Don Scott – Radio Atlantis & Essex Radio


Years of involvement:  1970’s & 80’s
Alias: Don ScottDon Scott
Home Location: North Sea & South Benfleet, Essex
Types of involvement:  Chief Engineer, Radio Atlantis & Essex Radio – Southend-on-Sea
Comment / History:
 Don was known to the Radio Kaleidoscope team through “Buster“.Don worked aboard the pirate ship Radio Atlantis (1973-1974) looking after the transmitters and studio equipment before taking a job on the new Essex Radio station located at Southend-on-Sea in 1981, during his time at Southend Don moved into Busters home at South Benfleet.

We would often visit Don at the new Essex Radio studio’s he was always buried in cables, racking, and mountains of studio equipment he worked day and night for weeks to ensure that the station was ready for its first broadcast whilst meeting the new and very stringent IBA technical specifications.

We helped Don install equipment and antenna’s to 5 outside broadcast sites spread around the county this also involved Steve T & John Dennis  climbing the lattice mast above the Clifftown Road building to install the link antenna’s.


Ford motor company loaned Steve one of their RFI mobile workshops to perform field strength studies for Essex Radio around the region.


Don later provided Steve with the a small low power VHF transmitter that was used to Broadcast Radio Strass in Mayrhofen, Austria.



Stations & Other Involvements:
Radio Atlantis

Essex Radio

Pictures & Documents:
Radio Atlantis - Janine


Don Scott & John Payne aboard Radio Caroline – 1984

Sales invoice for outside broadcast work carried out by Steve at the Essex Radio building Clifftown Road, Southend-on-Sea – 1987