The knack: How to be a pirate DJ
Saturday 26 September 1998
As soon as your broadcasts begin, expert pirate-hunters from the DTI will try to stop you, and prosecute you into the bargain (fines, imprisonment, a five-year ban from working in legit radio are among the risks). Promoting pirate radio is also illegal, so I point you in no particular direction. Eventual capture is inevitable, but longevity is best assured by never causing interference to other operators, especially the emergency services. Being mobile helps to avoid detection. You can record your programmes and send them from transmitters powered by car batteries hidden in woods and fields, or link your main transmitter to a smaller one; when the main one is detected, cut the link and start up somewhere else.
Alternatively, buy a radio licence, which gives you the right to broadcast on minute power for 28 days, for about pounds 3,000. So you've got a choice - broadcast free as a bird while awaiting the heavy knock on the door, or pay dearly for legality, avoiding that meeting with the magistrate." Interview by Fiona McClymont
Peter Moore is the general manager of Radio Caroline, the sole survivor of the Sixties marine pirate broadcasters.
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