|THE FINAL MESSAGE
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 ending 81 years of service.
The final message from Portishead Radio was broadcast first on RadioTelephony, then radio teleprinter and finally in CW on the GKB range of transmitters in all hf bands.
"CQ CQ CQ de GKB2/4/5/6 =
This is the last broadcast from Portishead Radio. For 81 years we have served the maritime community. We say thankyou to all those who have supported and used our station.
We pay tribute to Marconi who made it all possible. His first transmissions across water were made from nearby here and so started the radio era. We are proud to have been part of that era.
As this historic time in the commercial messaging world comes to a close the manager and radio officers wish you farewell from Portishead Radio/GKB + SK