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Sunday, April 05, 2020

Lockdown

When I last wrote on the blog it was March 22 and I mentioned how it looked likely Britain would very soon be placed on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. That actually happened the following day when the Prime Minister told us to stay at home in an attempt to reduce the spread of Covid-19, with trips out limited to essential visits to the supermarket, 30 minutes a day for exercise and travel to work if individuals are unable to do their jobs from home.

So I've been working remotely since then and quite enjoying the slowed-down pace of life. I might not be able to go out and about in the way I did previously, but I have more time now and the chance to spend those extra hours with my family, and also with a little radio listening. 

There is a similar situation in the Netherlands with many people also working from home instead of their usual place of employment. As you might have guessed, this has resulted in somewhat more pirate radio activity on the airwaves as station operators make the most of their time for regular qsos with each other and some music programmes as well. 

Take a look at what I've been hearing with my updated logs, together with some recordings:

Freq      Time     Station name SINPO Type of broadcast

Sunday, April 5, 2020
1647      1630      Witte Tornado 25342, 45444 at 1813 music programme
1633      1644      Dolfijn 25342 music programme
1610      1737      Anton 44444 music programme
1633      1810      Concorde 25332-354443 music programme
1630      1814      Sapporo 23432 music programme
1612      1830      Soto 25322 music programme
1611      1836      Admiraal 23432 testing

Saturday, April 4, 2020
1656      1706      Moonbreaker 45434 music programme
1633      1708      Concorde 25442 music programme
1647      1714      Keizer en Keizerin 35333-45444 music programme
1616      1718      Eigen Risico 25442 music programme
1617      2010      Turftrekker 55444-55555 music programme
1670      2012      Digitaal 45444 music programme
1638      2037      Philadelphia 24422 music programme
1638      2038      Boogschutter 24422 music programme
1657      2049      Turfsteker 35443-45444 music programme
1647      2110      Witte Tornado 55444 music programme
1633      2142      Polkaman 25322 music programme
1665      2147      Vonkenboer 25332 music programme
1657      2150      Monte Carlo 44444 report for Turfsteker
1660      2208      Monte Carlo 45444 report for Vonkenboer
1665      2210      Digitaal 55444 qsoing


Observations
     Conditions this evening were superb, with some great signals coming in, even from some of the lower-powered stations. If you click on the Soundcloud file above you will hear recordings of Turftrekker, Turfsteker, Monte Carlo and Digitaal. 
     There were fun and games on 1638 kHz with two stations from different parts of the Netherlands sharing the frequency for much of the evening. The result of this was one station fading up before fading away and the other station appearing. It was tricky to know whether I was listening to either Boogschutter or Philadelphia for most of the time, although by late in the evening only Philadelphia was left and his signal was doing very well for just 50 watts of transmitter power.

Friday, April 3, 2020
1611      1647      Zwarte Boer 25442 music programme
1650      1649      Nachtzwerver 35443 music programme
1615      1651      Derde Man music programme
1635      1652      Telefunken 25342 music programme
1640      1716      Casablanca 35333-45444 qsoing
1640      1719      Wegpiraat 25342 qsoing
1630      1747      Columbia 45444 qsoing
1631      1804      Wilskracht 35443 qsoing
1657      1807      Pecon 35343 qsoing
1620      1931      Eldorado 44444 music programme
1645      1932      Bluebird 55444 music programme
1665      1932      Digitaal 45444 music programme
1636      1932      Santana en Cobra 34433 music programme
1633      1933      Turftrekker 33433-44444 music programme
1611      1938      Veluwse Ster 44444 music programme
1655      1941      Kristal 45444 music programme
1673      2045      Armada 45434 music programme
1663      2052      Barones 55434 music programme. Later 1655 kHz
1615      2140      Blauwe Koe 44444 music programme


Observations
     Lots of activity this evening, with signals making their way from the Netherlands to England some time before sunset. There were plenty of big readings on the meters, too, none more so than Radio Barones. Now there’s nothing new there, as Baro has long been one of the stronger pirates from the east of Holland. However, he has made some antenna adjustments, adding another quarter wave length to his inverted ‘L’ design which has resulted in an even stronger signal here and across Europe.

