Monday, March 10, 2014

Names from the past

It was a beautiful day at our location in England today. I was working at home with the doors and windows open and the warmth of the sun creeping in. And while I worked I listened mainly to Radio Pink Panther from the Netherlands on 6803 kHz. He was putting in the best signal I ever recall hearing from him, and I stayed tuned for several hours during the afternoon.

As evening arrived, I switched over to the top of the MW band where I had a nice surprise in hearing Radio Derby on air for the first time in ages. I have heard him very occasionally in recent years and remember the name from 20 years or more ago. And Radio Zeewolf told me he remembered hearing the station in the 1980s on a small transistor radio. Great that these stations dust down the equipment every now and again and make sure it still works. Listen to the recording below and you will hear Derby's signal was arriving in very good style



Conditions seemed to hit a peak here at around 1800 utc. As well as Derby, there was a huge signal from Batavier at this time on 1655 kHz, while there were also fine signals from Zwarte Boekanier (1645), Anton (1620), Derdeman (1620) and Zeewolf (1647).

As I write these words, Wilskracht and Studio 69 are having a qso on 1655 - two stations I haven't heard very often in recent months. Both are doing very well and it's good to hear them on the band.


I make recordings of many stations I hear. Another one I made recently was of the Zwwwwwwwwwwwwwwarte Bizon . . . 



Here's the lowdown on the Dutch MW pirates I've heard recently - all using the Kenwood R5000 and Lowe HF225 receivers with the outdoor loop antenna.


Monday, March 10, 2014
1655       1702       Batavier 35343, 45454 at 1726, 55555 at 1741 music programme
1640       1707       Digitaal 34343
1645       1709       Zwarte Boekanier 24322, 35443 at 1725, 55555 at 1745
1620       1743       Derby 55544-55555 asking for report
1647       1750       Zeewolf 22442-33443 report for Derby
1620       1757       Derdeman 35433 report for Derby
1620       1811       Anton 44444-55444 qsoing
1629       2133       Calipso 55444 music programme
1651       2134       Turfsteker 34333 music programme
1640       2148       Professor Sickbok 55544-55555 report for Turksteker
1655       2215       Vliegende Schotel 44444 music programme
1647       2253       Jeneverstoker 34433-44444 report forCalipso
1665       2255       Philadelphia weak signal music programme
1651       2305       Wilskracht 34433-44444 qsoing
1655       2311       Studio 69 34443 qsoing
1655       2335       Wilskracht 35333 qsoing

Friday, March 7, 2014
1611       1510       Brugwachter weak signal
1646       1657       Zwarte Bizon 45444 qsoing
1645       1700       JB 35343 qsoing
1629       1703       Calipso 45444 qsoing
1635       1752       Eldorado 34443 testing audio with low power and low antenna
1632       1755       Verona 23332-34443 music programme
1655       2201       Batavier 45444 music programme
1649       2201       Uniek 33333-44444 music programme
1630       2202       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55544 music programme
1622       2205       Soerbaya testing audio amplifier
1640       2205       Veronica 34433 qsoing
1645       2206       Casablanca (Twente) 34433 qsoing
1636       2209       Noordzee 44444 qsoing
1636       2216       Dutchman 23322-33443 music programme
1664       2224       Amigo 43443-45444 music programme  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
1625       2058       King 35333 music programme
1638       2058       Monza 34333 qsoing
1643       2058       Wadloper 44444-55444 music programme
1650       2058       Batavier 35333-45444 music programme
1671       2118       Armada 55544 music programme
1649       2206       Uniek 32442-34433 music programme
1637       2214       Noordzee 45343 qsoing
1644       2219       Monte Carlo 34333 qsoing
1640       2225       Professor Sickbok 55444 qsoing
1638       2232       Bluebird 55444
1655       2250       Witte Raaf 55434 testing audio
1655       2342       Jan Kachel 55444 report for Witte Raaf

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