Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Harald Kuhl (DL1AX), who writes:
At the beginning of August there will be two special event amateur radio stations active on shortwave, celebrating anniversaries of famous European pirate stations Radio North Sea International and Radio Caroline:
Radio Northsea International PA45RNI
from 01-08-2019 to 31-08-2019
GB55RC will be active from the Ross Revenge:
Celebrating fifty five years of Radio Caroline
Thursday 1st – Monday 5th August 2019
2019 is the fifty fifth anniversary of Radio Caroline and the Martello Tower Group are pleased to be able to activate the world famous MV Ross Revenge again in August. This year we have been granted the ‘special’ special callsign of GB55RC. […]
Special QSLs will be available.
[The QSLs above are] from previous GB5RC activities.
Thank you for the tip, Harald! I’d love to grab one of those QSLs!
(Source: Southgate ARC via Eric McFadden)
Caroline North June
We are counting down the days to another fabulous Radio Caroline North broadcast – LIVE from our historic radio-ship Ross Revenge this weekend.
Welcome back Chris Pearson after a two-year absence, now joining us as both a Caroline presenter and MD of Manx Radio!
Tune in on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June as our on-board presenters bring you some of the best music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Our sponsor for the June broadcast is Dave, Brian and Roger from Plastic Building Supplies Thetford – and you can win prizes in our web shop competition sponsored by Pete Gadd.
Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM via Manx Radio in the North and North-West, online here, on your mobile, on smart speakers … so many ways to listen!
We would love to hear from you – please send your emails direct to the Ross studios at firstname.lastname@example.org during the broadcast.
(Source: Southgate ARC via Eric McFadden)
Join us this Easter, our 55th Birthday, for our Annual Fundraiser.
We will be broadcasting Radio Caroline North live from our radio ship, Ross Revenge, anchored in the estuary of the River Blackwater, from 9:00 am on Easter Friday until 2:00 pm on Easter Monday (all UK times).
You will be able to hear us on 1368 AM (courtesy of Manx Radio) in the north west of the UK (and parts of Ireland) and on our own 648 AM frequency in the south east, and also round the world online at www.radiocaroline.co.uk and on our mobile app.
In addition, you will be able to hear our regular Radio Caroline album format and Radio Caroline Flashback programmes on their normal channels, when they are not carrying the Radio Caroline North programmes.
It’s been quite a year, with our 648 AM and London DAB transmissions both building a substantial new audience for Radio Caroline.
However, with each expansion, our annual running costs increase substantially. And there’s lots more we would like to do.
This year, we have created a stylish Radio Caroline Bell teeshirt, based on a design that was originally used for the Radio Caroline Roadshows.
Starting on Easter Friday, and ending at midnight UK time on Easter Monday, if you are able to make a one off donation of 25 Pounds or more, or join the Radio Caroline Support Group (for a minimum monthly donation of 7.50 Pounds, cancellable at any time), we will send you your Retro Radio Caroline Bell teeshirt.
And remember, donations of any amount will always be gratefully received.
The donation button will go live on our website early on Easter Friday.
After deducting the cost of the teeshirt, we are planning to use approximately one half of your donations to maintain and expand our broadcast operations, and the other half for the maintenance and upkeep of Ross Revenge.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Bruce Atchison, who writes:
Randy Bachman featured the music played on Radio Caroline in two shows
broadcast on CBC during the spring of this year. Check out both on
www.randybachman.com and scroll down until you find the pirate radio
Both programs of Randy’s Vinyl Tap brought back so many good
Thanks for the tip, Bruce!
A lot of SWLing Post readers have been contacting me lately noting that they’ve received their Muzen OTR/Radio Caroline FM radio and Bluetooth speaker.
Muzen started shipping the new OTR to their backers this week.
I received my OTR yesterday and am completely in love with this little gem. Without a doubt, it’s one of the highest quality pieces of consumer technology I’ve purchased in years.
Yesterday, by request, I made an unboxing video–I plan to post it later today when I have a good broadband connection.
I’ll also follow up with a proper product review, but I can say now that the Muzen OTR has amazing audio fidelity for such a tiny little unit–it’s room-filling. The FM tuner works well (although the dial is tiny). The solid wood chassis is beautiful, refined and sturdy.
The OTR shipped with the highest quality leather carrying case I’ve ever received with a product. It smacks of 1960s quality (or even better!).
The OTR is a salute to the famous Radio Caroline–as a nice added touch, they even include a tribute in the form of a QSL card.
The Muzen OTR package also includes an audio cable, USB cable, and FM antenna.
What a pleasure to receive such a quality piece of kit! Look for my review soon.
Post readers: Did you back the Muzen OTR as well? Received your unit yet? Please comment!
(Source: RadioWorld via Mike Hansgen)
The station is now operating 24 hours seven days a week on AM
NEAR COLCHESTER, England — Well into its second half-century of broadcasting, Radio Caroline has begun the next phase of its operations, returning to wide-area AM transmissions for the first time in nearly 30 years. Although by no means the first offshore radio station (that honor probably goes to one of the gambling ships that operated off the coast of California back in the mid-1930s), it is nevertheless the archetypical “pirate” station and one of the most famous names in European broadcasting.
[…]Under its new license, Radio Caroline is permitted to broadcast with a radiated power of 1 kW, not a particularly high-power service in terms of its earlier offshore activities. However, given the lack of incoming interference on the frequency, and its long-wavelength signals, the result is effective coverage that, in practice, for many listeners is larger than planning criteria might suggest.
In many ways, Radio Caroline has both kept up with the times in terms of the broadcasting technologies it uses and come full circle with its recent return to AM broadcasting.[…]
Click here to read the full article via RadioWorld.