Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tues Mar 31

4025: Laser Hot Hits with listeners' emails and playing the Doobie Brothers @ 1850. SINPO 44433.

6210: Misti Radio
playing Neil Diamond @ 0850. Fair signal, some utility QRM. SINPO 33433.

6220: Mystery Radio heard @ 1935 with pop. Strong signal, JJ is live. SINPO 54444.

The Boat That Rocked on Sky

Mike Terry writes: "Just watched this on "Sky Anytime", it opens with narration by Tony Blackburn, many on location shots, insight into the in studio technology and interviews with Richard Curtis and the stars, the enthusiasm for offshore radio of Curtis is wonderful and the actors and actresses seem to be having a great time, really looking forward to seeing this fun film - forget reality just enjoy"!

This from the sky website:

The Boat That Rocked Special 30 minutes, available Mon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr.
We visit the set of The Boat That Rocked, the all-star British comedy drama from Richard Curtis which tells the story of a pirate radio station operating in the North Sea in the Sixties.

(Thanks to John Cronnolley via the Radio Caroline list, via Mike Terry, radioanoraksuk)


Its official UK release is tomorrow (April 1)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Mon March 30

4025: Laser Hot Hits blasting in tonight, S9+20dB. Heard @ 1845 with Gary Drew talking about Radio Review magazine and playing 80s pop. SINPO 54444.

MV Baltic new times

MV BALTIC RADIO - NEW time slot for summer 2009

The new time slot for the MV Baltic Radio relay service will be 9 - 10 UTC

(10-11 BST/11-12 CEST) on 6140 KHz. (via Wertachtal, Germany)

This will be active from the 5th of April until the last Sunday of October 2009.

MV Baltic Radio relay service Schedule for summer 2009

1st Sunday MV Baltic Radio

2nd Sunday – Bluestar Radio

3rd Sunday – European Music Radio

4th Sunday – Radio Gloria International

Good Listening 73s Tom

(via Tom Taylor)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sun Mar 29

3900: Skyline International Radio heard @ 0805 with schlager and polka, just above the noise level. SINPO 34333.

4025: Laser Hot Hits with a promo for Offshore Echoes magazines and reading listeners' emails @ 1030. SINPO 44333.

5800: Radio Geronimo heard @ 0950 reading letter from Alex in West Virginia, then playing song by Pendragon. Fair signal. SINPO 34333.

5815: Orion Radio with 60s musc @ 0810. SINPO 34333.

5815: Shortwave Cowboys rode in after Orion signed off. Heard @ 0905 with schlager. Fair signal but quite noisy. SINPO 34333.

6220: Radio Marabu via Mystery heard @ 0815 playing rock music. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

6280: Radio Merlin (tent) heard @ 1200 with rock music. Fair signal but faded out again by 1202. SINPO 34333.

6296: Radio Transatlantic Broadcast heard @ 0855, splash from station on 6300. SINPO 23332. At 0915, better signal and 6300 station off - SINPO 34333. To hear recording click here

6300: Unid station with 60s music @ 0845. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

6374: Radio Marconi heard playing Dutch songs @ 1157. Fair-good signal. SINPO 44433.

6521: Radio Delta Lima (tent) playing "Love Hurts" @ 0920. Fair signal with fading. SINPO 34333.

6870: Radio Playback Int with jazz @ 1025. Weak signal. SINPO 24332.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sat March 28

3899: Radio Piepzender playing "Whiter Shade of Pale" @ 1843, fast talk in Dutch. SINPO 44333.

Radio Optimod heard @ 2020 playing the song "Kayleigh." Strong signal - no ID heard. SINPO 54444.

3908: Radio Fox 48
with rock music @ 1910. Fair-good signal tonight. SINPO 34333.

3932: Bogusman
heard @ 1850 playing alternative music and chatting away about life etc. Strong signal. SINPO 54444.

4025: Laser Hot Hits
playing a REO Speedwagon song @ 1005. Good signal now - nothing earlier. SINPO 44433.

6205: Radio Suzuki
heard @ 1435 playing "Yes Sir I Can Boogie." Fair signal. SINPO 34433.

6220: Mystery Radio
heard with dance music @ 1805. Strong signal. SINPO 54444.

6285: Radio Altrex
moved from 6290. Heard @ 1017 talking about conditions and playing oldies. SINPO 24332.

6290: Radio Altrex
with rock music @ 0920. Weak signal with fair peaks, some utility QRM. SINPO 23332.

6306: Radio Jodel Pirate with schlager @ 1445. Weak signal with fair peaks. SINPO 24332.

6325: Radio Monte Carlo playing Prince "Purple Rain" @ 1010. Fair signal. SINPO 34333.

6374: Radio Marconi heard @ 1405 with a report to Lowland. SINPO 34333.

6375: Radio Lowland just audible @ 1015, playing oldies SINPO 23332. Lowland also heard in QSO with Marconi @ 1355. SINPO 44433.

