Radio U.K.I .was a land based pirate radio station .It transmitted on 1320khz with a power of approximately 250 watts into a marconi type aerial (inverted L ,40 feet high 100 feet long).Transmissions began intermittently early in 1969  from 14 Sleetmoor Lane Somercotes Derbyshire and continued until the 20th of September 1970.The station was first raided by the Post Office radio services on the 13th of September 1970 at about 1225,the 250 watt transmitter was taken by the radio services .I seem to recall that the radio services personnel where ,Mr Undy,Mr Wright,Mr Chandler and Mr Lowe.The following Sunday a spare transmitter was set up in a house on Birchwood Lane at Somercotes ,after about one hour the Post Office radio services raided this  address and whilst they where trying to gain access at the rear of the premises ,the station operators bailed out of the front upstairs window of the house ,the record playing when the transmitter went off the air was Smokie Robinsons "The Tears of a Clown " just at the bit where it goes "and there's no one around" .The headlines of the Derbyshire Times and the Derby Evening Telegraph read "Pirates Escape Through Bedroom Window"The Transmitter was built by two people namely John Wright and John Spendlove ,the crystal oscillator was built by John Wright using an EL84 valve and the rest of the transmitter by John Spendlove,the output amplifier used 4 off 807s in parallel ,the screens were modulated by 2 off EL34s in pushpull .Plans had been made to increase the power by building a new transmitter using 2 off 813 valves and an announcement was made to the effect that the transmission on the 13th of September would be the last for a while ,whilst the new transmitter was built, fatefull words that Sunday.As a result of the Post Office raid John Spendlove was prosecuted for contravening the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 and fined £45 with £5 costs on top, two other people who had asked to have a go at being  DJs a Ken Carter and Barry Hampsey also were prosecuted but only recieved a small fine .The photograph in the background is the Post Office radio services personnel and the policeman that was with them.A clearer photo can be seen by clicking on photograph in blue below .A small sound sample from the transmission of the 13th September can be heard by clicking ...
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