CONDITION   CHANGEABLE

Conditions changeable
From the 9th November 1985, rough weather conditions were experienced and a number of comments were made by those on the Ross Revenge. Around this time the adverts for Haiwian Tropic disappeared. David Andrews in his programme that evening played a "chain" of music between 19.00 and 21.00 starting off with an artist and linking the next track with the first, and so on, ending up with the same artist that started the chain. The 11th saw a new name in Neil Francis's 12.00 to 15.00 slot, Duncan Thomas Ingle, that initially sounded familiar. The following day the 22.00 to 01.00 slot consisted of three hours of continuous music, introduced by Andy Johnson, as Caroline Classics. Over on 963khz, the Jamming 963 programme was heard for the last time on the 12th, on the 13th, 14th and 15th the link-up with 558 was immediately after Roy Masters, on the 16th this was at 18.15 after Johaan Maasbach. This link-up continued after the last religious programme of the day until Monday 9th December 1985, when a new programme, World Missionary Evangelism started, this ended at 20.15 followed by non-stop music until 21.00.

In the money
On 14th November 1985 the Colchester "Evening Gazette" reported that Radio Caroline appeared to be financially afloat, with cash coming from the hire of their 963khz transmitter to the Dutch language Radio Monique. Income is also generated by a host of religious programmes, and extra cash comes from record companies who pay to have their discs played. There was a slightly early closedown in the early hours of Friday 15th, scheduled close was for 01.00, but following a generator failure at 00.12 they didn't return until the morning. Broadcast magazine for 15th November, reported that the DTI were facing problems in writing warning letters to Radio Caroline's advertisers, one of them was the Canadian Government, who were promoting Expo 86 in Vancouver.

On the 24th November 1985, David Andrews thanked the visitors from Holland for coming to see them and said it was nice to see some friendly faces in the Knock Deep channel for a change. The following day the ships engines were running and John Ford turned up the microphone so listeners could hear for themselves. Both frequencies went off air at 21.22 on the 26th due to a generator failure and returned at 05.06 the following morning.

On shortwave
On Saturday 30th November 1985, just after the start of Andy Johnson's show at 21.00, he announced that Radio Caroline could also be heard on 6273khz Shortwave, this only appeared on this occasion and did not occur the following day as was announced and has not been repeated since. The 2nd December 1985 saw re-workings of adverts aired for Top Deck, Seagull sales and Arabian Sands holidays, while on the 4th a new version of the Superior leisurewear ad was noted.

Ross Revenge

Ross Revenge 1986

Fergie McNeil & Dave Andrews

Fergie McNeil & Dave Andrews

John Ford

John Ford

 

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DJs line-up November 1985

 

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Ross storm

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