Monday, February 04, 2019

Busy start to the year

It's been a month since I wished you all Happy New Year and wrote the first blog of 2019. I revealed in that post that I had heard some 154 different Dutch MW pirates during the previous year, so it's incredibly encouraging that since then I've logged nearly 100 stations from across the North Sea in just one month alone.

So now it's time to let you know what's been happening and update you with logs and news:

Freq       Time       Station SINPO

Saturday, February 2, 2019
1611       2023       Technical Man 35333-45444 music programme
1630       2023       Edelkampioen 55444 testing new audio processor
1647       2026       Keizer en Keizerin 35333-45444 music programme
1641       2040       Yogi en Einstein 35333 testing
1620       2043       De Klap 24222 music programme
1631       0044       Blauwe Koe 45444 music programme
1635       0051       Concorde 25222 music programme
1645       0158       Concorde 25222 music programme

Observations
  • I was out and away from the radio in the middle part of the evening but returned to find a great signal from Blauwe Koe on 1631 kHz, and when he closed down Concorde came up with a programme on 1635 before moving 10 kHz up the band. This station runs only 40 watts of power and the signal here if often pretty low making it difficult to hear a great deal. However, tonight reception was significantly better than usual and it was possible to hear and understand speech and the various greetings to me!
    Friday, February 1, 2019
    1635       1557       Pandora 35443 testing

    Observations
    • Pandora can usually be heard on 1625 kHz but this afternoon he was testing on 1635 as the regular channel is out of bounds due to a strong utility station operating on 1624. There has been speculation about where this is coming from, including this on the Ukrainian Dx Blog site.
      Thursday, January 31, 2019
      1629       1845       Dolfijn 35333-45444 music programme
      1638       1850       Morgenster 25222-35333 music programme
      1655       1855       Batavier 35333-45444 music programme
      1615       1905       Turftrekker 45444-55544 music programme
      1611       2005       Horizon 32442-34443 music programme
      1630       2025       Twentana 35333-45444 music programme 
        Tuesday, January 29, 2019
        1640       1742       Casablanca 45444 testing
        1656       1745       Digitaal 45444
        1645       1749       Concorde weak signal music programme
        1635       1750       Skywire 25222 music programme
        1620       1758       Wegpiraat 25222-35333 music programme
        1655       1803       Ether Snuiver (Black Bandit) 44444 qsoing
        1665       1808       Batavier 25222-35333 music programme
        1647       1826       Admiraal 35333 qsoing
        1651       1835       Dageraad 35443 qsoing
        1635       1838       Marskramer 35333 qsoing
        1620       1841       Moonbreaker 45444 music programme
        1656       1907       Admiraal 35443 qsoing
        1611       1939       Twentana 45444
        1625       1940       Marianne 45444-55444 music programme
        1665       2104       Armada 45434 music programme
        1620       2135       Rebel 33432 music programme

        Observations
        • Casablanca from Emmen, who has been on air for over 40 years and not to be confused with the station from Twente with the same name, was busy testing tonight. He was trying out a new transmitter and modulator, and with great results - the signal and modulation quality was very good. Welcome back to the band with your new and improved sound!

        • I spent a good while listening to Marianne on 1625 with his regular weekly Tuesday evening programme. As ever, this signal at this side was very good and with strong, punchy audio.
          Monday, January 28, 2019
          1635       2015       Skywire 25222 music programme
          1625       2016       Bluebird 55444-55555 music programme
          1625       2100       Igloo 55444-55555 music programme
          1637       2137       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 music programme

          Observations
          • Igloo was back on air tonight. The station playing music exclusively from Sweden was active for 45 minutes via Bluebird. 
            Sunday, January 27, 2019
            1629       2057       Mondeo 34333 music programme
            1635       2058       Wadloper 35333 music programme
            1645       2058       Barones 45444 music programme
            1614       2108       Pioneer 25222 music programme
            1620       2130       Anton 25222 music programme
            Saturday, January 26, 2019
            1633       0707       Noordzee 35433 qsoing
            1620       0711       Rietvink 24422 music programme
            1651       0713       Pecon 45444 qsoing
            1645       1942       Jan De Roos (Black Bandit) 35333-45444 music programme
            1625       1942       Uniek 34333 music programme
            1629       1946       Zeehond 25222 music programme
            1618       2003       Turftrekker 55444 music programme
            1670       2006       Kachelboer 35333 testing
            1648       2022       Moby Dick 45444 music programme
            1637       2027       Jeneverstoker 24222 music programme
            1636       2239       Romax 44444 music programme
            1655       2353       Concorde 25222 music programme
            1629       2356       Napoleon 44434 testing