Thursday, April 2, 2020
1636      0550      Torpedojager 35343 music programme

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
1645      2130      Bluebird 55444 music programme
1638      2133      Philadelphia 24322 music programme
1631      2133      Polkaman 25232 music programme
1635      2212      Napoleon 45444 asking for report

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
1617      1948      Marianne 55444 music programme
1635      1949      Ros AM 55444 music programme
1635      2024      Napoleon 45444 qsoing
1638      2210      Spanningzoeker 55444 qsoing
1645      2215      Monte Carlo 35333 qsoing
1645      2217      Vonkenboer 25222 qsoing
1615      2218      Blauwe Koe 45434 qsoing

Monday, March 30, 2020
1647      1856      Oldtimer 35333 music programme      
1611      2116      Atlantic 42432 music programme
1640      2252      Casablanca 55444 qsoing
1656      2254      Snowman 35333 music programme
1636      2255      Spanningzoeker 55444 qsoing
1636      2258      Alabama 55444 qsoing
1615      2312      Blauwe Koe 55444 qsoing

Sunday, March 29, 2020
1630      1924      Twentana 35333-45444 music programme
1646      1924      Barones 35333-55555 music programme
1632      2110      Vonkenboer 35333 music programme

Saturday, March 28, 2020
1645      0640      Rietvink 35333 music programme
1616      0709      Bizon 45444 report for Rietvink
1634      0710      Hemmeling 35333 qsoing
1640      0716      Kleine Jopie 25332 qsoing
1617      0718      Blauwe Piraat 25332 qsoing
1645      0721      Rockin Billy 25442 qsoing
1645      0723      Noordzee 35443 qsoing
1617      0731      Noordster 35333 qsoing
1633      0733      Schaduwjager 45444 qsoing
1645      0744      Bonte Specht 25232 qsoing
1685      1850      Digitaal 45444 testing
1647      1851      Odynn 34433 testing new antenna
1630      1856      Concorde 34333 music programme
1611      1905      Zwarte Boer 33433 music programme
1638      1907      Philadelphia music programme
1655      1934      Moonbreaker 45444 music programme
1673      2018      Digitaal 45444
1665      2041      Vonkenboer 25332 music programme
1635      2059      Concorde 35333 music programme
1615      2111      Blauwe Koe 45434 music programme
1630      2135      Nimmerzorg 35333 qsoing
1642      2138      Jeneverstoker 24222 qsoing

Friday, March 27, 2020
1635      0640      Polka Express 35443-45444 music programme
1647      0644      Telefunken 25442 testing
1640      1821      Belladonna 33343 music programme
1655      1828      Baanbreker 24332 qsoing
1647      1833      Dageraad 35333 qsoing
1655      1834      Turfsteker 35333 qsoing
1645      1835      Hennie Veldwijk 25332 qsoing
1633      1838      Vrijevogel 24222 music programme
1656      1941      Skywire 25332 music programme
1645      2007      Vrolijke Mijnwerker 44444 music programme
1611      2129      Utopia 32432-44444 music programme

Thursday, March 26, 2020
1635      1952      Barones 45444 music programme
1655      2017      Veldwachter 35333 qsoing
1655      2020      Astronaut 25222 qsoing
1655      2026      Turfsteker 35433 qsoing
1655      2028      Meteoor 45444 qsoing
1655      2039      Vrolijke Mijnwerker 35443 qsoing
1665      2252      Vonkenboer 25222-35333 report for Barones
1630      2258      Polkaman 25222 music programme

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
1640      2017      Bluebird 55444 music programme
1665      2022      DIgitaal 35333-45444 qsoing
1633      2027      Turftrekker 44444 music programme

Monday, March 23, 2020
1647      2106      Oldtimer 45444 music programme
1656      2107      Vrolijke Mijnwerker 45434 music programme
1656      2225      Monte Carlo 45444-55555 report for Mijnwerker
1654      2253      Jeneverstoker 34333 qsoing
1640      2259      Casablanca 55444-55555 qsoing
1636      2304      OSM 35333 qsoing

Observations
     I mentioned recently how I had heard that Vrolijke Mijnwerker was currently working with a significantly smaller transmitter, and there was clarification of that this evening when he announced an output power of just 50 watts. He was certainly doing very well, showcasing his antenna with a fine signal into the UK, just like OSM who again had a good signal with just 20 watts.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Strange times

Greetings from a very subdued UK where, just like in the rest of Europe and the world, we are living with the coronavirus pandemic which is having consequences for many thousands of people. The world is changing rapidly and it won't be long until we are on full lockdown here. Many people, including myself, are already working from home while looking after children whose schools have been closed in a bid to combat infection rates.



In such stressful times as we worry about what might happen to us and our families, a little light relief is very welcome, so I've been taking the opportunity to listen to the radio regularly over recent days, mainly using a very fine receiver that has been loaned to me by a fellow dxer while he's not using it. The AOR AR7030 Plus is a complex but wonderful device that is giving me plenty of pleasure - and some frustration! It has a deep network of menus that take some getting used to, but I am getting more familiar with them every day and learning a little more. The good news is that the receiver is very effective on the small part of MW where I tend to listen and has been doing a great job of pulling in plenty of Dutch pirates, as you can see from the latest logs:

