Broadcast Schedule 2023

Saturday 12th August

Midnight Garry Lee

2am Paul Windsor

5am Reverend Rabbit

6am Olly Kinvig

8am Chris Morgan

10am Jon Sketchley

Midday Ian Chambers

2pm Keith Skues

4pm Chris B

6pm Neon Nancy

7pm Stonehenge Disco

10pm Chris B

Sunday 13th August

Midnight Dave Kent

3am Paul Windsor

6am Olly Kinvig

9am Gordon Bathgate

10am Steven Foster

Midday Garry Lee

2pm Keith Skues

4pm Chris Cooper

5pm Jim Fourniadis

6pm Paul Windsor

7pm Ian Riches

9pm Party Time and Close Down

Radio Broadcast 2023 Official Press Release

DJ’s line up for a celebration of offshore Pirate Radio
Radio Mi Amigo will be joining up with Carillon Wellbeing Radio to return to the airwaves on Saturday and Sunday this week.
The two-day pirate radio event will take place on Harwich Quay and has attracted a host of DJs who are coming from near and far to transmit from the restored Lightvessel LV18 as a tribute to the 60’s offshore radio stations.
This year’s on-air team, headed by programme director and trustee Garry Lee, will bring back the popular sound of the offshore pirate stations that broadcast from just off the coast and were served from the Ha’penny Pier, which is now the LV18s permanent berth.
Joining the crew will be two DJs from America and music connoisseurs, former pirate radio and Radio 1 DJ Keith Skues and former BBC Suffolk presenter and current Radio Caroline DJ Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster.
The broadcast will run 24 hours a day, from midnight on Friday night until midnight on Sunday night, the 12th and 13th August.
This tribute to the offshore pirate radio stations will celebrate the likes of Radio Caroline, Radio London and several others that appeared off the coast of Harwich in the 1960s, bringing about a revolution in radio broadcasting.
Following the previous pirate radio broadcasts from LV18, which attracted thousands of visitors to the area, Radio Mi Amigo will celebrate the watery wireless days from the new studio, located on the bridge of the lightvessel.
Further to previous year’s events, LV18 will broadcast from her permanent berth by the Ha’penny Pier, Harwich, enabling members of the public to not only visit the classic vessel on Sunday, but to meet the DJ’s.
The classic heritage vessel LV18 featured in the film The Boat that Rocked and now hosts a pirate radio exhibition, with new interactive audiovisual systems and interpretation signage.
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Annual Live Radio Broadcast !!!!

It’s that time of year again. The anniversary of the Marine Offences Act is almost upon us. To mark the occasion, Radio Mi Amigo will be on the air again. You will be able to listen on the internet and on 1476 Medium Wave. Broadcasting begins 0000 hrs Saturday 12th August 2023 and finishes 0000hrs on Monday 14th August. Broadcasting will be jointly managed by Garry Lee and Jon Sketchley and our special guest DJs will include Stephen Foster (BBC Radio Suffolk and Radio Caroline) and Keith Skues (Radios Caroline, Luxembourg, London….the list goes on). The LV18 will be open as usual over the weekend so we would love to see as many of you as possible on board and you may get to meet some of the DJs. For further details, watch this space

2021 Opening Times

From 22nd June – 5th September 2021: Open daily (Closed Mondays) from 11am – 4pm.
For further information call 07446 171 320. School parties and group visits by prior arrangement.
Admission: Adults – £4; Children under 16 – £2; Family (2 Adults and up to 4 children) – £10
New exhibition for 2021 – ‘It’s All About Waves’ – The role of Lightvessels in the development of wireless communication.

Illuminate Festival 2019

The Pharos Trust was asked earlier this year if we could light the lantern for the 2019 Illuminate Festival. In the past this has been a low key event but for 2019 we were promised a bigger affair. Little did we know that, over the two days of this year’s festival, several thousand people would be on Harwich Quay, marking the start of a year of events. 2020 will be the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower’s voyage to the USA and Harwich has a large part of the story to tell. The Pharos Trust would like to thank the LV18’s volunteers who put in a total of 143 hours getting the ship in order and ready for the lighting of the lantern and the continuous liaison with the other festival stakeholders in order to ensure an incident-free event.

2019 & planning for the future

Lightvessel LV18 is a registered historic ship and is believed to be the only publicly accessible historic ship between the Thames and the Humber. She was built in 1958 and decommissioned by Trinity House in 1994, as the last manned lightvessel in UK waters. LV18 is the only preserved lightvessel in its original condition in the UK. The lightvessel is owned by a charity, the Pharos Trust, who bought it in 2002. The vessel has been in the current berth on Harwich Quay since 2011, funded by Haven Gateway Partnership as part of the Quayside Regeneration Project. LV18 is open to the public all year round, albeit weather dependant in the winter. The Trust is keen to continue working alongside Harwich Tourism Group, Harwich Haven Authority, Harwich Town Council, Tendring District Council & Essex County Council in order to promote the history of Harwich and to attract additional visitors to our maritime town. In particular we feel it is appropriate to work closely with HHA and other stakeholders on interpretation and promotion, especially given HHA’s enhanced community involvement over the past few years and their outline plans for 2019/2020. This will hopefully include Mayflower 400. During 2018 we were awarded funds by Harwich Town Council and TDC’s Big Society Fund. These were used for essential maintenance and emergency engineering. For 2019 we have plans to reallocate one exhibition compartment on the lightvessel. This will give us the space to create a new gallery covering the role lightvessels played in the waters around the UK and include the role of merchant shipping, particularly in and around the Harwich Estuary. We are also planning to enhance the existing pirate radio exhibition. In both areas, additional audio visual displays will be introduced as we have access to archive media, including an interview with the last master of the LV18. As a part of these plans an additional weatherproof audio visual facility will be installed on the aft deck, under the Helideck. This will be available to visitors who may be unable to access the lower decks, as well as being a suitable starting point for educational groups. We will be seeking funds to support these plans and hope to start work by the end of March 2019. It is believed that we could have the new or refurbished exhibitions in full use by June. Alongside those works we also plan to install new lighting, signage and banners and update our hangouts. We are already undertaking a project to extend audio and video cabling from our studio to the exhibition spaces as well as external locations, a deep clean and repaint (where necessary) will occur alongside these works. Our financial plan for this is as follows: Exhibition interpretation and presentation update £5k including: 4 x internal video/still displays with mounting kits 1 x external/weatherproof audio-visual display Exhibition display boarding Lighting and electrical supply for exhibition spaces Public harbour webcam Installation costs External advertising signage & banners External Lighting Other projects, still being developed, include a twenty four month repair and renovation plan for the ship, including re-installation of central heating, as well as a rebuild of our radio studio and creation of a production suite. It is also intended that Radio Mi Amigo will broadcast on FM and online for ten days in the summer of 2019. We’ll again invite former pirate radio DJs to Harwich to recreate the pirate radio atmosphere from our floating studio. This is funded by advertising and sponsorship. Tony O’Neil on behalf of the trustees of the Pharos Trust LightVessel 18 The Quay Harwich CO12 3HH