In early August 2017, the Martello Tower Group will be operating as GB5RC, from the MV Ross Revenge, moored in the Blackwater Estuary, near Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex.
The Special Event Station is to celebrate fifty years of offshore broadcasting, with the MV Ross Revenge being the home of Radio Caroline.
The group are setting up on the 3rd August with operation expected to start in the evening and continuing through until the early hours of 7th August 2017.
Activity will be centred around 80m, 40m and 20m which were the busiest bands by far in 2016 with the option to retune verticals for 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m if required. The group will also attempt to operate on VHF/UHF although noise from the on board solar panels made this difficult before.
With the recent announcement from Ofcom that Radio Caroline has been issued a licence to broadcast on 648kHz, interest in the station is the highest it's been for many years. Amateur radio has played a big part in offshore broadcasting over the years so this seems a perfect time to celebrate five decades of offshore radio.
QSL via G6NHU