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Radio Telstar North, Station X and Station J1000 were possibly consecutive incarnations of the same station judging by the frequencies used and deejays heard.  Radio Telstar North seemed to be on the air first during the early Summer of 1981 on around 271m (1107kHz) and 241m (1242kHz).  By early August a station was heard on the same frequencies calling itself Station X, which a few weeks later appeared to be renamed Station J1000, using a set of US radio station jingles. 1107kHz was an unusual pirate frequency at the time, which would also be chosen by the offshore station Radio Paradise on 28th July.  Telstar North were probably unaware of the surprise tests from this offshore station, and as a result Radio Paradise was difficult to hear at times in the North West during its two days of test transmissions before the ship was raided and towed to Holland by the authorities.  Station J1000 continued until just before Christmas 1981 when they announced the last broadcast of 1981.  It was announced the station would be back on 3rd January 1982, but we don't have any recordings, although they were reported broadcasting on 97.5MHz FM only in the early part of 1982.  The signal on 1107kHz covered quite a large area and was heard as far away as Scotland.  Unfortunately, whilst there are recordings, we have no memorabilia from these stations in our collection.

 

1981_08_00_stationx_1242am_0003-0047_davidjason_jimmywalsh-EM.mp3 New Aug 2021 A late night broadcast from the station in early August when was using the name Free Station X. Andy Davis does announcements between the shows. Many thanks to Eric Monaghan for this recording which was made in Liverpool from 241m, and suffers from a whistle. 41MB
1981_08_00_stationx_1242am_2300-2320_davidjason-EM.mp3 New Nov 2021 Another late night extract from an unknown date featuring David Jason on Free Station X.  Many thanks to Eric Monaghan for this recording which was made in Liverpool from 241m, around 1242kHz, and suffers from a whistle which suggests it could be mid-channel on 1246kHz. 16MB

1981_08_30_sun_station_j1000_1107am_1100-1230_davesimpson-gh206.mp3 New Oct 2021 Dave Simpson with 'The Jolly Roger Show'. This weekend was the anniversary of the Dutch Marine Offences Act, and the show featured some Radio Veronica, and a lot of excellent Dutch records. Recorded from 1107kHz near Blackpool. 82MB
1981_09_13_sun_station_j1000_1107am_1058-1212_andydavis_davesimpson-gh818.mp3 New Aug 2021 Andy Davis does an on hour announcment and introduces Dave Simpson.  Recorded from 1107kHz near Blackpool and suffers from a lot of local electrical interference. 68MB
1981_09_13_sun_station_j1000_1107am_1215-1330_davesimpson_andydavis_robinblind-818.mp3 New Aug 2021 Continuing the above recording to the end of the Dave Simpson show, Andy Davis then with a continuity announcement at 1pm and into the Robin Blind programme. Recorded from 1107kHz near Blackpool, with some electrical interference.  68MB
1981_09_20_sun_station_j1000_1107am_1145-1230_davesimpson-gh207.mp3 New Oct 2021 Another 'Jolly Roger Show' from Dave Simpson. The quality of this recording suffers from two issues.  Firstly, the tape is very poor quality and muffled. Secondly,  according to Andy Davis at the 1pm announcement, due to high winds, one of the temporary aerial wires had dropped onto the live aerial, causing a lot of cutting out of the signal. Recorded from 1107kHz near Blackpool, with some electrical interference.  40MB
1981_09_20_sun_station_j1000_1107am_1234-1300_davesimpson-gh207.mp3 New Oct 2021 The end of the above show with the mentioned Andy Davis announcement. Recorded from 1107kHz near Blackpool, with some electrical interference.  23MB
1981_09_27_sun_station_j1000_1100-1200_davesimpson_studio_never_broadcast-gh208.mp3 New Oct 2021 A studio recording of the first hour of Dave Simpson's final show on J1000. This programme was never broadcast however.  It featured early extracts of Sunshine Radio in Dublin which was about to celebrate 1 year on the air. 80MB
1981_09_27_sun_station_j1000_1200-1300_davesimpson_studio_never_broadcast-gh208.mp3 New Oct 2021 Hour two of Dave Simpson's final show on J1000, which includes an extract of Tony Allan on Sunshine Radio during its first week in September 1980.  82MB
1981_10_00_mon_station_j1000_241m_0822-0900signoff_stevenbishop-EM216.mp3 New Sep 2021 A Monday morning breakfast sign off with Steve Bishop.  We are unsure of the date, but mention of tuning to KELO at 9am, suggests October 1981, as this Irish station had gone later in the year. Tape kind courtesy of Eric Monaghan. 37MB
1981_10_00_tue_station_j1000_241m_0756-0900signoff_stevenbishop-EM216.mp3 New Sep 2021 Airchecks of a Tuesday morning breakfast sign off with Steve Bishop with Andy Davis joing in at the end, and mentioning they had carried on from Radio Veronica in the early hours. The morning after the above recording. Tape kind courtesy of Eric Monaghan. 37MB
1981_11_08_sun_station_j1000_1107am_1530-1615_robinblinde-EM82.mp3 New Aug 2021 The end of the first hour of Robin Blinde's final show before he was supposed to join Radio Caroline.  Recorded from 1107kHz on Merseyside.  Many thanks to Eric Monaghan for supplying the recording. 41MB
1981_11_08_sun_station_j1000_1107am_1619-1705_robinblinde-EM82.mp3 New Aug 2021 The last part of the 2nd hour of Robin Blinde's final show before he was supposed to join Radio Caroline.  Recorded from 1107kHz on Merseyside.  Many thanks to Eric Monaghan for supplying the recording. 41MB
1981_11_08_sun_station_j1000_1107am_271m_1715-1745_robinblinde_last_show-EM.mp3 New Nov 2021 Into the third and final hour of Robin Blinde's final show.  Recorded from 1107kHz on Merseyside.  Many thanks to Eric Monaghan for supplying the recording. 23MB
1981_11_08_sun_station_j1000_1107am_271m_1745-1815_robinblinde_last_show_nickyread-EM.mp3 New Nov 2021 The last 15 minutes of Robin Blinde's final show. At 6pm there is an announcement by Andy Davis and some best wishes from other deejays, before Nicky Read takes over.  Recorded from 1107kHz on Merseyside, with some foreign inference starting to come through underneath.  Many thanks to Eric Monaghan for supplying the recording. 23MB

