Robin Wood G4UDK was the man
behind Radio Alvechurch, sometimes referred to as Radio Christina.
Using ex Army equipment, Wood,
who was almost completely blind, built the station with the help of
Post Office Telephone Engineer Jeff Himms. The station was known for
drifting well off frequency on AM Medium Wave.
Sometimes broadcast as a static station, but more than usually
transmitting from Himm's Mini Van driving around Alvechurch.
The station was eventually "Knobbled" by Post Officer Telephones and
whilst we can't find the public records to confirm it, we firmly
believe court action and a nominal fine followed.
Robin Wood G4UDK later appeared as an Illegal operator of an AM
Citizens Band station, this time from a new location in Sillins
Avenue, Redditch, however the characteristic drifting off frequency
was still present suggesting modifications to more ex-Army
Wood eventually went legitimate and managed to pass both parts of
the Amateur Radio exam.
In the mid 1980s he issued threats to an LPWS member by telephone. This was recorded on an answer phone and
an edited version (below)
used extensively on the local repeaters. Wood has a
distinctive voice, so no one was in any doubt as to who it was,
brave indeed for a blind man!
He remains a controversial
figure as he lives in social housing but ignores local planning
restrictions on antennae etc. his run-ins with the local Housing
Authority making the news on several occasions, see below.
Wood G4UDK, now ignores his illegal pirate radio past and can often
be heard trying to "lay down the law" based on his interpretation of
the amateur radio operating laws of the last century, appearing to
be totally ignorant of the root and branch changes introduced on
December 1st 2006! Maybe he should apply to OFCOM for a copy in
Braille or on CD.
Local Paper Report
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