            Observations
            • Some interesting catches this evening, including a test transmission from Kachelboer on 1670 kHz. The famous voice behind the microphone has used various names down the years - when I first heard him he was the Piepzender. In more recent years he has been the Bluestar. The signal over here was pretty good and it was great to hear the station back on MW.
            • Romax popped up on his regular channel of 1636 kHz to play a few records during the late evening. The 'Stem van de Achterhoek' was coming in loud and clear.
            • It had been a while since I'd heard Napoleon but I caught him briefly tonight on 1629 kHz for what appeared to be a short test. With his soothing voice, it's always a pleasure to listen to Nappie.
              Thursday, January 24, 2019
              1645       0800       Digitaal 35333 music programme
              1636       0800       Torpedojager 25222 music programme
              1620       2040       Technical Man 44444 music programme
              1625       2040       Pandora 55444 music programme
              1611       2047       Zwarte Boer 24222 music programme
              1645       2051       Oldtimer 55444 music programme
              1636       2105       Vonkenboer 25222 music programme
              Wednesday, January 23, 2019
              1611       0754       Noordster 25432 qsoing
              1635       0756       Havanna 25222-35333 music programme
              1629       1750       Admiraal 35333
              1636       1750       Torpedojager 35333
              1629       1759       Noordzee 42432 report for Torpedojager
              1620       1819       Pontiac 55444
              1620       1837       Tornado 35333 report for Pontiac
              1645       1853       Concorde weak signal music programme
              1629       1900       Kaaiman 35333
              1665       1915       Batavier 35333 music programme
              1625       1915       Turftrekker 45444 music programme
              1657       1920       Jan Tabak (Black Bandit) 35333-45434 music programme
              1631       1927       Blauwe Panda 35333 music programme
              1638       1935       Ros Am 45444 testing audio
              1611       1935       Utopia 35333 music programme
              1620       2100       Batavia 25222 music programme

              Observations
              • There was a new name for me this evening when Tornado came up on 1620 kHz with a report for Pontiac. I managed to get in touch with the station operator who was pleased to receive his first report from overseas. He has been active for some while but usually with around 50 watts. Tonight he was running a little more power and coming in with a fair signal across the water.
                Monday, January 21, 2019
                1635       0802       Havanna 35433 qsoing
                1640       0805       Digitaal 24422 qsoing
                1636       0809       Alabama weak signal-25422 qsoing
                1620       1623       Wilskracht 35443 testing
                1625       1627       Pandora 55444-55555 testing
                1635       1649       Digitaal 45444 music programme
                1643       1700       Vrijevogel weak signal-25222 music programme
                1635       1709       Spanningzoeker 55555 report for Digitaal
                1620       1805       De Klap 25222 music programme
                1611       1837       Veluwse Ster 43333 asking for report
                1647       1851       Oldtimer 35333-45444 music programme
                1638       1912       Morgenster 25222-35333 music programme
                1629       1950       Turftrekker 55444 music programme
                1655       2013       Polidor 35333 report for Vrijevogel
                1629       2042       Blauwe Koe 35333-45444 music programme
                1625       2141       Bluebird 45444-55555 music programme

                Observations
                • Good to catch a little activity this morning. The sun had risen by the time I switched on the radio, so I was lucky to catch anything and that is the reason why the stations I heard were weaker than usual.
                  Sunday, January 20, 2019
                  1640       1824       Dikke Betta 55444 music programme
                  1625       1825       Uniek 35443 music programme
                  1620       1830       Weduwe 44444 music programme
                  1631       1833       Blauwe Panda 34433 music programme
                  1670       1841       Matrix 25222-35333 music programme
                  1663       1940       Meteoor 35333-45444 qsoing
                  1650       2050       Batavier 35333 music programme
                  1620       2101       Technical Man 45434 music programme
                  1640       2108       Professor Sickbok 45434 music programme
                  1655       2108       Batavier 35333-45444 music programme
                  1629       2109       Mondeo 33433 music programme
                  1611       2128       Gedrocht van Twente 25222 music programme

