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Caroline 558 27/10/1989 Peter Chicago. Authentic lightning interference.

Caroline 558 27/10/1989 Peter Chicago. Authentic lightning interference.

Post co-ordinated Anglo-Dutch raid that smashed and or removed most of the Radio Caroline transmission capability. Short of DJs, chief Radio Engineer Peter Chicago takes to the airwaves on 558 kHz, using mostly equipment donated to the ship and transmitter salvaged from bits and pieces that Peter and the crew managed to hide and protect during the raid.

Here, Chicago plays the records, makes announcements and sends coded messages to 'The Management' (or lack of it) on the last proper Pirate Radio station in the North Sea, anchored at The Falls Head, approx. 17 miles from the Thanet coastline. Peter did well! This recording made in Cambs and just listen to the audio quality, terrific considering it was recorded off AM with lightning crackles!


Robert Flint

Top fellow for everything he achieved for Caroline...a real hero!



Peter Woods

Excuse the pun but it was 'cracking' quality for AM considering the station had been stripped of equipment etc in the raid just 3 months previously. Peter was a superb engineer and credit to him for doing so much for Caroline down the years. A hero of offshore radio !


Audio on AM from that ship was always very good, even with RSLs up to about 1998. Then something happened, and it sounded just like any other station during its RSLs :-( 648 is not bad, but what the hey, its hardly the real thing now, is it?