Memories of Radio Mercur
Erik Lindhardt: Fourty years ago, on November 1st 1961, I actually commenced my time as a radio transmitter pirate on a station that was new at that time: Danmarks Commercielle Radio (DCR) on Øresund was in competition to Radio Mercur. Time was too hard for running two stations, so in the end they got together on January 29th 1962, under the name of Radio Mercur. The cooperation, and consequently my time at Radio Mercur, lasted only slightly over five months, because the station had to close down at July 10th 1962.
Though all in all it took only some seven months, this period was a very interesting experience for me. Among other things, the MV Lucky Star had to have a new German made antenna installed, a very heavy directional one.
I was in the mast for a full eight hours, with some other people from the company supplying the parts up through the mast, in minus 2 degrees weather. I came only down for twenty minutes to take a cup of coffee.
Another problem was, that the cooling to the transmitter was sucking in carbon dust from the diesel generator. So my suggestion, was to take the cooling air from near the top of the mast. For this purpose we installed the heavy pipe you see along the mast on the picture.
Lucky Star’s audio consol operated by Tage Roepke
Another problem was, the cooling to the transmitter was sucking in carbon dust from the diesel generator, so my suggestion was to take the cooling air from near the top of the mast. The heavy pipe you see along the mast on the picture. We were playing SPARTACUS on the deck when we were doing the installation of the pipe.
Captain Johannes Houmoeller liked fishing. Here he proudly shows a cod he catched. The smiling lady standing next to him, is Grete, our cook.
The images of Stanley Kubrick's movie Spartacus (1960) were still fresh in our minds and we were playing "Roman gladiator" on the deck when we were doing the installation of the pipe. As you can see, the weather conditions had improved in the mean time.
Elo on deck Lucky Star
Chief technician Ove Andersen of the Lucky Star in front of the Siemens transmitter
Console operator Leif on the Lucky Star
Director Benny Knudsen on the Lucky Star
Here I am at Mercur's audio consol on the Cheeta II
It’s fun to look back that many years, I’m 63 now. I ended up in Australia as an retired Licensed Aircraft Radio Engineer.