Radio Mi Amigo, from the historic Lightvessel LV18 on Harwich Quay, is returning to the air on Christmas Eve and will continue on a permanent basis through the New Year. The station will be bringing the sounds and spirit of the original radio pirates back to their roots of Harwich.

Returning to the floating newly-installed studios are Garry Lee, Neon Nancy (pictured), Chris Cooper and the Reverend Rabbit as well as many new DJs who are broadcasting in support of the Pharos Trust charity, which owns the LV18.

Tony O’Neil, Chairman of the Pharos Trust, said he was excited to bring a nostalgic ‘retro’ sound to Harwich once again and appreciated all who were giving their time and expertise towards the project.

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Broadcast Schedule 2023

Saturday 12th August

Midnight Garry Lee

2am Paul Windsor

5am Reverend Rabbit

6am Olly Kinvig

8am Chris Morgan

10am Jon Sketchley

Midday Ian Chambers

2pm Keith Skues

4pm Chris B

6pm Neon Nancy

7pm Stonehenge Disco

10pm Chris B

Sunday 13th August

Midnight Dave Kent

3am Paul Windsor

6am Olly Kinvig

9am Gordon Bathgate

10am Steven Foster

Midday Garry Lee

2pm Keith Skues

4pm Chris Cooper

5pm Jim Fourniadis

6pm Paul Windsor

7pm Ian Riches

9pm Party Time and Close Down

Radio Broadcast 2023 Official Press Release

DJ’s line up for a celebration of offshore Pirate Radio
Radio Mi Amigo will be joining up with Carillon Wellbeing Radio to return to the airwaves on Saturday and Sunday this week.
The two-day pirate radio event will take place on Harwich Quay and has attracted a host of DJs who are coming from near and far to transmit from the restored Lightvessel LV18 as a tribute to the 60’s offshore radio stations.
This year’s on-air team, headed by programme director and trustee Garry Lee, will bring back the popular sound of the offshore pirate stations that broadcast from just off the coast and were served from the Ha’penny Pier, which is now the LV18s permanent berth.
Joining the crew will be two DJs from America and music connoisseurs, former pirate radio and Radio 1 DJ Keith Skues and former BBC Suffolk presenter and current Radio Caroline DJ Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster.
The broadcast will run 24 hours a day, from midnight on Friday night until midnight on Sunday night, the 12th and 13th August.
This tribute to the offshore pirate radio stations will celebrate the likes of Radio Caroline, Radio London and several others that appeared off the coast of Harwich in the 1960s, bringing about a revolution in radio broadcasting.
Following the previous pirate radio broadcasts from LV18, which attracted thousands of visitors to the area, Radio Mi Amigo will celebrate the watery wireless days from the new studio, located on the bridge of the lightvessel.
Further to previous year’s events, LV18 will broadcast from her permanent berth by the Ha’penny Pier, Harwich, enabling members of the public to not only visit the classic vessel on Sunday, but to meet the DJ’s.
The classic heritage vessel LV18 featured in the film The Boat that Rocked and now hosts a pirate radio exhibition, with new interactive audiovisual systems and interpretation signage.
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Annual Live Radio Broadcast !!!!

It’s that time of year again. The anniversary of the Marine Offences Act is almost upon us. To mark the occasion, Radio Mi Amigo will be on the air again.

You will be able to listen on the internet and on 1476 Medium Wave. Broadcasting begins 0000 hrs Saturday 12th August 2023 and finishes 0000hrs on Monday 14th August.

Broadcasting will be jointly managed by Garry Lee and Jon Sketchley and our special guest DJs will include Stephen Foster (BBC Radio Suffolk and Radio Caroline) and Keith Skues (Radios Caroline, Luxembourg, London….the list goes on).

The LV18 will be open as usual over the weekend so we would love to see as many of you as possible on board and you may get to meet some of the DJs.

For further details, watch this space

Open for 2023

This year we will be open April 1st and will be open six days a week* until a yet to be confirmed date in October.

*opening is volunteer dependent. If in doubt or if you are part of a large group or a school party, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07446171320. 

2021 Opening Times

From 22nd June – 5th September 2021: Open daily (Closed Mondays) from 11am – 4pm.
For further information call 07446 171 320. School parties and group visits by prior arrangement.
Admission: Adults – £4; Children under 16 – £2; Family (2 Adults and up to 4 children) – £10
New exhibition for 2021 – ‘It’s All About Waves’ – The role of Lightvessels in the development of wireless communication.

Illuminate Festival 2019

The Pharos Trust was asked earlier this year if we could light the lantern for the 2019 Illuminate Festival. In the past this has been a low key event but for 2019 we were promised a bigger affair.

Little did we know that, over the two days of this year’s festival, several thousand people would be on Harwich Quay, marking the start of a year of events. 2020 will be the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower’s voyage to the USA and Harwich has a large part of the story to tell.

The Pharos Trust would like to thank the LV18’s volunteers who put in a total of 143 hours getting the ship in order and ready for the lighting of the lantern and the continuous liaison with the other festival stakeholders in order to ensure an incident-free event.