What The REAL ‘Pirate Radio’ Was Like …

14 11 2009

This is something I know about as I was one of the last ‘Pirate’ DJs in the North Sea …

This weekend in the USA the movie ‘Pirate Radio’ is opening … now if you want to know the way it really was, at least near the end …

Here is a link to a somewhat edited, but completely honest story about how it was to be one of the last ‘Breakfast Hosts’ for Laser Hot Hits!

Part of My Journal & The View From The Bridge

Below is a link to what part of the Breakfast Show from December 8th and 9th 1986 sounded like on Laser. The technical quality of the aircheck is only fair to poor since it was recorded in Scotland, by a member of the pirate radio fan club know as the ‘Anoraks’,  the ship was several hundred miles away in the North Sea off the SE coast of England.

The video portion are some pictures I took on the ship. The one of the Bellatrix is the tender that came all too infrequently from Holland because it was legal for a British boat to supply the ship, another picture shows the North Sea the way it looked much of the time

The ship had on board twin 25kw transmitters, but the five wire horizontal antenna array then on the ship could only accommodate the use of one of the transmitters at a time.

I haven’t seen the movie yet … hope to soon. I’m sure it makes it look a lot more fun than it really was!

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