6870: Radio Playback Int with blues music and relay of US radio programme @ 1815. SINPO 34333.

Radio Nova tribute site

Although a station in Ireland, Radio Nova had many listeners in the UK and is fondly remembered as being highly professional and innovative.

RadioNova.ie is now on the web. It's a tribute site to Radio Nova, the station owned by the late Chris Cary.

There are profiles of many of the presenters who worked on the station.

The documentary produced for the 25th anniversary of the Radio Nova "closedown", Bring Back Radio Nova, is now available on YouTube (click on the video below to view).

In the coming months www.radionova. ie will be expanded to include a full video player/streaming facility for this documentary

(Media Network via Southgate
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/march2009/radionova.htm )

The page has a 10 minute video,

The documentary produced for the 25th anniversary of the Radio Nova "closedown". Bring Back Radio Nova is also available on you Tube at
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=WSO2SuIC2Do

In the coming months www.radionova.ie will be expanded to include a full video player/ streaming facility for this documentary.

(Mike Terry, radioanoraksuk)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fri Mar 27

3900: Skyline International Radio playing Bryan Adams @ 2030, followed by ID and said was closing down. SINPO 44433.

4025: Laser Hot Hits
with a Bee Gees song @ 2035. Strong signal. SINPO 54444.

6210: Misti Radio
playing Queen "I Want to Break Free" @ 1030. SINPO 34433.

: Unid station heard @ 1025 playing rock music. Fair signal. SINPO 34433.

6220: Mystery Radio heard @ 2040 with JJ live, playing Terence Trent D'Arby. Good signal but carrier on underneath - RTE? SINPO 43433.

6870: Pirate Music heard @ 2050 playing Lionel Ritchie "All Night Long," followed by jingle ID. Good signal but noise level quite high. SINPO 44333.

Sonnet Radio Europe tests

I would appreciate if you could announce our test transmissions this coming Sunday 29th March. We'll be on air from 04:50am testing on 6260 KHz SW. It's our first transmission since 2001 and would appreciate any QSLs. Anyone uploading an audio file will automatically win a Sonnet Radio Europe T Shirt or Coffee Mug.

SRE are hoping to come back with regular programmes announced on our web site at www.sonnetradio.com

Our first test is at 100 watts Carrier power this Sunday, all feedback is appreciated.
Many Thanks

(station direct)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thurs Mar 26

3905: Radio Fox 48 heard with ID and playing the Sex Pistols @ 2200. SINPO 34333. Heard via the Beds DX Tuner

4025: Laser Hot Hits
lost under strong utility QRM @ 2020. Good signal but difficult to hear. SINPO 42332.

6220: Mystery Radio heard @ 2015 with JJ live, playing Pink Floyd. Good signal with RTE just audible underneath. SINPO 43433.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wed Mar 25

4025: Laser Hot Hits with a song by Al Stewart @ 1955. Strong signal again. SINPO 54444.

6220: Mystery Radio heard @ 2000 playing the song "You've Got the Look." Signal tonight much more disturbed and fading in and out, giving RTE a greater chance of being heard. SINPO 42433.

Channel 4 pirate radio reports

History of Offshore Radio, interviews with Johnnie Walker and Tony Benn, 4 minutes 40:

http://www.channel4 .com/news/ articles/ arts_entertainme nt/film_tv/ rocking+the+ pirate+air+ waves/3044297

Interesting interview with Kenneth Branagh, who listened to pirate stations in the early 70's, 8 minutes:

http://www.channel4 .com/news/ articles/ arts_entertainme nt/film_tv/ those+who+ rocked+the+ boat/3044387

(via Mike Barraclough, radioanoraksuk)

Of course, all tied in with the imminent release of the Boat That Rocked film next week.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tues Mar 24

4025: Laser Hot Hits with Tony James playing a Bay City Rollers song @ 1950. Strong signal. SINPO 54444.

6220: Mystery Radio heard @ 1905 playing pops. Strong signal again. SINPO 54444. Still on during RTE's one hour broadcast starting at 1930. RTE impossible to hear!

Stand up and be counted

Dear SWL

If you live in the UK and listen to shortwave radio broadcast bands then you need to consider this!

The Power line transmission lobby is both wealthy and powerful and is currently trying to get shortwave turned over to them for their home networking products. If this happens then our hobby will be lost to us.

I am sure most of you know about UKQRM and its fight to save shortwave radio.

I am conducting a simple survey to find out just how many UK listeners we have. Based on the result we will know if this fight is winnable.

So take a moment and fill in this survey for us all please.


You must be in the UK and listen to broadcast bands.

Utility only does not count, of course you will lose this as well if PLT is given free reign of shortwave.

Don't delay answer today, you have until 2nd April to answer after that the survey will be closed.




The end of world broadcasting?

(via swpirates)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mon Mar 23

4025: Laser Hot Hits playing dance music @ 1945, peaking at S9+10dB. SINPO 44333.

