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Radio Essex - Technical


1Kw ex-USAF radio beacon (manufactured before the Second World War by RCA Victor), converted for broadcasting use

(At one stage the former Radio City Cossor transmitter was used but was later stripped to provide parts for a home built unit)


An aerial was constructed on top of the Fort using scaffolding poles

Chris Stewart on air Mark West in the Radio Essex studio

Two views of the Radio Essex studio on air

Above: Chris Stewart)

(Left: Mark West,

Aerial mast on Knock John Fort

Above: Dick Palmer and Keith Robinson working on the aerial mast, February 1966

Photo: Andy Cadier

Right: the completed aerial mast on Knock John Fort


2 x Garrard 401 turntables

1 x Collaro turntable (used for commercials, station Ids, jingles etc)

2 x Vortexian tape machines

1 x Vortexian mixer, with studio console and controls,

1 x Reslo RBT ribbon microphone

Photos: Bob le Roi

QSL Card

Radio station engineering departments issue QSL cards to verify reception reports received from listeners

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Above: The transmitter on Knock John Fort

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