MW Free Radio

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This made me smile

It's been a pleasant evening here in England with plenty of sunshine and even a little something to listen to on the radio. Radio Pink Panther was coming in very well on 6803 kHz at around dinnertime with some good music as well, and I stayed tuned for a good while.



A couple of days ago on Sunday evening there was something else worth listening to - Technical Man on 6325 kHz. Now, his signal is always very good across Europe, and his modulation is always crystal-clear. But there was something else this time that gave his broadcast some added interest - some sung jingles! These might have been used before, but it was the first time I've heard them and they really stood out because while you often hear spoken jingles on AM pirate stations, it's not very often you heard them being sung. It got me thinking who made them . . .  anyway, I made a recording of one of the jingles: 




As far as listening to the Dutch pirates on MW goes, conditions remain unpredictable. Sunday evening was pretty good with some powerhouse signals from the likes of Spanningzoeker, Vrolijke Mijnwerker and Pandora, while Zwarte Panter was doing pretty well on 1611 kHz with considerably less power. Tonight, however, it is a different story with no reception other than something very weak from Witte Raaf on 1655, a station that would usually be received really well here. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Getting there

I've just popped down to the radio room and after rotating the loop antenna a little I have finally found some decent signals from the Netherlands at the top of the MW band. The noise floor remains higher than the usual during the winter, which means signals aren't sounding as strong as they might, and I think propagation is far from perfect, but hopefully tonight's reception is a taster of what might be to come during the coming weeks.



King of the band right now is Relmus on 1655 kHz. His international programmes always go down well with listeners and tonight is no exception. Joining him in the studio on the north coast of the Netherlands is Yogi Bear, Wadloper and Dr Einstein. There are some great peaks on the signal, and it's the strongest I've heard a Dutch pirate for some time. You can get an idea of the reception from this recording:



A little down the band on 1647 is Witte Tornado, while Titanic is on 1625, Zwarte Panter (Oldenzaal) is on 1614 and Turftrekker is doing very well on 1611. There are various other stations broadcasting as well, and the band is nice and busy. Long may it stay long this, with propagation conditions and reception continuing to improve.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The waiting game

Good evening from a wet and windy UK.

Apologies for lack of activity on the blog during the last couple of weeks. Things have been busy here, but also poor conditions on the MW band for receiving the Dutch pirates means I've not been doing much listening. Take right now, for example. The radio is tuned to Witte Tornado on 1647, but the signal that is usually so solid is nowhere near as strong and is fading around. While evening reception of shortwave pirates has improved, the opposite is the case on MW.



A few times recently I've actually thought there has been a problem with the antennas here due to poor reception, but luckily all is good with them. I'll just have to sit tight and wait for propagation to improve, I guess.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Birthday time

On Friday I celebrated my 38th birthday, which means I've now been listening to the pirates for 26 years! We had a nice family day and even a radio cake and pirate balloons! And one of my presents was the KPO receiver that can be found in nearly every Dutch pirate studio. I'll be testing it out over the next few days and letting you know how I get on with it.




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Updating the logs

I've been busy with work for the last week or so, but I've found some time to spare this evening and I'm currently listening to the low power signal of Turfsteker on 1657 kHz. He transmits with only 75 watts but usually reaches here pretty well, and tonight is no exception even though conditions are far from optimum.

It's been over a month since I published my logs of the Dutch MW pirates, so it's time for an update, and there is plenty of reception to report:


Tuesday, March 24, 2015
1657          2033         Turfsteker 34333 music programme
1629          2035         Zwarte Boer 24222 music programme
1650          2317         Witte Raaf 44433-45444 music programme
1636          2330         Pandora 55444 music programme


Sunday, March 22, 2015
1615          1830         Zwarte Panter (Oldenzaal) 25222 music programme

Sunday, March 15, 2015
1647          2125         Witte Tornado 45444 music programme
1656          2126         Blauwe Ster 35333-45444 music programme
1615          2129         Zwarte Panter (Oldenzaal) 24332-35333 programme