                  Observations
                  • It's been ages since I heard Matrix so it was a nice surprise to hear him tonight. It was the station operator's birthday and he was celebrating with a lengthy broadcast on his usual frequency of 1670 kHz. 
                  Saturday, January 19, 2019
                  1611       1749       Veluwse Ster 33433 music programme
                  1625       1750       Desperado 35333 music programme
                  1638       1751       Edelkampioen 55444-55555 music programme
                  1647       1752       Keizer en Keizerin 35333-45444 music programme
                  1611       1802       Station Twente Team 25222-35333 music programme
                  1656       1829       Nachtzwerver 35333 music programme
                  1670       1843       Batavier 35333-45444 music programme
                  1620       1852       Moonbreaker 34333-44444 music programme
                  1614       1857       Spanningzoeker 54444 qsoing
                  1636       1918       Alaska 25432-35443 music programme
                  1643       1927       Yogi en Einstein 45444 music programme
                  1629       1936       Pandora (Friesland) weak signal music programme
                  1615       1936       Gedrocht van Twente weak signal music programme
                  1652       2208       Moby Dick 45444 music programme
                  1635       2230       Monte Carlo 35443 music programme
                  1630       2350       Omega 44444 music programme
                  1630       0016       Monte Carlo 44444 qsoing
                  Sunday, January 13, 2019
                  1620       1650       Mustang 35333-45444 music programme
                  1611       1728       Mike 45434-55444 music programme
                      


                  1638       1729       Sylvania 25222-35333 music programme
                  1630       1746       Odynn 35333-45444 music programme
                  1620       2022       Barones 45444 music programme
                  Wednesday, January 9, 2019
                  1655       2340       Jan Tabak (Black Bandit) 45444 music programme
                  1645       2340       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 qsoing
                  1625       2342       Pandora 55444 music programme
                  1645       2346       Monte Carlo 45444 qsoing
                  Monday, January 7, 2019
                  1625       2007       Bluebird 55444-55555 music programme
                  1645       2008       Oldtimer 44433-55444 music programme
                  1638       2008       Morgenster 35333
                  1630       2010       Ijsvogel 54444 asking for report




                  1630       2017       Turftrekker 55444 report for Ijsvogel
                  1660       2035       Meteoor 55444 qsoing
                  1640       2059       Vonkenboer 24222 music programme
                  Sunday, January 6, 2019
                  1629       0648       Bootsman 35433-45444 music programme
                  1620       0658       Billy de Bluffer 25222-35333 music programme
                  1641       0700       Concorde weak signal
                  1629       0715       Dolfijn 35333 music programme
                  1620       2055       Mondeo 35333 music programme from Twente
                  1633       2113       Astronaut weak signal-25222 music programme
                  1633       2149       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 report for Astronaut
                  1620       2225       Spakenburg 35333 report for Mondeo
                  1616       2236       Monte Carlo 35333 qsoing
                  1615       2239       Spakenburg 45444 qsoing
                  Saturday, January 5, 2019
                  1620       1715       Edelkampioen 55444 testing
                  1633       1757       Telefunken 35333
                  1647       1804       Armada 25222
                  1638       1848       Morgenster 24222 music programme
                  1629       1849       Twentana 45444 music programme
                  1660       1853       Nachtzwerver 25222-35333
                  1615       1926       Barones 44444 music programme 
                  1623       2032       Uniek 44333-45444 music programme
                  1655       2109       Speedygonzales 55434 music programme
                  1629       2150       Mondeo 24222-35333 music programme
                  1629       2308       Monte Carlo 34333-44444 qsoing
                  1641       2312       Jeneverstoker 24222-34333 music programme
                  1655       2321       Snowman 25332 music programme
                  1640       2325       Monte Carlo 34333 qsoing
                  Friday, January 4, 2019
                  1620       2317       Eldorado 44444 music programme
                  1625       2318       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 44444 music programme
                  1628       2324       Marskramer 32442 music programme

                  Saturday, January 05, 2019

                  The class of 2018

                  At the start of each new year I like to look back and scroll through all my logs and notes and calculate how many different Dutch MW pirates I've heard during the previous 12 months. And I can reveal that during 2018 I logged 154 stations operating from the Netherlands.

                  When I did this last time I counted up that I had received 172 stations in 2017, following on from 167 in 2016, and 185 in 2015.

