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Studio consoleStudio on board Comet

Top and Right: Two views of the studio on board the Comet

Bottom Right: the landbased studio in Glasgow

Transmitters on board Comet

Left: the aerial mast on board the Comet

Below: The two transmitters on board the Comet

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The Comet had a single studio onboard, consisting of:-

A custom-built mixing panel

2 x Garrard 401 turntables

3 x Ferrograph tape decks

1 x Brenell tape deck

Many programmes were pre-recorded on land and played on tape from the ship. The landbased studio in Glasgow was equipped with a Pye sound-mixing desk and full recording facilities.

QSL Card

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

Radio Scotland QSL card

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Two 10Kw RCA BTA 10J transmitters


145' (44m) from deck level.

The top 120’ (36.8m) was welded-section alloy Sparlight yachting mast mounted on 25’ (7.6m) of the ship’s original lantern tower.

The station had originally planned the aerial height to be 200’ (61m).

Wire cage series feed aerial.

Thanks to Ian Anderson for providing information from his research into offshore radio aerial masts (originally published in Offshore Echos Magazine December 2007 and April 2008)

Pic: Bob Donnelly and www.rossrevenge.co.uk

Pic: Bob Donnelly and www.rossrevenge.co.uk