(Evening Mail October 30, 1987)
Irate Radio 3 listeners in the Midlands have inundated Pebble Mill with complaints -- because pirate radio is drowning out their classical music with reggae.
The BBC began receiving complaints earlier this week about Afro-Caribbean station, Enterprise FM.
I understand it is run by former members of The Peoples Community Radio Line, who re-formed nearly a month ago.
Altogether PCRL had to move its equipment more than 200 times between 1981 and 1986 and in
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the 19 months to November 1986 it was raided 67 times by Department of Trade and Industry officials.
BBC engineers believe the current operators must have at least £20,000-worth of equipment to send out an FM (VHF) signal strong enough to annoy Radio 3 listeners as far away as Leamington Spa.
Pirate radio contravenes the Wireless and Telegraphy Acts, 1959 and 1967, and if operators are caught they risk having the equipment confiscated, and a fine. Advertisers can also be fined.
Mr John Grantham, head of engineering at Pebble Mill, said he believed the pirates were using a radio link from a source to a portable transmitter to make detection harder.