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London FM




Following the demise of Bromley Sound, Mark Ellis started London FM. 

The first broadcasts were early in 1981, and were of a high technical quality in stereo on 94 MHz. The station usually opened around midday, and continued until the evening. Programmes were mostly pop music, however many of the DJs worked in Discos, and this type of music was very prominent. 

From the outset this station used a studio to transmitter link (STL) for all it's broadcasts which were usually live. This link, like most others at the time, was in the TV band III, around 200 MHz. Occasionally TV buzz could be heard on the audio caused by interference from 405 line TV signals in this band.

Unfortunately there was friction between Mark Ellis and Roger, the station's engineer. Roger was only about 17 at the time, and was already extremely talented at transmitter building. Soon he was soon approached by others wanting his expertise. It is said that Roger and Mark had a huge row which resulted in Roger throwing a transmitter off the roof of a tower block!

London FM closed after only a few months on the air. During this time it's strong signal, and loud processed audio made it stand out on the band! A station to be noticed.

Transmitter sites were usually the Wandsworth Arndale centre, or Putney Heath.


The Radio Eric archive holds the following recording(s) of this station:

40MB 86:47 The beginning of a Bank Holiday broadcast with Mark Ellis. The fault in the audio was caused by the Band III link transmitter's PLL losing lock. We have edited out about 12 minutes of un-listenable audio as a result. 4th May 1981
  46:30 Mark Davis with a programme from around May 1981 complete with TV buzz from the link!


10:16 a quickie we found on the end of a tape from the summer of 1981



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