Europe's First and Only Album Station:
Radio Caroline

Time frame 1983-1989

1 - Caroline's 3th ship: the MV Ross Revenge (September 1983)
Caroline's 3rd ship: the MV Ross Revenge
(September 1983)

2 - The anchor chain
The main anchor chain
 

3 - The longest antenna ever built on a ship: 90 metres
The tallest antenna ever built on a ship: 90m
(see building an antenna on a ship)

4 - Grant Bawlard in the on-air studio
Grant "Super Star" Bawlard in the on-air studio (August 1984)

5 - Part of the library next door
Part of the library next door

6 - Jay "Angry man" Jackson preparing the news bulletin
Jay "Angry man" Jackson preparing the news bulletin
7 - Repairing & testing the telex in the newsroom
Repairing & testing the telex in the newsroom

8 - BBC camera crew on its way back after visiting us for an interview
BBC camera crew on its way back after visiting us for an interview

9 - L->R: Grant, Peter Chicago, Jay, me, Janice, Andy, Michael, Bob, Stewart
Left to right: Grant, Peter Jay, me, Janice, Andy, Michael, Bob, Stewart

10 - L->R: Peter Chicago, Grant, Johnny, me
From left to right: Peter Chicago, Grant Benson, 
Johnny Lewis and me, having a bath during slack tide

11 - HF radiation on the deck
Me, waving around with a non-connected fluorescent lamp
to show the HF radiation on deck

12 - The best sound quality on the MW, thanks to the Optimod
The best sound quality on the MW, thanks to the Optimod

13 - The 50 kW main transmitter (RCA - Ampliphase)
The 50 kW main transmitter (RCA - Ampliphase)

14 - RCA - Ampliphase, serial number 101

15 - Cabinet with the driver stage, exciter modulators and crystal oscillator
Cabinet with the driver stage (top), exciter modulators and crystal oscillator (bottom)

16 - Channel 2 of the Ampliphase output stage cabinet
Channel 2 of the Ampliphase
output stage cabinet

17 - The rectifier & control cabinet
The rectifier & control cabinet
 

18 - The 963 kHz crystal oven
The 963 kHz crystal oven

19 - Top of the output valve in Channel 1
Top of the output valve in Channel 1

20 - Back of the 4-cabinet Ampliphase
Back of the 4-cabinet Ampliphase

21 - The matching unit, feeding the output of two transmitters to one antenna
The tuning unit, feeding the output of
two transmitters to one antenna

22 - Peter's diagram of the matching unit
Peter's diagram of the tuning unit
 

23 - The antenna insulator as seen from the transmitter room
The antenna insulator just above the
matching unit in the transmitter room

24 - The antenna insulator as seen from the deck
The antenna insulator (former power plant
insulator) as seen from the deck

25 - View from inside the antenna mast
View from inside the antenna mast
(during maintenance of course)

26 - Looking down from the top of the mast: 90 metres above sea level!
Looking down from the top of the mast: 
90 metres above sea level!

27 - The high voltage transformer vault beloning to the Ampliphase transmitter
The high voltage transformer cage
for the transmitters

28 - One of the two 10 kW transmitters (which was later rewired for SortWave services)
One of the two 10 kW transmitters
(later rewired for Sort Wave services)

29 - Bob Matthews on air
Bob Matthews on air (March 1985)
30 - The old production studio, now converted into the Radio Monique studio
Old production studio, now converted into the Radio Monique studio
31 - Peter Philips in the news room
Peter "World Service" Philips in the news room
32 - Johnny Lewis at the VHF radio on the bridge
Johnny Lewis at the VHF radio on the bridge

33 - One of the two main generators
One of the two main generators

34 - A spare 10 kW transmitter cabinet is taken aboard
A spare 10 kW transmitter cabinet is taken aboard

35 - L->R: Stewart, Paul, Kate, Tim
From left to right: Stewart, Paul, Kate, Tim

36 - Tenders from the UK (alongside) and the Netherlands (behind)
Tenders from the UK (alongside) and the Netherlands (behind)

37 - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on watch
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on watch (October 1985)

38 - Hide and Seek between the DTI and our tender
Hide and Seek with the DTI during "EuroSiege 85"

39 - Andy Johnson in the production studio at the aft
Andy "Cosmic" Johnson in the production studio at the aft
40 - The original communications equipment behind the bridge
The original communications equipment behind the bridge

41 - Howard's (own made) tender
Howard's (self made) ship, 
here in use as tender

42 - Fergie and Andy with Greenpeace tender in the background
Fergie and Andy with another tender
in the background

43 - Fergie and Rob preparing for mast maintenance
Fergie & Rob prepping for mast maintenance.
Behind them Jenny (my ex-love) and Jan

44 - The antenna as seen from the aft
The antenna as seen from the aft
 

45 - Aft riggings
Mast riggings at the aft which held the mast in place until a hurricane in November 1987

46 - The much discussed fibre mast (which turned out to be a disaster)
One of the DIY antenna experiments.
This fibre mast got fried when RF was applied

47 - Ross in rough weather (dry)
Loosing her main mast but still having her concrete counterweight
made the Ross less stable during rough weather conditions

48 - Ross in rought weather (wet)
And today's number for the office is number...
 

49 - Ross without her mast
The Ross Revenge after she lost her main mast (June 1988)
 


 

50 - The *illegal* raid by the Dutch "Radio Controle Dienst" (RCD)
In August 1989 the unthinkable happened: after 25 years of broadcasting the Dutch Radio Controle Dienst (RCD) went out on the vessel 'Volans', illegally raided the Ross and dismantled the transmitters

   
 

Photos 34,35,36,41,46,50 Leendert Vingerling
Photo 47 Mike Kerslake

 
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