Radio 270... Announced wavelength: 270 m... On motor vessel Oceaan VII, anchored in international waters off Scarborough, later moved to Bridlington, North Yorkshire...

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It was in November 1965 that a group of Northern businessman go together, the purpose to set up an offshore commercial radio station... After six months of planning it was hoped to start on 1 st April 1966... A Dutch fishing vessel, Oceaan VII was purchased... and arrived in Scarborough on 26 th February 1966... Men at work, converted her into a radio station... The opening had to be cancelled as vital parts had not arrived from America, and the following day, 2 nd April 1966 at 9:00 am a force seven gale and heavy seas caused 100 feet of the mast to collapse... The rough weather continued for some weeks before the Oceaan 7 could be towed to Grimsby for repairs... Transmissions eventually started on 4 th June 1966 on 1115 kHz (269 metres), with a power of 10 kW... The station was of the air several times in the first few weeks due to technical problems, bad weather and so on... But soon Radio 270 was back on the air... Early in the morning of 28 th October 1966, an unstamped letter addressed to Radio 270 arrived at Scarborough post office, as the station had instructed that no unstamped letters would be accepted, it was opened so that it could be returned to the sender... Inside was a printed note... "there is a limpet mine attached to the ship. This is not a hoax"... The police were informed of the letter, which had been posted at Foggathorpe near Selby... A hoax was suspected but they decided to inform Radio 270, just in case... Humber Radio, refused to take a radio telephone call because of a ruling forbidding calls to offshore radio stations brought into effect on 9 th February 1962... Finally they agreed, but no reply could be obtained from the radio ship, who because of the ruling, did not keep a permanent radio watch... The station kept on broadcasting unaware of the drama on shore... After a lot of events... someone contacted the ship and the crew searched the ship, but found nothing... Radio 270 moved her anchor to off Bridlington 4 th August 1967 and reappeared on the 13 th, hoping her position was more sheltered... Trouble was experienced in supplying power due to jelly fish being sucked into the cooling water intake, causing the equipment to run at the wrong speeds... In common with the most stations Radio 270 decided to close with the Marine Offences Act taking effect... On the afternoon of 14 th August 1967 it was intended that the D.J.'s on shore leave would go out so that the entire broadcasting staff would be on board to say goodbye... Rough weather prevented this, and one of the DJs arranged with a friend to have a tape of their farewells flown out...

Picture: the 270 Crew

The problem was that he was with the RAF, so when a helicopter appeared over the radio ship at 9:15 pm it was a great surprise to all on board... The pakkage was dropped, but was lost in the sea... Inside was a message telling those on board not to mention the drop as to do so would cause a lot of trouble... but they get not get to read this note, and thanked the "helicopter boys at Leconfield"... The next day an official inquiry was held as to why the training flight had carried out this unauthorised action... It was reported that the Prime Minister himself called for a report on the case... The last hour of Radio 270 had to go out with just those on board, and at 11:59 pm the station closed.  270 closing down...

Technical details : the Oceaan 7 - 118 feet long, 179 tons, and the radio mast measured 154 feet ... On board was a water distillery unit, the galley was fitted with every modern appliance... the aerial was of the vertical birdcage type, the transmitter a RCA BTA 10J1 with a power of 10 kW... Under the wheelhouse the ship's four cylinder 240 h.p. engine was run every evening after close down to ensure the ship's capability of sailing under her own power... Two 40 h.p. auxilaries drove air compressors, pumps etc., including if necessary an emergency 5 kW generator... Two 50 K.V.A. Dale Marine generators supplied all electricity... 6000 gallons of oil were held in the main tank together with two reserves of 650 gallons each... There were two studio's on board, one for presenting programmes and one for news.

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