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The UK's Long Range Maritime Radio Station

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Portishead Radio

Located on the Bristol Channel coast, near Burnham on Sea, PortisheadRadio, BT's long-range maritime communications station, has been providing radio communications to ships since 1920. Originally located at Devizes, Wiltshire, the station moved to its present site in 1924, and opened its transmitter site at Portishead, near Bristol, in 1927. Although the Portishead site closed in 1978, the station has retained the name ever since, and is undoubtedly the most famous maritime radio station in the world.

The highly-qualified and experienced staff are well used to handling calls and messages from all types of craft, ranging from the large Royal Naval aircraft carriers to the smallest yacht. In fact, ever since the early days of yacht racing in the 1960's, Portishead Radio has been providing a valuable service to the leisure market, and despite the numerous technological advances of recent years, is still in demand.

Portishead Radio offers numerous facilities for the leisure market. In addition to the messaging and voice communication services described above, the following facilities are on offer;

- Radio telex communications and fax delivery of messages;

- One-day radiotelephone familiarisation courses for yachtsmen/women with General R/T certificates;

- Free information sheets and radio propagation charts;

- Full customer service back-up

Portishead Radio was the recipient of the 1995 RYA Service to industry award, in recognition of its services to the leisure market, so you may be assured that your communications requirements will be in the best possible hands.

For the maritime industry, Portishead still provides a radiotelegraphy (morse code) service, which is still proving very popular. A full 24-hour message delivery service is provided, including an 'Emergency Contact Service' for urgent communications.

Full information on the facilities provided by Portishead Radio is available by contacting the customer service office.


Phonetex/Radiotelephone bookings: 0800 378389 (24 hours)

Main Switchboard: 01278 772200 (24 hours)

The address for GKA is:-

BT Radio Station, Portishead Radio, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3JY

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This page last updated 01 May 2000