Top left: The original Caroline studio in August 1983
Top right: The studio used for Caroline Overdrive service
Right: The studio rebuilt after the raid in August 1989
Main transmitter – 50Kw RCA Ampliphase BTA 50H
1 x 10Kw RCA BTH 10H
1 x 5Kw RCA BTA 5G (converted for use as a 10Kw shortwave transmitter, repaired after the raid in August 1989 and used on 558kHz medium wave)
1 x Orban Optimod AM 9000A unit to process the transmitter's signal, giving near FM quality.
In October 1989 (following the raid) transmissions were on very low power, less than 1Kw, achieving a signal range of less than 100 miles from the Ross Revenge. However there was a significant increase in power to 4Kw, when transmissions resumed on 9th January 1990, following three days of engineering work.
August 1983 -
(collapsed November 1987)
December 1987 -
January 1988 -
May 1988 -
June 1988 -
September/October 1989 (after the raid) A temporary aerial array was constructed.
Above: the original aerial tower
Below: One of the aerial towers built in June 1988 showing the dual construction for added stability
Left: the 50Kw transmitter on board Ross Revenge
The original set up in August 1983 was of two studios each with:-
12 channel gates mixing panel
Collins cartridge machine
B77 tape machine
Later, with more stations broadcasting from the Ross Revenge additional new equipment was installed and two more studios were built.
Studio 3 (originally built for the Overdrive service, using some equipment from Radio 390) and later used as a production facility.
Studio 4 -
There were also two on-