Monday, March 9, 2015
1638          0029         Calimero 55444-55555 music programme
1647          0030         Witte Tornado 44444 music programme
1630          0042         Monte Carlo 44444-55444 asking for report
1622          0053         Amigo 34333 report for Sportman
1620          0053         Jeneverstoker 34433 report for Calimero
1630          1635         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 25322-35333
1629          1712         Zwarte Boer 24322-34333 music programme
1620          1810         Tamboer Jnr en Polski 24222-35333 programme
1690          1839         Armada 35333-45444 music programme
1640          2012         Veronica 45444 music programme
1652          2102         Twentana 25322-35333 music programme
1662          2143         Noorderzon 24322-44444 music programme

Sunday, March 8, 2015
1648          0021         Moby Dick 55444-55555 music programme
1636          0021         Keizer en Keizerin 35333-45444 music programme
1665          0024         Polkaman 35333 music programme
1620          0025         Romax 44433-44444 qsoing
1626          0029         OSM (O Superman) 54444-55555 qsoing
1620          0540         Dokwerker 25322-35333 music programme
1620          0800         Edelkampioen 35353 report for Dokwerker
1620          0806         Zender Johan 35353-45454 qsoing

Friday, March 6, 2015
1620          1740         Sterrekijker music programme
1630          1838         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444-55555 music programme
1647          1838         Admiral 24322-35333 qsoing
1622          1840         Pontiac 55444 qsoing
1655          1906         Nachtzerver 35333 qsoing
1636          2110         Studio F16 35333 music programme
1627          2122         Akai 44444-55444 testing
1671          2131         Armada 55444
1673          2138         Armada 55444 music programme
1625          2151         Quintus 44333-44444 music programme

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
1625          2158         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55544 music programme
1638          2202         Calimero 45444 music programme

Monday, March 2, 2015
1629          1750         Tamboer 34333 music programme
1630          2129         Zwarte Boekanier 44444-55444 music programme
1620          2219         Anton 45444 music programme
1636          2221         Pandora 55544 music programme

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
1620          0550         Calipso 45434 testing
1650          1715         Valkenster 25322-35333
1635          1723         Digitaal 35333-45444 qsoing
1655          1728         Carona 35333-45444 qsoing
1635          1729         Interpol 35333 qsoing
1630          1731         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 45333 qsoing
1642          1740         Digitaal 35333-45444 qsoing
1645          1748         Interpol 24322 qsoing
1620          1754         Jamaica 55444-55555 qsoing
1620          1757         Soerabaya 25222 qsoing
1620          1803         Wegpiraat 35333-45444 qsoing
1640          1815         Witte Reus 23322-34333 qsoing
1629          1820         Polka Radio (Ruurlo) 22422-34433 music programme
1644          1828         Interpol 25322 qsoing
1611          1831         Texas weak signal music programme
1655          1831         Turfsteker 35443 report for Interpol
1645          1906         Witte Reus 34333 testing    
1640          1910         Batavier 35333 music programme
1630          2015         Eldorado 45333-45444 report for Polka            
1630          2050         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 qsoing
1642          2130         Wadloper 55444 music programme
1636          2330         Pandora 54444 music programme

Sunday, March 1, 2015
1640          0150         Snowman 35333-35443 music programme
1655          1859         Dikke Betta qsoing
1615          1904         Zwarte Panter (Oldenzaal) 25222-44444 programme
1476          1909         Energy FM 44544
1647          1910         Witte Tornado 35333-45444 music programme
1680          1912         Digitaal 35333
1716          1933         Digitaal 45444
1472          2055         Blauwe Piraat 32522-34533 short music programme
1655          2105         Wilskracht 35333-35443 music programme

Thursday, February 26, 2015
1650          2330         Desperado 35333 music programme