6220: Mystery Radio
heard @ 1940 with pop, co-channel with RTE. Mystery is stronger of the two. SINPO 53443.

6290: Radio Altrex
playing Eddy Grant "I Don't Want to Dance" @ 0943. Weak signal with fair peaks, utility bleeps QRM. SINPO 23432.

6375: Radio Lowland testing @ 0940, playing the song "Forever Young." Signal peaking at S9+10dB but low modulation. SINPO 44433.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sun Mar 22

3905: Skyline Radio International with schlager @ 0845. Weak signal and high noise level. SINPO 24332.

3905: Voice of the Netherlands playing heavy rock music. Heard @ 1745 with a S9+10dB signal, some splash from Reflections Europe on 3910 and telecoms QRM. SINPO 54444.

3932: Radio Fox 48 playing rock music @ 1735, weak signal heard just above the noise. SINPO 24332.

4025: Laser Hot Hits playing the Eagles @ 1800, good signal but also quite high noise level. SINPO 44333.

5815: Orion Radio playing "Radar Love" @ 0840. Signal not as strong as normal. SINPO 34333.

5815: Shortwave Cowboys came on after Orion signed off. Heard @ 0955 playing "Hungry Heart." Weak signal with fair peaks. SINPO 23432.

6140: Radio Gloria via Wertachtal heard @1305 with strong signal, playing song by Rennaissance. SINPO 54444.

6205: Radio Suzuki playing rock @ 0910. Weak signal with fair peaks. SINPO 24332.

6210: Misti Radio playing rock @ 1000. Fair signal. SINPO 34333.

6215: Radio King Shortwave (tent) with a weak signal, heard @ 1005 playing oldies. SINPO 24332.

6220: Mystery Radio playing OMD "Enola Gay" @ 1205 followed by jingle ID. SINPO 34333.

6220: Mystery/Malaisy/Playback live broadcast heard @ 1710 with S-Express. In parallel with 6300 & 6870. SINPO 54444.

6290: Unid station heard @ 1200 playing oldies, Radio Borderhunter heard underneath, signed off followed by unid station with no ID, a few minutes later. SINPO 54444.

6290: Radio Altrex with instrumental music @ 1540. SINPO 34433.

6292: Radio Altrex heard @ 0905 playing "I Was Made For Loving You." SINPO 34333.

6300: Mystery/Malaisy/Playback live broadcast heard @ 1705 with Madness song. In parallel with 6220 & 6870, but co-channel QRM from Sahara clandestine. SINPO 43433.

6375: Radio Baken 16 with 60s music @ 0855. SINPO 33333.

6524: Radio Ramona with the Animals "Ring of Fire" @ 0900. Better signal than usual. SINPO 34433.

6554: Radio White Man heard @ 1310 with a weak signal just above the noise level. SINPO 24332.

6870: Radio Playback Int heard @ 1100 with Chris Ise playing oldies. Weak-fair signal. SINPO 24332. (heard via Beds DX Tuner)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sat Mar 21

3904: Skyline Radio International with 60s music @ 1535. SINPO 34333. At 1543, moved to 3900.

3905: Radio Fox 48
playing CCR @ 2045. Fair signal but deep fades and quite noisy. SINPO 34333.

3930: Radio Fox 48
heard with rock music @ 2310. Weak signal. SINPO 24332.

4025: Laser Hot Hits
playing a song by ELO @ 0855. Fair signal but noise levels quite high. SINPO 34333.

5815: Radio PCN/Shortwave Cowboys playing country music @ 1530, off a few minutes later. SINPO 34333.

6200: Misti Radio heard @ 0900 playing oldies, followed by ID and saying was switching off. SINPO 34333.

6205: Radio Suzuki playing Boney M "Brown Girl in the Ring" @ 0905. Weak signal with fair peaks. SINPO 24332.

6215: Radio King SW (tent) with oldies @ 0915. SINPO 24332.

6220: Mystery Radio with a strong signal @ 1855, playing the usual pop. SINPO 54444. Also heard at 1940 totally dominating the channel with RTE underneath.

6280: Unid station playing the song "Voyage, Voyage" @ 1520. No ID heard. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

6281: Radio Altrex with polka @ 0910, difficult to hear due to humming sound on same frequency. SINPO 23432.

6375: Radio Dutchwing heard with IDs in Dutch and English @ 1525. SINPO 44433.

6554: Radio Rainbow via Radio Galaxy, Poland, heard @ 2330 with ID and the song "Spirit in the Sky." Fair signal but deep fades. SINPO 34333.

6870: Radio Playback Int coming in well this evening, with PBi jingle and playing Abba "Fernando" @ 1948. Good signal but deep fades. SINPO 44433.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fri Mar 20

3890: Radio Boomerang (tent) with pop music @ 1905. Strong signal. SINPO 54444.

