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Old 01-23-2019, 02:03 AM
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Originally Silvretta, and built in Slikkerveer, Netherlands in 1948, the 630-tonne vessel was 8.85 metres wide, 3.25 metres deep and 53 metres long. In 1969 Mebo Telecommunications bought Silvretta, fitted her as a floating radio station, and renamed her Mebo II. Since Mebo was too big to tender Mebo II off the Netherlands, RNI used a smaller vessel, Trip Tender, which Radio London had also used (when she was called Offshore 1.) The psychedelically-painted Mebo II carried a MW transmitter at 105 kilowatts (more than twice the 50 kW TXs used by Radio London and Radio Caroline), though it operated at 60 kW or less.
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Old 01-27-2019, 03:38 AM
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Another offshore station which was eventually granted a licence to broadcast on land was Radio Hauraki - "home of the young New Zealanders", but before that they went through hell, high water and high seas to bring the listeners the kind of entertainment they wanted. Two ships were used, the MV Tiri and then the MV Tiri II, after the first ship was wrecked in a storm. The station covered the Auckland area of North Island, New Zealand from its anchorage in the Hauraki Gulf outside territorial waters and broadcast a mixture of pop music with news bulletins every hour on the hour. Presentation was in a very personal and chatty style and, as with most of the British offshore stations of the sixties, presenters were free to project their own personality on air. The station broadcast on 1480 kHz with a reported power of only 2 kW which is low by our European standards but was normal for Australasian stations.
The station closed down on 1/6/70 but was granted a licence to broadcast on land from Aukland and opened on 26/9/70 as 1XA. It quickly established itself as a top commercial station in the country.

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Old 01-27-2019, 11:30 AM
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I THINK Great Britain had a "Floater' or 3, as well. People just didn't wanna listen to the pap Mama Beeb put out, hence the "Pirates"/floaters. Here in America, we have the ever vigilant FCC-"Funny Cookie Company"- that guards our airwaves from such evildoers. But pirate stations pop up here all the time-Sometimes they're hams or CBers wanting a new kick, sometimes they're kids playing radio, teenagers looking to screw w/the local legit radio. Back in the Seventies, we found that if you parked in a certain spot in the shopping plaza parking lot, turned to Channel 19 on the CB, you could "Walk" all over WRGS, 1370 on yr AM dial, & totally bollix up Rev Clapsuddle & The Redeemed Gospel singers.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:40 AM
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Ahh yes I remember the UK pirates as they were know, they played music from pop to middle of the road, & I believe a classical station was tried but failed as no one listened to it, so it went over to pop. The only pop music stations you could get in England back before the pirates was Luxembourg & AFN via skywave at night, I remember listening to a fading, distorting Luxy or AFN on many a night. Some pirates TX'd with 50,000 watts & covered most of the country, they got out well with the sea being a good ground/counterpoise. Mam used to listen to Radio 270 (they gave their wavelength in metres back then instead of frequency & some stations were named after their wavelength, also one called 388 IIRC) it was moored of the Yorkshire coast & came in quite good here in Nottingham. 270 TX'd with 10,000 watts AFAIK. They were outlawed in August 1967 & all but one shut down. BBC Radio1 fired up in September 1967 playing pop music on a multi transmitter single frequency network on 247 metres/1414Khz...
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One once Pirate is now, legitimate. Radio Caroline.
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Back in the 90s, we had Radio New York International, which was a "Legit" station-Well, SORTA, anyhoo, & they had Alan Weiner on Sunday nites w/the best in left wing claptrap & a health dose of anti-Funny Cookie Co diatribe. Seems like I remember you could call in & vent yr spleen on most anything/everything. I caught a pirate one night on USB, I think, he was "Playing" radio-He kept repeating w/some sort of repeating gizmo-"Phone Phreaking is a Federal Offence....A Federeal Offence... A FEDERAL OFFENCE !!!"
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