21st Century Comms
updates 13 January 2001
|CLOSEDOWN OF THE UK'S
COAST RADIO STATION SERVICE
At 1200z on Friday 30th June 2000 the United Kingdom Coast Radio
Station service very quietly closed down after over 100 years of service
to the maritime industry.
|29th April 2000
||THE FINAL FINAL FINAL
A very special amateur radio event
commemorating the passing of Portishead Radio was held on Saturday 29th
April 2000. Read some more about it here.
|30th April 2000
||PORTISHEAD RADIO/GKA, the United Kingdom's long
range radio station and one of the world's most famous names in the
maritime communications field, closed at 1200z
on Sunday 30th April 2000. With it went the UK's final
commercial Morse Code service and the Radio telex MF and HF
services. Read about this sad event here
|30th April 2000
||MARITIME VHF SERVICES around the UK coastline, latterly
all controlled from Stonehaven, also closed at 1200z on Sunday 30th April 2000.
|30th June 2000
||MEDIUM FREQUENCY COAST RADIO STATION SERVICES
from Stonehaven Radio, Wick Radio, Land's End Radio, Portpatrick
Radio and Humber Radio - all controlled from the Stonehaven control
centre - closed at 1200z on Friday 30th June 2000.
A final announcement, broadcast from Stonehaven and read by Radio
Officer Alistair Watt, brought this
proud, substantially unrecognised, service to an end.
The time of day chosen for closedown dictated that there could be no
on-air "jamboree" of farewells. A solitary
farewell came from Malinhead Radio.
The paper containing the text of the final broadcast was signed
by all retired and serving Radio Officer's present at the
event. This historical document is now in the safe
custody of one of those persons.