Monday, January 07, 2013

The latest from England


This is the first blog entry for 2013, so firstly we would like to wish everybody a very happy new year and hope that the next 12 months brings you everything you wish for.

A few days ago we all went shopping and one of the things we found in the sales couldn't have been more perfect . . . 


As I write these words on Sunday evening, I have just been listening to the Cowboy on 1618 with a very strong signal, and I've also been tuned in to a music programme from Jeneverstoker on 1655 - it's quite rare to hear him playing English music. And this morning I was listening to Zonnester with his weekly transmission on 1620.

And here are some of the stations heard from the Netherlands during the past days. As usual, the receiving equipment at this side is the Lowe HF225, together with a Welbrook loop antenna in conjunction with a coil antenna for MW which are fed into an MFJ noise cancelling signal enhancer . . .

Friday, January 4, 2013
1648       0009       Casablanca 55544 qsoing
1645       0013       Monte Carlo 45544-55555 qsoing
1654       0013       Jeneverstoker 34533 qsoing
1664       0014       Amigo 33433 qsoing
1635       0017       Korenklopper 43543 qsoing
1645       0018       Pandora 55544 qsoing
1633       0020       Barcelona 54544-55555 qsoing
1650       0039       Odynn 35533 testing      
1645       0118       Korenklopper 45434-45544 qsoing


Wednesday, January 2, 2013
1644       1801       Blauwe Reiger 35443 qsoing
1625       1809       Weg Piraat 35543
1645       1812       Spanningzoeker 55544-55555 qsoing
1665       1818       Digitaal 34533 qsoing
1645       1822       Telstar 25432-34533 qsoing
1611       1823       Zwarte Panter 34523 testing
1650       1841       Zwarte Boekanier 44444-45554 qsoing
1635       1849       Nachtrijder 24422 music programme
1625       1853       Nachtpiraat 34433 qsoing
1628       1853       Rockefeller 24422 testing
1615       1901       Batavier 24432-34533 music programme
1655       1919       Drukstromjager 54544 qsoing
1646       1932       Hennie Veldwijk 34543 qsoing
1639       1935       Dagaraad 34533-44544 qsoing (audio a little low)
1645       1941       Vriendschap 34433-44544 qsoing
1635       1945       Eldorado 55544-55555 testing
1638       2000       Calipso 54544 music programme
1640       2259       Professor Sickbok 44533-45544 qsoing
1660       2302       Studio 69 34543-44544 music programme
1640       2304       Santana 45544 qsoing
1647       2308       Noordzee 45544 qsoing

Observations

  • It was an interesting qso during the early hours of Friday morning, with some real killer signals. I made a great recording, which I will feature on the next MW Pirate Review, which will be available this month
  • Nice to hear Odynn back on the radio here, coming in very well on his usual frequency of 1650
  • It was a busy evening on January 2 with some great catches. Rockefeller is usually busy on shortwave, but he was testing with 30 watts and a 100m longwire antenna and could be heard clearly here in the UK. Weg Piraat and Nachtrijder were also doing well with low power
  • It's been a while since I heard the Zwarte Boekanier and he was blasting in with a very strong signal. Also pushing the meter nice and high was Eldorado, along with the usual powerhouses Spanningzoeker and Calipso
  • Studio 69 is regularly stronger now than previously. Maybe he has more power or made some antenna improvements. Whatever he has done, it has had a positive effect

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