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Tom in the Early Days

Welcome to my early years, when I first had the bug for radio back in 1965.

My Name is Tom Taylor and for the past 50 years I have been interested in Shortwave Broadcasting, from Ham to Pirate Radio.

After the start of the Pirate Stations in the 1960's my interest grew from listening to Radio Caroline, London and 355, to operating my own

low power Transmitter on Medium wave between 1.5 and 1 MHz.

                                                                                                                                                                               Evening Standard, London

        I had decided by the Summer of 1976 that FM &

        Medium Wave Transmissions were not for me,

        I wanted to expand my Transmissions to the

        European Short wave Listeners.

        RNI had made a very big impression on me with

        their great Shortwave and  Medium wave Service

        along with the DX Programme with AJ Beirens,

       That's how I came to start EMR in 1976.

      Over 40 years of European Music Radio since February 1976 with over 300 Transmissions.

                     On this website you will find information as to why the station was started, along with events in our Pirate and Legal History.

1970 came and I joined Radio Jackie (London) with their 222

and  227 metre broadcasts and later their FM Transmissions

on Saturday nights on 94.4 MHz.

This was a whole new ball game being raided every week

and running for your life with half of the Surrey Police force

behind you along with 5 or more (GPO) Government Official,

NOT great, but good fun!         

In 1976 I joined my last Medium Wave Pirate before   starting

EMR, the  Station was London Music Radio which Transmitted

from Surrey & Kent with a power of 20 watts on 222 metres.

Tom in 1970 and 1973


  • Kingdom, Vignette, Cyclone 8:32

Please click on the tabs at the top of each page for more information and links.

Here are some pictures and audio recordings of the VFO Transmitter I used between

1971 and 1975 on 1.7 to 1 MHz, the power was only 12 watts in to a 20 metre long

wire from my home in South London, also a recording of my Station in 1969 & 1974.

  • R Electra - R Eagle1:12

  • London Music Radio12:00

Here is a Curcuit Diagram & picture of my low power Transmitter I constructed in 1965

and operated until 1971 on 1612, 1505 & 1395 KHz from my bedroom in South London.                            Raid on my station in July 1969  


My first taste of higher power Transmissions was in the Summer of 1969 when I obtained a 10 watt medium wave Transmitter on 1525 KHz,

which only lasted 6 weeks on the air, then knock knock came on the door from the GPO, I had been raided, the dream was over!

Circuit Diagram of my Transmitter that was used for QSOs & programmes on the medium wave back in the 1970s


  • R.Jackie 8:00

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