Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year

A very happy new year to everybody out there - pirate radio fans, listeners and station operators. Many thanks for all the good wishes we received via email, which are always a pleasure to see. I hope 2015 brings you everything you wish for. 

I did some listening to the MW band during the early evening yesterday when there were some fair signals coming through. And it was good to hear Radio Driland back on the band for the first time in a while, using 1656 kHz for a long music programme. 

There were celebrations going on across the globe last night to celebrate the start of a brand new year - and it was no exception in the Netherlands, where plenty of pirates marked the start to 2015 in their own style. This picture was taken on the other side of the North Sea just after midnight.

Celebrating the New Year - Dutch style

The festive season often sees a few old name pop up with the odd broadcast, but there has not been so much to report this year, although conditions have not been particularly good and the noise level here has been creeping up in the last few weeks. I caught Sapporo qsoing on December 26, however, and it was good to hear Wilskracht with a fine signal during his music programme on December 30.

Going back to just before Christmas - December 19 - and Johnny Camaro was doing very well on 1629 kHz at around 1900. It was one of those occasions when conditions were just right for reception of the Dutch pirates here in England, and the signal was probably the best I've ever heard from this low power station. Take a listen . . .