Thursday, October 22, 2015

Catching up

It's been a little while since I posted as I've been really busy with a work project. However, the good news is that I've been listening to the radio most nights while working and I've heard lots of pirate activity from the Netherlands.

Now the days are getting shorter, the signals are starting to arrive here a little earlier, and that will change again this weekend when the clocks go back. What that also means is that I get to hear some of the stations that tend to broadcast earlier and I don't hear during the winter. Names like Radio Derby have started to appear, and it seems some other stations like Electron have started broadcasting more regularly again.

Conditions are becoming more and more stable and some terrific reception has been possible. Just tonight there have been some stunning signals - Radio Pioneer from Rotterdam is usually fair at best, but this evening he was way stronger than usual, as you can hear on this recording . . . 



Something fun on the band that has been taking place this evening was a real-time qso between
Noorderzon on 1665 kHz and Blue Star on 1645. Both were on air at the same time and as you listened to them you could hear music from the other station in the background. I'm not sure I've ever heard that on MW before. 

Great also to hear Radio Barones on air late this evening with some super music and his own inimitable style on the airwaves. The noise level was particularly low while he was broadcasting, so I made this recording . . .



Here's the lowdown on what I've heard recently, together with some more
recordings . . . 

Thursday, October 22, 2015
1629          1656         Marskramer (Friesland) 35333, 45444 at 1833 music programme
1615          1709         Batavier 25222-35333 music programme
1620          1713         Zwarte Bouvier 34333-44444 music progamme
1611          1748         Belladonna 25222-35333 music programme
1616          1814         Saturnus 42442 music programme
1645          1917         Blue Star 35333-45444 qsoing in real time with Noorderzon
1625          1922         Zwarte Panter 24222-34333 music programme
1665          1940         Noorderzon 35333 qsoing
1655          1944         Hooiberg 35333-45444 qsoing
1625          1948         Pioneer (Rotterdam) 35333-45554 qsoing
1615          2015         Saporro 35333-45444 qsoing                  
1620          2056         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444-55555 qsoing        
1630          2203         Barones 55444 music programme
1620          2221         Monte Carlo 44444 qsoing
1620          2245         Nova 4 55444-55555 asking for report
1651          2304         Nova 4 55555 qsoing
1645          2308         Monte Carlo 55444 qsoing



Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1611          1711         Zwarte Boekanier 33333-44444 music programme
1630          1859         Meteoor 55444 qsoing
1655          1900         Hooiberg 35333-45444 music programme
1620          1904         Ruisbreker 25222-35333 music programme
1629          1906         Malibu qsoing weak signal
1657          1948         Turfsteker 35333
1622          2058         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 44444-55444 music progamme
1630          2059         Anton 33433-44444 music programme
1638          2102         Calimero 35333 music programme
1650          2214         Electron 45444 report for Anton
1636          2220         Noordzee 34443-44444 report for Anton
1626          2230         Jeneverstoker 24322-34333 qsoing
1648          2231         Electron 45444 qsoing
1640          2234         Noordzee 35333 qsoing
1647          2238         Casablanca 45444-55555 qsoing
1633          2245         Barcelona 45544 qsoing and music programme

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
1650          2106         Electron 35333-45444 asking for report

Monday, October 19, 2015
1640          2031         Veronica 45444 music programme
1638          2104         Calimero 45444 music programme
1650          2130         Monte Carlo 45444 music programme
1620          2149         Omega 25222 music programme

Sunday, October 18, 2015
1620          0530         Turftrekker 34333-44444 music programme
1647          1634         Witte Tornado 35333, 55555 at 2000 music programme
1611          1703         Technical Man 25222-35333, 45444 at 2003 testing new PA
1620          2001         Blue Star 35333 music programme



Saturday, October 17, 2015
1636          1708         Keizer en Keizerin 35333, 45444 at 1827 music programme
1647          1804         Mustang 55444-55555 music programme
1625          1815         Batavier 25222-35333 music programme
1629          1915         Turftrekker 34333 music programme
1648          1920         Moby Dick 35333, 55444 at 2147 music programme
1620          1927         Barones 35333-55444 music programme
1632          2036         Uniek 33333 55444 at 2140, 55555 at 0056 music programme
1655          2037         Schaduwjager 55444
1665          2137         Kristal 54444 music programme
1656          2208         Electron 55444 report for Kristal
1625          2211         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 54444 qsoing
1626          2226         Jeneverstoker 44444 qsoing
1655          2237         Snowman 44444 music programme
1639          2239         Hemmeling 45333-45344 asking for a report
1665          2313         Polkaman 25222-35333 music programme
1620          2332         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 music programme
1647          0033         Monte Carlo 45333-45444 qsoing



