FLASHBACK 67

Flashback 67
The tenth anniversary of the UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, was commemorated with the 'Flashback 67' event, held at the Centre Airport Hotel (near London Heathrow airport) over the weekend of 13th & 14th August 1977. Recordings made at the event by Robbie Dale, were rushed out to the Mi Amigo on Saturday evening, and aired the next day, purporting to be broadcast live from Flashback in London.

On 4th October, Radio Caroline left the air just after seven in the evening. It led to speculation that the station had stopped, after presenter James Ross thanked listeners for their support. They returned just after seven the next morning, while the Daily Mirror newspaper speculated that Caroline was finished.

Flashback 67

50 kW
There was more press speculation, when Caroline left the air again on 11th November around noon, after suffering generator trouble during storms. These increased in intensity during the next week. The radio station had actually stopped due to equipment faults caused by the bad weather, and to allow the transmitters to dry out. At 22:13 on 21st November, Radio Caroline returned to the air. Next morning Mark Lawrence opened the breakfast show and apologised for the close down. Radio Mi Amigo started to use the 10 kilowatt 319 transmitter, operating on 212 metres on 1st December, whilst the 50 kW transmitter was altered to transmit on 319 Metres. At 00.45 on 13th December, the 50 kW transmitter was switched on, and a strong carrier signal was heard. There was a break of a few minutes, before Caroline was back... on high power.

50 kW Tx

The 50 kW tx


Robbie Dale

Robbie Dale at Flashback 67

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Peter Chicago

Peter Chicago

Mi Amigo

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Caroline 15-8-1977

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