A few days after originally posting our project news, the plans have expanded considerably and we’re now intending to route new multi-links for audio, video and power to parts of the ship that haven’t had this connectivity before.
In practice this will enable us to have a live feed from below decks or even the helideck without running extra cabling, just a little patching should do it!
Of course this will mean more work, so, if you are good with a soldering iron and don’t mind a bit of cold & wet, get in touch about volunteering. Hot tea or coffee provided!
Now that the LV18 is back in Harwich Harbour, we are subject to the usual ravages of the tides, wind and inclement temperatures. So, on any particular day all is fine, the next maybe not so. In the winter the not-so’s easily outweigh the fine days!
However, we’re a hardy bunch of volunteers so a little sea motion won’t necessarily put us off, especially if the work is inside the warm radio room!
There are various ship projects this winter but the most relevant for the radio broadcasts is that a new balanced feed network is being built that will provide (hopefully) better quality audio around the ship. The system is designed to be adaptable and bidirectional with stereo paths throughout. This is not a small project by any means! Wer’re also taking the opportunity to tidy up other parts of the ship’s myriad of cabling with a view to more flexibility and the potential to put adhoc audio feeds in. We’re warming up the soldering iron this weekend to start putting terminations on the cables!
This work will, later in January, temporarily remove the current link from the studio to the streaming server but shouldn’t interfere with the streaming of prerecorded shows. No doubt we’ll mark the conclusion of this project with a live broadcast, on the stream of course.
I must pass on our thanks to Phil and Ian of Transplan who have helped us with this project.
We’ll post news of our FM broadcast and any other special events as and when they are confirmed.
“LV18 is due to be moving to Ipswich Waterfront temporarily to enable vital dredging and engineering work. The timing of the move is subject to weather and other critical marine conditions. We will update as soon as we have confirmation of a towage plan. Thank you for all your messages of support and concern.”
Unfortunately, our relocation to Ipswich has been delayed for operational reasons. More news when we have it!
Pirate Radio Week is back for 2018, and takes place over 11 days from 9th to 19th August. Hear us on 106.8FM during the ‘week’!
Our sister website, www.lv18.org has been completely rebuilt during March 2018 and now has much more content! Don’t forget that you can visit the ship 11-4 daily, details on lv18.org
We have two days of special radio shows this weekend on Radio Mi Amigo from the LV18’s studio.
LISTEN HERE : http://www.lv18radio.uk/listen-online/
SATURDAY 31ST MARCH 2018
2.00PM Brian Anderson (Memories of 1974)
3.00PM The Mi Amigo Oldies Show
5.00PM Garry Lee’s Stonehenge Disco
Featuring 3 hours of album tracks – Past, present & future!
9.00PM Brendan Day’s 1968 Show
Midnight Another chance to hear some recent Radio Mi Amigo programmes from our archives.
SUNDAY 1ST APRIL
MIDDAY Garry Lee’s Stonehenge Disco
2.00PM Barry Jamm’s Glam Rock Special
3.00PM Happy Hour with Ian Riches
THE DUTCH ZONE
4.00PM Roland Visser’s Power Hour
5.00PM Jan Berg
6.00PM Rene Van Den Abeelen – Musiek Therapie
7.00PM Tim Rice
8.00PM The New Releases Show
Hour 1 – The latest rock & metal releases
Hour 2 – The lastest Indie / Alternative / Cross-over releases
Hour 3 – The latest Psych / Space rock & Underground.
11.00PM The Reverend Rabbit Show
MIDNIGHT – Close
Paul aka Mystery Man, a longtime volunteer aboard the LV18, passed away this week.
“This week i lost my dearest friend in the world to that loathsome disease cancer. Paul (aka the Mystery Man or Mystery for short), was one of the kindest fellows i’ve ever met & the sort of person that would do anything for anyone. Not many people like this come along in a whole lifetime. He was a long term crew member of the Radioship LV18 and a true gent to everyone. R.I.P. ol’ friend, it was an absolute pleasure to know you.”
We are now regularly broadcasting on Sundays, from Midday to Midnight UK time. Garry Lee hosts a 4 hour show from midday before handing over to guest DJs and specialist shows. Details normally hit Facebook each Saturday of the following day’s schedule and guest line-up.
Guest DJs include:
- The Reverend Rabbit
- Tim Rice
- Roland Visser
- Jan Berg
- Ian Riches
Listen online via this site
We sadly lost a key member of the LV18 crew in September. Carly McDonagh had been involved in the LV18 project from the earliest of days.