GB55RC 2019

Thursday 1st August to Monday 5th August 2019

Celebrating fifty five years of Radio Caroline

For the full report of GB5RC in 2017, click here

For the full report of GB5RC in 2016, click here

The Martello Tower Group have now successfully activated MV Ross Revenge three times, in August 2016, 2017 and 2018.  The Ross Revenge has been the home of the world famous Radio Caroline since August 1983.


We will be operating from Ross Revenge again in August 2019 as GB55RC to celebrate fifty five years of Radio Caroline


Radio Caroline still broadcasts via the Internet and once a month, live transmissions are made from Ross Revenge via the 20kW AM transmitters at Manx Radio in the Isle of Man on 219 metres / 1368kHz or via the internet.


Ross Revenge is currently located on a fixed mooring in the River Blackwater, near Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex and has been there since 2014.  Her location is N51° 44' 4.7", E0° 51' 32.9", NGR: TL975079, WAB: TL90, Maidenhead: JO01kr and she can be seen clearly from Bradwell and in the distance from West Mersea.


Amateur radio has played an important part in the history of Radio Caroline and we're proud to be able to continue that tradition on now.


Here are a couple of videos showing the initial setups from our 2016 activation.

In 2019 we will be operating from the evening of Thursday 1st August until late Sunday 4th August.

The team will consist of the following:


Paul, 2E1PAW

Paul, G0HWC

Tony, G0MBA

Bill, G1WJR

Terry, G4GHU

Keith, G6NHU

Richard, G7HJK

Colin, M1EAK


This special event station is entirely funded by the above eight people.  No money has been taken from Radio Caroline or from the Martello Tower Group account.  All donations to the group are used to fund our repeaters, beacons and normal activities.  If you would like to make a one off or regular donation to the Martello Tower Group, please click here.


We will be setting up the majority of the equipment a week in advance so when we arrive on Ross Revenge on the evening of Thursday 1st August, we will be largely ready to start operating straight away.


We are very pleased to be able to offer trips to visit us on MV Ross Revenge on Saturday 3rd August 2019 and Sunday 4th August 2019.  Our tender will depart from the hammerhead on West Mersea at 10:00 and 13:00 and you will spend approximately two hours on board during which you'll get refreshments and be given a tour of the ship, including seeing GB55RC in operation.


The cost is £25/person, payable in advance.

QSL Policy

A new QSL card will be designed for 2019


Please read this carefully.  Failure to follow the procedure will mean your QSL card will either be delayed, or you won't receive it.


It's worth remembering that even if you don't manage to work us and would still like a QSL card, you are welcome to send an SWL report as detailed below.  These are best sent direct and not via the bureau.


Please send cards either direct to G6NHU or via the Bureau address to GB5RC or GB55RC depending on which station you worked

If you are sending from within the UK, please include a self addressed, stamped envelope (SASE).

From outside the UK, please include a self addressed envelope (SAE) and $3.

Do not send stamps or any currency other than US$.

Direct cards received without envelopes or the correct postage will be returned via the bureau.  No exceptions.


If you'd like to add a few extra dollars to go towards supporting Radio Caroline, they will be gratefully received and passed on to the Support Group (see below).


Direct QSLs should be sent to Keith Maton, 41 Bemerton Gardens, Kirby Cross, Essex, CO13 0LQ, United Kingdom.


Please do NOT send IRCs


SWL reports

We realise this will be a popular event and we encourage SWL reports as we understand a lot of short wave listeners will want our QSL card.  If you send an SWL report, please ensure you include the following info:

Frequency you heard us operating on.

Time in GMT (UTC).

Please list at least two stations we were working.  This is our way to confirm that you did actually hear us operating and aren't just fishing for a QSL card.

It would also be nice to hear a little about yourself, what radio you're using, what aerial, etc.


If you heard us but weren't able to break through the pileup, remember that you still qualify for a QSL card as a short wave listener. Just send a report and we will be happy to send you a card in return.  SWL reports are best sent direct and not via the bureau.

For more information about Radio Caroline, including how to join the Support Group and help keep the station on the air and Ross Revenge afloat, please see the website.  Radio Caroline's main running costs are covered from Support Group subscriptions and donations.


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