Radio Caroline & The British "Pirates"

by Dave Reid

July 25, 2017

(Images courtesy Google maps.)

By Dave Reid

1) The Radio Caroline ship Ross Revenge is now visible on Google’s satellite mapping, with its position marked. Look on River Blackwater in England, roughly due west of ‘Bradwell Waterside’ or south of Tollesbury in Essex.

2) As of 31st May 2017 Ross Revenge was added to the National Historical Ships UK registry, under certificate number 3487.

3) As of 17th May 2017, OFCOM, the UK government department responsible for controlling telecommunications, awarded Radio Caroline a licence to broadcast on AM with a power of 1Kw ‘ERP’ (radiated power of the aerial), with ‘album music from the 60’s to the present day’ to people over 45 in the counties of Suffolk and north Essex. The 648kHz frequency was originally used by BBC World Service between 1982 and 2011. Caroline will use a transmitter obtained from the continent and set up on land in the countryside north of Ipswich, Suffolk (not from the ship). It is/was hoped to get it on the air in time to commemorate 14th August 2017 – the 50th anniversary of the passing of the infamous ‘MOA’, UK’s Marine Offences Act, which stopped all offshore ‘pirate’ radio ships, except Caroline.