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  How it all started,  1976-2021.  The birth of TOR Radio  Written by RA and Sam The Dog.
In the beginning there was NOTHING. And then TORradio was born.  OK, Not quite true BUT.....

In 1976  Sam the dog builds a tiny micro-power radio transmitter and gets hooked by RADIO. Then in
1979 S-T-D skips-off school, cycles 20 miles to buy valves and builds first proper Short-wave 
transmitter. It uses three valves and mostly Junk-Box parts salvaged from old TVs/radios.

In 1979, S-T-D been saving and bought first AM-40-Channel C.B. (Not then Legal in the UK).

1980/81 at 15-yrs old, started work for an electronics company doing electronics design, and running
the companies Test-Department (computers and control-systems). And meeting interesting people on CB.
In Late 1987 WNKR was started by two friends Sam the dog, and Dave-Martin (Fellow CBer).

DM had just built his first FM transmitter. It started as an evening "testing-session" after
a few beers in the pub. Later, WNKR (West and North Kent Radio) developed later into a shortwave
station, after a meeting with Andy Walker who was running WFRL (Wonderful Free Radio, LONDON). 
Apart from S-T-D and D-M, WNKR also had Uncle-Nobby, Bob-Jarman, Rob-Marshall. And later in the
shortwave/FM years  Jacqui-Lane, Andy-Walker, Terry-Phillips, (and others too) on the team.

Occasionally WNKR jingles are still heard on the mediumwave or shortwave bands. Usually STD or DM
playing.."This is just old-farts re-living a bit of thier youth" according to Sam the Dog.

By the late 90's Sam the dog had better things to do than play the same old tunes, and went on  
doing other radio and electronics work.. "WNKR had got very boring just another oldies station.

By then I'd stopped working in Central London. (Stock-Exchange, MGT, and other fab-places). and I 
was working for an HP developer full-time, building transmitters in my spare time. By the late
90's I'd lost touch with all the old crew at WNKR and had moved to far better things.

"When I phoned DM in about 2007 he thought I had died years before!"

Mid 90's and now out of contact with everyone involved with WNKR, and getting on with some new/fresh
projects. This was a turning-point.  I was still building some transmitters and other kit. Mostly for
a couple of stations in London. I had bills / mortgage to pay and making / installing rigs was
a way of making a few extra pounds.

In about 1995 Sam the Dog was head-hunted by a communications company in central-London
and spent the next four years working on some large-area commercial communications systems. for the 
emergency svc's, government departments, and local councils. "I visited some great TX-Sites during
those years. Rooftops in central London. Crystal Palace, and plenty of others too. Fab Fun"
and ended-up working as "radio-Engineer" for the ambulance service who at the time had a massive
complex VHF radio scheme. Then in 2002 became self-employed and back to the home-workshop full-time
building mostly FM transmitters, Linking-Kit, for some stations. and other odd-work / projects.

And now it all begins......   THE START OF TOR - RADIO      AUGUST 2009


In Mid 2009, Bored with the lack of anything even slightly radical on the air, "TOR Radio Glastonbury"
began. Originally one of the newer all transistor-based transmitters was tested in Kent. Then, on one of
the trips to Somerset it was decided to use Glastonbury Tor as a location for a test. It worked pretty well
although lugging a pair of lorry-batteries up there to run it was just not going to make the tor itself a
regular TX-site. So, in 2009 TOR-RADIO was set-up to broadcast radical / anarchist punk music.

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"In 2010/2011 we were travelling up and down to Somerset through Glastonbury once or twice a week, and 
TOR Radio used a house in the village of Stogursey as a base. (near Hinkley-Point Nuclear power station).
It was great! Mains power, internet, phone-line, all in the same place. Good place to crash out and produce
a show or two..." says Sam...


The new crew, basically Sam-The Dog, Ra, and later Sparky, and from time to time a few others.
We have rants / ideas sent in from folks with things to share with the listners. and some archive stuff too.
But most of the broadcasts are Ra playing punk-trax and slagging-off the government, big business etc..

