|A stunning location in North Wales|
|Listening to Focus on 6285 in the garden in North Wales|
We had the trusty Sony 2001D with us, along with our usual small loop antenna for MW. Listening on SW was done with the telescopic and just a few metres of wire, and it was an interesting experiment. At home I have a dipole for 48 metres, and the Wellbrook loop antenna, which is good for all AM frequencies. Many listeners don't have such antennas, though, and instead have just the short wire or telescopic I was using in Wales. So, I was able to get a different perspective on how the SW pirates are received without specialist antennas.
|The Irish Sea from our window at sunset|
|The old Sony in action|
Among the pirates heard on MW, all from the Netherlands, were Bluebird, Pandora, Barcelona, Korenklopper, Jeneverstoker, Veronica, Calipso, Monte Carlo, Noordzee, Digitaal, Marianne, Casablanca, Romax, Marskramer (Friesland), Relmus and Vrolijke Mijnwerker.
Special mention to Relmus, who was running only 150 watts when we heard him from his location in the north of the Netherlands. The strongest of all the stations we heard was Barcelona, although many of the others were doing well despite conditions being variable. Marianne was coming through well, and we made a video of the reception . . .