Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pirate radio recordings


Radio Igloo via Dutch medium wave pirate relay
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Radio Saturnus
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Radio Sovereign
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Panda Radio
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Radio Discovery
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Radio Pamela
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tues Jan 15

1625 2008 Radio Marianne. ID, greetings to other Dutch stations, Dutch music. SINPO 44444.
1636 2014 Radio Digital. Blue Oyster Cult "Don't Fear the Reaper," U2 "In the Name of Love." SINPO 43433.
1636 2047 Radio Alabama. Report to Digital, Kim Wilde "Kids in America." SINPO 44444.
1650 2055 Radio Yogi Bear & Dr Einstein. The Shadows, chat, "Islands in the Stream," greetings. SINPO 34333.
5140 2040 Charleston Radio Int. Old-time music. SINPO 34333.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mon Jan 14

3935 2120 Radio Revox. Instrumental music, jingle ID. SINPO 34333.
5135 1755 Charleston Radio Int. ID on loop tape, moved to avoid utility on 5140. SINPO 33333.
5850 1603 Zenith Classic Rock. Moody Blues song, signal fading out. SINPO 23332.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Trans Universe, Zwarte Non & Premier Radio eQSLs






A new year and the arrival of eQSLs from Dutch pirates Radio Trans Universe and Radio Zwarte Non plus long-running Irish station Premier Radio Int. Many thanks.



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sun Jan 13

1620 2112 Radio Barones. Simon & Garfunkel "The Boxer," Survivor "Eye of the Tiger." SINPO 44444.
4775 1500 Radio 319. ID, archive recordings of RTL Radio in German. SINPO 34333.
5140 1505 Charleston Radio Int. Old-time music. SINPO 34333.
5850 1015 Zenith Classic Rock. Rock music. SINPO 45444.
5900 0940 Radio 319. Old recordings of Radio Luxembourg's English service. SINPO 45433.
6205 1035 Laser Hot Hits. Yardbirds "Shapes of Things." SINPO 55544.
6210 0946 Radio King Shortwave. "From the Cradle to the Grave," jingles, splash from 6205. SINPO 33433.
6270 1027 Premier Radio Int. ID, greetings, Mike & The Mechanics "Looking Back Over My Shoulder," Yes "Owner of A Lonely Heart." SINPO 45433.
6290 1007 Radio Zwarte Non. Golden Earring "Radar Love," ID. SINPO 24332.
6385 1433 Radio Lowland. Bronski Beat "Smalltown Boy," Creedence Clearwater Revival "Bad Moon Rising." SINPO 34333.
6450 0954 Radio Readymix. Heavy rock, usual co-channel utility. SINPO 43433.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Sat Jan 12

1611 1918 Radio Nordster. Polka, QSO. SINPO 54444.
1620 1858 Radio Sapporo. Dutch music, ID, chat in Dutch. SINPO 44433.
1621 1908 Radio Turftrekker. QSO with Sapporo. SINPO 54444.
1647 1926 Radio Keizer & Keizerin. Pan pipe music, talk in Dutch. SINPO 44433.
1670 1845 Radio Melkbus. Polka. SINPO 34333.
5140 1836 Charleston Radio Int. Old-time music. SINPO 34333.
5800 1524 Energy Power AM. Exile "Kiss You All Over," relay of Dublin station. SINPO 54444.
5850 1342 Zenith Classic Rock. Pink Floyd "Have A Cigar," SINPO 44433.
6205 1337 Laser Hot Hits. The Associates "Party Fears Two." SINPO 54444.
6256 1452 Radio Zwarte Panter. Dutch music, greetings. SINPO 54444.
6285 1349 Unid. German programme, mention Radio Caroline, Caroline Pop Party, 60s music. SINPO 34333.
6285 1458 Radio Melkbus. "Sweets for My Sweet," "Surfing USA," ID, greetings, said using just 5 watts. SINPO 34333.
6318 1442 Radio Sovereign. "I Was Made for Loving You," "Instant Reply," SINPO 54444.
7726 1828 Radio Zeppelin (pres). Shocking Blue "Venus," SINPO 23332.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Friday, January 11, 2019

Fri Jan 11

5140 2015 Charleston Radio Int. Old-time music. SINPO 44333.
5850 1743 Zenith Classic Rock. Rush "Close to the Heat," SINPO 23432.
6205 1738 Laser Hot Hits. Marshmello & Bastille "Happier," SINPO 34333.
6285 1803 Unid. Sixties music, German accented DJ mentioning Radio Caroline. SINPO 23432.
6318 1729 Radio Sovereign. Barry Ryan "Eloise," Ultravox "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes." SINPO 34333.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thurs Jan 10

1611 1945 Radio Zwarte Boer. "Real Good Feeling," Dutch song, splash from 1602. SINPO 23332.
1655 1952 Radio Meteoor. Polka, QSO. SINPO 34333.
1655 1956 Radio Zeepiraat. QSO with Meteoor. SINPO 34333.
5140 2055 Charleston Radio Int. Music from 1920s to 40s. SINPO 34333.