3904: Skyline International Radio
with schlager @ 1910 and greeting listeners. SINPO 44333.

3905: Radio Boomerang
(tent) playing "Knock on Wood" @ 1825. Strong signal - S9+20dB. No ID heard. Also recordings of other Dutch stations played. SINPO 54444.

3905: Radio Fox 48 playing rock music @ 2140, fair-good signal. SINPO 34333.

3930: Antonio Radio
heard @ 2150 playing country music and schlager. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

4025:Laser Hit Hots
playing a song by The Saturdays @ 1830. Good signal. SINPO 44333.

5708: Radio Doctor Tim
playing polka and schlager @ 1605. Weak signal. SINPO 24332.

5815: Radio PCN heard @ 1010 playing Nena. Weak signal with fair peaks. SINPO 24332.

6205: Radio Suzuki with pop music, ID and sign off @ 1520. SINPO 33333.

6210: Misti Radio with polka @ 1525. SINPO 34333.

6220: Mystery Radio with live programme from Chris Ise, playing the KLF @ 1745. Good signal. SINPO 44444.

6630u: Radio Snowball (tent) from Russia heard with talking and music @ 1735, SSB QRM. SINPO 23332.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Radio Jackie 40th anniversary programme

Radio Jackie's first broadcast was on March 19 1969.

They have a special programme tonight (Thursday) celebrating their 40th anniversary at 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (2100-2300UTC) hosted by one of their original members, Dave Owen.

The former pirate is now a licensed broadcaster on 107.8 FM serving South West London.

For more information, see archive photos or listen online go to: www.radiojackie.com

(info via Mike Barraclough, radioanoraksuk)

Thurs Mar 19

3904: Skyline International Radio heard playing country music @ 1725. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

4025: Laser Hot Hits
with dance music @ 1835, utility QRM. SINPO 43433.

6200: Misti Radio
playing schlager and testing new MP3 player @ 1335. Fair signal. SINPO 34333.

6220: Mystery Radio strong again tonight. Heard at 1710 with usual pop. SINPO 54444.

6874: Radio Playback Int continuing to test different frequencies. Heard @ 1745 with oldies and Playback jingle, some strong utility QRM. SINPO 33333.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wed Mar 18

6210: Misti Radio heard with polka @ 0955, weak to fair signal. Peaking at S8. SINPO 34333.

Big L Shortwave at Easter

Big L Shortwave is back during the Easter weekend in conjunction with the Mighty KBC.

Kicking off on Saturday the 11th of April......including Adrian John, Mike Read, Roger Davis, Chirpy, Eric van Willegen ....and more to come.

Broadcasting on 9770 kHz between 7.30 AM and 14.30 PM UTC

* Saturday 11th of April
* Sunday 12th of April
* Monday 13th of April

E-mail requests or other comments some time in advance to: dutch@bigl.co.uk

(via KBC)

Radio Atlantic 2000 podcast

Le 20 mars 1983, Atlantic 2000 émettait sur 7340 kHz. Retrouvez cette émission maintenant sur notre site internet.

On March 20th, 1983, Atlantic 2000 was broadcasting on 7340 kHz. Listen this broadcast now on our website.

Visit our website: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

(station direct)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tues March 17

3904: Skyline International Radio with schlager and polka, IDs @ 1810. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

3904: Radio Sallandse Boer
with report to Skyline @ 1815. SINPO 44333.

4025: Laser Hot Hits
playing Beyonce @ 1855 and talking about Peter Mandelson having green custard thrown at him! Strong signal. SINPO 54444.

6210: Misti Radio
playing oldies @ 1015. Fair signal. SINPO 34333.

6220: Mystery Radio with jingle ID and song "Dance Little Lady, Dance" @ 1820. Strong signal. SINPO 54444. (not so good when RTE came on at 1930 - see comments)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mon Mar 16

4025: Laser Hot Hits playing Rod Stewart "Do You Think I'm Sexy" @ 1840 before giving contact details. Some SSB QRM, signal peaking at S9+10dB. SINPO 44444.

6210: Misti Radio
heard @ 1150 playing Coldplay. Weak-fair signal. SINPO 24332.

6220: Mystery Radio heard @ 1835 with pop and usual jingle ID. Fair signal. SINPO 34433.

Summer Meeting 2009: Promos

Two promos for the free radio gathering on the Dutch/Belgian borders in July:



There is also a website at www.summermeeting.net

The Boat That Rocked: More articles

Couple more articles in the Sunday Times about the forthcoming film:

Pirate Radio is star of Richard Curtis film The Boat that Rocked


Johnnie Walker remembers Radio Caroline

(Mike Barraclough, radioanoraksuk)

The website is at www.theboatthatrocked.com

I also saw a short advertisement for the film on Channel 4 last night. The amount of publicity means I guess it will fairly widely available in most cinemas.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sun March 15

3890: Free Radio Victoria (pres) @ 0900. Barely audible but Iann logged it earlier. SINPO 24332.

