Sunday, May 12, 2013

Winding down on a Saturday night

It is the early hours of Sunday morning as I write these words and I'm having a listen to the pirates on MW and SW after a day at work. Tower has just closed down on 1611 and I am currently tuned to Bluestar on 1625, who has just taken a live telephone call from Tante Foek. She can often be heard singing along to tunes on 1671 kHz, but did tonight's singing via the telephone line! Moby Dick is still going strong just up the band, and a little higher is Polkaman on 1665. There is a fair bit of static to contend with tonight as various parts of Europe are battered by rain, but signals are coming through well and it is easy listening. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013
1611       2319       Tower 44444-55444 music programme
1625       2320       Bluestar 45333-55444 music programme
1638       2320       Bluebird 44444 music programme
1648       2320       Moby Dick 45444-55555 music programme
1665       2320       Polkaman 24222-34333 music programme

Friday, May 10, 2013
1638       2057       Bluebird 33433 music programme
1643       2058       Wadloper 54444 music programme
1647       2058       Armada 54444 music programme
1656       2058       Studio 69 35443-45444 music programme
1512       2058       Winnetou en Verona 44454 music programme
1683       2107       Bravo Sierra 25232-34333 music programme
1539       2115       Batavia 22432-33433 music programme  
1629       2211       Calipso 55555 music programme
1650       2242       Jeneverstoker 35343 qsoing
1643       2243       Monte Carlo 34443 qsoing

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
1670       2129       Korenklopper 45434 music programme 
1656       2129       Studio 69 44444 music programme
1652       2129       Uniek 34333-45444 music programme
1636       2130       Barcelona 55444 qsoing
1635       2134       Mi Amigo 34333 qsoing
1683       2137       Bravo Sierra 24222 music programme
1620       2140       Batavia 45434 music programme
1632       2140       Barcelona 55444 qsoing
1645       2156       Spakenburg 45444 qsoing
1620       2251       Valencia 34333 asking for report
1665       2252       Majorca 35343-45344 qsoing
1650       2343       Monte Carlo 33433 qsoing

Observations

  • On Friday night one of the best signals came from Wadloper. He was busy on 1643 for some hours, along with his good friend Relmus, who sent me a couple of photos from the transmission site. Interesting how the power had doubled by the time the broadcast came to an end!


  • Just like Wadloper, Studio 69 operates from Friesland. Sometimes he uses around 25 watts and on other occasions has somewhat more power. Friday night was one of those with a power boost. Take a listen to his great signal here
  • There was a nice surprise on Friday when I heard Batavia on 1539. He uses this frequency quite often for his music programmes, but I've never managed to hear his signal on the channel before. There were some legal stations audible most of the time, but Batavia's signal peaked up very nice at one point, and I made a recording, which you can listen to here
  • Calipso is always incredibly strong here and right around Europe. Friday night was no exception as he hit the magic 55555 sinpo while using a new inverted L antenna - the same type as that used by Radio Barones

  • On Wednesday evening it was good to hear Mi Amigo for the first time in a good while. Also busy with a programme at the same time was Korenklopper. For those who would like to catch his broadcasts, it's always worth checking out the area just above where most of the Dutch pirates operate - 1670-1700 is his favourite part of the band
  • I sent Uniek a recording of his Wednesday broadcast as the signal was so good. In return I had another superb qsl in my inbox

1 comment:

  1. No external antenna here, so my enjoyment of the Dutch AM pirates is limited (still!), but last night (Saturday 11th May) I was tuned to Tower on 1611 kHz for a long while. Some fading, but a signal that easily compared to a distant ILR station. There was also a fair sigal on 1648 kHz with more of the traditional folk music, but I did not manage to ID it.

    Terry

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