Radio Atlanta... Announced wavelenght: 200 metres... Location: On board motor vessel Mi Amigo anchored in international waters off Frinton on Sea, Essex... Owners Atlantic Services Anstalt, Liechtenstein... Operating company: Project Atlanta... Hours of transmission: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Picture: The Mi Amigo at port Greenore...

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Following the closure of the Swedish station Radio Nord... negotiations commenced for the purchase of their ship Magda Maria, previously named Bon Jour... She was overhauled at El Ferrol in Spain, and sailed from there on 14th September 1962 giving her destination as Dover... A report sais that she has anchored in the thames Estuary as planned as there are reports of a Radio LN being heard on 980 kHz (306 metres)... around this time... The Mi Amigo as the ship had been renamed... sailed after several repairs on 15th January 1963 calling at Las Palmas and arriving in Galvaston, Texas on 9th March 1963... Her again is a report of her broadcasting for a short time, before being stripped of her radio equipment to be fitted out as a luxury yacht... Fresh backing was obtained, and the Mi Amigo was at last purchased... She left Galveston on 28th December 1963, and after nearly being lost in crossing of the atlantic arrived at Las Palmas on 30th January 1964... A lot of repairs and strengthening were carried out and the Mi Amigo sailed on 15th of February 1964, calling at Corunna from 28th February to 3rd March 1964, before arriving at Greenore in the Irish Republic some time prior to 3rd April 1964... The first news of the forthcoming Radio Atlanta had appeared in the press on 1th April 1964, but the station was not to start as soon as had been intended... The transmitting mast was to be fitted at Greenore, a port owned by the father of Ronan O'Rahilly ... Owner of the rival Radio Caroline which was also fitting out there... It needs little imagination to guess which ship received the better attention !!! ... The Mi Amigo left Greenore giving her destination as El Ferrol... Keeping outside British waters she sailed towards her intended anchorage, but at 12:30 am on 21th April 1964 as she was off Land's End, a loud crack was heard, and the 141 ft mast began to sway, part of the rigging had become loose... With the steering affected by the swaying mast the ship was forced to enter territorial waters and anchor off Falmouth... A force eight gale began to blow up, and at 3:00 pm she up anchored and entered Falmouth for repairs... Finally the Mi Amigo anchored off Frinton on Sea on 27th April 1964, and it was intended to start testing the following day... This was not possible as rough weather prevented technicians reaching the ship... On 30th April 1964 the Peterna, a small motor barge managed to get the men on board, and on the 9th May 1964 test commenced on 1520 kHz (197 metres)... after Radio Caroline had closed for the evening... These tests were obviously more an attempt at stealing Caroline's audience, rather than a genuine test as they could not possibly use this frequency for regular programmes... At 6:00 pm on 12th May regular programmes started, normaly between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, later extended to 8:00 pm, on 1493 kHz (201 metres)... with a power of 10 kW... On 26th May 1964 it was announced that an agreement had been reached with the Performing Rights Society on the payments for music played on the station... With two stations both trying to claim the same audience it was only a matter of time before some agreement was reached regarding the move of one of the ship to another part of the country... As early as the start of June strong rumours were circulating about a merger, but it was not until 2nd July 1964 that a statement was released to the press... So at 8:00 pm on Thursday 2nd July 1964 Radio Atlanta left the air... Radio Caroline sailed of to the Isle of Man and continued broadcasting when she sailed on '199' metres... and took position some five miles from Ramsey... Radio Atlanta continued broadcasting to the greater London area and South East under the national call sign, Radio Caroline... Both stations transmitted so called on 199 metres... but in fact radio Caroline-North as it became later, was on 197 metres and Radio Caroline-South on 201 metres...

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