3910: Skyline International Radio playing the song "Borderline" @ 0850. SINPO 34333.

4025: Laser Hot Hits playing the Carpenters @ 0855. Good signal. SINPO 44444.

5815: Orion Radio with polka @ 0845. SINPO 44433.

6140: European Music Radio via Wertachal signing on @ 1300 with the song "Yellow River" before the final parts of the Radio Jackie story. SINPO 44444.

6205: Radio Suzuki faded in @ 1010, heard with oldies. SINPO 34333.

6210: Misti Radio with IDs and playing oldies @ 0945. Weak-fair signal. SINPO 24332.

6210: Radio Scotland Int heard asking for QSO @ 1040. SINPO 44433.

6265: Antonio Radio with rock @ 0945. SINPO 34333.

6290: Radio Saturnus playing instrumental music @ 0940, some utility QRM. SINPO 33333.

6300: Radio Playback Int moved from 6310, with JJ live playing "Lust for Life" @ 1415. Good signal. SINPO 44433. To hear recording click here

6310: Radio Playback Int with Chris Ise playing "Walking in the Rain" @ 1230. Said in parallel with 6850, which was not heard here at this time. SINPO 34333.

6400: Radio Doctor Tim @ 1405 heard talking. Weak signal with fair peaks. Frequency quite noisy. SINPO 24332. Also heard @ 1440 playing old programme of Starclub Radio. SINPO 34333.

6524: Radio Ramona playing the song "The Heat Is On" @ 1017. Weak signal with fair peaks. SINPO 24332.

6850: Radio Playback Int with oldies @ 0840. SINPO 34333.

6870: Radio Playback Int with the song "No More I Love You" @ 1710. SINPO 34333.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sat March 14

1620: Radio Technische Man @ 2335. SINPO 34333.
1636: Radio Napoleon
@ 2355, some co-channel QRM. SINPO 33333.
1666: Klaas Snoek Radio
with QSO @ 2340. SINPO 44333.

3905: Radio Fox 48
playing "Living on a Prayer" @ 1805. Fair sgnal. SINPO 34333.

3932: Bogusman heard @ 1910 talking about the snow the UK had last month and playing alternative music. SINPO 44433.

4025: Laser Hot Hits
with Martin Scott playing dance music @ 0845, some SSB QRM. SINPO 33333.

6210: Misti Radio playing "House of the Rising Sun" @ 1200. Weak-fair signal. SINPO 24332.

6325: Radio Monte Carlo heard @ 1100 with instrumental music and IDs, then playing Abba "SOS." Fair-good signal. SINPO 44333.

6376: Radio Dutchwing with IDs and playing the song "Please Don't Go" @ 1105. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

6426: Studio 52 heard @ 1640 playing A Flock of Seagulls. SINPO 34433.

6850: Radio Playback Int with "Heaven is a Place on Earth" @ 1655. Fair signal now. SINPO 34333.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fri Mar 13

3900: Antonio Radio with schlager @ 2015. SINPO 34333.

3905: ROZ heard @ 2050 with a weak signal, music just audible on peaks above the noise. SINPO 24332. Better signal at sign off at 2245 but Russian SSB QRM. SINPO 33433.

3930: Voice of the Netherlands with dance music @ 2250, good signal. SINPO 44333.

4025: Laser Hot Hits heard playing oldies @ 2020. Not as good signal as previous evenings. SINPO 34333.

Greek pirates


Ciao! This is a list of all the radio stations that can be received in medium and long waves (mw-lw) in Lama (Taranto) in "La Battaglia" zone and in Marina di Lizzano (Taranto) in "le Conche" zone, in the Apulia region, southern Italy, made by Francesco Patrono from Lama (Taranto).(Coordinate) 40 23' 31" North , 17 26' 54" East.

(this is Francesco's observations of Greek pirates)

1620 Radio Ouranio Toxo (Greek pirate from Larisa)
1626 Radiofonikos Stathmos Delta (unidentified Greek pirate)
1630 Radio Asteras (Greek pirate from Kilkis)

Here were received also, periodically, on a frequency included besides 1800 and 1825 kilohertz, in the amount of time between 0430 and 0500 a.m. Italian time [0330-0400 UT], some Morse signals very fast and looped (probably other beacons?) and sometimes, besides a frequency of circa 1720 kilohertz, at 0315 a.m. local Italian time, some short communications in Greek language; probably these are fishermans.

The stations reported in the list from 1620 kilohertz and beyond are three pirate Greek radio stations that cover without obstacles all the Mediterranean area and the northern Europe. In this list we have mentioned only three of them but there are a lot of stations similar like these and is quite impossible to identify them one by one.

It depends on the fact that these are not the "radio stations" in the classical sense of the word, but are some radio amateurs equipped with high power and high watt transmitters. Moreover, very often these radio amateurs use the QSO technique; it consists in broadcasting on a determinate frequency (for example 1630 kilohertz) for determinate hours (for example from 0100 to 0400) and then they turn off to allow other radio amateur friends of them to activate their transmitters and to start broadcasting with their station on the same frequency.

