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GB0GKA is put on the air each Maritime Radio Day,  to celebrate the world's largest Maritime radio station,  Portishead Radio which closed in 2000.   As an ex Portishead Radio radio officer, I wish to keep the memory of the station alive and to communicate with many ex seagoing and coast station radio officers during Maritime Radio Day each year.   For information regarding International Maritime Radio day please see the following link :


Don't miss the web links at the foot of this page which show many aspects of Portishead Radio over the years

It is most enjoyable to hear the warm comments of those who recall communicating with Portishead Radio, we who worked at the station were proud of the high reputation of GKA in the world of shipping and laterly in aero radio services.  

Please QSL via eQSL or L.O.T.W,  I will send a certificate via email to all stations contacted during MRD 2017, I am sorry that I cannot provide paper QSLs, my income is low and I have had to discontinue paper QSLs and am no longer an RSGB member and thus have no QSL buro.

From the mid 1980s Portishead Radio provided an aero communications service communicating worldwide with both civil and military aircraft including aircraft of the British Antarctic Survey.  A number of initiatives were developed in the latter years by the expert and experienced staff of Portishead Radio to provide HF radio services to the oil industry and to lorries on long journeys across Europe.  The station acted as a terminal for satellite communications in addition to it's declining HF role.

God bless those who were proud to work at Portishead Radio GKA and those seagoing radio officers who relied upon the station for communications including in distress and in medical emergencies when many lives were saved by GKA.

It is a sad reflection on the attitude of the UK authorities that there is no memorial or museum devoted to Portishead Radio in sharp contrast to so many other coast radio stations around the world especially in Europe and the U.S.A.  Upon closure of the station the site was bulldozed flat and devoted to the building of a housing development without any thought to commemorating the huge contribution that Portishead Radio made to the shipping industry not only of the U.K but world wide.   Portishead Radio contributed both in wartime as well as peace including playing a major role in providing HF communications in support of the Falklands campaign.    We all deserve a real memorial to all that Portishead Radio did for this country and the world.

73  Tony G3ZRJ    at sea 1971-78  at Portishead Radio 1978-1988 and in government radio service thereafter.

Please see the following web links to learn more of Portishead Radio, GKA or GKL as it was known for many years.

http://coastradio.intco.biz/uk/gka/index.htm                      Giving general info regarding  GKA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXhWhf1OVnw      A 1960s Post Office film showing Morse operation at GKA and initially a scene at Landsend Radio  GLD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6CiTPS4I5s           A television programme from 1986 showing GKA at that time, the station continued to service the maritime and aero world until the year 2000.   The station manager, Ernie Croskell appears to talk about the station and of Morse operation.  Ernie is sadly missed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owTO7RAuPmE      Thanks to Larry Bennett ex Porishead Radio for posting this video of many historic photographs and backed by "Portishead Radio" a song by Mike Batt,  who owned the yacht Braemar / MSZJ which is mentioned in the song.













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