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The aerial mast on board Laissez Faire


The transmitters on board Laissez Faire


50Kw (claimed)

Continental Electronics 317C transmitter  (one of two on board Laissez Faire)

Aerial Height

160’ (49m) - from deck level. The top 123’ (37.5m) was tubular tapered welded-section steel mounted on 37’ (11.3m) of the original ship’s mast.

The station claimed an aerial height 210’ (64m)

There were two separate wire cage or sausage antennas - the 227m (1320kHz) (used by Radio England)  was slung between the main and back mast; while the 355m (845kHz) (used by Britain Radio) was  slung from the main mast to the deck

Automated carousel machine One of the identical studios on Laissez Faire

Top right: one of the identical studios on board Laissez Faire, used by Britain Radio

Bottom right: the automated Carousel machine used mainly for Britain Radio’s overnight programmes

Transmitters on Laissez Faire


2 x turntables

3 x tape machines

1 x Carousel (an automated tape player)

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)

QSL Card

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

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