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volume 2
april 1999

Rare pictures from radio's past


  Scandinavian Offshore Radio: Radio Syd (1)
by Hans Knot
  The example of radio Mercur was followed by the Swedish Radio Syd, transmitting on 88.3 and 89.6 mHz and using some of the same ships as Mercur. The station was on air between February 1962 and 20th of January 1966 (hours of transmission: 6.00 AM till 3.00 AM). Its postal adress simply read: Radio Syd, Malmö, Sweden. The station was owned by the legendary Mrs Britt Wadner.
  Radio Syd's first ship, Cheeta I, was bought from the Mercur organisation.
  Cheeta I in severe weather conditions during the winter months in 1962
  Transmitterroom Cheeta I
5 Tendering the radioship
  After beeing in pack ice the radioship was towed into harbour
7 Britt Wadner in studio Malmö
8 The Cheeta I
  August 1st 1962 the Scandinavian countries introduced a bill against offshore radio. Despite this bill Radio Syd went on with transmissions. Mrs. Britt Wadner even decided to buy a bigger ship, the former Mercur ship, the Cheeta II.
  On January 9th 1963 the Cheeta II also drifted into pack ice. She was towed away by a tug for a temporary anchorage in the Malmö Yacht Club in Lillehammer harbour. Some days later it restarted broadcasting. No entering of the ship by the authorities took place.
  Photographs are from the Freewave Media Magazine Archive and Hans Knot
  Look here for more pictures of the Scandinavian Offshore Radio Stations
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