Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer nights

It's 0045 in the early hours of Tuesday morning as I write this entry on the blog. It's nearly 33 degrees in the radio room and still 21 degrees outside. Today we saw an air temperature well above 30 degrees and it seems the heatwave continues. 

While it's cracking weather for catching some rays, and conditions for listening to the Dutch pirates on MW have been pretty good, there is thunder in the air and lots of static on the band. Still, there have been some good signals, and right now I am listening to one of the best of the day - Radio Pandora, who is booming out on 1636. He is often around at this time of the day, which might be too late for many listeners, but it suits me just fine and I often think how I must be one of only a few listeners tuned in at such an hour. For me, that makes the listening that bit more special.

Here's what I've heard tonight, and some more recent logs . . . 

Monday, July 22, 2013
1629       2021       Calipso 55344 music programme
1636       2022       Mustang 44344 qsoing


1644       2023       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55344 music programme
1655       2025       Relmus 45333 at 2132
1640       2026       Noordzee 22332 qsoing
1633       2035       Barcelona 43333 qsoing
1615       2108       Batavier 55444 music programme
1646       2130       Zwarte Bizon 45344 qsoing
1665       2132       Philadelphia 22232-24232 music programme
1646       2133       Blauwe Reiger 45344 qsoing
1647       2320       Casablanca 43433 qsoing
1636       2322       Pandora 55444
1647       2326       Jeneverstoker 34333 music programme
1655       2327       Monte Carlo 55344 qsoing
1652       2329       Uniek 35343-45344
1625       2333       Monte Carlo 44334 testing

Sunday, July 21, 2013
1636       2300       Napoleon 44444 music programme
1632       2301       Verona 35433-45434 music programme
1655       2326       Jeneverstoker 35333 report for Verona

Saturday, July 20, 2013
1620       2105       Ruisbreker 33533 music programme
1629       2107       Armada 45444 music programme
1648       2111       Moby Dick 55544 testing
1615       2135       Batavier 44544-55544 music programme
1657       2151       Spakenburg 54544 qsoing
1665       2213       Polkaman 35443 music programme
1642       2233       Jevenerstoker 33333 qsoing
1629       2237       Calipso 55555 music programme
1656       2353       Romax 35433-45444 qsoing
1625       2355       Monte Carlo 42543-45544 music programme

Friday, July 19, 2013
1655       2300       Klaas Snoek 55544-55555
1647       2300       Witte Tornado 44544-55444 music programme with lots of English music
1665       2304       Polkaman 34433 music programme
1654       2305       Jeneverstoker 34433 report for Klaas Snoek
1630       2337       Zeehond 35443 music programme

Thursday, July 18, 2013
1645       2149       Eldorado 44444-55544 qsoing
1615       2149       Batavier 44434-55444 testing
1621       2150       Ruisbreker 25322 music programme
1665       2155       Philadelphia 24322 music programme
1650       2156       Monte Carlo 33433 qsoing
1654       2158       Jeneverstoker 35433-45444
1645       2201       Noordzee 45444-55444 qsoing
1638       2202       Sluwe Vos 34333 qsoing
1654       2204       Monte Carlo 55444 qsoing
1657       2206       Houstonpiraat (Black Bandit) 55444 music programme
1620       2218       King (Atletico) 24222-34232 with Albatros in studio
1648       2229       Casablanca 55444 music programme
1620       2232       Blauwe Bulldog 35533-44444 asking for report
1651       2301       Uniek 33433 qsoing
1645       2310       Johannes Van Schaffelaar 33433-44444 qsoing

Monday, July 15, 2013
1638       2219       Bluebird 55544-55555 music programme
1655       2220       Witte Raaf 45434-55544 music programme
1665       2220       Philadelphia 24422 music programme
1629       2221       Astronaut 22432 music programme
1633       2226       Noordzee 43544 qsoing
1629       2233       Noordzee 54544 qsoing
1620       2242       Noordzee 44444 qsoing

Sunday, July 14, 2013
1615       2120       Blauwe Panter 34222 music programme
1646       2120       Witte Tornado 45434 music programme
1646       2218       Jeneverstoker 35333-45444 music programme

Observations

  • I try to listen to the Dutch pirates every day on MW, and so I hear many stations. However, every now and again I catch one I've not heard before. Last Thursday it was Blauwe Bulldog who found his way to my radio for the very first time. I heard he was using around 100 watts, and he was peaking very nicely on the Lowe HF225. On the same evening Johannes Van Schaffelaar was another new name for me, although I get the idea this was another station using a different name. This happens quite often and is something to watch out for
  • I heard only three stations during the late evening on Sunday, but Verona is one I don't hear often and he was arriving across the North Sea really well. I made a recording, which you can listen to here
  • Witte Tornado is a regular on Sunday evenings, with a long programme on 1647. However, they were busy on the frequency last Friday, and with plenty of English music too, together with the usual good signal. Great to hear more and more English speaking on the microphone too!

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