News

sasradiogroup - our next meet is on the Tuesday 6th June 2017 from 8.30pm at the Toby Inn, Redhill. 

 

  • May 2017

Radio Caroline - 19th May 2017 Ofcom has announced the news that they had awarded an AM license to Radio Caroline to transmit to Suffolk and parts of North Essex. Power and frequency is currently unknown. Peter Moore says "it is our intention to broadcast to the same people we used to. It will be the same sort of service they would have heard in the past, delivered in the same way by the same people as before. It is like living in a time capsule". It is understood that the service will be biased towards 1980s presentation style. Caroline is wanting 1 or 2 kW ideally on 648 kHz but may only get a fraction of this.They could end up with 100 watts on 1521!

Four other AM licenses were awarded across the country but, controversially not Quasar for London. This is a bit surprising. The Quasar team was set-up due to differences in opinion with the current version of Caroline. It is this now Quasar team which were which originally was fighting for an AM license by Caroline but were met with increasing indifference. Caroline's application is a warmed up version of the original created by the now Quasar team. Arguably the Quasar application was a lot more thorough and professional. We'll try to report feedback as to why, they failed and Caroline succeeded.

For those of you who missed it here is a link to the ITN News 19th May 2017

Sandbanks - not the ones in the Thames Estuary but, Sandbanks in Poole Harbour.home to some of the UK's most valuable property. Residents are fighting a proposal to demolish the Haven Hotel. This was originally built in 1880 and is the first large property built there. The three storey hotel was re-built in 1927 with a steel frame in the art-deco style. In 1976 it was saved from demolition and refurbished adding some 50 years. The current owners FJB Hotels who saved the building in the 1970s say the hotel's steel frame is nearing the end of its life. The replacement by a series of four proposed blocks, the highest at 115ft ten storeys is causing massive controversy. There have been over 200 objections claiming the design is hideous and will dwarf other residential properties and threaten to turn the area into 'Dubai-on-Sea'. Other objections surround the historic nature of the site. Early radio experiments were conducted by Guglielmo Marconi from the buildings lounge. In the 1890s Marconi successfully sent a radio signal from the hotel to France. The Hotel carries a blue plaque commemorating the event.

Pirate BBC Essex - returns for the 50th anniversary of the MOA in August. Steve Scruton announced on 1st May the return of Pirate BBC Essex. It will be broadcast from the LV18 and also use the Ross Revenge studios. There will also be a Pirate Radio Exhibition and an event at the Electric Palace. More info to follow.

Radio Mi Amigo - the UK vesrionis to return on a very short one week RSL from the LV18 from 21st and 30th July from Qark Quay Harwich

  • April 2017
SUSY Radio - the new mobile studio is now on the road! This will be attending all the major events that SUSY Radio attends this year.

Seborga - our friend Mark Dezani didn't get elected to be a Prince so we don't have to call him 'Your tremendousness' or 'Your awesomeness'. Congratulations anyway to a well though campaign from both sides which would put some of our UK politicians to shame.

The Baron of Norfolk - I'm always flying around trying to catch some offshore radio related info. The latest with a bizarre offshore radio connection is Dr Peter Brueggemann who has spent £70,000 building a replica Fokker Driedecker Dr1 fighter from World War One. Peter who is a German GP living in Norfolk has painted his plane bright red to emulate his hero ace Manfred von Ritchofen aka The Red Barron. He even bought the title Baron from the micronation of Sealand. See I got there in the end.

Tune Into Yesterday - Issue 80 Spring 2017 landed on the doormat. The 'missing' episodes of Suspense by Dr Joe Webb, Supplement 1 'Dance band Broadcasts from 2LO and the BBC National Programme 1928 - 1937. These are extracts from Wireless World 'Broadcast Brevties' which includes developments re Continental broadcasting and I've just spotted a photo of Brookman's Park under construction in 1929!, Supplement 2 News from the Archives including 1930s and 1944 German broadcasting. This will please at least one other person at the meet.

