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Radio 355 - Technical


50Kw (claimed)

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


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)  was slung between the main and back mast; while the 355m  (845kHz) was slung from the main mast to the deck

One of the two identical studios on Laissez Faire

Right: one of the two  identical studios on board Laissez Faire,

Below: the transmitters on board Laissez Faire

Right: a view of the aerial masts on Laissez Faire

Aerial mast on Laissez Faire Transmitter on Laissez Faire

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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)