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Emergency Mobile
Coast Radio Station

 

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Emergency Mobile
Coast Radio Station

Over the years, the United Kingdom General Post Office
Wireless Telegraphy Department maintained an
emergency coast radio station

1949 - Oban Radio

In 1949, following representations from the fishing industry, the emergency coast radio station was utilised to bring online a new station under the name of Oban Radio. The station was located a short distance from Oban on Connel Airfield, Operation of Oban radio continued from the emergency coast radio station until a permanent station was equipped a short distance away in North Connel.

Emergency Coast Radio Station on Connel Airfield in 1949 as Oban RadioThe Emergency Coast Radio Station in use at Connel Airfield in 1949 as Oban Radio

 

1953 - Humber Radio

The Emergency Coast Radio Station was used in anger in 1953 following storms and flooding which ravaged the east coast of the UK, parts of Europe and sank the Princess Victoria. Humber Radio became one of the casualties of the flooding, it's buildings and equipment suffering severe damage. The Emergency Coast Radio Station became GKZ for six months and was located at Kenwick Hill near Louth.

 

1975 - Lewis Radio

Due to the rugged terrain and the vaste areas covered, communications with the west coast of Scotland were always an issue even with a full time station at Oban. With ongoing pressure from fishing interests and a booming oil industry which was making tentative moves westwards, pressure came to improve communications. This was initially achieved by providing a part time radio station under the name of Lewis Radio which operated out of the Emergency Coast Radio Station caravan.

Lewis Radio was located at the Butt of Lewis and remained on site for two years.

Emergency Coast Radio Station on site as Lewis Radio 1977
The Emergency Coast Radio Station on site as Lewis Radio in 1977

Emergency Mobile
Coast Radio Station 1
Emergency Mobile Coast Radio Station

View fo emergency coast radio station vehicle

Transmitter

Receivers and ancillliary equipment

Receivers in the emrergency coast radio station


Emergency Mobile
Coast Radio Station 2
Transmitters

Operating Position

Emergency Coast station as Lewis Radio 1975-1977