Saturday, October 1, 2016

Weekend Loggings 10/1-10/3/2016

It's gotten cold and rainy, the days are suddenly short. Guess it's time to be at the radio.

Radio Azteca: 6925, 10/1, 2050+ Nice signal with an old program from Bram Stoker. Good stuff. I listened to this while trying to clean up the disaster that is my radio room. I wound up assessing some things that I need to do rather than making any real progress, but at least the Azteca show was fun.

Unid relay station: 5150, 10/1, 2050+ Relaying Radio Azteca in // with the 6925-kHz transmitter, then switched to music for a while. Later on, it seemed to be playing audio from the old horror movie The Manipulator, with Mickey Rooney as a crazed kidnapping director. Seemed to go off a little after 2300. But it's back with Radio Illuminati relay: Night Ranger "When You Close Your Eyes" and '70s pop music

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Global HF weekend: Nov. 4-5

I mentioned the Global HF Pirate weekend in my last post on here. I also wrote about the event in much greater detail in the October issue of The Spectrum Monitor. This event was run a few years ago, with the concept of friendship and cooperation among stations and listeners from around the world. Successful tests would give the stations new listeners in different parts of the world and listeners the chance to hear new stations.

November 5-6, 2016
General frequency ranges:
  • 15010-15100 kHz
  • 21455-21550 kHz

Basic schedule:
  1. European morning, 0800-1200 UTC from Europe to Asia/Japan/Oceania.
  2. European afternoon, 1200-1600 UTC from Europe to North American and vice versa.
  3. European night, 2200-2400 UTC from North America to Asia/Oceania.

Of course, these are general frequency ranges where pirates have broadcast during prior Global HF Pirate weekends. Some stations will surely operate on frequencies and times outside of these ranges. These will be updated on HF Underground and on the Hobby Broadcasting blog as it happens.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

European Pirates, PRA, and the Global HF Pirate Weekend

I've been working on station lists for the 2017 Pirate Radio Annual (which I hope I can finish in 2017 so that it doesn't become the 2017-18 PRA).

I just finished the stations that I have for Europe thus far, through the first eight months, but there's still more than four months left in the year. As you might know, I tally up the stations that are heard in North America and more than just along the East Coast. So, some of the serious pirate DXers might log stations in New Hampshire or Newfoundland, for example, but I don't include them in the book because listeners in the majority of the country can't hear the stations. But if a pirate is reported somewhere like Chicago, bingo, they're in the book. Also, I've had a few stations in the past who were reported with good signals in, like, 8-10 coastal states. I've been willing to add these because I assume that the signal would make it further inland to a place like Ohio, for example.

That said, here are the stations that I have for the 2017 PRA:

Radio Black Arrow
Blue Dragon AM
Borderhunter Radio
Coast FM/Energy FM
Cupid Radio
IBC Radio
Johnny Tobacco
Mike Radio
Mustang Radio
Sluwe Vos Radio

Technical Man

A few pirates from both sides of the Atlantic wrote to me about the possibility of another Global Pirate Weekend. I asked the organizer of the former weekends, Harri Kujala if he'd consider organizing more weekends so that I could pass along information to interested listeners. I didn't hear back from him (and I hope all is well), so interested stations moved ahead with plans.

I'll post more information on this blog later (maybe later this week), but for now, listeners might want to be by the receivers on November 5-6, 2016.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

International shipping costs for Pirate Radio Annual

Sorry, I've been slow with posting info about international shipping. I've been disappointed with the dramatic increase in costs.

My apologies for our postal system, but they keep jacking up our international rates. Now it's up to $15.50 to ship to Canada and $22.50 to send to Europe! I'm charging $14 to Canada & $21 to Europe to try to save everyone a little bit of money.

Also, it's the same price to send 2 copies, so if you have a friend, you could go together, buy a couple of copies and save $7 (in Canada) or $10.50 per copy (in Europe)

It's absurd that it costs more than 5X the price to send a copy to Canada than to Hawaii or Alaska. 

So here are the prices:

One copy to Canada: $16 + 14 = $30

Two copies to Canada: $32 + 14 = $46

One copy to Europe: $16 + 21 = $37

Two copies to Europe: $32 + 21 = $53

You can either send the payment via check or MO to:

Cabinet Communications

POB 109
BRS, PA 17214

or make a PayPal payment to info /@/ hobbybroadcasting dot com (take out the spaces & slashes).

Friday, July 1, 2016

Weekend Logs, 7/1/16-7/3/16

Hey, I finally heard something on my own receiver . . . but keeping in with the theme of the week it's via Europe.

Coast FM (relay): 6205, 7/2, 0217+ Just tuned across 48 meters and this signal is much better than Focus. Decent audio levels & enough carrier strength to flatten some of the many t-storm crashes. The signal isn't airchair level, but I should be able to get some details and I think it's actually more copyable than when I was listening to it on via Twente at 1845.

Focus International: 6285, 7/2, 0100+ I could clearly hear the announcer and piano music. Lots of t-storm crashes. I'm hoping to go over the recording later and hopefully get enough details out of it to send a reception report. Pretty cool to have listened to this off'n'on all day on the computer, then to have a chance to hear it directly.

