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Radio Caroline North and Manx Radio

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,122 ✭✭✭Ger Roe


    They don't operate broadcast transmitters directly from the ship - 1368Khz @ 20KW is from Manx Radio and 648Khz @ 1KW from Caroline's own landbased site at Orfordness, Suffolk.

    I was on the ship in 2004 when it was berthed at Tilbury for its 40th birthday weekend and they were operating directly on a temp licence with an allocated ERP of 1 Watt on medium wave. Lucklily 'supporters' all around the UK and Ireland oranised unauthorised relays from the webstream to give them the wider coverage they deserved - as far as I remember there were medium wave relays on air in Dublin and Waterford over that weekend.

    I think that was the last time that there was a broadcast band signal sent from the ship - only really audible if you were in Tilbury at the time, but it sounded great pumped out of a PA system on the deck.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,068 ✭✭✭Declan A Walsh


    Ger Roe wrote: »
    They don't operate broadcast transmitters directly from the ship - 1368Khz @ 20KW is from Manx Radio and 648Khz @ 1KW from Caroline's own landbased site at Orfordness, Sussex.

    I was on the ship in 2004 when it was berthed at Tilbury for its 40th birthday weekend and they were operating directly on a temp licence with an allocated ERP of 1 Watt on medium wave. Lucklily 'supporters' all around the UK and Ireland oranised unauthorised relays from the webstream to give them the wider coverage they deserved - as far as I remember there were medium wave relays on air in Dublin and Waterford over that weekend.

    I think that was the last time that there was a broadcast band signal sent from the ship - only really audible if you were in Tilbury at the time, but it sounded great pumped out of a PA system on the deck.

    Both available on Radio Garden.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,007 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005


    Ger Roe wrote: »
    They don't operate broadcast transmitters directly from the ship - 1368Khz @ 20KW is from Manx Radio and 648Khz @ 1KW from Caroline's own landbased site at Orfordness, Sussex.

    Suffolk.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,122 ✭✭✭Ger Roe


    Suffolk.

    I was never great on British geography - I always answer well when watching 'The Chase' .... except for British counties, lakes, rivers etc :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,068 ✭✭✭Declan A Walsh


    Ger Roe wrote: »
    I was never great on British geography - I always answer well when watching 'The Chase' .... except for British counties, lakes, rivers etc :)

    You just need to brush up on British geography and you could be the next chaser, specialising in all things radio! :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,122 ✭✭✭Ger Roe


    I was channel hopping last night and stopped briefly on one of the three satellite channels that were showing repeats of 'Classic Millionaire'.

    I was shouting at the TV when Chris Tarrant asked 'The pirate station Radio Caroline was named after a daughter of which U.S. President? - £150,000 up for grabs with a choice of four presidents and the contestant didn't know!!!

    Shouting at the TV is a sign of getting old.... as is knowing the answer to the question .... apparently.;)

    Anyway,, back on topic - alarm is set for 08:30hrs tomorrow morning to hear Chris Williams with Carnaby Street from Manx Radio, before the long awaited Return to The Ross @ 10:30hrs.

    Watch out for Facebook updates later today when the broadcast crew arrive on board and set up for the weekend ahead.

    https://www.facebook.com/radiocarolineofficial/


  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    Have a peaceful week end .


  • Registered Users Posts: 227 ✭✭turbocab


    Oscarziggy wrote: »
    Have a peaceful week end .

    you too .energy on 1395khz tonight at 750 watts.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,122 ✭✭✭Ger Roe


    I am not sure if we can post Facebook videos on boards... but there is a nice short video on the Caroline Facebook page of Johnny Lewis making the return to air announcement this morning.

    The first public visitors have also arrived for a tour around the ship.

    https://www.facebook.com/radiocarolineofficial/


  • Registered Users Posts: 503 ✭✭✭kazoo106


    There must be a fair amount of directional copper in the ground still left at that TX site - 648 is booming in (groundwave) onto online SDR's in Denmark, Norway and Sweden


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  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    turbocab wrote: »
    you too .energy on 1395khz tonight at 750 watts.
    I dropped in briefly to 1395 khz on Saturday morning in the car on my way to the North Pembrokeshire coast and Energy was there but not really strong enough when "up hill and down dale" .
    I love the Caroline North week ends and 1368khz with it's 20kw (or is it 10kw ? Chris Williams always says 20,000 watts .) is such a strong signal here.

    Good to hear Energy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,007 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005


    The Dundalk pirate on 1494 kHz was not relaying Caroline earlier, but it is tonight Saturday 26 June. I can hear it with fading on the Carlow SDR, about 5 seconds behind 1368, at 10:48 pm. Massively strong in Dundalk.

    http://emeraldsdr1.proxy.kiwisdr.com:8073/


  • Registered Users Posts: 503 ✭✭✭kazoo106


    The Dundalk pirate on 1494 kHz was not relaying Caroline earlier, but it is tonight Saturday 26 June. I can hear it with fading on the Carlow SDR, about 5 seconds behind 1368, at 10:48 pm. Massively strong in Dundalk.

    http://emeraldsdr1.proxy.kiwisdr.com:8073/

    I've noticed both on DAB


  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    Excellent week end again .
    Thanks everyone - especially Manx Radio for 1368khz .


  • Registered Users Posts: 503 ✭✭✭kazoo106


    Wonder how much do they pay for 1368?
    There is an announcement that goes out after the broadcast explaining this is a commercial agreement.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    RTE should let them have LW 252 an odd time


  • Posts: 21,179 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    RTE should let them have LW 252 an odd time

    RTE would rather burn the transmitter than have People listen to such woeful technology !


