Radio Caroline is now transmitting 4kw of power following approval from Ofcom to increase its 1kw output.
The stronger signal now covers East Anglia, East Midlands, Kent, Sussex and beyond, as well as once again covering The Netherlands and Belgium, and into France and Germany.
Ofcom agreed to the increase earlier this year and the power was boosted last week.
A powerful Harris transmitter, capable of providing 25kw of power, was imported from Holland and installed at the Orfordness Transmitting Site in Suffolk, England where Radio Caroline sends its 648 AM signal from a redundant but complete BBC World Service facility now owned by Cobra Mist Ltd, who offered Radio Caroline use of the facility.
“It may seem crazy to turn the clock back when other radio stations and the BBC are winding down AM – and only Radio Caroline would do this – but there is method in our madness, in that AM radio works as well as it ever did with durability and long range.” said Radio Caroline station manager Peter Moore.
“Most cars have an AM radio and for sure every home has one that just needs to be taken down off the shelf. For years the industry and government have been persuading listeners to put perfectly good radios to one side and buy a new set that works in a different way – but maybe not as well. If your usual station has deserted you, listeners can return to Caroline.”