Radio Caroline may have turned up the power on 648kHz

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Various reports are saying Caroline is being heard at much better signal across the UK & parts of Europe. Ive just nipped out to have a listen on the car radio & it certainly seems stronger here, although its far too cold to sit in the car for any length of time! I shall have another look on the way into work tomorrow.
 

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it could just be winter propagation
In south France (Carcassonne) you hear UK stations much better in winter ,sometimes day time...the colder the stronger signals get.
Conversely in N-France very near UK spanish stations come loud & clear when it freezes
 

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Ah it is transmitter work - DS members are saying there have been on air announcements. More power may be applied today as well :)
 

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Good signals on the way into work from 0800-0830. By now they would normally have faded out.

On the way home 1330 - 1400, well there was something there but only just. :D
 

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Power increase confirmed - if anyone wants to submit a reception report there is a form here:


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Got them at 5:10PM CET on 648 on the hi fi using the MW antenna
audible despite some fading
almost as good as Capital Gold on 1548
 

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Confirmation of the new power - the tx engineer reports they are now running 4kW, but from the reserve omni directional tower at Orfordness. Screengrab from the Radio Caroline website

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Nice and clear near Leatherhead in the car, fading slightly as I made my way north but still perfectly acceptable.

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here better at home with an orientable aerial to get rid of Slovenia,squatting 648 too....
 

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I belive the wick has been turned up a bit further.
 

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I belive the wick has been turned up a bit further.
Maybe thay have switched back to the main mast? I havent seen any reports the power has been turned up again. They were licensed for 4kW erp at the last power increase.
 

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Maybe thay have switched back to the main mast? I havent seen any reports the power has been turned up again. They were licensed for 4kW erp at the last power increase.
I wasn't listenling too closely yesterday but I thought I heard the change was in preparation for the TT in a months time.
 

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Caroline have put a request in to run the tx at 6dB increase in power with long term aim to run it at 27kW :D

I clearly heard a signal on 648kHz during the day when I managed to hit the radio button on the Fiesta radio instead of the Aux button a few days ago :D So their signal is still getting out well
 

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Once the boat is in dry dock they can stick on a decent ground plane and play around with the mast.
 

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Sail a mile or so offshore & they will have a perfect ground plane :D
 

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Never had a peep from 648kHz here whenever I've checked :(
 

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Never had a peep from 648kHz here whenever I've checked :(
One car radio (Old Toyota whip antenna) is substantially better at AM reception than the window glass filaments of the younger Honda.

How is the Manx frequency where you are ?
 
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