Europe via Twente
Mike Radio: 5895, 7/1, 1938+ Said testing and talking about the mixer & other equipment. Talk in a mixture of Dutch and English. New microphones! A number of live IDs. Nena "99 Luftballoons" (German version), Men at Work "Land Down Under," Greetings to Artem in Moscow

Coast FM: 6205, 7/1, 1845+ Fair signal with pop dance music, but hammered by utility QRM. A few min. later, hit with too much splatter from 6210 to copy anything. ID per the UKDxer blog.

6210, 7/1, 1836+ Golden Earring "Twilight Zone" Started really strong, but soon had deep fades (carrier disappearing). Very wide signal with nice audio. Started coming back well around 1900. Can't remember a couple of the song titles, but I got Phil Collins "Sussudio," Joe Cocker "With a Little Help from My Friends"

6240, 7/1, 1911+ Dance music--older techno. Heard a few of such songs, then Manhattan Transfer "Boy from New York City," The American Breed "Bend Me Shape Me," Lynn Anderson "Rose Garden," The Association "Cherish," Mary Mopkin "Those Were the Days" starting at 2000. No talk heard

Hit Mix Radio: 6257, 7/1, 1932+ Elvis "Blue Suede Shoes" clear ID in Dutch, Beach Boys, "Shake, Rattle, & Roll," Bobby Darin "Queen of the Hop"

Focus International: 6285, 7/1, 1523+ Song, poss by REM, Jesus & the Mary Chain, Guess Who "American Woman" Sharon Tandy "Hold On," Danny & the Juniors "At the Hop," Kim Carnes "Betty Davis Eyes" Male DJ with UK accent announcing phone number & e-mail address, drinking & driving PSA, "Focus International on the 48 meter band," one promo said "DJ Richard Gray" ? Very professional sound, with a selection of oldies mostly not heard on U.S. licensed oldies stations, with most songs from about 1958 to 1970, but some occasional '80s or '90s songs.

6305, 7/1, 1523-1524* Strong carrier but weak modulation.

6320, 7/1, 1913+ By 1928, faded to the point that no audio was audible, but I could still see the carrier

Radio Python: 6375, 7/1, 2030+ Modern rock. Several IDs "and I'm about to sneeze" "6-3-7-5 kilohertz." Perfect signal, Judas Priest "Breakin' the Law," "Fly on the Wings Above"

Blue Panter: 6390, 7/1, 1930+ Carrier with bits of audio. ID per Iann's Chat.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

More European pirate loggings via Twente: 6/30/16

Another night & I didn't hear any pirates on the receiver, but I heard a few stations on the computer via Twente. One positive was fixing the antenna mast, which had broken in two places and was hanging at half mast (literally).

Oh, tomorrow is Canada Day. Some Canadian pirates in the past have made special broadcasts for the holiday, so maybe we'll have something to listen to.

1635, 6/30, 1800-1806* Dutch folk music. One song sung by woman about "Santo Domingo." Two announcements in Dutch by male announcer.

1640, 6/30, 1806+ Noticed this one after 1635 signed off. Male announcer into light music. Weak signal, much weaker than most MW stations on the Twente receiver.

A-ha, 1635 came back on after 1640 signed off, so these two are evidently in QSO. The QSO ended around 1825.

6255.5, 6/30, 1927+ Old pop & country music Don Williams "You're My Best Friend," Freddie Fender "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," Sam Sham "Wooly Bully," Barry Sadler "Ballad of the Green Berets" Came back to the computer & heard Sonny & Cher "Little Man" and The Drifters "Saturday Night at the Movies" Per UKDxer, this is Radio Free Victoria

6369, 6/30, 1845+ Sounds like Dutch folk music & polkas. Fair/good to start but really faded within a few min. "Beer Barrel Polka" song in Dutch at 1850. Barely audible by 1855.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

European Pirate Logs via Twente: 6/29/16

Well, I had hoped to start logging North American pirates in the blog again, but I haven't heard any over the past few days. But at least I have a few more loggings from the Twente web receiver:

unid: 1640, 6/29, 1602-1604* Instrumental song & off with no talk.

Radio Merlin International: 6280, 6/29, 1833+ New wavish music. Started good, but fading out. ID per Iann's chat

Hit Mix Radio: 6285, 6/29, 1719+ Sounded like shoutouts in Dutch over an instrumental polka at 1722. Telephonic-sounding canned ID at 1730. At 1731, I think DJ said "Hit Mix Radio live 6-2-8-5!" Off by 1830 check

6320, 6/29, 1833 Lots of polkas

Marconi Radio International: 7700U, 6/29, 2001+ music, sign on announcement with IDs and talk in a few different languages. Star Wars theme. E-mail address as DJ came on in English with talk about the upcoming show. I think he said the show was via IBC? Hi to a number of listeners including David Baroni & a few from Japan. Into a shortwave DX information program at 2006. MRI reminds me a lot of some of the smaller SWBC stations from a few decades ago that would combine news, DX, and something cultural almost seamlessly into a 30-min. program. Hope MRI shifts the times occasionally so that we can hear it in North America directly.