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Mi Amigo 2002


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So the summer of 2002 came around, and this time there was to be a Radio Mi Amigo event, using the same vessel as the RNI in 1999 - the LV18.  This time, it was not so much offshore nostalgia, although there was still some of that, but more a trial service for Harwich Haven Community Radio.  The man behind this project was Tony O'Neill, the same guy from the National Wireless & Television Museum in the High Lighthouse in Harwich Old Town.

Radio Mi Amigo     Radio Mi Amigo

For this camping adventure, we were joined by my old mate Steve and his kids Ben and Holly.  My tent carried the same crew as last year, with Jimmy (9) and Liam (5) skippered by myself.  Again, we pitched at the excellent Strangers Home campsite, and for a nice change, this time the main radio event was very close!  Here are some holiday snaps before we get down to the radio stuff.  (Point the mouse over the images for descriptions).  The all new Radio Mi Amigo LV18 pictures are at the bottom of this page.

En route - stop for lunch on the A14    Liam, Tom & Jimmy     Steve, Ben & Holly

Strangers Home, Bradfield (between Manningtree & Harwich), Essex - public house & touring caravan + camping site.  This is one of the last of a set of postcards that were produced for the site.     Ben in the sea at Jaywick Sands    Holly

Jimmy & new friends on the Harwich-Shotley ferry    Liam - Mr August 2002 !

The radio logbook for the 4th Essex camping holiday / radio trip is as follows:

FM broadcast band 2m amateur band


Huntingdon Community R (RSL) - pop, local ads, ID


M3BPJ, Debenham, Suffolk - Barry


Sangham Radio, Birmingham - Asian


M3JBS/M, A14, Suffolk - Jay


Passion FM, Birmingham - rap


M3MUD/M, Helmingham, Suffolk - Bob


Serious FM, Birmingham - rap, soul


M3MUD/M, Otley, Suffolk - Bob


Skyline Radio, Wolverhampton - gospel


G1YRF, Leiston, Suffolk - David


Smooth FM, Birmingham - r+b


G0HKP/M, Ipswich - Mike


New Style Radio, Birmingham - test tx, OM pres, soul


Flava FM, Birmingham - soul, RDS: FLAVA_FM MW broadcast band


PCRL (PRES), Wolverhampton - dance


Susy Radio (RSL) - 80s & 90s mx, jingles


Midlands Underground, Wolverhampton - r+b


Susy Radio (RSL) - "Anorak Fest 2002" - special pxs


Radio Jabaga, Spain - OM talk, dance, RDS: R_JABAGA


Radio Gwendolen, Leicester - Vera Lynn mx, IDs


Star 107.1, Ely - RDS: STAR_FEN, Coldplay track


Radio West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds - 80s & chart


Silk City FM, Birmingham - garage


Colchester Garrison Radio - community info, nx, mx


Sting FM, Birmingham - rap


Radio West Suffolk - relaying SGR Suffolk Roadshow


Dream 107.7, Chelmsford - chart, nx: Holly & Jessica


Radio Mi Amigo (RSL), Harwich - mx from 1972, ads


Star 107.9, Cambridge - RDS: STAR_CAM, pop, ID

Susy Radio     Susy Radio

The West Midlands stations were heard on our outward journey on August 11th, and included new Access Radio station New Style Radio on 98.7 MHz.   Several FM lifts were noted during our stay, and during one such lift, a strong signal and full RDS identification display was received from Radio Jabaga in Spain.   Some new LPAM medium-wave stations were heard, and the RSL station Susy Radio carried a special day of programmes ("Anorak Fest 2002") on August 14th to commemorate the closing of Radio London et al on this day in 1967.  The amateur activity on 145.65 MHz was via the Ipswich repeater GB3MO.  I was operating using MX1SWL/P, a club callsign of the International Short Wave League.  I had been allocated use of this club callsign for August 2002.

And finally, those photographs of the Radio Mi Amigo Radioship LV18, anchored in Harwich Harbour, August 2002.  The first three photos below were taken by Tom Read on the 14th August, the remainder by Ian Biggar about a week earlier:  The full photo set by Ian my be viewed by clicking the link below.

Radio Mi Amigo, LV18, Harwich Harbour, August 2002    Radio Mi Amigo, LV18, Harwich Harbour, August 2002

Radio Mi Amigo, LV18, Harwich Harbour, August 2002

Ian Biggar on Radio Mi Amigo    Radio Mi Amigo - transmitter room     Radio Mi Amigo studio - afternoon show

Radio Mi Amigo     Crew member and logo

Mi Amigo photo set