Freq      Time     Station name SINPO Type of broadcast

Sunday, March 22, 2020
1640      1824      Professor Sickbok 45444 music programme
1670      1830      Digitaal 44444 music programme
1632      1841      Sapporo 35333 music programme
1671      1845      Viking en Tante Foeke 33433-44444 music programme
1647      1905      Barones 55444 music programme
1640      1914      Moonbreaker 44434 music programme
1630      1928      Columbia 45444 music programme
1618      2149      Zender Johan 55444 qsoing
1494      2158      Coast FM 44444 relay from Ireland


Observations
     It’s been a while since I heard Columbia on the air, so it was great to hear him tonight. He had a great signal here, which you can listen to on the recording above.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
1615      1829      Derde Man 35333 music programme
1630      1830      Nachtzwerver 33443 music programme
1647      1832      Keizer en Keizerin 44444 music programme
1665      1832      Vonkenboer 25332 music programme
1645      1835      Linda Radio 45444 music programme
1665      1852      Turfsteker 35333 report for Vonkenboer
1665      1859      De Klok 35333 qsoing
1667      1932      Vonkenboer 25332 music programme
1615      2139      Blauwe Koe 45434 music programme
1656      2310      Nachtzwerver 45434
1640      2311      Mi Amigo 42432 music programme
1636      2312      Bluebird 54444 music programme
1494      2349      Laser Hot Hits 44444 Irish relay

Observations
     Plenty to listen to from the evening right through into the late night today. Linda Radio on 1645 kHz was a tribute broadcast in memory of Jan, the operator of Radio Wadloper, who sadly died a year ago to the day. Jan’s transmitter (below) was fired up and his daughter Linda took the hot seat in the studio, surrounded by family and friends, including Radio Batavier and Relmus. A lovely idea.




     Laser Hot Hits was active on 1494 kHz via a transmitter based in Ireland that has also recently been relaying Coast FM. Laser has also announced 1530 kHz is in use by the station, although I’ve not heard them on that frequency.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
1512      0557      Mike 44434 music programme
1652      0602      Eigen Risico 35333 music programme
1636      0605      Zeelandia 24222 music programme
1616      0608      Telefunken 25222-35333 music programme
1640      0649      Telefunken 35443 music programme
1671      2012      Twentana 35333-45444 music programme
1658      2114      Orban 45444 qsoing
1638      2117      Bluebird 55444 music programme
1658      2119      Turfsteker 35333 qsoing
1665      2123      Vonkenboer 25332 qsoing

Observations
     I got an early morning message today from Radio Pacman to let me know there was some interesting activity on 1512 kHz. So, I jumped out of bed, headed to the receiver and found Mike Radio on the frequency coming in loud and clear with his breakfast show! And there was a fair bit of activity up on 186 metres, with Zeelandia a rare catch for me.



Tuesday, March 17, 2020
1611      2220      Technical Man 44444 music programme
1656      2222      Snowman 25332-35333 music programme
1642      2222      Monte Carlo 45444 qsoing
1615      2225      Blauwe Koe 54444 music programme
1636      2227      OSM 35333 music programme
1640      2252      Casablanca 55444 music programme
1640      2343      OSM 35333 report for Casablanca

Observations
     Very good to hear O’Superman on air today. Whenever I hear James Last’s Music Box Dancer at the top of the MW, I can be pretty sure I’ve found a broadcast from OSM. He uses only low power but the signal was coming in well as you can see and hear on the video clip



     Also coming in very well indeed tonight was Casablanca on 1640 kHz




Monday, March 16, 2020
1634      2004      Bluebird 55544 music programme
1647      2004      Twentana 45444 music programme
1655      2026      Vrolijke Mijnwerker 35333 music programme
1640      2040      Spakenburg 44444 music programme
1647      2115      Orban 54444 testing
1611      2147      Utopia 34333-44444 report for Orban
1611      2234      Alabama 55444 report for Utopia
1642      2245      Monte Carlo 35433
1638      2338      Bluebird 55444 music programme 

Sunday, March 15, 2020
1617      0611      Noordster 55444 music programme
1638      0614      Interpol 45444 music programme
1613      0640      Eigen Risico 34343 report for Noordster
1645      0647      Marconist 35343 report for Noordster
1618      0648      Hemmeling 24332 report for Noordster
1615      2115      Blauwe Koe 55444 music programme
1644      2116      Curacau 35333-45444 music programme
1660      2117      Vonkentrekker 24222 music programme
1665      2137      Vonkenboer 25332 music programme
1636      2149      Alabama 55544 report for Curacau
1670      2251      Monte Carlo 34333-44444 report for Vonkenboer
1636      2317      Monte Carlo 35333 report for Alabama