(via Kiwi SDR, Stibbington) 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Wed Jan 9

1625 1948 Radio B4. Greetings to Ros AM, "Red Balloon," Dutch song. SINPO 34333.
5140 1848 Charleston Radio Int. Old time music. SINPO 24332.
5850 1838 Zenith Classic Rock. Vangelis "Dervish D," Byrds "Chestnut Mare," fade out 1852. SINPO 55444.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Tues Jan 8

1642 1719 Radio Digital. Sixties music, including "Venus," "Blue Suede Shoes." SINPO 35333.
5825 1707 Zenith Classic Rock. Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here," Asia "Sole Survivor." SINPO 44433.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Monday, January 07, 2019

Mon Jan 7

1624.5 2112 Radio Bluebird. Plastic Bertrand "Ca Plane Pour Moi," chat in Dutch. SINPO 54444.
1645 2100 Radio Old Timer. Dutch songs. SINPO 44433.
5140 2118 Charleston Radio Int. Old-time music. SINPO 34333.

(via Kiwi SDR, Stibbington)

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Nearly 200 shortwave pirates heard in 2018

I've been through my logs for the past 12 months to see just how European shortwave pirates have been active, and the grand total is 179.

There will be some stations on air in 2018, but I haven't logged them while some pirate operators use more than one station name, so the final figure is a rough guide. Some stations may have only appeared once or twice on shortwave during 2018 while others are regular visitors to the bands.

Types of stations
I've split them into four types:
1. The sole operator. He will most likely broadcast from home, have no fixed schedule, just come on for an hour or so, play some music, chat a bit and sign off.
2. The non-stop music station. There have been a few of these who will play continuous music interspersed by ID jingles but no DJ.
3. The radio station. Some stations will have several DJs who will produce shows to be aired by the station which will normally broadcast from a remote location or via a relay, such as Laser Hot Hits, Focus International or FRS Holland. There are not many of this type of pirate stations still around.
4. The relayed station. Some licensed or internet stations get relayed on shortwave, such as Coast FM, Zenith Classic Rock or Charity Radio. Most of these relays originate from Ireland. I've not included these in my final total.

Locations
No prizes for guessing the country with the most shortwave pirates is The Netherlands. This is followed by the unknown locations (mainly the non-stop music stations),  then Germany, UK, Ireland and Italy followed by several other European countries with just one or two SW pirates.
1. The Netherlands (99)
2. Unknown (31)
3. Germany (13)
4. United Kingdom (10)
5. Ireland (9)
6. Italy (8)
7. Ukraine (2)
8. Belgium, France, Hungary, Finland, Greece, Czech Republic, Portugal, Norway (1 each)

I've created a separate page for the list of stations heard in 2018, from Radio AC DC to Zwarte Panter. To see the list click HERE.

Some pirates have been heard on both shortwave and medium wave. The MW Free Radio blog has done a similar exercise and counted up the number of Dutch medium wave pirates he heard in 2018. To see his list go to https://mwfreeradio.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-class-of-2018.html

So despite the challenges of broadcasting on shortwave - bad propagation and interference from other broadcast stations or utilities - the scene certainly remains active. So let's see what 2019 will bring.

Sun Jan 6

3935 1241 Radio Rainbow Int. Phil Collins "Sussudio." SINPO 35333.
5771 1009 Radio Pamela. Nazareth "Bad Bad Boys," ID, then Japanese rock. SINPO 35333.
6120 1022 Radio Scotland Int. German techno. SINPO 55544.
6175 1230 Radio Dr Tim. U2 "New Year's Day," schlager, some splash from 6180. SINPO 33433.
6205 1035 Laser Hot Hits. Thirty Seconds to Mars "Walk on Water," SINPO 55444.
6210 0953 Radio King Shortwave. Flash & The Pan "Down Among the Dead Men," SINPO 33433.
6230 1526 Shortwave Radio 00. Coldplay, ID/email address. SINPO 33333.
6270 0939 Premier Radio Int. Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin," greetings. SINPO 34333.
6270 1536 Radio Blue Bandit (tent). Pop & rock. SINPO 24332.
6285 0944 Radio Ronalisa. U2 "Without or Without You," Beatles "Let It Be." SINPO 34333.
6287 1531 Radio Fox 48. Dance music. SINPO 23332.
6295 1043 Radio Northpole. "Jolene" in Dutch. SINPO 44433.
6305 1015 Radio Merlin Int. Procul Harem "Whiter Shade of Pale," SINPO 54444.
6325 1503 Radio Joey. Dead or Alive "You Spin Me Round," The Clash "The Magnificent Seven." SINPO 44433.
6380 1439 Radio Blauwe Panter. "Man of Action," country music, ID and off at 1457. SINPO 44433.
6450 0959 Radio Readymix. Heavy rock. SINPO 43433.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Sat Jan 5

