SERVING THE MARINER SINCE 1920 - A FRIENDLY VOICE ON MANY A DARK NIGHT
A website celebrating the history of Portishead Radio/GKA - the UK's long-range maritime communications centre.
OFCOM have kindly issued callsign GB100GKU to operate on the amateur radio bands to commemorate 100 years of the long-range maritime radio service in the UK. The station will operate between 1st-28th July from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, not far from the Highbridge receiving site which closed in 2000.
A special QSL card will be issued on request.
2020 sees 100 years since the long-range maritime radio service commenced in the UK from Devizes Radio, which opened in 1920.
Many events are planned including:
* Subject to lifting of Government restrictions.
Please contact us for further information.
The book will be published towards the end of June 2020. Running to over 320 pages, it is full of historical information and supplemented with many photographs. There is also a chapter recalling many humourous stories about the station, and some of the characters who worked there are fondly remembered.
It will be available through Amazon and other online retailers, but signed and dedicated copies will be available through this website. A dedicated ordering page will be set up as soon as the book is available.
No pricing details yet, these will be advised as soon as we know.
Please visit our Twitter feed - will be regularly updated with news and photographs.
Go to @portisheadgka to access the page
In addition, there is a Facebook Page entitled "Historical Maritime Radio Stations" which has numerous photographs of British and overseas coast radio stations. Updated regularly.
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