Monday, January 13, 2020

Latest logs, news and recordings

Many thanks for the kind words on the blog and on the Facebook page following my return to action with keeping the site up to date. It's been good to hear from you and to know that the work here is appreciated.

Here's what I've been hearing in the pirate radio world over the past few days at our wet and windy location in England, together with some recordings:

Freq      Time     Station name SINPO Type of broadcast

Monday, January 13, 2020
1639      1228      Professor Sickbok 25442 qsoing
1634      1230      Jeneverstoker weak signal qsoing
1633      1835      Telefunken 25322 qsoing
1633      1835      Schaduwjager 45444 qsoing
1610      1841      Anton 32432 qsoing
1630      1842      Wegpiraat 24222-34333 qsoing
1670      1853      Digitaal 35333-45443 music programme
1620      1925      Professor Sickbok 35333 asking for report
1638      2014      Osaka 35333 qsoing
1640      2016      Professor Sickbok 45444 qsoing
1666      2027      Josje Power 35333-45444 qsoing
1638      2200      Bluebird 55444 music programme

     Good to catch some stations arriving here just after midday today. Professor Sickbok was delivering a very listenable signal on 1639 kHz, while Jeneverstoker was considerably weaker but audible on 1634. It was interesting to see that Stoker’s signal was not visible on the SDR at Enschede. There was also a pirate on 1618 kHz at 1250 local time here, but no ID heard.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
1617      2000      Marianne 44444 music programme
1610      2003      Anton 32422 music programme
1611      2004      Turktrekker 43432-55444 music programme
1655      2033      Speedygonzales 55434 testing

Monday, January 6, 2020
1667      1716      Digitaal music programme with 25 watts
1640      1737      Concorde 25342-35343 music programme
1633      1817      Vrijevogel weak signal music programme
1655      1919      Meteoor 35333 asking for report
1655      1927      Wilskracht 25222 report for Meteoor
1638      2215      Mi Amigo 45333 music programme
1656      2241      Snowman 25322-35333 music programme

     Propagation conditions were dismal during the early evening. Stations were generally much weaker than normal, fading up just occasionally and then dipping down into the noise when they would usually be consistently stronger and more stable. Later in the evening the signal levels had risen a little but there was still more fading than usual, although Snowman was doing pretty well with his 20 watt transmitter on 1656 kHz

Sunday, January 5, 2020
1645      2209      Mi Amigo 42443-44444 music programme
1645      2228      Witte Raaf 42442-45444 music programme     
1666      2210      Professor Sickbok 55444 report for Vonkenboer
1666      2217      Vonkenboer 25222 qsoing
1635      2359      Pandora 55444 music programme

     It happens quite often that Dutch MW pirates are on air at the same time on the same frequency. Tonight was no exception as Mi Amigo from the eastern side of the Netherlands was broadcasting on 1645 kHz while Witte Raaf from Friesland was also on the channel. Both stations were on air with music programmes and fighting for dominance here in England, with audio from one and then the other fading up and down. Quite entertaining to hear an identification for one station and then the other station just a few seconds later without any hetrodyne as both were exactly on channel. When Mi Amigo closed down at 2329 UTC it enabled clear reception of Witte Raaf, who was peaking at a SINPO around 45444

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