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Barksdale Boy 14th Aug 2017 09:11

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.

Krystal n chips 14th Aug 2017 09:43

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...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_2

Alsacienne 14th Aug 2017 09:47

I still miss Robbie Vincent's talk shows!

herman the crab 14th Aug 2017 10:11

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.

HTC

ORAC 14th Aug 2017 10:21



Atlantic 252

VP959 14th Aug 2017 10:22


Originally Posted by herman the crab (Post 9861348)
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.

HTC

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.

chevvron 14th Aug 2017 12:22


Originally Posted by Barksdale Boy (Post 9861301)
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).

Ant 14th Aug 2017 12:23

...and not forgetting Radio Luxembourg on 208 metres medium wave.

Also remember enjoying John Peel at 10pm evenings on Radio 1.

G-CPTN 14th Aug 2017 13:13


Originally Posted by VP959 (Post 9861355)
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.

Fareastdriver 14th Aug 2017 13:38

I didn't know you were knocking off President Kennedy's daughter.

UpaCreak 14th Aug 2017 13:47

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.

johnfairr 14th Aug 2017 15:40

"That's Keynsham, spelt K - E - Y - N - S - H - A - M, nr Bristol . . . "

Pontius Navigator 14th Aug 2017 15:59

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.

IcePack 14th Aug 2017 17:38

Ladies & Gentleman welcome to the Roman Empire.

KelvinD 14th Aug 2017 17:43


"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!

Andrewgr2 14th Aug 2017 17:49

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.

Pontius Navigator 14th Aug 2017 17:54


Originally Posted by ORAC (Post 9861353)

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.

VP959 14th Aug 2017 18:29


Originally Posted by G-CPTN (Post 9861506)
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.

G-CPTN 14th Aug 2017 18:58


Originally Posted by Andrewgr2 (Post 9861741)
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.

G-CPTN 14th Aug 2017 19:03


Originally Posted by VP959 (Post 9861783)
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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