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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 bu,t 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 though 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


  • 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

Friday, January 30, 2015

Its all Greek to me

Thursday night was an interesting one on the pirate MW band. Zwarte Boer was an early catch from the Netherlands with a long music programme on 1629 kHz. I first heard him at just after 1700 utc and he was still going strong three hours later. And at around 2000 a clutch of other low-power stations were doing great work.

On 1611 kHz Malibu had some great peaks with a sinpo of around 44444, while Digitaal (1617), Johnny Camaro (1620), Vrolijke Fluiters (1640) and Nachtzwerver (1656) were also doing well. Then as the clocked ticked round to about 2100, the propagation conditions became longer skip and 180m+ was chock full of Balkan pirates with decent signals and the Dutch pirates suddenly became much weaker.

One station in particular was getting plenty of attention. Now, I don't pretend to speak or even understand any Greek, but the operator of this station appeared to be using Iann's Pirate Radio Chat, where many station operators and enthusiasts can often be found lurking. I believe he said the station name was Aeneas, and he definitely said he was broadcasting from a height of 5,500 metres in the Greek mountains using a power of 90 watts with a transmitter made in his country.

The signal here was not bad at all, although it was better in the Netherlands. It was also arriving very well on remote radios located in Italy and Bulgaria, which certainly suggests the station was transmitting from one of the Balkan countries. However, I'm not sure about that claim of 5,500 metres. With the help of my good friend Wikipedia, I learn the highest mountain range in Greece is Olympus, which comes in at just under 3,000 metres. And huge transmitters of 10kw+ are commonplace among Balkan pirates, so I'm not sure about only 90 watts being used.

Still, there was no denying the signal was hitting our part of the world pretty well, and it's interesting to get a glimpse of a different pirate scene every now and again. But I've spent 20 years trying to master the Dutch language and all it's variations with only very limited success, and trying to understand anything said by these Balkan pirates is nigh-on impossible! And my wife tells me that sustained listening to Dutch polka will send listeners to a lunatic asylum. Goodness only knows what she would make of some of the music I heard last night!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A bit of late-night Baro

I spent Saturday at work and didn't arrive home until about 0030. Instead of heading straight to bed, I thought I'd pop on the radio and see who was about. Straightaway there was a big signal on 1616 kHz and it was great to hear it was Barones. I made this recording in the minutes before he closed down for the night at 0100. A great signal and a fine sound as always.

I'm about to hit the hay, but as I write this, Vrolijke Mijnwerker is very strong on 1632 while qsoing with Moby Dick and Jeneverstoker. And around an hour ago Digitaal was coming in loud and clear on 1627 kHz, while Keizer en Keizerin was busy playing some pop tunes as their regular Saturday night programme came to an end.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ingredients for a pirate weekend

It's Friday night and the weekend has arrived. So, an evening listening to pirates is just the ticket while the wind howls outside and the rain comes down. But there are a few requirements:

1) Good propagation conditions for reception from across the North Sea

Yes, we have that

2) A plentiful supply of beer

Yes, we have that, imported personally from the Netherlands last summer

3) Plenty of pirates to listen to

Yep, it's a full house

Right now there are three pirates with fine signals here in the UK. Sterrekijker is playing away on 1620 like he does every Friday, and he's in the party mood as well, as you can see . . .

Up the band on 1640 is Wadloper and the Pier Clan with a great signal and powerful modulation. There's some good music coming from the studio tonight and it's always great to listen to a station when you've been there yourself and you can picture the scene. And you can take a look too, with these images sent from the scene . . .

Just a few clicks on the dial above Wadloper is Kristal. He's broadcasting on 1645 kHz from Twente and is also very strong.

There are some other signals around as well, like the one on 1611 and the one on 1629. And there have been various stations testing throughout the evening like Titanic on 1627, Skywire on 1656 and Twentana on 1629. It was also nice to hear Columbia really well earlier on 1655, peaking with probably the best signal I've heard from him. 

Anyway, it's time to sit back and enjoy the music at the top of the MW band and crack open another beer. Cheers to the weekend!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The sound of Havanna

This morning I was working at my computer when I thought I would take a look at the Twente SDR to see if there was any MW pirate activity. I can only usually receive the Dutch pirates here during the hours of darkness as I am not near the sea. Signals can be audible in the hour or two before darkness and for a little while after sunrise, but generally I can listen on my own receivers only while the sun is down.

I found a signal on 1636 kHz using the SDR and listened to non-stop Dutch and German music. Reception was great and the modulation was impressive. After a few minutes I flicked on my own radio and to my great surprise I could hear the same signal. The time was 0913 and the SINPO was in the region of 25342, but perfectly listenable with no interference. This was a good hour after sunrise, so quite unusual to hear. Within ten minutes the signal had dipped, but it was actually still audible at just before 1000.

There are not many stations with the strength to beat the ionosphere, and I suspected I might be listening to Radio Havanna. I stayed listening to all of the broadcast with the better reception at Enschede, and sure enough came the ID I thought. It was en enjoyable 90 minutes, and good to hear the following qso which included Bannbreker, Noordzee and stations I haven't heard for a good while - Curacau, Silvia and Cobra. It was also a pleasant reminder of when I spent some time in the studio of Havanna during the summer with Herman from Radio Zeewolf. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Archive footage

With conditions abysmal this evening on the MW band and activity nil, I've spent a little time digging around various websites. Following on from my post about Radio King a few days ago, here's some fascinating footage focusing on London-based pirate Thames Radio/Radio Britannia, which operated between 1968 and 1975.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What I've been listening to . . .