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
1620          0528         Nova 4 music programme
1645          1736         Digitaal music programme
1620          1845         Marskramer (Friesland) 35333 music programme
1620          1935         Monza 35343-45444
1620          1951         Zwarte Golf 35333-45444 music programme
1630          2114         Moonbreaker 35333 music programme
1395          2130         Blauwe Piraat 24222-35333 short music programme
1630          2208         Zwarte Golf 35333-45444 report for Moonbreaker
1630          2212         Vrolijke Mijnwerker music programme

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
1629          1732         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 54444
1624          1843         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 54444 calling Balkans 
1472          2028         Nostalgie 22522-33533 testing
1472          2035         Blauwe Piraat 22522 testing
1635          2039         Marrianne 35333 music programme
1611          2044         Malibu 25222 music programme
1658          2322         Noorderzon 34333

Monday, February 23, 2015
1655          1520         Turfsteker weak signal music programme
1620          1722         Digitaal 45434
1625          1735         Kracht Van Twente weak signal qsoing
1612          1738         Atlantis (Twente) 45333-45444 asking for report 
1623          1747         Digitaal 45444 qsoing
1633          1753         Oldtimer 45444 music programme
1638          1753         Twentse Adelaar 34333 qsoing
1645          1759         Zwarte Boekanier 45444 qsoing
1629          1811         Zwarte Boer 25232 qsoing
1620          1828         Tamboer Jr en Polsky 35322-45444 programme
1637          1830         Zwarte Panter (North Holland) 25332
1638          2202         Calimero 55444 music programme
1645          2220         Casablanca (Twente) 23322 music programme
1630          2305         Pandora 44444-55544 report for Calimero
1638          2305         Twentse Adelaar 33333-35333 music programme



Saturday, February 21, 2015
1655          2352         Turfsteker 35333
1648          2354         Moby Dick 55544 music programme
1669          2355         Snowman 24422 music programme
1476          2356         Energy FM 44534

Friday, February 20, 2015
1636          1907         Studio F16 44444 music programme
1665          1908         Polkaman 35333 music programme
1630          2147         Soerabaya 23322 music programme
1647          2148         Armada 44444 music programme
1476          2150         Energy FM
1625          2217         Digitaal 44444-55544 report for Soerabaya

Sunday, February 15, 2015
1620          0500         Dokwerker 45433-55454 music programme
1620          0818         Jamaica 35343-45444 qsoing
1630          1710         Digitaal 35333 music programme
1611          1733         Zwarte Panter (Oldenzaal) 24222, 34333 at 1922
1645          1852         Batavier 35333 music programme
1620          1921         Weduwe 55444-55555 music programme
1630          1935         Soerabaya 25222 music programme
1630          2015         Jamaica 55544 music programme
1655          2147         Valkenster music programme
1640          2244         Batavier 35333 music programme

Saturday, Febuary 14, 2015
1633          1525         Oldtimer 34443 music programme
1640          1617         Pecon 34322-34333 report for Oldtimer
1629          1621         Eldorado 25222 testing
1629          1647         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 35322-35333. 45444 at 1802
1630          1734         Digitaal 45333-45344 qsoing
1636          1743         Studio F16 33333-35343 music programme
1667          1744         Armada 34322-45534 music programme
1630          1759         Zeepiraat 35333-45444 qsoing
1630          1804         Stormvogel 35333 qsoing
1628          1816         Alaska 35333 qsoing
1660          1841         Blauwe Sterre 35333-45444 qsoing
1665          1843         Zeepiraat 35222-35333 qsoing
1624          1905         Pioneer (Rotterdam) 25222-35333 asking for report
1656          1922         Relmus 34323, 44433 at 2104 music programme
1642          2030         Boogschutter 45434, 55544 at 2119 testing
1620          2031         Zonnester 44444-55444 music programme
1633          2033         Turftrekker 44444 music programme
1613          2105         Napoleon 34333 music progamme
1638          2116         Digitaal 44444 music programme
1648          2250         Moby Dick 45434 music programme
1620          2250         Batavia 35433 music programme
1695          2306         Korenklopper 43433 music programme
1640          2312         Monte Carlo 44333 asking for report

