Pirate Radio Broadcasting!!!!!!!!


Kilve FM is the name of our broadcast station that we operate during the Radio Pirates courses at Kilve Court.

Before we are arrested by the DTI, I should point out that we are not really radiating an illegal radio signal, but using electronic test equipment to simulate a transmission on 95MHz.  We do appear to be live on the air though and this gives the students a unique opportunity to experience the responsibility and excitement of live broadcasting.

We receive help from Paul George of BBC Somerset, who brings along their outside broadcast unit for a day.  Paul coaches the students in presentation skills and assists them in producing material for BBC Somerset to air.


  Presenting the Kilve FM programme live  



The BBC Somerset Bus

Editing on-board the Bus with Paul George


In addition to the fun of running the station, students are also taught technical skills relating to sound and radio engineering.


Topics covered include:

  • Operating a mixing desk

  • Analogue and digital media

  • Types of inputs and connectors

  • Radio wave propagation

  • AM and FM transmissions



Test equipment used to teach students

the difference between AM and FM radio


Please left-click below to listen to the latest October 2011 Kilve FM broadcast or right-click and "save target as" to download a copy (file size is around 26MB).  Unfortunately there was a technical hitch during the last few minutes of the recording, so an alternative ending to the broadcast has been added which hopefully everyone will enjoy!

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