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Old 14th Aug 2017, 09:11
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A Sad Day

Today is the 50th anniversary of the demise of Radio London aka Big L. As a student I was addicted to it.
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Old 14th Aug 2017, 09:43
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That's London for you...fickle as ever.

However, beyond the signs that point to that mythical land, "The Norff / The Norff West "..and beyond...evidence of life has been found in these regions....this station is still going strong....well OK, it isn't quite the original version, and, regrettably, it opened up it's doors to one C. Evans, but the dulcet tones of Mr Sweeney still grace the airwaves...

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What about Radio Caroline? I remember listening to that on AM around 550 kHz using a battery 'transistor' radio when I was supposed to be asleep as a young kid.

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Originally Posted by herman the crab View Post
What about Radio Caroline? I remember listening to that on AM around 550 kHz using a battery 'transistor' radio when I was supposed to be asleep as a young kid.

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One of the first electronic things I made was a crystal set, with a long wire antenna running down the garden. It was connected to a pair of ex-WD headphones and I'd spend ages getting it set up just right to pick up Radio Luxembourg.

One of my earliest memories is laying under the bedclothes at midnight on New Years Eve, listening to the chimes of Big Ben, probably on the Home Service, and being excited that it was the first time I'd been awake when a new year started.
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Originally Posted by Barksdale Boy View Post
Today is the 50th anniversary of the demise of Radio London aka Big L. As a student I was addicted to it.
I'd left school the previous year and had my first job. Had bought myself a 'trannie' and listened to it at work hearing those words 'and Radio London is closing down'.(mid afternoon about 2 pm I think but I could be wrong).
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...and not forgetting Radio Luxembourg on 208 metres medium wave.

Also remember enjoying John Peel at 10pm evenings on Radio 1.
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One of the first electronic things I made was a crystal set, with a long wire antenna running down the garden. It was connected to a pair of ex-WD headphones and I'd spend ages getting it set up just right to pick up Radio Luxembourg.
Been there - done that (same headphones, too) - even though I am older than you.

ISTR that there were Morse stations and Eastern European stations transmitting only a short musical 'jingle' repeated continuously with just a short interval between.
As this was the Cold War period I speculated as to what was going on.

WRT Radio Caroline, my then crush was called Caroline, so I listened with fervour.
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Living in North Yorkshire at the time it was Radio 270 anchored off Scarborough. It was mainly sponsored by a school friends father, the owner of a supermarket chain around Scarborough. Radio 270 was the only station at the time to play House of the Rising Sun by the Animals full length, (about 4.5 mins, ISTR).
I was 15 at the time and had just "discovered" the fairer sex.
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There was a radio programme on our local radio on Saturday with one of the DJ. He then moved to radio Caroline.

Once we were in the Jurby range circuit dropping bombs from low level. We had Radio Caroline tuned in to the radio compass and were flying around her on the circuit. Of course the roar of 4 Olympus regularly interrupted the music.

Eventually the asked if we were listening, and as we might have been, they played Hello Dolly for us.
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"That's Keynsham, spelt K - E - Y - N - S - H - A - M, nr Bristol . . . "
And that instantly took me back 50 years or more! Thanks Horace!
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Used to live in K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M. I recall that Horace B's house had security floodlights long before such things became fashionable.
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Which was the same Freak as the Leuchars NBD which was rated at 100-150 miles.

I reported the interference to the appropriate branch at Strike. If course they had never heard Atlantic 252. On investigation they found the Leuchars NDB was also unlicensed.
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
Been there - done that (same headphones, too) - even though I am older than you.

ISTR that there were Morse stations and Eastern European stations transmitting only a short musical 'jingle' repeated continuously with just a short interval between.
As this was the Cold War period I speculated as to what was going on.

WRT Radio Caroline, my then crush was called Caroline, so I listened with fervour.
I was given a hand to build the crystal set originally, from a Polish friend of my fathers, who worked at the Martin Baker factory at the end of our road. I was around 8 or 9 (so around 1960/61) when he showed me how to wind a coil around the cardboard tube from an old toilet roll, and solder together the components on to brass tacks nailed to a bit of board. IIRC, he gave me the headphones, too, with their cotton-covered cable. I kept that crystal set for years, until I was given a "proper" transistor radio when I was around 14.
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Used to live in K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M. I recall that Horace B's house had security floodlights long before such things became fashionable.
When I was moving to the West Country in the 1980s, Horace's house was a guest house and I stayed there several times.
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I was given a hand to build the crystal set originally, from a Polish friend of my fathers, who worked at the Martin Baker factory at the end of our road. I was around 8 or 9 (so around 1960/61) when he showed me how to wind a coil around the cardboard tube from an old toilet roll, and solder together the components on to brass tacks nailed to a bit of board. IIRC, he gave me the headphones, too, with their cotton-covered cable. I kept that crystal set for years, until I was given a "proper" transistor radio when I was around 14.
The crystal set was the first project tackled at the after-school 'Science Club'- would be 1956 when I was 12.
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