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TOR Radio first used a 9.3MHz transmitter in the 32 metre band. This used a vertical mast 45 feet tall,
a half wave di-pole from Somerset, or the long wire aerial and ATU shot-over the ruins on Glastonbury tor
which coined the station's name. "Tor Radio Glastonbury" And the website was created. and a Glastonbury
area phone number used via a VOIP telephone-server in Germany. Still the same number as the station has now.

When the station transmitters were used away from base, they were often powered by large lead-acid car batteries
and had only 20w of output from the small home-made all-transistor transmitters built almost totally from scrap.
An odd start for a radio station, but a station was born. 


Most of the studio-audio, radio transmission, linking and other kit used at the station is designed by Ra / 
Sam the Dog, and produced by Sam / Me at the station's studio..  It's not un-usual to arrive and find tools
and components everywhere and a batch of printed-circuit-boards developing in the kitchen-sink.

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For the next eight years 2009-2017 TOR-Radio popped-up on various bands blasting-out the radical-punk music.
doing irregular broadcasts. "We'd just set-up the kit, and run it for a while." At this time, The phrase 
"the original Pop-Up Pirate" was coined as TOR-Radio was basically on-air randomly/at short notice
usually to test new transmitter, antenna or linking kit that we'd been building.

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"Since 2017, TOR radio has began a far more political/anti-government and agressive stance."
TOR-Radio began to get even more radical, "We were talking to pissed-off people with no voice
on the main-stream stations. We wanted to tell those scumbags in government what we thought of them."

"TOR Radio is in the buisness of pissing people off, and I think that a good job is being done!
If the people from OFCOM and PC-Plod aren't after us the religious nuts and political tossers are"

Now, in 2021 twelve years after the TOR radio idea began. The station pops-up a few times a month with
it's lineup of anarchist punk. and anti-government/Anti-religious/Anti-Fascist political shows called 
"The Rants". "People need help, need a good prod sometimes. is the pointy-stick"
it's grown into a station with an odd "Cult-Following", and as the station broadcasts at short-notice
giving sometimes only a few days warning of a broadcast, it makes it a cool thing to find and listen to.
and helps us to avoid the wrath of the authorities, and other folks who'd like to catch us at it...

Sam the Dog says.. "Back in the old days in the late 1980's with WNKR and all of those other stations it all
seemed pointless. It was an excuse for a trip to the pub, It achieved fuck-all. But now TOR-Radio has a good
reason to exist and is far more popular. Instead of pubs, we get to punk-gigs, political demos, and protests"


The latest broadcasts have also been heard in SSB on the 42/43 metre bands (6940-6995MHz) using a 250W TX. 
As well as the more usual 6200-6400, 3940-3945. Also very occasionally on the 32metre (9175-9400), and 
25metre (11400-11600) bands. But "a lack of suitable places to put sodding great masses of aerial
within linking-distance of the studio." is Sam the dog's reason for not using more than a couple 
of shortwave bands at a time. That and the lack of people interested in getting out at all times of 
the day and night to set-up the kit and put it all away again. 

"Usually, between two and four transmitters are used at once for the pop-up-political programmes and music.
But the recent SSB broadcasts go out on thier own in the early hours. Listners on that band are overseas.
USA and Italy are keen, and plenty of other countries too".

TOR radio calls itself "THE original Pop-Up Pirate station". As it sometimes goes on-air for just 
a few hours then clears-down again. with very short notice to avoid raids and other attention. uses VHF FM and Mediumwave for local programmes. Covering various parts of Kent / Essex.
With shortwave transmissions on 76, 48, 32, and 25 metres AM, and 42 Metre Band SSB.

Tor Radio openly invites those with more radical opinions to submit programmes for broadcast.

Occasionally the broadcasts are / have been re-broadcast by other stations using the studio or playlister 
feeds hidden on the "Harry's Playground" anarchist website.

" LISTEN OUT FOR IT.   THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE ! "  (Donations are very welcome too).

Past  Donations  have brought the station a good broadcast mixer, CD-Players, Turntables, funds for 
radio-kit / transmitters, and Records / CDs.  Many thanks to those who have helped-out.

Many Thanks