Saturday, March 14, 2020
1634      1926      Bluebird 55444 music programme
1647      1927      Yogi Bear en Einstein 35443-45554 music programme
1655      1928      Moonbreaker 35443 music programme
1638      1938      Boogschutter 23322 music programme
1645      1950      Polydor 33433-44444 music programme
1616      2002      Schaduwjager 55544 testing
1617      2046      Blauwe Piraat 24223-35333 report for Schaduwjager
1616      2049      Witte Duif 25332 report for Schaduwjager
1630      2109      Concorde 34443 music programme
1615      2130      Boomerang 55444 asking for report
1665      2150      Vonkenboer 25332 music programme
1655      2220      Turfsteker 35333 music programme
1655      2254      Vonkenboer 24332 qsoing
1665      2256      De Klok 34333 qsoing

Thursday, March 12, 2020
1633      1730      Belladonna 25342 music programme
1635      1817      Baanbreker 23332
1645      1822      Hennie Veldwijk 25222 qsoing
1618      1839      Hengelo 25222-35333 music programme
1687      1840      Armada 45434 testing
1657      1844      Pecon 45434 qsoing
1655      1856      Eigen Risico 35333 qsoing
1636      1921      Santana en Cobra 35333-45444
1611      1958      Eldorado 45444 music programme

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
1665      2115      Kristal 45444 music programme
1638      2246      Bluebird 55444 music programme

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
1617      2025      Marianne 45434-55444 music programme
1655      2218      De Kat 25332 music programme

Monday, March 9, 2020
1638      2112      Bluebird 55444 music programme
1647      2115      Oldtimer 45444 music programme
1665      2118      Armada 45434 music programme
1618      2119      Enschede 25322 FM station relay
1669      2209      Armada 45434 qsoing with Serbia

Sunday, March 8, 2020
1634      0624      Hemmeling 35333 music programme
1617      0632      Noordster 45333-45444 report for Hemmeling

Saturday, March 7, 2020
1635      1740      Barones 45444-55555 testing/music programme
1647      1801      Keizer en Keizerin 34443 music programme
1640      1810      Ruimzicht 24432 music programme
1665      1839      Nachtzwerver 34333 music programme
1615      2032      Turftrekker 55444-55555 music programme
1630      2037      Marskramer 43433-45444 music programme
1647      2050      Moonbreaker 44444 music programme
1650      2107      Jeneverstoker 23432 music programme
1656      2109      Test Piraat weak signal music programme
1640      2120      Mi Amigo 44444 report for Moonbreaker
1651      2155      Eigen Risico 34433 music programme
1635      2252      Lotus 55444 asking for report
1640      2310      Monte Carlo 44444 report for Lotus
1618      2312      Akai 32322 qsoing
1633      2340      Polkaman 25222-35333 music programme

Thursday, March 5, 2020
1647      1733      Vendor 34333 music programme
1638      1811      Eigen Risico 34333 music programme
1715      1816      Telefunken 24332 music programme
1647      1903      Nachtzwerver 34443 qsoing
1645      1906      Baanbreker 24332 qsoing
1642      1955      Drukstroomjager 54444 testing
1645      2000      Orban 55444 asking for report
1653      2010      Drukstroomjager 55444 testing
1633      2012      Dolfijn 35443-45444 music programme
1655      2014      Meteoor 35443-45444 report for Drukstroomjager
1638      2150      Bluebird 55444 music programme

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
1617      2040      Turftrekker 55444 music programme
1632      2044      Concorde 34333 music programme
1638      2044      Boogschutter 25222 music programme
1670      2047      Mexicano en Speedy Gonzales 45444

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
1617      2116      Marianne 45444 music programme
1614      2208      Blauwe Fazant 33433 report for Marianne
1645      2208      Monte Carlo 45444 report for Marianne
1640      2242      Anton 45434 report for Monte Carlo
1635      2303      Electron 35333 qsoing
1638      2310      Bluebird 55444 qsoing

Thursday, February 20, 2020
1641      2040      Marskramer 35333-5434 music programme
1635      2040      Bluebird 35433-45444 music programme
1611      2049      Zwarte Boer weak signal music programme




Wednesday, February 19, 2020
1640      2240      Monte Carlo 35343 qsoing
1631      2245      Spakenburg 44444 qsoing with new antenna for first time
1635      2252      Electron 34443 qsoing
1656      2253      Snowman 25232-35333 music programme
1494      2254      Coast FM 45444 music programme relay
1645      2255      Monte Carlo 35333 qsoing

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
1660      1911      Buzz FM 35443 music programme
1644      2220      Professor Sickbok 55444 music programme
1494      2229      Coast FM 34433 music programme relay
1638      2254      Bluebird 55444 music programme

Observations
     It’s not often I hear activity from this side of the North Sea these days, but today there was an appearance from Buzz FM on 1660 kHz and a relay of Coast FM on 1494. Buzz was a big noise on the FM scene in the East Midlands during the 1990s and featured several voices who have since become well known on the shortwave bands. This broadcast came from a transmitter belonging to one of those guys, while the activity down on 1494 was coming from the Republic of Ireland.