The station was a SW regular in the late 90s/early 2000s and returned to action in March 2014 after a break of some years. For the last few months he's been turning his attention more and more to MW, improving his antenna system, adding more earth radials, changing this and that to try and get his signal out further and further. He was up on 1655 and 1611 kHz last December and tried out 1476 before settling down on 1494. And his hard work paid off tonight when his signal arrived here.
Although reception tonight wasn't fantastic, it was listenable and not bad at all for the distance involved and considering the transmitter power. Blackbeard was using around 120 watts into an inverted L antenna (cut to a quarter of a wave), which is around 50 feet high.
Traces of the signal have been heard at the SDR in Enschede and I believe there are plans for a little more power, so the signal could be going even further soon. Check out 1494 when you get a few minutes, and you could make an old pirate very happy if you hear him!
The conventional pirate part of the MW band was nice and busy tonight. Conditions were a little up and down and a little noisy at times, but low-power Friesland pirate Rebel was making it through, while it was good to heard Brandaris for the first time in ages.
Monday, August 29, 2016
1645 2014 Zwarte Boekanier 45444 music programme
1635 2014 Twentana 44444 music programme
1624 2015 Brandaris 35333 music programme
1640 2018 Veronica 34433 music programme
1615 2058 Rebel 25232 music programme
1620 2109 Anton 45444 music programme
1494 2126 Blackbeard 23422 music programme
1656 2159 Noordzee 55444 qsoing
1653 2201 Monte Carlo 44444 qsoing
1665 2204 Polkman 25222-35333 testing
1660 2207 Noordzee 55444 qsoing
1645 2223 Noordzee 55344 music programme
Sunday, August 28, 2016
1615 2110 Batavier 45333-45344 music programme
1647 2115 Witte Tornado 45333-45344 music programme
1635 2221 Monte Carlo 35333 report for Witte Tornado