Pirate radio station shut down after raid in Stonecot

Pirate radio station shut down after raid in Stonecot

Pirate radio station shut down after raid in Stonecot

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A pirate radio station based from a suburban terrace in Stonecot was shut down in a raid this morning.

Police and officers from communications regulator Ofcom swooped on the house in Morley Road today.

They found a PC hooked up to a tool called a link transmitter that allowed users to convert an internet signal into a radio signal.

The person who set up the system was using the kit to broadcast FM radio via a link to an aerial on the top of Chaucer House in Central Sutton.

It is believed the person who set up the system was charging DJs to let them broadcast via it.

Officers shut down the system and seized the equipment from both the house and the top of Chaucer House.

No-one was arrested.

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6:06pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Breaker, breaker, It's not fair, they didn't see the bear in the air!
Joking aside, they do more harm than good. Why are they not going to court?
Breaker, breaker, It's not fair, they didn't see the bear in the air! Joking aside, they do more harm than good. Why are they not going to court? Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: -5

12:22pm Wed 19 Mar 14

AndyLikeGandhi says...

Maybe this highlights a desire for a Sutton-based local youth-orientated radio station?
There are, I believe, sufficient facilities to broadcast radio in the Phoenix Centre on Roundshaw, but the resources are vastly underused. I last heard that it was only used for a couple of hours a week, which to me is both a great shame and a huge waste.
It would be great if it could be run in conjuction with a related course at Carshalton College; that would be a great way of getting enthusiastic local young people into the media industry.
Maybe this highlights a desire for a Sutton-based local youth-orientated radio station? There are, I believe, sufficient facilities to broadcast radio in the Phoenix Centre on Roundshaw, but the resources are vastly underused. I last heard that it was only used for a couple of hours a week, which to me is both a great shame and a huge waste. It would be great if it could be run in conjuction with a related course at Carshalton College; that would be a great way of getting enthusiastic local young people into the media industry. AndyLikeGandhi
  • Score: 11

12:27pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mr-bjp says...

I don't see the point of a pirate radio stattion today. In the 60's when pirate radio stations were rife, there were none or very few music radio stations on air to listen to. Today, the airwaves are full of all kinds of music stations.
I don't see the point of a pirate radio stattion today. In the 60's when pirate radio stations were rife, there were none or very few music radio stations on air to listen to. Today, the airwaves are full of all kinds of music stations. mr-bjp
  • Score: -6

12:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

mr-bjp wrote:
I don't see the point of a pirate radio stattion today. In the 60's when pirate radio stations were rife, there were none or very few music radio stations on air to listen to. Today, the airwaves are full of all kinds of music stations.
Absolutely right, Mr-bjp. But more than those, access to hundreds of radio stations via the internet are also available. I'm told that you can even get Radio Caroline on the net today. If you have to ask what radio Caroline is or was, talk to your Grandparents.
I think one reason for these modern day pirates is the things they apparently advertise, which would not be legal on mainstream radio.
[quote][p][bold]mr-bjp[/bold] wrote: I don't see the point of a pirate radio stattion today. In the 60's when pirate radio stations were rife, there were none or very few music radio stations on air to listen to. Today, the airwaves are full of all kinds of music stations.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right, Mr-bjp. But more than those, access to hundreds of radio stations via the internet are also available. I'm told that you can even get Radio Caroline on the net today. If you have to ask what radio Caroline is or was, talk to your Grandparents. I think one reason for these modern day pirates is the things they apparently advertise, which would not be legal on mainstream radio. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: -3

3:08pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Radio 4 and Classic FM serve all my radio needs.
Radio 4 and Classic FM serve all my radio needs. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -8

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