Monday, June 17, 2013

As fast as lightning

Times goes fast. It seems like only a few days since I last wrote on the blog, but it's been nearly two weeks. There have been some celebrations during that time, with my wife's birthday, my dad's birthday and today was Father's Day here in the UK. I woke up to presents in bed, followed by a fine breakfast, a lunchtime drink and an excellent dinner. It was food all the way, and I wasn't complaining! And this evening I managed to get a little radio time, starting with some antenna work here on a new mast and then listening to some pirates. As I write this, Calipso is on 1629 trying something out with his audio by the sound of it, while Driland is playing away on 1645 and Studio 69 is just up the band on 1654. Down on 1618 is the Texas Cowboy, with his regular Sunday evening transmission.



There were some big dark clouds outside this evening and, with a warm temperature, it felt like thunder and lightning could be in the air. The result of this when it comes to listening to AM is lots of static, which is exactly what we've got right now. Mind you, winter will soon be on its way . . . with the longest day coming up this week, the days will soon be getting shorter!! It won't be long until the signals of those Dutch pirates on MW are arriving here early in the afternoon once again, rather than late evening as is the case during the summer.

On to the stations heard here recently, starting off with tonight . . .


Sunday, June 16, 2013
1512       2114       Tempico 45444 music programme
1638       2114       Bluebird 55444 music programme
1618       2115       Texas Cowboy 45344 music programme
1645       2115       Driland 34343-45344 music programme
1635       2142       Monte Carlo 44444 music programme
1654       2145       Studio 69 34333 music programme
1629       2257       Calipso 55444 report for Bluebird
1651       2305       Jeneverstoker 34232 asking for report
1657       2345       Jeneverstoker 34333 asking for report

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
1646       2048       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 qsoing
1652       2048       Uniek 34343 music programme


1654       2053       Vuurvogel 44444 qsoing
1665       2054       Polkaman 24432 music programme
1647       2055       Noordzee 24432-34433 qsoing
1638       2101       Bluebird 44444-55555 music programme
1654       2102       Brokkenpiloot (Black Bandit) 55444 qsoing
1631       2130       Albatros 35433 qsoing
1645       2216       Monte Carlo 44444-55444 qsoing
1640       2218       Professor Sickbok 55444 continuous music
1648       2231       Casablanca 45544-55544 qsoing
1650       2236       Monte Carlo 44444 qsoing
1655       2251       Monte Carlo 45444 qsoing
1655       2254       Jeneverstoker 35333 qsoing
1636       0008       Pandora 55544-55555 qsoing

Monday, June 10, 2013
1629       2147       Calipso 55444 qsoing
1620       2147       Noordzee 44444 music programme
1640       2148       Professor Sickbok 45434-55444 music programme
1654       2148       Studio 69 35333 qsoing
1659       2150       Philadelphia 23322 music programme
1674       2150       Batavia 35333-45434 music programme
1654       2155       Schildpad (Black Bandit) 55444 qsoing
1656       2316       Jeneverstoker 34323 qsoing
1629       2319       Noordzee 44444-55444 qsoing

Sunday, June 9, 2013
1632       1847       Verona 25452
1620       1847       Zwarte Weduwe 25452 music programme
1647       1848       Witte Tornado 35443 (45444 at 2013) music programme
1635       2011       Eldorado 45444-55444 music programme
1640       2012       Wadloper 43433-55444 music programme
1620       2023       Mustang 42442-44444 testing
1512       2033       Tempico 33533-44544 music programme
1654       2055       Vuurvogel 54444
1651       2113       Uniek music programme
1620       2142       Noordzee 43333 report for Mustang
1638       2146       Bluebird 55444 qsoing
1654       2146       Studio 69 24332 music programme
1633       2152       Barcelona 54444-55444 qsoing
1649       2321       Casablanca 54444 qsoing
1660       2322       Monte Carlo 34333 qsoing
1655       0008       Jeneverstoker 35333 qsoing

Observations

  • Good to hear Driland on the air tonight. It's been a good while since I last heard him. The audio seemed better today than it has been in the past, and he was playing a nice mix of English and Dutch music. The night's strongest signal came from Bluebird, who is consistently very good here. It would be great to hear him playing some English tunes one of these days as his signal is every bit of international strength
  • Last Monday (June 10) I heard a station on 1659 for several hours. There seemed to be very little talking going on, so I left the computer recording the frequency when I went to bed. The next morning I had a listen back to what I had got, and finally heard an ID. It was a little tricky to catch. It sounded like Philadelphia, but I wasn't 100 per cent sure. So, I sent the recording to Radio Zeewolf - Herman can identify anything, no matter how good or bad the signal. And, sure enough, he told me it was Philadelphia. It seems this station was on air some years ago and has recently returned to the band. The power from his side is thought to be around only 20-30 watts, so this was another nice low-power catch for the collection

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