Friday, October 16, 2015
1620          1713         Digitaal 34333
1611          1748         Zwarte Boer 33433 qsoing
1645          1748         Blauwe Reiger 45444 asking for report
1620          1758         Monza 35333-45344 qsoing
1666          1815         Amigo 55444 qsoing
1665          1816         Houthakker 25322 qsoing
1665          1823         Polkaman 35333 qsoing
1645          1830         Amigo 45444 qsoing
1635          1843         Relmus 55444-55555 music programme
1611          1851         Batavier 25222-35333 music programme
1646          1947         Mustang 55444-55555 music programme with offshore tunes



Wednesday, October 14, 2015
1617          1813         Batavier 25222 music programme
1670          1813         Matrix 25222-35333 music programme
1645          2004         Wadloper 55444 music programme
1657          2030         Turfsteker 25222-35333 music programme

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
1656          1758         Pioneer 25222 qsoing
1655          1803         Wilskracht 25222 qsoing

Monday, October 12, 2015
1625          1720         Zwarte Boekanier 43443 music programme
1636          1720         Havanna 55444
1640          1741         Zwarte Boekanier 35333-45444 report for Havanna
1639          1745         Nova 4 55444 report for Havanna
1629          1747         Amigo 34333 report for Havanna
1640          1800         Veronica 35333-45444 music programme
1620          2131         Bonte Specht 45434 qsoing
1667          2135         Jampie Westerbeek 24222-35333 music programme
1647          2136         Monte Carlo 45444 report for Veronica
1646          2153         Wilskracht 34222 report for Monte Carlo
1645          2200         Noordzee 35222-35333 qsoing
1647          2201         Casablanca 45434-55444 qsoing
1665          2215         Noorderzon 34433 qsoing

Sunday, October 11, 2015
1625          1537         Baantje 25252 music programme
1647          1541         Witte Tornado 25242, 55444 at 2009 music programme
1636          1935         Havanna 55444 qsoing
1638          1959         Calimero 55444 music programme      
1656          2001         Wilskracht 35333 music programme
1611          2007         Utopia 44444 music progamme
1620          2124         Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 music programme
1633          2325         Jeneverstoker 25222 report for Calimero

Saturday, October 10, 2015
1648          1958         Moby Dick 45444-55444 music programme
1665          1959         Armada 35333-45444 music progamme
1630          2002         Batavier 25222-35333 music programme 
1611          2020         Turftrekker 44434 music programme
1620          2041         Akai 43433-54444 testing
1665          2046         Noorderzon 25222-45444 music programme
1638          2049         Calimero 44444 music programme

Thursday, October 8, 2015
1646          1731         Zwarte Bizon 35333-45444 qsoing
1640          1734         Batavier 25222 music programme
1646          1736         Digitaal 35343 qsoing
1620          1810         Monza 35333
1611          2004         Barones 44444 music programme
1631          2132         Uniek 25222 music progamme
1638          2147         Calimero 35333-45444 music programme
1626          2336         Jeneverstoker 35333 report for Calimero

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
1652          1942         Twentana 35323 music programme
1635          1943         Digitaal 45333-45444 music programme
1625          1959         Boogschutter 25222-35333 music programme

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
1620          1652         Zwarte Boekanier 45444 music programme
1629          2008         Turftrekker 45444 music programme
1642          2009         Pontiac 55444 asking for report 
1625          2033         Ruimzicht 24422 report for Pontiac
1657          2033         Turfsteker 35333 music programme
1670          2104         Zwarte BMW 45333-55444 music programme
1640          2134         Monte Carlo 35333-45433 report for Zwarte BMW
1656          2137         Zwarte BMW 45434 qsoing
1645          2147         Hennie Veldwijk 25222-35343 qsoing
1640          2149         Zwarte BMW 45333-45444 qsoing
1652          2158         Snowman 35333-45444 music programme
1638          2229         Calimero 44444 music programme
1628          0021         Jeneverstoker 45433 report for Calimero

Monday, October 5, 2015
1612          1730         Atlantic (Twente) 25222-45444 qsoing
1640          1734         Digitaal 34343-44444 qsoing
1647          1737         Nachtzwerver 35343 qsoing
1640          1740         Schaduwjager 55454 qsoing
1640          1759         Veronica 34333-45444 music programme
1645          2003         Eldorado 55544 music programme

