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Appeal on Behalf of Larry Bennett


Your Radio Memories in a New Book

Memories of the UK Coast Radio MF/VHF station service


RadioUser author and friend Larry Bennett has been in touch today. Following his successful book Portishead Radio – A Friendly Voice On Many A Dark Night (New Generation Publishing, 2020) – he is currently writing a follow-up about the history of the UK Coast Radio MF/VHF station service (Niton, Land’s End, Wick, Stonehaven, Humber etc.). Larry is planning for this to be a companion to the Portishead book, similar in size, design and style.


Obviously, there will be great deal of historical content, written in time order, with many photographs and diagrams. Larry is hoping to break this up with personal recollections and memories from staff members, radio officers, and also some recollections from radio amateurs who took their Morse tests at these stations. He plans to get the draft manuscript completed by the end of February 2021, with a view to publishing the book later in the year.


To this end, the author would like to appeal to anyone with stories about any of the stations, any unusual events, memories of the staff who worked there, or anything about the stations which would be of interest to others. Any items used will be credited and acknowledged.


Larry Bennett has set up an email address specifically for this project, which is:


[email protected]

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It will be monitored daily and I will respond to all items sent. Please respond to Larry Bennett at this e-mail address in the first place, not to RadioUserLarry will keep us updated with developments – it’s still very much work in progress, but he is hoping to work solidly on the book over the next few months.


Thanks in advance for your help – greatly appreciated of course!


Best wishes,


Larry Bennett G4HLN +


[Larry’s book on Portishead Radio was reviewed in RadioUser, August 2020: 16, and Practical Wireless, September 2020: 50 – Ed.].