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Late 1968-April 1st 1969
 
A station called Radio Helen started broadcasting during late 1968 following on from the success of Radio Free Londonís mass media coverage in the late summer. The station broadcast during the week for only half an hour per day, but this was extended to Sundayís where they did a regular spot at 12.15pm on 197meters. They were soon joined by other stations on the frequency and together they formed "The Helen Broadcasting Network" which consisted of each station producing 30 minutes of programming every Sunday and coming on air, one following the other in a set paten. This idea was good in theory but it turned out to be a disaster in practise. The network was made up of different Radio Helenís i.e.: Helen 1, Helen 2, Helen 3 etc. The numbered stations idea was soon dropped and the various stations started to be know by other names such as Radio Rose, Radio Apollo and the famous Radio Jackie. Problems such as breakdowns, raids, finding somewhere new to transmit from every week and bad organisation within the Helen Network were to be its downfall and only after just six months on air it officially closed on April 1st 1969. The original team behind Radio Helen had a plan to confiscate all of the transmitters within the Helen Network and take them apart and build one big powerful transmitter and the new station was to be called "Helen International" The idea never made it on the air.

 

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