Sunday, October 4, 2015
1620          1723         Nova 4 35333 qsoing
1647          1724         Witte Tornado 35453 music progamme. Later much stronger
1629          1725         Blue Star 35333 qsoing
1638          1750         Calimero 45344 music programme      
1654          2018         Wilskracht 25222-35333 music programme
1615          2025         Omega 25222 testing antenna

Saturday, October 3, 2015
1648          1733         Relmus 45454 music programme
1655          1734         Dikke Betta 35333-45444 music programme. Drifted to 1653
1627          1734         Barones 35333 music programme
1620          1741         Derby 35333 report for Zwarte Diamont
1636          1742         Keizer en Keizerin 35333 music programme
1615          2019         Kruik 25222-35333 music programme

Friday, October 2, 2015
1620          1703         Zwarte Boekanier 35343 music programme
1616          1825         Saturnus 35343-45444 music programme
1655          1833         Hooiberg 35333-45444 music programme
1630          1934         Armada 35333-45444 qsoing

Tuesday, September 30, 2015
1611          1817         Meteoor 44444
1645          1846         Wadloper 44434-55555 music programme
1630          2110         Marrianne 34433-45444 music programme
1636          2220         Odynn 25222 testing 
1638          2252         Calimero 35333-45444 music programme 

Sunday, September 28, 2015
1620          1856         Weduwe 45434-55444 music programme
1647          1856         Witte Tornado 45444-55444 music programme
1657          1856         Turfsteker 35333-35443 music progamme
1638          1857         Calimero 25222-45444 music programme
1630          1908         Melkbus 25222-35333 music programme
1615          1927         Schaduwjager 54444 music programme
1611          2007         Blauwe Piraat 24442-34443 testing
1633          2113         Uniek 35443-45444 music programme
1625          2206         Ruimzicht 24222 report for Witte Tornado

Thursday, September 24, 2015
1638          1800         Calimero 35333 music programme
1611          1826         Brugwachter 45444 asking for a report
1625          1836         Boogschutter 25222-35333 music programme
1660          1838         Norderzon 25222-35333 report for Brugwachter
1649          1906         Nova 4 45444 music programme
1635          1922         Pioneer (Rotterdam) 25222 music programme
1633          2202         Barcelona 45444 qsoing
1630          2207         Anton 45444 qsoing

Monday, September 21, 2015
1620          2006         Nova 4 45444-55555 music programme with comedy sketches
1640          2007         Veronica 35333-45444 music programme
1655          2014         Turfsteker 35443 music programme
1657          2038         Turfsteker 35443 music programme
1625          2107         Belamie (Mijnwerker) 55544-55555 testing 
1654          2118         Noordzee 35333 report for Turfsteker
1625          2126         Ruimzicht 25222-35443 report for Belamie
1635          2128         Pioneer (Rotterdam) 34333 report for Belamie
1630          2137         Noordzee 34333-44444 report for Belamie
1640          2213         Noordzee 54444 report for Veronica
1647          2218         Calimero 35333-45444 music programme 
1633          2219         Barcelona 55444-55555 qsoing
1647          2251         Casablana 53543-54544 qsoing
1625          2252         Amigo 35333 qsoing
1625          0015         Jeneverstoker 35333 report for Calimero

Sunday, September 20, 2015
1620          0450         Dokwerker 35333 music programme
1626          2116         Jack Sparrow 35333-45444 music programme
1647          2117         Witte Tornado 45344 music programme
1664          2117         Noorderzon 34333 music programme
1620          2117         Blue Star 25222-35333 music programme with low power
1638          2117         Calimero 24222-35333 music programme 
1620          2201         Utopia 44333-55444 report for Witte Tornado and music px
1665          2230         Polkaman 35333 music programme

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Odynn back on MW

Last Monday (September 28) there was a return to MW for a pirate who has concentrated on SW for the last couple of years. Radio Odynn was back on 183 metres, testing with his new SK010 transmitter. And the following evening he was on the air again, just for a few minutes. Even though conditions were poor, his signal with 35 watts of power was making it across the Netherlands, the North Sea and into the UK. He sent these pictures from the studio while he was testing.




The transmitter Odynn used when he was last on MW has gone and is now with another regular broadcaster at the top of the band. His new purchase, that you can see above, means he can continue to transmit on shortwave, but also has the option to use 1.6 MHz. Next time I hear him I might even have a nice cup of tea in the mug he gave me when I met him in the east of the Netherlands a few years ago!



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