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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trip to the Netherlands

Since my last post, I've been across the North Sea to the Netherlands, where I went to the Summer Meeting, an annual get-together of pirate folk and a chance to meet up with lots of old friends and to make some new ones.

I travelled over from Harwich to the Hook of Holland on July 2 and headed straight to the east of the Netherlands and to Radio Barones, who I have been visiting for over 20 years. He kindly allowed me to use his house as my base while I was over there until July 7. 

The next day I went with the Baro to meet Henri of Radio Poema. He was waiting for us at his house, along with Arjan from Radio Edelkampioen, and we were later joined by the operator of Radio Salo. We all had a great time in the sunshine, with food and drink and a look around two pirate studios. As ever, the sheer height of Dutch pirate masts never fails to surprise me, along with great attention to detail elsewhere, with purpose-built studios a real surprise. Like I said to them, British pirates are often hidden away in the spare bedroom on their own, fearful of being found. But in the Netherlands it is often the complete opposite.

On Friday night it was time for the Barones transmitter to swing into action and we broadcast into the early hours of Saturday morning, July 4 on 1611 kHz. There was lots of contact from listeners who seemed to be enjoying our show, and the beers were flowing all night long!

Saturday was a very busy day, taking in visits to the operators of Radio Monza and Radio Admiraal as I made my way to the Summer Meeting, together with Radio Technical Man and Radio Soerabaya.

And at the meeting it was great to see lots of pirates and friends, including Powerliner, Foxfire, Black Arrow, Borderhunter, Batavier, Relmus, Mustang, Tidalwave, Sluwe Vos, Python, Underground from the UK and to meet some new ones too. It seems the operator or Radio Calimero is as fun in real life as he sounds on air, with his stories in a mixture of languages! Also great to meet Terry from Little Feat Radio in the UK, to finally talk with the operator of Radio Pirana from Norway after knowing him for over two decades, and good also to have a nice chat with Artem from Moscow.

On Sunday after a quiet breakfast at the Summer Meeting it was time to head to the east of the Netherlands again and to Radio Utopia. Great to catch up with this fine pirate once more, and nice he was able to spare his afternoon and evening to join me and Technical Man on visits to three husband and wife combinations who can often be heard at the top of the MW band.

First stop was the Keizer en Keizerin, where there was beer and herring in the garden, followed by a whirlwind and some broken glass in the back door! They later accompanied us to visit Witte Tornado and the Lady, who had just started their weekly programme on 1647 kHz. Their hospitality was also super, with non-stop drinks, food and even some 45s to bring back to England. 

The final stop on our Sunday pirate visit was to Tante Foeke and Viking. If you've ever tuned in to 1671 kHz late on a Saturday night and heard an intoxicated lady singing very loudly, that is Tante Foeke! And I'm pleased to say she is just the same in real life as on the radio, although no singing on this occasion! There was more drink and more food and a T-Shirt to bring back home which my wife has been modelling this week! It was a very pleasant evening, and now I also know where the Viking gets his name from!

By the time I made it back to the Barones it was around 0300 local time - it had been some weekend! I had planned a morning visit to Powerliner on Monday, and perhaps a trip to Mustang during the evening, but in the end I had a good rest and a visit to a couple of local supermarkets to shop for beer to bring home.

I must say a big thank-you to everybody who helped make my latest stay in the Netherlands so enjoyable, all the pirates and lovely people who couldn't do enough to make sure I had a good time. Thank you also to Sisca for making me so welcome and for the gifts. 

I look forward to seeing everybody again next year!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Big guns out in force

The weekend got off to a flyer on SW with some great conditions and some cracking signals. On Friday evening Borderhunter got the ball rolling on 6282 kHz, and when he closed down the Black Bandit - with one of his million pseudonyms- hit the airwaves on 6210 kHz.

And a little while ago on this Saturday evening Mustang was booming in on 6750 kHz, a frequency he has been using quite often just recently. There was great reception of other stations, including England's Radio Blackbeard, on 6305 last night, and Magic AM from Amsterdam on 6321.

These recordings give an idea of how the big guns were being received here in England:

Another one bites the dust - for now

The German authorities were active today when removing powerhouse FM Dutch pirate Kort Maar Krachtig (Short But Powerful) from the air. The station has been broadcasting on 94.50.

The removal operation was not necessarily straightforward as these images from the transmission site show:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Remembering Atlanta Radio

You might have read my recent post about Mark Stafford, who used to run the fine station Atlanta Radio up until 1990. Well I came across a tape last week with a documentary about the station from when it began in 1979 through until 1989. I had a nostalgic time listening to it, and converted it to mp3 format at the same time so I could share it with you. 

I hope it brings back some memories for you as it did for me. Don't forget you can hit the download button on the player below and save it to your computer, phone or iPad.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The longest day

So we've reached the longest day of the year. This morning the sun rose at 0445 and did not set until around 2135 this evening. It was also Father's Day here in England, so I've been busy being spoilt for most of the day!

