MAJOR    MARKET

Major Market
A launch date of 19th April 1981 was given for the return of Radio Caroline, but this came and went without anything happening. On the 22nd April, the Dutch press announced that there were problems with the balance of the ship, and it would be at least a couple of months before the station could start. Radio Caroline had appointed Major Market Radio of Madison Avenue, USA as their sales company. The man behind Major Market Radio was, the then seventy-three year old, former star of American cowboy films Gene Autry who owned a chain of radio stations in the USA.

During August 1981, the Radio Paradijs ship was seized by the Dutch Government. This caused some concern and the Caroline project was briefly put on hold.

Converting to radioship
Work began on converting the Ross Revenge into a radio ship, in the autumn. The transmission mast was to be the tallest ever to be fitted to a ship, three hundred feet above sea level. The mast was designed by the engineering department of the University of Barcelona. In September, three transmitters, previously used by an Arkansas station, were purchased from Dallas company Bessco International. Missing paperwork held up the release of the equipment. The transmitters were eventually released and arrived in Spain, where Peter Chicago installed them aboard the Ross Revenge. The main transmitter was an RCA Ampliphase Model BTA 50H (serial number 101). Two studios were installed in a Portakabin on the rear deck of the ship, each containing two Russco turntables, a Collins cartridge machine and a Revox B77 reel to reel tape recorder, all fed into a Gates twelve input mixing panel. On the 11th September, Media Buying Services and Michael Javis and Partners of London were announced as the operators of the commercial side of Radio Caroline in the UK.

The Ross Revenge was registered in Panama on 23rd September 1981. Registration number 9625 - POXT. The ship, classified as a pleasure yacht, had a radio call sign of HP-4344.

Studio

Original studio in portakabin

Gene Autry

Gene Autry

Radio Paradijs

Seizure of Radio Paradijs

Mast fitted

Mast fitted

 

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