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volume 2
april 1999

Rare pictures from radio's past


  Scandinavian Offshore Radio: Radio Syd (4)
by Hans Knot
  After the station closed down forever for the Scandinavian market, the radioship was hired for a short period (1966) to the Caroline organisation. Next, the ship went to one of the Canarian Isles. It was then stated that the Cheeta II would be rebuilt into a luxury night club. Two years went on without any news from Britt Wadner nor Radio Syd. In the autumn of 1968 the journals reported the ship had anchored in the harbour of Bathurst. In this Gambian harbour the station restarted its programmes from land for the several Swedish people who are living there. The station now is owned by one of Britt's daughters and still is very popular in Gambia. Britt Wadner died in the early nineties.
  Rumours in the papers about a night club on the Cheeta II
2 A radiostation in Africa
3 The ship, however, went to Gambia and functioned for a short period as base for radio Syd Gambia. Later studio's were opened on land in Bathurst
4 Cheeta II for anchorage in Bathurst harbour, Gambia
5 Ratecard Radio Syd Gambia
  Today, the Cheeta II is still occupying space in Bathurst harbour, though its condition has deteriorated.
  Radio Syd in 1999. Today the station is run by Britt's daughter Conny Wadner-Enhörning. The station uses the former stand-by transmitter from Radio Sweden in Hörby, it is capable of an output of 2.5 kW. A Marconi Tx acts as spare. This picture has been taken from the homepage of Per "the offshore man", where you can find still more pictures of Radio Syd.
  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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