Despite the noise, there were a few stations coming through, although nothing like the usual amount for a Friday night. I had a quick scan of the shortwave 48 metre band at around 2140 utc and found that pirates were still coming through. In fact, as I write this at 2345 utc, Powerliner from the Netherlands is still blasting through with S9+10 and a sinpo of 55434. Reception on 48 metres at this time of the day has been unheard of for some time now - a very nice effect of the sun flare.
It is often wall-to-wall qsos on MW, but it was programmes tonight . . .
Friday, April 05, 2013
1625 2130 Witte Reus 45343-45344 music programme
1640 2137 Witte Raaf 44343-45444 music programmes
1665 2147 Polkaman 24322 music programme
1659 2203 Studio 69 23322 music programme
1656 2203 Bluebird 44343 music programme
1647 2220 Monte Carlo 44344 asking for report
1630 2233 Monte Carlo 45344 music programme
1670 2316 Underground 25332 music programme
- Strongest signal of the evening goes to Witte Raaf, who was booming in here from when he was first heard to when he closed down at 2347 utc. He was using 200 watts, peaking at 400 watts with the audio, although it sounded like more. Great work
- Witte Reus was busy on 1625 from the studio of Batavier, and with Relmus on the microphone as well. Another good signal
- Underground signed on at around 2315 utc and is still going strong on 1670 with his unusual mix of Dutch and English music! As I write this, his sinpo is 24332. If the noise level would drop a bit, it would be better, but I can understand most of what Steve is talking about
- I check the Twente SDR every now and again and noticed a strong signal on 1620 earlier this evening. I had a listen for a while and quite enjoyed the music and presenting style. it turned out to be Radio Morningstar. I check the frequency on my own radio, but could not even detect a carrier, which was a shame. I have heard the carrier in the past, but it would be good to hear some audio from Morningstar and to enjoy his fine programmes
- A station I did not hear myself on Friday was Radio Pluto. Better known for his exploits on shortwave, he was testing on 1644 during the afternoon with a helical antenna. The power was only low, but I am determined to hear Pluto's signal on my own radio. I have made a deal with him that he will test when we find a clear frequency and conditions are good with a low noise level