1615 2030 Radio Barones. Shocking Blue "Never Marry A Railroad Man," Status Quo "What You're Proposing." SINPO 54444.
1623 2042 Radio Uniek. Jingle ID, Dutch pop. SINPO 44433.
1629 2020 Radio Twentana. Dutch songs, greetings. SINPO 44433.
1655 2106 Radio Speedy Gonzales & Mexicano. Rock n roll. SINPO 54444.
5140 2015 Charleston Radio Int. Old-time music. SINPO 34333.
5825 1355 Radio Oz Viola. Instrumental music, IDs on the hour. SINPO 34333.
6205 1350 Laser Hot Hits. Rod Stewart "Maggie May," Steve Arrington "Feel So Real." SINPO 55544.
6270 1333 Radio Altrex. Foreigner "I Want to Know What Love Is," ID. SINPO 34333.
6281 1336 Flashback Music Radio. IDs, email address and off. SINPO 34333.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Friday, January 04, 2019

Fri Jan 4

1611 1925 Radio Test Piraat. Dutch version of "Sound of Silence." SINPO 33333.
1620 1909 Radio Zwarte Boer. Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing," Dutch song. SINPO 34433.
3935 2310 Radio Rainbow Int. "Singing the Blues," ID, greetings, rock n roll, splash from 3930. SINPO 23332.
5140 1935 Charleston Radio Int. Old-time music, better signal tonight. SINPO 44333.
7726 1930 Zeppelin Radio (pres). Big band music. SINPO 33333.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Thurs Jan 3

1647 2146 Radio Armada. Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing," SINPO 44433.
5140 1835 Charleston Radio Int. Old-time music. SINPO 24332.
6205 1813 Laser Hot Hits. Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe," Kiki Dee Band "I've Got The Music in Me." SINPO 34333.
6375 1819 Radio Discovery. Stranglers "Nice N Sleezy," Kenny "Fancy Pants," ID jingles. SINPO 34333.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Wed Jan 2

3920 1531 Misti Radio. Move from 6290. Schlager, off 1547. SINPO 34333.
6205 1525 Laser Hot Hits. Sweet Sensation "Sad Sweet Dreamer." SINPO 54444.
6290 1519 Misti Radio. IDs, schlager, off 1525. SINPO 44333.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England)

Radio Delta eQSL



Radio Delta sent me this PDF eQSL for reception on New Year's Eve .... many thanks!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Tues Jan 1

Happy New Year!

3900 2305 Sluwe Vos Radio. Bacarra "Yes Sir I Can Boogie," greetings,  talking in English & Russian, Tubeway Army "Are Friends Electric," strong signal. SINPO 54444.
5810 1035 Charity Radio via relay. ID, Bryan Adams "Straight From the Heart." SINPO 55444.
5810 1317 Energy AM Dublin via relay. Now relaying Energy. Journey "Don't Stop Believing."  DJ giving out FM & AM frequencies (including shortwave), Men At Work "Down Under." Very  weak on parallel 7705. SINPO 55544.
5940 1140 Radio Pamela. Alvin Stardust "Jealous Mind." SINPO 24332.
5970 1302 Studio 52 via Nauen. German pop, live show with greetings to listeners. SINPO 55544.
6190 1027 Radio Technical Man. German pop. SINPO 55544.
*6205 1130 Laser Hot Hits. Huey Lewis & The News "Stuck With You," SINPO 44433.
6265 1043 Clinic Radio. Polka. SINPO 24332.
6290 1334 Panda Radio. Peppers "Pepper Box," greetings. SINPO 34333.
6305 1038 Radio Merlin Int. Deep Blue Something "Breakfast At Tiffanys." SINPO 34333.
6420 1047 Radio 102. Jim Gilstrap "Swing Your Daddy." SINPO 24332.
6915 1022 Premier Radio Int. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons "My Eyes Adored You," greetings. SINPO 34333.
7705 1143 Charity Radio via relay. Rod Stewart "Do You Think I'm Sexy." Also on 5810. SINPO 25332.

(via Kiwi SDR, SW England/ *Barneys web SDR)