Some stations broadcast only music and are "no name" stations, some others use a name and some others still give a mobile phone number so that listeners can request their songs or communicate their QSL reports. Usually, the music proposed by these station is common Greek music (e.g. rembetika, sirtaki, laika and so on) but sometimes there are also amazing disco dance mixes and European 80's rock and pop music. It is possible to receive these stations only with a receiver suitable for x-band scanning (range from 1620 to 1750 kilohertz approx.) from dusk until early dawn.

(F. Patrono, via Dario Monferini, playdx yg via DXLD)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thurs March 12

1660: Radio Relmus heard @ 2140 with ID in English, thanks for greeting, playing country music. SINPO 34333.

4025: Laser Hot Hits
playing dance music @ 2120. Good signal. SINPO 44333.

: Unid station with a weak signal heard @ 0955, SSB QRM. SINPO 23432.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wed March 11

4025: Laser Hot Hits heard @ 2100 with Martin Scott playing dance tunes. Good signal but utility QRM. SINPO 43333.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tues Mar 10

4025: Laser Hot Hits really blasting in, S9+10dB @ 1955, playing rock music. SINPO 54444.

6210: Misti Radio
heard @ 0935 with polka and oldies. Fair signal - not bad for only 8 watts! SINPO 34333.

Radio North DX test from Ireland

Radio North in Co. Donegal, Eire is to make a DX test as follows.

DATE: Sunday morning March 15th 2009
IME: 0200-0600 UT inclusive. There will be voice IDs and CW slow speed IDs every 30m on the hour and on the half hour during their normal overnight music. There will be frequent jingle IDs thrown in between times as well.
FREQ: 846 kHz
MODE OF OPERATION: The station runs 1 kW, and music will hopefully consist of better known pop / oldies.

QSL INFORMATION: Radio North will verify with full data QSL's for this broadcast. E mail address to be announced later this weekend hopefully.

(via Nick Hall-Patch, Victoria, BC, IRCA mailing list via DX Listening Digest)

This is one obviously aimed at North American listeners. Radio North is an unlicensed station broadcasting from the far north of the Republic of Ireland

Monday, March 09, 2009

Mon March 9

3910: Skyline Radio Int heard @ 1735 with polka, co-channel QRM. SINPO 43433.

4025: Laser Hot Hits playing the song "Rock n Roll Dreams Come True" @ 1825. Good signal but some CW QRM and noise level quite high. SINPO 43333.

6210: Misti Radio
moved @ 1210 to avoid QRM. SINPO 24332.

6240: Misti Radio
with oldies @ 1200, weak signal and some utility QRM. SINPO 23332.

6291: Unid station with religious-type music @ 1105. Weak signal suffering utility QRM. SINPO 23332.

Another offshore radio feature

Another long and interesting article in today's Observer newspaper by Simon Garfield:

The mid 1960s saw an extraordinary explosion of British pop music but the only radio stations broadcasting it were based on 'pirate' ships, like Radio Caroline, anchored off the coast. In his new film The Boat That Rocked, Richard Curtis replays those heady days when music, fashion and youth were redefining British culture. Here, the original pirate DJs revisit their vivid lives of sex, drugs... and music.

Long interview with Johnnie Walker, as well as some quotes from Tom Lodge, Tony Prince and Ronan O'Rahilly:

For full story go to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/ 2009/mar/08/pirate-radio-johnnie-walker

(via Mike Barraclough, radioanoraksuk)

Latvia relay project on hold

The Latvian 9290 khz (low powered 10kw) relay project that was due to return to the air in February 2009 is now on hold until later this year as the financial crisis has affected the station.

Let us hope the 9290 khz relay returns later this year.


(via Tom Taylor)

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sun March 8

3910: Skyline International Radio with polka and ID @ 0845, low modulation. SINPO 34333.

3932: Bogusman heard @ 1925 playing They Might Be Giants and talking about buying records in charity shops. Great signal. SINPO 44444.

4025: Laser Hot Hits heard @ 1115 with dance music. Good signal but some fading. SINPO 44433.

5815: Orion Radio playing "Bad Moon Rising" @ 0840. Good signal. SINPO 44444.

5815: Shortwave Cowboys heard @ 1015 playing "Hungry Heart," giving out email address. SINPO 34333.

6140: Bluestar Radio via Wertachtal signing on @ 1300 and playing a Dutch version of "Una Paloma Blanca." Strong signal - S9+20dB. SINPO 55544.

6210: Radio Geronimo Shortwave with Dave Scott giving out a free radio brainteaser. Good audio. Fair-good signal @ 0850 but faded out after 0900. SINPO 34433.

6210: Time Radio with oldies @ 1020. SINPO 34333.