As we have no printed memorabilia for Station J1000, we thought the images below of what appear to be the original cassettes of all three hours  of the final Rockin Robin Show' might be of interest.  They include instructions for the tape change at the end of each hour, and there does seem to be confusion as to the spelling of his name.

1981_11_08_sun_station_j1000_1500-1600_robinblinde_studio_tape-gh223.mp3 New Oct 2021 The first hour of Robin Blind's final show before he was supposed to join Radio Caroline.  In fact he did join the Ross Revenge 18 month later as Robin Ross.   This was from the original studio recording orginally courtesy of Robin Blind.  See above images. 136MB
1981_11_08_sun_station_j1000_1600-1700_robinblinde_studio_copy-gh693.mp3 Updated Nov 2021 The middle hour of Robin Blind's final show before he was supposed to join Radio Caroline.  A studio recording courtesy of Dave Simpson. 143MB
1981_11_08_sun_station_j1000_1700-1800_robinblinde_studio_tape-gh222.mp3 New Oct 2021 The third and last hour of Robin Blind's final show before he was supposed to join Radio Caroline.  This was from the original studio recording orginally courtesy of Robin Blind. 132MB
1981_12_09_wed_station_j1000_239m_2350-0120_stevenbishop_andydavis-EM114.mp3 New Aug 2021 A midweek late night broadcast.  This one features Steven Bishop who goes out to take phone calls at midnight, and is followed by Andy Davis.  The wavelength announced is 239m, but the exact frequency is not known, possibly 1242kHz or 1251kHz.  Recorded in Liverpool by Eric Monaghan. 80MB
1981_12_20_sun_station_j1000_1107am_1153-1324_kevinhall_tomwerbeneck-EM111.mp3 New Aug 2021 This was being announced as the final day of broadcast from Station J1000 for 1981. Here is a recording from lunchtime with Kevin Hall followed by Tom Werberneck, with continuity announcement by Andy Davis and Phil Davis at 1pm. Thanks go to Eric Monaghan for this recording. 80MB
1981_12_20_sun_station_j1000_239m-1251am_2303-2330_davidjason-EM345.mp3 New Aug 2021 David Jason later on the announced final evening after the station had changed to 239m. There is a bit of a whistle on the recording. Thanks go to Eric Monaghan for this recording made in Liverpool. 26MB
1981_12_21_mon_station_j1000_239m-1251am_0000-0030_andydavis-EM345.mp3 New Aug 2021 Andy Davis into Monday morning. He plays an old Jenny Darlington clip and mentions listeners tapes will be broadcast on January 3rd.  A phone number to talk to David Jason was being announced. There is some crackiling and a whistle on the recording. Thanks go to Eric Monaghan for this recording made in Liverpool. 28MB

More recordings of Station J1000, can be found at Merseypirates.com

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