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
1630          2002         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 music programme
1640          2007         Batavier 35333 music programme
1636          2115         Boogschutter 55444 asking for report
1664          2135         Wilkskracht 25222-35333 music programme
1630          2222         Anton 55334-55444 music programme

Monday, February 9, 2015
1620          0502         Nova 4 43433-54544 music programme
1620          1856         Tamboer Junior en Polsky 34333 music programme
1636          2111         Boogschutter 55444 asking for report
1395          2134         Blauwe Piraat 34333 testing

Sunday, February 8, 2015
1648          0048         Moby Dick 55544-55555 music programme
1633          0050         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 qsoing
1620          0050         Desperado 25222-35333 music programme
1633          0053         Monte Carlo 55444 qsoing
1620          0105         Zwarte Diamont 35333 music programme
1620          0500         Amigo 34333 music programme
1620          0604         Dokwerker 35433-45444 music programme
1620          0806         Zonnester report for Dokwerker
1647          1844         Witte Tornado 45444 music programme
1629          1845         Johnny Camaro 35343 music programme
1638          2121         Calimero 55434 music programme

Friday, February 6, 2015
1638          1838         Calimero 44444-55444 music programme
1620          1840         Sterrekijker music programme
1625          2036         Relmus 55444 music programme
1645          2038         Batavier 25222 music progamme
1620          2107         Marskramer (Friesland) 32432 music programme
1656          2151         Nachtzwerver 35333 music programme

Observations

  • Zwarte Panter (Oldenzaal) seems to have become a Sunday evening regular - well, for the last two weeks anyway. 1615 kHz is his channel and he is usually on air for a few hours with his music shows
  • Talking about regular programmes, the Dokwerker can be heard early on most Sunday mornings on 1620 kHz, often from around 0500 UTC. The signal tends to peak here between 0600 and 0630 but on March 8 it lasted a little longer and there was good reception of a qso after he closed down. One of the stations coming up to give a report was Zender Johan, who I had not heard for many years. You can hear reception on this recording:

    • 1620 is a popular frequency for early-morning transmissions, and another station often to be found on the channel is Nova 4. If you are around early, again from around 0500, it is worth checking the band to see if he is on air as he usually active once a week to catch listeners before they head to work. Here's a recording of one of those broadcasts, made on Wednesday, February 25 from around 0530 UTC:

    Sunday, March 08, 2015

    It's been a while

    I was thinking recently about Dutch MW pirates I haven't heard for a while. Stations come and go, but if you listen for long enough they tend to come back - once the pirate bug has bitten, the effects last a long time. I went missing from the pirate scene for a number of years while I moved house and had a family, but I returned a few years ago keener than ever, and that is a trend I know has been repeated for many pirates.

    So a few minutes ago in the early hours of Sunday morning there was a coincidence when I switched on the radio and heard a strong signal on 1626 kHz. It was O Superman - OSM Radio in qso with Romax. Since I started listening to the pirates again in January 2011 I have heard this station only once. He sure is a rare catch, made even better by the great signal I received. You can listen here:




    Romax was also coming in loud and clear, as you can hear on this recording. Very nice to hear him for the first time since September last year:


    Sunday, March 01, 2015

    White, blue and black

    It's been a busy weekend for me. I was working all day on Saturday, but the train journey home was made easier with the android version of the Twente SDR, which I used on my mobile phone to listen to Radio Barones on 1615 kHz. He had visitors in the studio, and the show certainly kept me occupied until I got home in the early hours of this morning.

