In exactly four weeks from today on Thursday 3rd August 2017, the Martello Tower Group will again be operating as GB5RC, where the RC stands for Radio Caroline, from the MV Ross Revenge, moored in the Blackwater Estuary, near Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex.
This Special Event is to celebrate fifty years of offshore broadcasting and what better place to operate from than the home of the world famous Radio Caroline.
The group are setting up on the 3rd August with operation expected to start in the evening. They will be on the air until the early hours of Monday 7th August.
Activity will be centred around 80m, 40m and 20m which were the busiest bands by far in 2016 with the option to retune verticals for 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m if required. The group will also attempt to operate on VHF/UHF although noise from the on board solar panels made this difficult before.
With the recent announcement from Ofcom that Radio Caroline has been issued a licence to broadcast on 648kHz, interest in the station is the highest it’s been for many years. Amateur radio has played a big part in offshore broadcasting over the years so this seems a perfect time to celebrate five decades of offshore radio.
QSL via G6NHU
It’s possible for yourself to visit the MV Ross Revenge (but not during GB5RC). To find out more go to the Radio Caroline web site and click on Boat Trips or use this link: https://www.facebook.com/radiocarolinerossrevengevisits
To find out more about Radio Caroline:
(as seen from Southgate ARC)