                  A couple of names in the latest list are alternative identifications and as usual several of the operators are actually based across the border in Germany.

                  The numbers might be down a little bit this time, but I didn't do a great deal of listening during the summer and I kept no logs between the beginning of July and the end of October. Had I have done, I'm sure the numbers would have been up there with the total from the previous year, if not above. In short, it seems the MW pirate scene in the Netherlands is holding up very well.

                  All the stations listed have been heard on my own receivers at an inland location in England. My antenna is the Wellbrook ALA1530LN loop and my receivers are the Lowe HF-150, Lowe HF-225 and Kenwood R5000.

                  If you've heard any station not listed during the last 12 months, get in touch and let me know. And if you've heard a station and don't know what it is, send me a recording and I'll be glad to help out. You can email me or make contact with the Twitter or Facebook pages.

                  Dutch MW pirate radio stations heard in the UK in 2018

                  Admiraal
                  Akai
                  Alabama
                  Alice



                  Alpenjager
                  Arizona
                  Armada
                  Atlantic
                  Antonio
                  Baanbreker
                  Bandoeng
                  Batavia
                  Batavier
                  Barcelona
                  Barones
                  Billy De Bluffer
                  Blackstone
                  Blauwe Koe
                  Blauwe Panda
                  Blauwe Piraat
                  Blonde Piraat
                  Bluebird
                  Bonanza
                  Bootsman
                  Brugwachter
                  Caballero
                  Casablanca (Drenthe)


                  Casablanca (Twente)
                  Columbia
                  Concorde
                  Curacao
                  De Kat
                  De Klap
                  Derdeman
                  Desperado


                  Digitaal
                  Dikke Betta
                  Dinkelland
                  Dolfijn
                  Driland


                  Drukstroomjager
                  Edelkampioen
                  Eldorado


                  Electron
                  Eskimo
                  Flevojager
                  Friese Piraat
                  Gedrocht
                  Havanna
                  Hooiberg
                  Interpol
                  Ijsvogel
                  Jack Sparrow
                  Jeneverstoker
                  Kaimaan
                  Keizer en Keizerin


                  Klabautermann
                  Kleine Jopie
                  Kraanvogel
                  Kruik
                  Kwiksilver
                  Lokaal
                  Malibu
                  Marianne
                  Marconist
                  Marskramer
                  Melkbus
                  Mike
                  Meteoor


                  Mi Amigo
                  Moby Dick
                  Moonbreaker
                  Monte Carlo
                  Morgenster
                  Moscou
                  Musky
                  Mustang
                  Nachtrijder
                  Nachtzwerver
                  Noordster
                  Noordzee
                  Odynn
                  Oldtimer
                  Orion
                  Palingvisser
                  Pandora
                  Pandora (Friesland)
                  Paradiso
                  Pecon
                  Pereboom
                  Pioneer
                  Poema


                  Polidor
                  Polka Express
                  Polkaman
                  Pontiac
                  Professor Sickbok
                  Rebel (Drenthe)
                  Rebel (Friesland)
                  Relmus
                  Rietvink
                  Rocking Billy
                  Roderover
                  Romax
                  Ros Am
                  Ruisbreker
                  Sapporo
                  Schaduwjager
                  Scotland


                  Simplex
                  Skywire
                  Snowman
                  Soto en Daniel
                  Spakenburg
                  Spanningzoeker


                  Sterrenboog
                  Sylvania
                  Technical Man
                  Telefunken
                  Texas
                  Torpedojager (Twente)
                  Toulouse
                  Turftrekker
                  Turfsteker
                  Twee Gebroeders
                  Twentana


                  Uitzendkracht
                  Uniek
                  Utopia
                  Vader en Zoon Combinatie
                  Veluwse Ster
                  Vendor
                  Verona
                  Veronica
                  Viking en Tante Foek
                  Vloedgolf
                  Vonkenboer
                  Vriendschap
                  Vrijevogel
                  Vrolijke Mijnwerker


                  Vuilnisman
                  Wadloper
                  Weduwe
                  Wegpiraat
                  Wilskracht
                  Witte Raaf
                  Witte Tornado
                  Zee Piraat
                  Zender Johan
                  Zwarte Arabier
                  Zwarte Boer
                  Zwarte Bizon


                  Zwarte Panter (North NL)
                  Zwarte Piraat

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