    Before hitting the bed, I checked the radio and found a fine signal on 1640. It turned out to be Radio Snowman, who broadcasts with a power of just 20 watts and does really well with his low power. I visited his studio in the summer and have seen the transmitter in action, but it always amazes me when I hear him so well with only a few watts. You can listen to the reception on this recording:




    The MW band has been pretty quiet this evening, but there was a lengthy programme from the Zwarte Panter on 1615 kHz and I am now listening to the Witte Tornado's weekly programme on 1647. In between there was a test broadcast from the Blauwe Piraat on 1472 kHz. He has been doing a few experiments recently, also trying 1395 with good results. 



    Talking about in-band frequencies again, Energy FM was streamed from the internet on to 1476 kHz once more this evening and was arriving here with a decent signal.

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Flying like an eagle

    On Monday evening I heard the Twentse Adelaar qsoing at just before 1800 UTC. And later in the evening he was back on his regular channel of 1638 kHz to spin a few records into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

    While he was broadcasting from the region of Twente in Overijssel in the east of the Netherlands, which is well known for its large number of pirate stations, I found out he has been active as a pirate on MW for some three years. He runs relatively low power at around 100 watts but as I've mentioned many times before, that is more than enough to put a decent signal across the North Sea and into the UK, and the Eagle was doing well last night.

    As you can hear from this recording there is some fading, but some great peaks on the signal and pretty good for the power . . .



    As the station was broadcasting I was sent some photos straight from the studio, which I have been kindly allowed to share . . .









    Monday, February 23, 2015

    High energy

    1476 kHz is becoming an increasingly popular frequency with the Dutch pirates as they seek an alternative to the sometimes congested area at the top of the MW band, and lots of stations have been testing on the channel recently.

    But there was something a little different to hear late on Friday and Saturday night. With a strong signal here in England and also doing well into the northern part of the Netherlands was Energy FM. This was an internet stream from Tenerife being relayed by the same transmitter that was airing SW pirate Laser Hot Hits some weeks ago on the same frequency. The direction of the loop antenna when gaining best reception suggests the broadcast was emanating from Ireland. 

    Very nice to hear activity from a little closer to home on MW . . . let's hope this is a sign of things to come and we get something regular from Britain or Ireland on 1476.


    Friday, February 20, 2015

    Flashback to the 80s

    I paid a visit to Stoke-on-Trent this week and popped in to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, where among the various exhibitions is a display called Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s.



    So it doesn't quite fit in with what I usually do on this blog, but I thought it might be worth a mention and a few photos. 

    The exhibition is only small but features lots of newspaper clippings from the era in the 1980s when there was a surge of pirate activity on FM as stations starting appearing to cater for audiences who struggled to find their style of music on mainstream radio. It mentions how at the peak of FM piracy in the UK some 600 stations were operating up and down the land. 

    There is even a mixer and limiter on display that were used in a pirate studio back in the day, together with a TV screen showing an interview with the operator of one of the biggest pirates in the midlands in the 1980s, and an iPad on which you can listen to jingles from the days when Kiss FM was still a pirate








    The exhibition will remain at its current home until May 9.

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Sad news

    There is sad news to report from the Achterhoek in the east of the Netherlands. Last Saturday morning the man behind Radio Nooitgedacht died after suffering with pancreatic cancer. 

    Johan had been active at the top of the MW band for many decades and his powerful signal made him popular with local listeners and dxers across Europe. When there was a big sound on 1636 kHz and the familiar records started playing, you knew you were tuned to Nooitgedacht.

    Johan was 70 years old and leaves behind his wife Hannie and children Eddie, Theo and Jolanda. 



    I heard Johan on the air a couple of weeks ago on what I think turned out to be his final broadcast. You could tell he was ill as he talked, but so nice he decided to transmit one more progamme. When he closed down he had a short qso with Radio Havanna and I made a recording of his last words which you can listen to here.

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    The Dutch visitor

    Last week I received a message from one of the Dutch MW pirates saying he would be in England in a few days time through his work as a lorry driver. And it turned out he would be travelling pretty close to where we live. So, on Tuesday at just after midday we met up with Cyril, the operator of Radio Benjamin, who can be heard at the very top of the MW band every now and again.

