All these years later I thought I would try the experiment again. And on Wednesday evening I placed a 1980s Bush clock radio inside my loop antenna and tuned around. I had no idea how high this radio could tune, so imagine my surprise when I came across the famous voice of Jan Tabak - on 1650 kHz. Most domestic radios are not set to receive stations above 1620, but this one certainly is, and Jan Tabak was coming in loud and clear. Perhaps some people will think it is impossible to receive foreign pirate stations on such a radio, but I made a short video for everybody to see . . .
A few minutes ago I was trying out the clock radio again and heard Jeneverstoker playing some records. It just goes to show that as long as you have a decent antenna, any radio will do! And you can make your own loop antenna for MW very cheaply. Have a look here.
And now for a few recent logs from this side of the North Sea . . .
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
1620 2043 Kolibrie 35333 music programme
1650 2109 Jan Tabak 45444-55555 music programme
1638 2110 Bluebird 45444-55544 music programme
1645 2128 Noordzee 43433 report for Kolibrie
Monday, May 13, 2013
1633 2129 Barcelona 55444-55555 music programme
1655 2129 Relmus 45434 music programme
1663 2130 Readymix 43443 music programme
1657 2148 Jan De Roos 45444-55444 music programme
1640 2209 Monte Carlo 35333 report for Barcelona
1648 2229 Casablanca 45434 qsoing
1653 2244 Jeneverstoker 35333-45343 report for Jan De Roos
1655 2321 Pluto weak signal testing
1636 0004 Pandora 55555 music programme
Sunday, May 12, 2013
1620 0515 Zonnester 35322-45444 music programme
- Jan Tabak's broadcast was something of a marathon. He is usually on air for only a few minutes - using this or one of his many other names - but it was gone 0400 Dutch time in the early hours of Wednesday morning when he finally shut down the transmitter. I really enjoy his style of broadcasting as you never quite know what to expect next - from the music to the talk, literally anything could happen! More long broadcasts please
- The weather on Monday evening was not good, especially in the north of the Netherlands. Relmus was experiencing a thunder storm while he was on air, and he reckons it might have been lightning that caused his abrupt departure from the airwaves. He expects to be back on air soon though
- At around midnight on Monday there was a big signal on 1636 - and some powerful audio to match. It was Pandora, who was on air for around an hour playing plenty of English music. He often signs on the band quite late and when I listen to him I often think how I must be one of only a few people in the world tuned in as most people are in bed sleeping!
- On Sunday morning Zonnester was busy with his weekly programme on 1620. I didn't manage to get out of bed early enough to listen live, but I left the computer recording the frequency and listened back to about an hour of his broadcast. It always amazes me how many messages and calls he receives while on air. This must be one of the most popular regular pirate broadcasters