6215: Radio King Shortwave (tent) with rock @ 0930, splash from Mystery. SINPO 23332.

6220: Mystery Radio with pop @ 0935. SINPO 34433.

6240: Misti Radio (tent) with pop @ 0910, utility QRM. SINPO 33333.

6240: Delta Radio with oldies and jingle ID @ 1005, co-channel with Misti Radio. SINPO 33433.

6255: Unid station playing instrumental music @ 1120 then Nena "99 Luftballons" before closing down. SINPO 44444.

6265: Antonio Radio with Dutch songs @ 0915. SINPO 44433.

6282: Radio Zodiac heard with IDs and playing rock music @ 1035. Fair signal with fading. SINPO 34433.

6285: Radio Borderhunter playing "Down Bring Me Down" @ 0900. Usual excellent signal and audio. SINPO 54444.

6300: Radio Merlin with rock music @ 1135 and finally fading in here. SINPO 34433.

6307: Radio Skywire with rock, ID and off @ 1000. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

6310: Radio Condor with dance music @ 0905. SINPO 34333.

6310: Radio Malaisy playing pop @ 1250 - very similar in style to Mystery. Fair-good signal. SINPO 34433.

6325: Radio Mia with a weak signal, just caught ID @ 1145. SINPO 24332.

6380: Premier Radio Int back on the air, heard @ 0855 playing Status Quo "Down Down" followed by jingle ID. Off shortly after 0900. Good signal. SINPO 44444.

6524: Radio Delta Lima playing "Yes Sir I Can Boogie" @ 0925. SINPO 34333.

6850: Radio Playback Int playing rock @ 0920. SINPO 34333.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Sat March 7

3900: Radio Skyline Int heard @ 1800 with 60s music and ID. SINPO 43333. Also heard @ 1810 in QSO with Sallandse Boer.

Voice of the Netherlands playing bagpipe music @ 1735. Good signal, some SSB QRM. SINPO 43433. By 1750, SSB stopped signal peaking at S9+10dB.

3924: Radio Fox 48 heard @ 1845, signal just above the noise level.
SINPO 24332.

4025: Laser Hot Hits back on the air. Heard @ 1740 with a Big Audio Dynamite song. It's the first time I've heard on shortwave for two months so good to have them back. SINPO 44444.

Unid station playing Dutch songs @ 1400, off at 1405 with no ID. SINPO 44444.

6205: Radio Suzuki
with oldies @ 1055, testing new sound processor. SINPO 34333.

6215: Radio King SW
(tent) with music @ 1000. Poor conditions - could just hear music on peaks. SINPO 24332.

6220: Mystery Radio with a live programme presented by Chris Ise playing dance music @ 1820 and giving out email address. Good signal. SINPO 44444.

6240: Misti Radio
with oldies and polka, utility QRM. Heard at 0835 with SINPO 33433.

6282: Radio Black Power heard @ 1230 playing the song "Lessons in Love." Good signal - possibly station heard earlier on 6285. SINPO 44444.

6285: Unid station playing Abba @ 1045. Good signal but off a few minutes later with no ID. SINPO 44444.

6310: Radio Condor with dance music @ 0915. Good signal. SINPO 44433.

6325: Radio Lowland heard @ 1415 playing oldies, asking for QSO. Fair-good signal. SINPO 33433.

6375: Radio Monte Carlo with oldies @ 1025. Fair signal. SINPO 34333.

6376: Radio Dutchwing playing polka @ 0925, some problems with the mic. SINPO 34333.

6850: Radio Playback Int heard @ 1715 with a live programme presented by JJ, playing oldies. Fair signal. SINPO 34333.

9510: Radio Joystick via IRRS with dance music @ 0930. SINPO 43433.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Fri March 6

1620: Radio Titanic heard @ 1915 with ID in English and giving out hotline number, playing schlager. SINPO 34333.

1653: unid station with polka @ 1930, QRM from another Dutch station on 1655. SINPO 33333.

1662: Radio Boomerang playing dance music @ 2130 followed by ID. SINPO 34333.

1663: Radio Klaas Snoek with report for Boomerang @ 2145. SINPO 34333.

1665: Radio Relmus with schlager @ 1925. SINPO 34333.

Ofcom calls for crackdown

Ofcom in the UK have called for a renewed crackdown on illegal broadcasters and pirate radio stations claiming that their signals can risk lives by interfering with emergency service frequencies and block legitimate stations.

According to Ofcom figures, there are more than 150 pirate radio stations operating across the UK, half of which operate in London and the South East of England.

Read the full story at:

http://radiotoday.co.uk/news. php?extend.4467

(Radio Today via Mike Terry, radioanoraksuk)

Most of these are found on FM, with the majority in London

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Two more pirate radio features

A couple more reports from the BBC:

Pirate radio "puts lives at risk"
Includes a video report on an actual raid.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/ 1/hi/technology/7919748.stm

The pirates' view of pirate radio, includes two video reports
different to the police raid one on the previous story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/ 1/hi/technology/7920067.stm

(via Mike Barraclough, radioanoraksuk)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Tues March 3

3900: Radio Skyline heard @ 1925 with oldies. Good signal. Also heard @ 2011 with report to Boomerang. SINPO 44433.