sasradiogroup - a well attended meet and good to see someone who hasn't visited us for a while. Thank you! A less newsy meet than the last few we all admitted. Still wondering why 162 kHz is on and waiting for more awards re community radio licensing. Ofcom have their meets on the first Tuesday of the month but surprisingly don't come down to see us in the evening! Analysis of the proposed Quasar AM site, AM activity in the South East (yes there is some) and the AM pirates in East Anglia - Phaser 1512, the Caroline relays and Albatross. Plus the latest about SUSY Radio etc. And reminiscing about Crawley's Radio Activity in the late 70s, early 80s plus short-wave pirates Radio Zodiac, laterly Zodiac 49. All brought about by the Telegraph's Seborga article which was being passed around the meet.
  • March 2017
 
International Radio Report - the April edition is now available. I'l have a proper read and do a small report later on. In the meantime f
or more info go to the link below, click and go to International Radio Report section Hans Knot

OEM Offshore Echos Magazine -
 Edition recently dropped through the door. As well as the usual news section, there is an interview with Alan Crawford, they continue the Scandanavian theme with Radio Syd, naming of Radio Caroline, The VVR story part 2, Government Files and the May 1978 Newscaster. For link to the OEM website see Other Groups

Seborga - The Sunday Telegraph carried an article on 19th March "UK-born DJ Fights to become Italian Ruler". This is actually about mark Dezzani's attempt to become elected to the largely ceremonial post of Prince of Seborga. Seborga is a micro state not recognised by Italy. Mark used to help run Radio Activity in Crawley, West Sussex initially on 270 metres then on FM in the late 70s and early 80s. He was also active on the short-wave station Radio Zodiac / Zodiac 49 and in London on London Music Radio. This was the FM station which pinched the name of the 1970s medium wave pirate. Follow the link or attend next month's meet to read the article Seborga Prince Mark?

Sasradiogroup - another decently attended meet. I got told off for not updating the meet details on the news page! At least people are reading this anyway, Some good far ranging discussions on radio. Why is 162 kHz still on-air with a carrier? can you hear TalkSport on 1269 kHz? Plus lot more including our latest newsletter on the London FM scene.

International Radio Report - the March edition is now available. Includes lots of news and contributions and details of the 2017 Radio Day in the Netherlands. For more info go to the link below, click and go to International Radio Report section Hans Knot

  • February 2017
Sealand - Badger advised us on the 15th that Prince Michael of Sealand made an appearance of the Jeremy Vine Show interviewed by Vanessa Feltz with a further call to Michael Barrington on Sealand, Sealand on BBC Radio 2. fast forward to 1:9:0

Bob le Roi - Tony advises quite a few updates to the website www.bobleroi.co.uk

Sasradiogroup - nine attended this months meet. Discussions on 162 kHz (still on-air), 1395 kHz Tirana and the fact that there is also another station on this channel, short-wave on Sunday, Caroline & Quasar applications to Ofcom (some interesting info here!) And also Brian Halls funeral. Brian being an older generation than us at 78. Brian is best known as Abie Cohen amongst others founder of Radio Aquarius 94.4 part of the LTIR network. I had the fortune to meet Brian a couple of times at a couple of Susy Radio events at the end of their RSLs in the noughties.

  • January 2017
AM DX - worthwhile around down and sunset tuning into some Irish stations. Spirit Radio 549 kHz is putting-in some very strong signals at the moment. On 981 kHz you can (just about) hear Star Country in the morning. Radio North on 846 (as we discussed a couple of months ago at our meet) is a lot weaker nowadays. Previous power at 1/2kW. But it's a good channel and receivable in the evenings.

International Radio Report - always a pleasure to point you in the directions of Hans Knots' latest epistleLots of news and memories from the Offshore Radio worldTake a dip into Hans Knot

Sealand - Tony has forwarded us a link to an article in the Daily Mail dated 15th January. Quite an extensive article about the State, decent colour pictures and why they have had a flodd of enquiries about citizenship. Dailymail.co.uk/Sealand

The BBC - i had to Laugh Out Loud at this. This year the BBC Trust is being abolished and they are to be regulated by Ofcom. The Beeb is complaining that under Ofcom the regulation costs will double to £9 million per annum. Ofcom says they need to increase staff to cope with the workload.

sasradiogroup -  a very newsy meet! Bretagne 5 on 1593 kHz (150 watts merp reported but the website says 10kW, 162 kHz France Inter closure (note the tx is still on), poor SW conditions but massive solar storms and aurora boreolis, Quasar and Radio Caroline applications to Ofcom and of course Susy Radio with an appearance by the former MD Colin Pearce.