I've just popped into the radio room for a few minutes though, and I'm happy to say there is a fairly good signal coming through on 1647. Of course, it's a Sunday night, so it has to be Witte Tornado and the Lady. It's especially good to hear them on air today as I'll be visiting them in a couple of weeks when I have a small holiday in the Netherlands. I'm going across the North Sea for the Summer Meeting and staying on for a few extra days to visit some more pirates. It will be great to catch up with some old friends and also make some new ones.

Now the days gradually begin to get shorter, propagation conditions for receiving the Dutch pirates on MW over here should begin to improve. I haven't been keeping a record of the stations I've heard recently as it hasn't really been worth it as reception has been so hit and miss. Last Sunday was interesting though because, despite conditions being poor, I was able to hear Soerabaya on 1622 kHz with a clear ID even though he was using less than 100 watts. That's pretty impressive given the propagation.

Nice to hear Marrianne during the week on 1635, and Wadloper was doing well one evening. I'm looking forward to catching up with him very soon, and watching him down bottle after bottle of beer as though it is water!

Looking back at my logs from last year, I reckon reception should improve a lot during the next few weeks, so hopefully I'll soon be telling you what I've been listening to rather than what I haven't been able to hear!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Still going strong

On Sunday night I was driving through North London and when I got caught in some traffic I thought it might be a good time to have a quick scan of the FM band for pirate activity. These days with internet radio and so many way to communicate, together with big fines when caught illegally transmitting on FM, you might expect the number of pirate stations to be right down. But I was happy to be proved wrong.

In just five minutes I counted 31 stations operating between 87.50 and 108 MHz, and not all playing the usual types of music. On 102.50 I came across a station called Galaxy playing plenty of old soul tunes, including Ben E King's version's of Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree, a track I can safely say I have never before heard on an FM pirate! 

An FM dipole high above the city, typical of the type used by FM pirates

One of the strongest stations I heard was Crystal on 104.30, which was audible for a good few miles as I travelled away from London. The RDS most of these stations uses is very handy for ID purposes as hardly any of them seem to identify themselves very often.

I even heard one station playing some retro dance tunes from the 90s, which made a nice change from the reggae, drum n bass, house etc that seems so popular.

It's good to see the scene in the capital still flourishing, and long may it continue. 

You can have a look here at a website with some handy listings. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Blast from the past

It was back in 1989 when I first found AM pirates. I had been given a shortwave radio for Christmas and four months later, in April, I came across Radio 48 with a very professional sound. Soon I was hooked on the hobby and enjoyed spending as much time as possible listening to these illicit broadcasters, many of whom would pop up on a Sunday morning. 

Only a year later though, some of these pirates were silenced by the 1990 Broadcasting Act. One of the stations to bite the dust was Atlanta Radio, perhaps the most slick-sounding of the lot at that time, and a station I used to really enjoy listening to. The man behind the operation was Mark Stafford, and I noticed some years ago that his voice can still be heard once a week on Radio Caroline. I kept meaning to tune in to hear him but always forgot. However, I was at the computer last Tuesday and noticed his show was airing on Caroline Flashback, which has recently been launched.

I tuned in and in an instant I was taken back in time by over 25 years. The voice was instantly recognisable and just as I had remembered. For several hours I stayed tune to Stafford's World, enjoying the music, the talking and thinking back to the days when pirates wondered around the countryside on a Sunday morning with car batteries and tape players.

If you get a moment, especially while conditions on AM are not particularly favourable, do tune in to Mark's show on either Radio Caroline or Caroline Flashback, or on any of the other stations he can be heard on. Take a look at his website for more details.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

English recruit to the Dutch band

It's been a little while since I last posted, but I'm still here, still checking for the MW pirates and still hoping optimum reception conditions will come my way again some day!

A few minutes ago I heard Professor Sickbok on 1640 kHz with a report for Anton, who had been spinning some records on 1620. Both stations would usually be very strong here - in fact, Anton is often one of the strongest, but tonight reception was not great. A few nights ago even Vrolijke Mijnwerker was only fair, and he has a killer signal when conditions are good.

While the propagation is annoying for listeners, it's also tricky for station operators. Tonight Radio Blackbeard from the UK was testing on 1636 kHz. He couldn't be heard here, but I'm sure it will be possible later in the year. Perhaps his signal was making it across the North Sea this evening though. He was using an inverted L antenna, used by quite a few of the Dutch pirates, and it's perfectly possible his signal was skipping over to the Netherlands. I'm sure he will be testing again soon, so he is one to listen out for.

It's quite rare to hear British stations at the top of MW these days. SW pirate Underground has tried it out in recent times, so it's good to have Blackbeard giving it a go as well. Let's just hope plenty of us get to hear him on the airwaves soon.

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


  • 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 . . .