    We thought it best he didn't bring his lorry to our small street, so we met Cyril at the local railway station and took him to a pub out in the country for lunch, where a few pints of cider and a plate of sandwiches went down pretty well. After that we did a little sight-seeing and showed Cyril some of the high points in area. As the Netherlands is so flat, hills are always of interest!

    Then it was back to our place, where we cracked open a few bottles of Grolsch and spent some time down in the radio room. 

    A few of the empty beer bottles!
    Conditions weren't particularly good on either SW or MW while Cyril was here, but he did get to hear a fine signal from Vrolijke Mijnwerker, who was coming in loud and clear. Interestingly it seems that when Mijnwerker uses his wire antenna the signal is better here than at Cyril's location. The greater skywave would explain that, but still surprising.

    My two children were particularly interested in our Dutch visitor and even put on a little magic show for him! When the time came to take Cyril back to the railway station they had to come in the car and wave goodbye to their special guest. Perhaps we will be seeing him over in the Netherlands next time.

    Sunday, February 08, 2015

    Sunday surprise

    I haven't listened early on a Sunday morning for some time, so this morning I made an effort to do so. Well, I cheated a little bit and set my computer to record my radio on 1620 kHz from 0500 local time. This is a busy frequency on a Sunday morning and I was hoping this week would prove the same.

    When I checked my recording I found that from the very start Amigo was busy with a music programme, which carried on through until just after 0600 when Dokwerker came on air. And then at just after 0800, Zonnester came on the frequency. Signals were pretty good, especially Dokwerker who was coming through very well indeed with some great peaks. It seems he came on at around the optimum time for early-morning reception of the Dutch pirates at my location in England.

    Looking back at my logs, it seems I haven't heard Dokwerker since October 10, 2013, so it was certainly good to hear him on my radio once again with such good reception. He runs fairly low power and was pretty pleased when I sent an email this morning with a recording of his reception.

    I also recorded Amigo and Zonnester, and you can listen to all three here . . .

    Thursday, February 05, 2015

    Hanging in there

    These propagation conditions are frustrating. The other night they were so bad I thought there was a problem with the antennas outside. The general level of noise at the top of MW and right across SW has been pretty high for the last few days as well, making listening far from as enjoyable as it can be. But things can change pretty quickly.

    I switched the radio on this evening, for example, at around 2030 local time. Stations like Meteoor, who would usually be very strong were coming in okay but nothing special. All in all, I nearly switched off and headed to bed for an early night. And then, at around 2200, the signals started to increase and Meteoor and the others on air started to pick up to the strengths I would expect from them. 

    Right now, at around 2330 I'm listening to Utopia on 1620. It's been a good while since I heard him, and over 20 years since I spent a few days in a tent in his back garden!

    Here's what I heard tonight, along with some other recent listings . . .

    Thursday, February 5, 2015
    1645          2040         Northcoast 35333 music programme
    1611          2049         Meteoor 35333 music programme
    1640          2050         Veronica 35333 music programme
    1657          2105         Kristal 45333-55444 music programme
    1615          2111         Desperado 24222-34333 music programme
    1611          2134         Blauwe Piraat 24222 report for Meteoor
    1645          2135         Wadloper 45444-55444 music programme
    1620          2141         Meteoor 35333, 45444 at 2206 qsoing
    1620          2145         Blauwe Piraat 25222 qsoing
    1620          2149         Anton 35333, 45444 at 2212 qsoing
    1620          2237         Utopia 45333-45444 testing
    1629          2241         Belladonna 24222 music programme
    1630          2305         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 54444 report for Kristal

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015
    1620          1820         Zonnester 35333-45444 qsoing
    1620          1831         Blauwe Piraat 35243 weak signal qsoing
    1620          1854         Monza 35232-35333 qsoing
    1476          1917         Rietvink 23442 music programme
    1620          2046         Batavia 35333-45344 music programme
    1640          2047         Digitaal 34333 music programme
    1638          2100         Twentse Adelaar 25222 music programme
    1643          2115         Wadloper 45434 music programme
    1650          2253         Jan De Roos 35333 Music programme
    1630          2254         Anton 45434-55444 music programme
    1632          2304         Toulouse 44444 report for Anton
    1630          2322         Monte Carlo 34333-44444 qsoing

