1985 Diary Page
In January this year a ward raffle raised £63.20 for the radio.
In March this year the presenters club was started.
A records appeal in the local paper, drew in over 1500 records for the station.
A problem with the hospital bleep this year affected the output for most of the year. The bleep had been boosted to cover certain parts of the hospital. The result for the radio station meant any newscasts being taken from IRN were obliterated. The original cable for the bleep ran right thru the studio's. This was re-routed thru conduit solving the problem.
The studio telephone was changed from a coin box phone to a desk top phone, receiving incoming calls only. Rental costs were to blame for the change.
A celebration of a birthday for ward one: one year on after the renovation on the ward, the radios still didn't work.
A Friday presenter raised much needed funds this year for the radio service, by running in the Bracknell Half Marathon. (Frank Blasi) 150 sponsors at 5p a mile raised £220.10.
In the evening the program of Robbie Robertson was re-transmitted having been recorded in
September 1984 by PJ.
Spot the mistake with the name!
The fete this year was opened by local MP Andrew MacKay, who afterwards visited the radio studio with his family.
The 100up club was ceased this year after membership fell to low levels and new fundraising avenues were employed.
1985 proved the most successful in more recent years in securing adequate funding for all the stations activities. The now famous annual grand draw by the radio service begun.
The first charity night was held at the Stag Public House.
Records donated and left in the reception of the maternity unit were pilfered before getting to the radio. This was raised with the hospital at the monthly meeting on how this can be avoided.
The plastic headsets which were used on the bed heads were changed to those supplied for airlines. In August £304.58 was spent.
A modification of the unit with a t-piece and extra tubing provided an alternative solution of the high cost of replacements from the hospital supplier.
A ward raffle in October raised £61.46 for the radio.
A garage sale was organized by one of the presenters mum; this raised £141,for the radio station. At the end of the year, the first Radio Heatherwood Sweatshirts were worn by the staff.
Ward 1 had not had the bed head radio system for over a year since the renovations. In December this year the service was finally restored.