Early-evening conditions are some way down as I sit in the radio room at around 1800 and Dutch pirates who would usually be rocking the receiver are nowhere near as strong, and others are struggling to move the meter. So, while all is quiet, I thought I would give you a log update as I've not done one for ages. Here are the stations I've heard this year, together with some observations. All times are in UTC as usual

Friday, January 9, 2015
1648          1626         Luxemburg 25222-35333 testing 
1620          1641         Sterrekijker 35333-55544 music programme

Thursday, January 8, 2015
1620          1711         Pontiac 44444 qsoing
1648          1713         Luxemburg 34443 music programme
1620          1716         Monza 44454 qsoing
1620          1721         Digitaal 25452 qsoing
1651          1741         Turfsteker 35333 testing
1615          1744         Karel De Kaper 25332-35333 long music programme
1653          1751         Turfsteker 35333 testing
1622          1800         Dageraad 35333 music programme
1659          1824         Nova 4 55454-55555 asking for report
1635          1835         1604 25322-35433 testing with report for Nova 4
1649          1842         Nova 4 55444 qsoing
1635          1929         Batavier 25222-35333 music programme
1651          2213         Turfsteker 35333 music programme
1625          2247         WDR 35333 music programme
1630          2308         Pandora music programme

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
1620          1718         Jamaica 55444 qsoing
1622          1720         Pontiac 55444 qsoing
1647          1722         Zeewolf 25332 qsoing
1645          1726         Spanningzoeker 55444 qsoing
1622          1802         Digitaal 25322 qsoing
1664          1812         Paradiso weak signal (small traces of audio) qsoing
1625          1812         Wegpiraat 34333
1645          1818         Batavier 25222-35333 music programme
1625          1925         Dageraad 35333 qsoing
1629          1932         Johnny Camaro 35333 music programme
1640          2020         Batavier music programme
1647          2022         Mustang 55444 testing
1638          2314         Calimero 55444 music programme

A look inside the transmitter of Wegpiraat
Many thanks for Wegpiraat for sending these images 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
1631          1816         Wegpiraat 25322-35333 qsoing
1639          1821         Klaverboer qsoing
1638          1826         Osaka 25322-35333 qsoing
1635          1828         Baanbreker 25332 qsoing
1620          1846         Schaduwjager 55444 qsoing
1620          1850         Derdeman 25222 qsoing
1636          1857         Havanna 53544 qsoing
1625          2115         Quintus 35443 music programme
1656          2124         Nachtzwerver 25332-35333 music programme
1627          2130         Sapporo weak signal report for Quintus
1630          2202         Toulouse 55444 asking for report
1630          2204         Marianne 35443 report for Toulouse
1625          2206         Noorderzon 34333 qsoing
1650          2214         Valkenster 35333 music programme

Monday, January 5, 2015
1629          2206         Benjamin 34443-44444 testing
1638          2208         Calimero 55544-55555 music programme
1645          2209         Torpedojager (Twente) 45444 music programme
1630          2252         Monte Carlo 33333-34443 report for Torpedojager

Saturday, January 3, 2015
1636          2057         Keizer en Keizerin 24322 music programme
1648          2120         Moby Dick 35333 music programme

Friday, January 2, 2015
1670          1818         Hooiberg 35443-45444 music programme
1656          2217         Snowman 25222-35333 music programme
1615          2221         Desperado 25222 music programme
1641          2313         Ridiculous weak signal report for Hooiberg
1622          2359         Soerabaya 25232 asking for report
1629          0024         Napoleon 35333-35443 music programme

Thursday, January 1, 2015
1670          1639         Batavier 25332-35443 music programme
1655          2258         Turfsteker 25232-35333 music programme
1625          2330         Noorderzon 24322-35333 music programme


  • Conditions midweek were pretty good, and there was lots of activity too. The most interesting evening for me was Thursday when I heard no less than three new stations
  • WDR from North West Overijjsel was relayed by Noorderzon, who has previously rebroadcast other stations. The signal was perfectly listenable here, and WDR hopes to make further transmissions on MW via this method
  • 1604, who I heard broadcasting from Twente with a report for Nova 4, is a name that has been used in the past. Whether this is the return of an old station, a new pirate, or somebody using a different name, I'm not sure. Herman from Radio Zeewolf told me the story of this interesting name, which comes a song about a pigeon returning from a flight - the best pigeon has the number 1604. The name has traditionally been used by pirates as they often keep pigeons somewhere near their transmitter
  • The third new one for me on Thursday was Karel De Kaper. This pirate from Friesland has previously used 1512 kHz but was busy with a very long programme on 1615 kHz. I heard him just before 1800, and he was still going strong nearly six hours later. The transmitter power is around 50 watts, and the signal was peaking quite nicely here
  • On the subject of low power, it was very interesting to hear Digitaal trying out just ten watts on Wednesday and Thursday. The signal on 1620 kHz was fading around but was pretty good when it peaked. On Wednesday evening, Digitaal was qsoing with Paradiso. I have heard of this station before but never received the signal. This time I was able to detect the carrier and some slight traces of audio, which isn't too bad considering I believe he runs only a few watts of power
  • Also with low power (about 55 watts), Luxemburg has been testing over the last few days. It had been a while since I heard him (October 7, 2013 according to my logs), so that was a welcome return. Also logged for the first time in ages during the last few days was Benjamin. He had a visit from his technical man, who made some adjustments to get the equipment working properly and the result was a good signal and strong modulation on 1629 kHz on Monday night