The Communicator

I have visited and stayed onboard the radio ship MV Communicator a few times. The ship was home to Laser 558, Holland FM and Veronica Hit Radio whilst anchored in and around the North Sea before she eventually ended up in the Orkney Islands where she was used to broadcast a local station on 105.4 MHz in 2004.
The following photographs were taken by me in the summer of 1995 when the MV Communicator, formerly Gardline Seeker, was being used to transmit the programmes of Veronica Hit Radio from an anchorage at Trintelhaven in the IJsselmeer in the Netherlands.

The MV Communicator
The MV Communicator

The AM transmitter
The AM transmitter
Some redundant transmitters
Some redundant transmitters
The small offshore radio museum onboard
The small offshore radio museum onboard

That's where I left my keys!
That’s where I left my keys!
Got to love the old cart machines
Got to love the old cart machines

Ding Dong!
Ding Dong!

Walter preparing to hose the deck down
Walter preparing to hose the deck down
Walter & Arie Swets doing a bit of cleaning. The Trintelhaven Yacht Club is in the background
Walter & Arie Swets doing a bit of cleaning. The Trintelhaven Yacht Club is in the background
Mike Davies with a beer... ;-)
Mike Davies with a beer… 😉
The ladies join us onboard
The ladies join us onboard
Walter Simons
Walter Simons
Arty farty photo of the satellite dish used for uplink/downlink purposes
Arty farty photo of the satellite dish used for uplink/downlink purposes
The food processor (if music be the food of life)
The food processor (if music be the food of life)
The beast!
The beast!
One of the fuel tanks
One of the fuel tanks
The N307 highway runs across the dijk separating the IJsselmeer & The Markermeer
The N307 highway runs across the dijk separating the IJsselmeer & The Markermeer
Your onboard café!
Your onboard café!

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