    Monday, February 2, 2015
    1640          1748         Digitaal 35232
    1648          1755         Zwarte Boekanier 35232-35343 asking for report
    1629          2129         Witte Raaf 35333 music programme   
    1636          2155         Topedojager 35343 music programme
    1625          2257         Black Devil 23422-45434 music programme
    1628          2301         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 44444 music programme

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015
    1636          1812         Nooitgedacht 35333 music programme
    1636          1843         Havanna 55444 report for Nooitgedacht

    Friday, January 30, 2015
    1620          1822         Sterrekijker 35333 music programme
    1629          1845         Belladonna 22322 music programme
    1620          2202         Calipso 55544 music programme
    1629          2203         Twentana 35333 music programme
    1643          2203         Wadloper 45444 music programme
    1668          2204         Armada 55444 music programme
    1646          2206         Uniek 33433-45434 music programme
    1611          2214         Turftrekker 44444 music programme

    Thursday, January 29, 2015
    1629          1709         Zwarte Boer 32342, 34333 at 2024 music programme
    1611          2005         Malibu 33333-44444 music programme
    1617          2006         Digitaal 45444 music programme
    1620          2006         Johnny Camaro 33433 music programme
    1640          2008         Vrolijke Fluiters (Batavier+Zwarte Panter) 35333 
    1656          2025         Nachtzwerver testing
    1705          2055         Aeneas qsoing from Greece 
    1655          2110         Turfsteker 25222-35333 testing antenna

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    1643          2034         Wadloper 45444-55555 music programme
    1652          2035         Batavier 35343 music programme
    1620          2040         Zwarte Golf 43443 testing modulation

    Sunday, January 25, 2015
    1616          0035         Barones 55444 music programme
    1648          0036         Moby Dick 55444 music programme
    1627          0037         Digitaal 44444 music programme
    1636          0040         Keizer en Keizerin 34433 music programme
    1665          0040         Polkaman 35333 music programme
    1632          0103         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 report for Moby Dick
    1636          0128         Jeneverstoker qsoing
    1611          2053         Jamaica 54434 qsoing
    1647          2054         Witte Tornado 35333-55444 music programme
    1640          2055         Wadloper 45434 music programme
    1625          2104         Soerabaya 25322 testing

    Friday, January 23, 2015
    1620          1605         Sterrekijker 25332, 35333 at 1840 music programme
    1636          1655         Digitaal 35333 music programme
    1629          1833         Twentana testing antenna
    1655          1835         Columbia 35333-45444 asking for report
    1646          1840         Kaaiman 35333 report for Columbia
    1629          1858         Belladonna 22432 music programme
    1656          1900         Skywire weak signal 
    1627          2005         Titanic 44444 testing
    1645          2018         Kristal 54444 music programme
    1635          2018         Eldorado 45434 report for 1604. 
    1539          2033         Batavia 32422 music programme
    1640          2040         Wadloper 44444-55555 music programme
    1620          2107         Akai 44444 report for Sterrekijker
    1620          2111         Jamaica 55544 report for Sterrekijker
    1627          2134         Zwarte Diamont 43433-45444 report for Musky
    1620          2138         Spanningzoeker 54444 qsoing
    1646          2206         Uniek 34433-44444 report for Kristal
    1611          2217         Batavia 45434 music programme
    1655          2230         Batavier 25222-35333 music programme
    1622          2232         Soerabaya 23322-34433 testing
    1630          2255         Pandora 55555
    1622          2256         Digitaal 45444 report for Soerabaya    
    1629          2313         Pioneer 33433 from Rotterdam
    1620          2325         Soerabaya qsoing
    1680          2337         Alex Warner very weak qsoing
    1635          2338         Stem Van Twente 45444 qsoing
    1680          2349         Digitaal 45434 qsoing
    1680          0002         Stem Van Twente 45434 qsoing
    1640          0006         Stem Van Twente 45434 qsoing