3900: Radio Boomerang with a strong signal @ 2000 giving report to Radio Noorderlicht. SINPO 54444.

3903: Voice of the Netherlands with a very short report @ 2021. SINPO 44433.

6240: Misti Radio
playing Meat Loaf @ 0935, occasional utility QRM. SINPO 33433.

Police track rise of pirate radio

Pirate radio stations are booming across the UK, but so are police efforts to catch the perpetrators.

Some 707 stations were raided in 2007, with 881 targeted in 2008, and police say they have a 100% conviction rate.

Read the full story at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/ 1/hi/uk/7920241.stm

(via Mike Terry, radioanoraksuk)

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Another Boat That Rocked Trailer

A second trailer has been released for the forthcoming film The Boat That Rocked. See it on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb0LX7BrbBQ

Here are the release dates:
UK 3 April 2009
; Australia 9 April 2009; Germany 16 April 2009; Netherlands 16 April 2009; Austria 17 April 2009; Denmark 17 April 2009; Finland 17 April 2009; Norway 17 April 2009; Sweden 17 April 2009; Belgium 22 April 2009; France 22 April 2009; Russia 30 April 2009; Argentina 28 May 2009; Brazil 29 May 2009; Spain 29 May 2009; Turkey 19 June 2009

Also Known As: Merirosvoradio Finland; Radio Encubierta Spain; Radio Rock Revolution Austria (dubbed version)


Described as "A period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960s."

(via Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)

No release date for the USA and Canada yet, but I'm sure it will follow.

Sun Mar 1

3900: Radio Fox 48 playing techno @ 1755. Just audible under the noise. SINPO 24232.

3901: Bluestar Radio
with schlager @ 1715. SINPO 34333.

3930: Lady Continental and Bluestar Radio with schlager @ 2130, woman talking in Dutch. Good signal. SINPO 44333.

5800: Orion Radio
heard @ 0845 with "The Voice" by John Farnham. Good signal. SINPO 44444.

5800: Shortwave Cowboys after Orion signed off with ID @ 0955 and playing Nena. SINPO 34333.

5815: Radio PCN playing Boney M @ 1305. SINPO 34333.

6140: MV Baltic Radio via Wertachtal signing on and playing rock music. SINPO 54444.

6205: Radio Paardenkracht playing the Rolling Stones @ 0850. SINPO 34433.

6220: Mystery Radio with pop @ 0855. SINPO 44444.

6220: Radio Marabu via Mystery Radio with Louis Armstrong @ 0950. SINPO 34433.

6240: Misti Radio with oldies @ 0900, some utility QRM. SINPO 23432.

6250: Delta Radio playing the Bangles @ 0915, co-channel utility QRM. SINPO 33433.

6265: Antonio Radio with 60s music @ 0905. SINPO 44433.

6282: Radio Borderhunter with a long summer meeting promo @ 1010, strong signal. SINPO 54444.

6285: Radio Scotland heard playing instrumental music @ 1210, jingle ID and off at 1225. SINPO 44444.

6291: Radio Cochiguaz moved from 6308, heard @ 1015 with IDs in Spanish, pan pipe music, utility QRM and some splash from Borderhunter. Fair peaks but deep fades. SINPO 23432.

6297: Delta Radio heard playing rock @ 1420. Fair-good signal but deep fades. SINPO 33433.

6300: Unid station heard @ 1030 with pop. Moved to 6295 @ 1035. SINPO 54444. Possibly Boomerang.

6300: Radio Merlin faded in @ 1140, playing The Ruts "Babylon Burning." SINPO 44433.

6308: Radio Cochiguaz heard briefly @ 0910 with ID by woman in Spanish and South American music. Faded down again. SINPO 24332. Probably via relay in Europe.

6310: Radio Condor playing dance music @ 1055, god signal but co-channel QRM from weaker station. SINPO 43443.

6310: Delta Lima Radio (tent) playing non-stop oldies @ 1135. SINPO 34333. Condor signed off.

6310: Radio Malaisy with dance music, splash from 6313. SINPO 43433.

6314: Radio Alice heard @ 1410 playing French polka, heard @ 1430 on 6313. Strong signal. SINPO 54444.

6370: Unid station with polka @ 1440, underneath strong utility. SINPO 23432. Maybe Brigitte?

6425: Free Radio Victoria playing oldies, including "Pretty Flamingo" @ 0940. SINPO 34333. ID heard @ 1030, greeting Jaroslav, utility QRM at this time. SINPO 33333.

6880: Radio Playback International's signal struggling @ 1730. Heard with weak signal, playing oldies, PBI jingles. SINPO 23332.