PEACE   AND   CALM

Peace and calm
Tuesday 1st October 1985 saw the Greenpeace ship "Sirius" moored alongside the Ross Revenge since the previous night. At 10.20 Susan Charles said "This morning we'd like to play a song from George Harrison and dedicate this to the Captain and crew of the 'Sirius' Greenpeace ship, along with the TV and radio crew from Radio Veronica in Holland and also the CBS crew that's travelling with them".

 

The 1st also saw John Lewis sitting in for Nigel Roberts who was suffering from an abcess, John also congratulated former DJ Dave Windsor, now working in Italy, on getting engaged. Another event on the 1st October was the first airing of an advert for Top Deck Ski travel at 09.31. The 6th October 1985 saw the 963khz transmitter off air for most of the day, at 10.40 John Lewis announced "It's Caroline, alive and kicking on 576, we seem to be the only ones today from the North sea. By the way listeners to Radio Monique, hopefully we'll have 963 back for you very shortly, one to two problems there, the old engineers are working overtime". In fact the evenings sponsored programmes were transferred over to Caroline on 576. On the, 10th a 01.00 close for generator work, and on the 14th a late start at midday for both 576 and 963 and again closing at 01.00 for transmitter maintenance. Other events for the 14th were new adverts for Music Master record catalogue and Pacific Design for an air brush painting of the Ross Revenge. At 14.00 Nick Richards and Susan Charles announced that Mrs Rosemary Adams from London was the winner of the recent competition with the prize of a Windjammer Cruise.

DTI press conference
The DTI took the unprecedented step of holding a press conference on Wednesday 16th October 1985, to keep people informed as to why they were taking the action they were. The DTI said they were bringing their anti-piracy message to the pirates own back yard, at the two venues in Maidstone and then Chelmsford. TVS "Coast to Coast" reported with first of these two with Alan Clarke "The government took the unusual step of hiring a hotel room to put their case, they allege radio interference by the pop pirates and claim they're being supplied illegally from South East ports. Such briefings are usually off the record but not today. Three officials from the Department of Trade and Industry's Radio Interference Section produced technical evidence to support their claim that Laser and Caroline pose a serious threat to air and sea navigation in the Thames estuary, English channel and North Sea, the DTI say..." "It's a very serious threat, the pirate radios are putting out such power that they are jamming out on the frequencies they're using obviously, and surrounding frequencies" said DTI spokeswoman Dilys Gane who continued "We've had numerous complaints from helicopter pilots trying to land on oil rigs in the North sea, because their directional beacons are being jammed by the pirate ships and instead of getting the signal to help them land, they're getting pop music". Alan Clarke "The DTI say the pirates pose a threat to life and limb, are there any example of incidents causing either death or injury". "These stations are completely out of control and for example, last year they blocked out the navigational aids at the entrance to the English Channel, the busiest sea route in the whole world" said Ms. Ganes. "Therefore for a period of hours had anything happened, the coastguards wouldn't have known about it".

Greenpeace

Fergie McNeill and Andy Johnson with Greenpeace ship Sirius in background

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"Spy ship"

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