  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    Only 3 weeks to the next one !
    Great atmosphere from the Ross Revenge .


  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    Schedule :

    Saturday 17th July

    00:00 Continuous Caroline Music

    06:00 John Ellery

    08:30 Chris Williams Carnaby Street from Manx Radio

    10:30 Peter Philips

    13:30 Ray Copeland

    16:00 Barry James

    19:00 Andrew Austin

    21:00 Dave Foster


    Sunday 18th July

    00:00 Clive Derek

    03:00 Bill Rollins

    06:00 Barry James

    09:00 Peter Philips

    13:00 Ray Copeland

    16:00 Andrew Austin

    19:00 Dave Foster

    21:00 Close


    Enjoy the week end .



  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    Hope the issues that plagued the 1368khz MW signal will be ironed out before the 3 day broadcast on 13/14/15th August .

    The fundraising broadcast.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,068 ✭✭✭Declan A Walsh


    I only managed to hear the last 15 minutes of it last weekend - hopefully I will hear more next time!



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,122 ✭✭✭Ger Roe


    The issue seemed to be related to the Manx Radio end of the operation only.

    Even online, the stream from Manx sounded like it was out of phase. It was immediately obvious on the switch over from The Carnaby Street programme originating at Manx, to the live stream from The Ross. The stream on Caroline's own site was perfect as was a direct url stream put up on Caroline's Facebook page that was originating directly from the ship. As Dave Foster said on air ... it seemed to be OK leaving The Ross.

    It was disappointing that it couldn't be sorted on the Manx stream and AM signal during the whole weekend. The most promoted stream links on various websites are originated from the Manx stream.



  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    I only had access to 1368khz for the whole of the broadcast - no internet and I don't do mobile streaming .



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,122 ✭✭✭Ger Roe


    I just noticed that UK Regulator Ofcom, has agreed a power increase for the Radio Caroline service on 648Khz. Currently operating at 1kw from Suffolk, they will be allowed to increase power to extend the coverage to include the current anchorage position for The Ross Revenge, on the river Blackwater in Essex. The actual power increase has not been defined yet, but it is good news for Caroline.

    I can hear 648 here in Wicklow occasionally (usually at night, in winter), so a power increase might help the dx effort.


    Post edited by Ger Roe on


  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    Yes it's great news -- I had a 45 minute car trip last night on the Wales coast and 648khz kept me company all the way - best signal for ages so it can only get better.

    There is a 3 day treat via Manx Radio on 1368khz starting 13th August through to the 15th August - the monthly link with Radio Caroline North and annual fund raiser. Schedule to follow.



  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    Schedule for the 3 day fund raising event -- enjoy the line up .

    Friday 13th August

    09:00 - 10:00 Top 15

    10:00 – 12:00 Johnny Lewis

    12:00 – 14:00 Paul Brown

    14:00 - 16:00 Steve Antony

    16:00 – 19:00 Chris Pearson

    19:00 – 21:00 Peter Philips

    21:00 – 00:00 Dave Foster


    Saturday 14th August

    00:00 – 03:00 Paul Brown

    03:00 – 06:00 Bill Rollins

    06:00 – 08:30 Chris Pearson

    08:30 - 10:30 (Chris Williams Carnaby Street from Manx Radio)

    10:30 – 13:00 Johnny Lewis

    13:00 – 15:30 Ray Clark

    15:30 – 18:30 Graham Bannerman

    18:30 - 21:00 Peter Philips

    21:00 - 00:00 Dave Foster


    Sunday 15th August

    00:00 - 03:00 Steve Antony

    03:00 - 06:00 John Ellery

    06:00 - 09:00 Dave Foster

    09:00 - 10:00 Top 15

    10:00 - 12:00 Paul Brown

    12:00 – 14:00 Steve Antony

    14:00 – 17;00 Johnny Lewis

    17:00 - 19:00 Peter Philips

    19:00 - 21:00 Chris Pearson

    Edit : How do I get rid of the double line spacing please?



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Is there a web link as I don’t have a mw radio?



  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭Oscarziggy


    Look on the Manx Radio site and choose "Listen Live" then "Listen to AM".

    Radio Caroline site has a green bar in top right corner of home page which will be active .

    More details about the 3 (or 4) days on the Radio Caroline home page -

    http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,068 ✭✭✭Declan A Walsh


    You can also access Manx Radio on the Radio Garden platform. Remember that, with the exception of Carnaby Radio which is on both Manx Radio AM and FM, you would need to choose Manx Radio AM for the Radio Caroline North broadcasts. Incidentally, "Radio Caroline AM 648", and various other related incarnations, are also available on Radio Garden. I know from using it that it is best to stick with Manx Radio AM if you want be sure to hear Radio Caroline North broadcasts from the Ross Revenge, as Radio Caroline 648 often has it's own programming during those Radio Caroline North runs.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,122 ✭✭✭Ger Roe


    Just in case anyone wants to listen.... Radio Caroline is live from The Ross now (Fri), for their annual fundraising weekend. Available in these parts (Ireland, East Coast) online and on AM 1368Khz from Manx Radio. They will be live from the ship until 9pm on Sunday - regular updates about life on board are posted on their Facebook page.

    Thankfully, the tech issues with webstream quality from the broadcast last month, have been sorted - sounding great now. Tomorrow (Sat) marks 54 years since the passing of the UK Marine Offences Act -I am sure they will do something to mark the occasion.





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