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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.
European Music Radio
1970 came and I joined Radio Jackie (London) with there
227 metre broadcasts and later there FM Transmissions
on Saturday nights. 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 officials, 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 and Kent with a power of 20 watts on 222 metres M/W.
I had decided by the summer of 1976 that FM and medium wave Transmissions were not for me anymore, I wanted to expand my Transmissions to the European listeners, and that's how I came to start European Music Radio in 1976.
I would say that RNI had made a big impression on me, this was a great Radio Station indeed!
Circiut Diagram of my Transmitter that was used for QSO's & programmes on the Medium Wave back in the 1970s
Here are some pictures of the VFO Transmitter I used between 1971 and 1975
on 1.7 MHz to 1 MHz, the power output was only 12 watts in to a 20 metre long
wire from my home in South London.
My first taste of higher power 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 the knock knock on my door came from the GPO, I had been raided, the dream was over!
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 radio to pirate radio.
After the start of the pirate ship's in the 1960's my interest grew from listening to Radio Caroline, London and 355, to starting my own
low power Transmissions on medium wave between 1.5 and 1 MHz.
50mw CW Transmitter 1 watt Transmitter
Here are some of the low power Transmitters I have constructed between 1965 to 1967 The Raid on my station, July 1969