Monday, June 20, 2016

Now Taking Orders for 2015-2016 Pirate Radio Annual

The 2015-16 Pirate Radio Annual is now nearly finished and I'm taking advance orders for copies of the book. I've had the CD ready for a while now (although I need to start burning copies). I started laying out the PRA about a month ago, then realized last week that my column margins were too narrow, so I re-set it. Just finished the cover tonight and the files are going to the printer tomorrow. From there, the finished books should be ready in 4-6 weeks.

In case you are wondering what the Pirate Radio Annual is, it's a paperback book with an 5.5" x 8.5" trim size. This is the 6th edition. Each are divided into two parts: the first is pirate radio "articles" and the second part of the book is a listing of entries on North American shortwave pirate stations that were reported in the past year (and also European pirates that were reported in a large portion of North America). The book contains images from dozens of stations + contact information, URLs of websites, etc. Because this year's edition is running long, I cut back on the "articles" in this year's edition . . . WGM: World's Greatest Mistake and the updates for next two Global HF Pirate weekends.

This year's edition is 230 pages (34 pages longer than the last edition) and contains an audio CD-R with sample tracks of audio from pirates from the past year. 92 different stations (up 20 from last year) are represented on the CD....although the recording is on a CD-R, it is an audio CD that can be played in standard CD players, computers, etc. BTW, after creating hundreds of these CDs, I heard from one reader that the CD wouldn't fit properly in his slot-loading Mac computer. If you want to use it in one of these computers or device with a narrow slot, let me know and I can send your CD without a label.

If you want an advance copy, the price until August 7 is $16 + $3 shipping ($19) to the United States. I'm not yet sure if the extra 34 pages will affect the shipping cost to the rest of the world. I should probably wait until the copies arrive so that I can check the shipping cost/weight to Europe/Australia/Canada/etc., rather than guessing and posting an amount that's totally inaccurate, so I appreciate your patience while I get it figured out.

Also, I found a less-expensive printer for this edition. When I was offering advance copies at the Winterfest, I thought it'd be more expensive than it wound up being. So, if you advance ordered at the Winterfest, I'll be returning $1 with your copy.

You can either send a check or money order in US funds to:

Cabinet Communications
PO Box 109
Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214

 or  you can send the $ via PayPal to info /at/


  1. hallo,
    Iam living in Thailand , do you think i can use the book here?To hear pirate stations?

  2. hi Andrew when comes the book out?

    regards Herman

  3. Hi Unknown, Thanks for the Q. I'm sure that a few of these pirates can be heard in Thailand with a good receiver in quiet (not much electrical noise) locations with a good antenna. If this is the case and you do a lot of serious DXing, then this book will be helpful. But if you're a casual shortwave listener, it probably won't. A good place to start checking for information on shortwave pirates is In past years, we've had some shortwave pirates on from New Zealand that would be audible in Thailand, but these stations haven't been active in the past year. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi Herman, it's out now & I plan to post about it later tonight. Thanks!

  5. Hey Andrew? I think that it's high time for ya to again get some damn good exposer for your new directory. It's now been about 15 years since the Art Bell interview from 9/10/2001. Awh yeah, I plan to get the new directory, when I'm not so broke. Ah, tis the 21st Century. Tha Dood