    Friday, January 16, 2015
    1620          1835         Titanic 35353-45454 report for Sterrekijker
    1645          1850         Kaaiman 25242 testing
    1650          2100         Kristal 45343-45444 music programme
    1660          2110         Kristal 35333 calling for qso       
    1630          2125         Soerabaya weak signal asking for report
    1640          2131         Wadloper 34443-45554 testing
    1650          2311         Batavier weak signal music programme
    1630          2312         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 45434 music programme
    1656          2314         Nachtzwerver 25222-35443 music programme
    1638          2327         Calimero 45334 testing

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    1620          1723         Jamaica 55555 qsoing
    1630          1725         Wegpiraat 35343-45454 qsoing
    1620          1727         Monza 35443-45454 qsoing
    1660          1745         Digitaal small signal testing 
    1620          1750         Marskramer (Friesland) 35333 music programme
    1644          1820         Pecon 45444
    1611          1822         Texas weak signal testing
    1636          1857         Baanbreker 34443
    1629          2154         Mustang 35333, later 45434 music programme

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    1620          1728         Admiraal 25322 qsoing
    1627          1749         Admiraal 25322 qsoing
    1620          1753         Moonbreaker 25332-35333 qsoing
    1651          1845         Turfsteker 24422 qsoing
    1651          1847         Baanbreker 24422 qsoing
    1641          1857         Baanbreker qsoing
    1611          1907         Malibu weak signal
    1638          2220         Calimero 35333-45444 music programme
    1630          2326         Pandora 35333-45444 music programme
    1623          2338         Snowman 24222 qsoing
    1622          2347         Rebel weak signal qsoing
    1623          2352         Amigo 33343 report for Pandora

    Monday, January 12, 2015
    1636          0913         Havanna 25342 music programme
    1622          2122         Soto 25222 music programme

    Saturday, January 10, 2015
    1638          1730         Osaka (Twente) 25332 qsoing
    1476          1731         Edelkampioen 33433 music programme
    1638          1733         Spanningzoeker 45434 qsoing
    1640          1749         Bonte Specht weak signal music programme
    1622          1822         Aktief 35333-45444 qsoing
    1476          1827         Coberco report for Edelkampioen
    1620          1844         Nova 4 45333 music programme
    1622          1849         Amigo 24322 report for Nova 4
    1665          1858         Polkaman 25222 music programme
    1620          1948         Moonbreaker 25222 music programme
    1611          2121         Barones 54444-55544 music programme
    1620          2121         Zonnester 45444-55544 music programme
    1625          2122         Yogi 35343 music programme

    Observations

    • One of the strongest stations on the air this evening was Wadloper on 1645 kHz. It's been snowing at the location of the Pier Clan, and no doubt the transmitters will have been helping to melt a little bit of the white stuff . . . 

    • Interesting on Wednesday evening to hear Zonnester on air. I've pretty much heard him only on Sunday mornings over the years, so to catch him cropping up midweek for a qso was a novelty
    • On Monday there was an appearance from Nooitgedacht on the 1636 kHz frequency he has been using ever since I started listening to the MW pirates over two decades ago. It was a nice step back in time as he played many of the tunes I will always associate with him. Nice to hear Havanna switch on his transmitter for a qso after the broadcast as well


    • This Friday evening has the promise of being a busy one if January 23 is anything to go by. That's a pretty long list of stations above on a night when conditions were good and lots of pirates were standing by to switch on. An interesting catch that particular night was Alex Warner, who can occasionally be heard on SW and was having a crack at MW with ten watts of power into an inverted L antenna. The signal was pretty weak here but somewhat better in the Netherlands and Germany