MV ROSS REVENGE  RADIO CAROLINE AUG.1983-NOV.1990

 

 

The golden rule in the Caroline handbook: whenever forced of the air, she will always return at whatever cost! It took 41 months to reappear in the Knockdeepchannel  of the Essex UK coast, anchored just few miles from the place where the Mi Amigo sank in March 1980.

The MV Ross Revenge was home for Caroline between August 9, 1983 and November 6, 1990. Carolines chief engineer Peter Chicago went to Dallas Texas USA with his shopping list and returned to Spain, where the ship was fitted out between 1981 and 1983, with a 50000 watt RCA Ampliphase and a 10000 watt RCA am broadcast transmitter, Russco turntables, Collins cartmachines, Revox B77 reel to reel taperecorders, Gates mixer and an Optimod soundprocessor.

This great stuff was connected to three Man generators producing 850 kva and to a 300ft aerialmast <7x12mtrs=84mtrs> and on August 9 1983 Radio Caroline was back where she belongs, in international waters of the Northsea broadcasting great music with a superb signal on 319 mtrs medium wave 963 khz.

The Lady of all radiostations started her third era and third decade as a true Marine Broadcaster, little did we know this was going to be the most spectecular but also the last!

Spectacular isnt it. The Ross in full glory in August 1983. The name Caroline was not yet painted on the portside studiobridgedeck beneath the ships command bridge.

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From every angle a spectacular view for every one approaching

the Ross in the Knockdeep channel some 12 miles off the UK coast in international waters.

The huge insulator and a look on the inside of the highest mast ever built on a ship.

                    The Caroline studio in early August 1983, Collins cartmachines on top of the Gates mixer, infact this was the Gates Gateway mixer, on the right the Russco turntables. A very small collection of jingles on the left side of the mixer.

Mr 25 Or 6 To 4 looking happy in Carolines main studio in 1996.

LA: Lots of Anarchy onboard or perhaps Loads of Anoraks onboard? Perhaps both.

There is always someone on watch for possible hostile ships on the horizon. The Volans perhaps?

Painted in signal red.

she looks as tough

as old boots!

In December 1984 the 50000 watt transmitter was leased to the Dutch radio Monique, Caroline continued on the 10000 watt transmitter on 519 mtrs mw, 576 khz. Once again this proofed to be a good solution for Caroline to stay on air.

The radio Monique studio was situated on the starboard side of the studio deck, next to the Caroline studio.

No Gates mixer or Russco turntables for Monique.

A third studio was used for a progressive music service at night after Monique closed down, called Caroline overdrive. In the studio Simon    Barrett who wrote the superb book Sos- 10 days in the life of a lady. A great story of the drifting of the Mi Amigo back in November 1975.

The tender Zeemeeuw.

Now we know what caused the 300ft tower to collapse. Does anyone know this person. Looks to me one of the rough Dutch shag smoking crewmembers.

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She does look a bit odd without the 300ft tower, the new front mast was made of an old oil pipe onboard the Ross, the one on the back of the ship is the Versa tower used by radiohams. The original 300ft tower was lost in November 1987, these two replacing towers were built early 1988.

During 1988 a third mast was added on the aft of the ship, the famous glass-fibre aerial. It didn't work.

It looks as if aerial towers grow on this ship, well at least there is enough water to grow. This photo was taken from onboard the Olau ferry during the early 1989.

The Olau ferryboat as seen from the Ross Revenge. Great ship, had at least 10 bars onboard. The Olau sailed between Vlissingen Holland and Sheernes UK. An 8 hour trip and during this great voyage you passed not only the Ross but also the famous towers Shivering Sands, Red Sands and Knock John Tower used in the 60s by Radio City, 390 and Essex. This Olau trip was a must for all anoraks.

All went well until August 19, 1989 when Dutch authorities raided the Ross and took most of her broadcast equipment to Holland, the ship stayed at sea and once again in a good Caroline tradition she started broadcasting again, but on lower power. There was however no income for the station anymore and sadly her final broadcast as a true Marine broadcaster was heard on November 6 1990. The ship stayed at sea but in November 1991 she started drifting and ended up on the Goodwin Sands sandbank off the Kent coast.

Lets go back to early 1967. There was this great idea of putting outboard motors on the west coast of Scotland and move the whole of the UK 1 mile in an easterly direction! The offshore stations on the English eastcoast would find themselves within UK waters. But it didn't work out so Harold Wilson invented the Marine Offences Act of August 1967. The above photo suggests that the Ross was high and dry because of stranding on a sand bank. What realy happened was the DTI pulling the plug in the North Sea and Caroline overnight became a landbased pirate radio station.< what a sick joke, mr de Haan>

Indeed it is. But seriously folks, she was saved from this great ship swallower and towed into Dover port. At least she wasn't lost like the Mi Amigo.

 

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