Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Remembering The Days When MW Free Stations Were Prolific in the UK

Although never as prolific as the MW pirate scene in the Netherlands, England had more than its fair share of illicit broadcasters on the band during the 1970s and 80s. The south-east, in particular, was renowned for a proliferation of pirates, many of whom would qso just like their Dutch counterparts and others who would come on air with a full line-up of presenters. Considering the dearth of MW pirates from this side of the North Sea nowadays, it is hard to believe how it used to be.
One of the stations on the scene in the Midlands was Radio King, which was a sister station to Mystery Radio, and came on air for the first time in 1980 on 229 metres (1305 kHz). 

In those very early days a homemade transistorised transmitter with just a couple of watts was used before an upgrade the following year to 12 watts and then around 25 watts. The station, like many at that time, hit the airwaves each Sunday, transmitting full programmes from around 8am through to 5pm. 

The rest of the article can be found at (Many thanks to MW Pirate Fan): mwfreeradio.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/king-of-midlands-in-1980s.html

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