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The station manager of legendary former pirate radio station Radio Caroline said there is 'method in the madness' to increasing its AM frequency.

A well as operating online and via local DAB, Caroline has now established a high-power service on 648AM (Medium Wave), just as it did when first going on air as an offshore radio station 57 years ago.

The station's signal which covers East Anglia, as well as the East Midlands, Kent and Sussex has now increased transmitter power from one to 4kw.

Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater in Essex. Picture submitted by Radio Caroline.
Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater in Essex. Picture submitted by Radio Caroline.

This will mean it will also cover The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany.

Peter Moore, the station's manager, said: "It may seem crazy to turn the clock back when other radio stations and the BBC are winding down AM - and only Radio Caroline would do this - but there is method in our madness, in that AM radio works as well as it ever did with durability and long range.

"Most cars have an AM radio and for sure every home has one that just needs to be taken down off the shelf. For years the industry and government have been persuading listeners to put perfectly good radios to one side and buy a new set that works in a different way - but maybe not as well. If your usual station has deserted you, listeners can return to Caroline."

Ofcom agreed to the increase earlier this year and the power was boosted last week.

A powerful Harris transmitter, capable of providing 25kw of power, was imported from Holland and installed at Orfordness Transmitting Site.