Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas 2021!

Merry Christmas!

Pirate Radio Boston: 6872.6, 1250+ Tuned in to dead carrier around 1250 or so. Charlie & Mr. X reading listener letters, including one from Jerry Coatsworth. Announcing the old Stoneham, MA, address. All reggae Christmas music. Great to hear C & Mr. X again--even if it is an old show

4185U, 0323+ Good signal initially. Lots of newer metal, including at least one Christmas song. I assume this was Sycko, but I didn't hear an ID while I was listening

Europe

Radio Casanovas: 6135, 0955 It was very strong on the Twente receiver, but only a carrier was audible at my location

Premier Radio International: 6275, 0940-1000+ Some audio making it across. I think I was hearing Christmas music & some talk. I'll have to listen to my recordings a bit more closely


Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas eve, 12/24/21

Merry Christmas eve!

I didn't quite have the spring in my step last night to get off the couch and hear the Voice of Laryngitis relay. Likewise, I slept for a few hours on the couch today & missed a few things. But I'm managing to listen a little:

Logs

6975, 1739+ Tuned in during an extended dub mix reggae song. Good signal, blues song "Merry Christmas, Baby" Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World" at 2013, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," "Christmas Bells are Ringing"

Radio Free Whatever: 6955U, 2000 Dick Weed talking issues with feeding exciters to amps, MixLR app, simulcasting internet & SW. Said he'll be back later


Logs via the Twente web receiver

XTC: 6298.16, 1257-1328* '80s pop & off after a pop Christmas song. Someone else came back on the frequency, then XTC came back with IDs

Radio Ronalisa?: 6285, 1345+ Dutch talk & music, weak & fading out. Not sure if this was still Ronalisa, but saw the station was here earlier


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Christmas week lead-off, 12/22/2021

It's been far, far too long since I've added any blog entries, whether for pirate-listening entries, restoration projects or anything else. At this point, who knows if anyone other than some spammers will see this post!

I planned to post last week, but it was the beginning of me catching COVID. I decided against posting then because it seems that many people search out those online who have it, whether to prove to everyone that COVID is life-threatening . . . or that it doesn't really exist. My personal experience is that it definitely kept me on the couch and unwilling to get up to check the radio for the past week. I hope to soon recover the bounce in my step that enables me to get back to my upstairs radio room within minutes of a station signing on.

Over the past year or two, I've picked up an AOR 7030 and had a couple of radios restored, picked up a few more radio projects, and set up a horizontal loop antenna with one of Black Cat Labs matching transformers at the heart. I've also heard a lot of pirate radio through the course of it all.

Europe via Twente Web Receiver

1611, 1910+ Steely Dan "Do It Again" "More muuuuuusic" promo, Bob Dylan "Like a Rolling Stone" live, "Remember these golden classics" promo, Supertramp "Dreamer," promo about "loving awareness"--I think this was the Radio Caroline concept?, The Who "Won't Get Fooled Again"

1665, 2123+ Schlager. VG signal. Kind of sounded like an ID of Radio Polka Boys at 2126 UTC, but my Dutch is terrible. DJ then said "this is Queen album" . . . but then into more polka, so I guess I got that one wrong, too

Indy Radio: 6930.9, 0003+ Fair signal with what sounds like electric fence interference (pop-pop-pop-pop . . .). Light pop music that I'm not identifying. Haven't heard this one on my home receiver yet



Monday, November 16, 2020

A few logs: 11/16/20

 Well, 2020's been bad for my blogging.


Europe via Twente, Netherlands web receiver

1620 kHz, 1825+ Schlager, VG signal, some splatter from 1627. Male announcer

1627 kHz, 1828+ '60s Dutch pop with male announcer. VG signal

Columbia: 1632 kHz, 2025-2028* Male announcer in Dutch, shoutouts, then "David, this is especially for you" 

1636 kHz, 1810+ Perfect signal with AC/DC "Highway to Hell," The Police "Walking on the Moon," announcer talking in Dutch. Thought I heard mention of "harmonica" a couple of times and wondered if that might be the ID, but I couldn't find it on the UKDXer list, so that must not be correct

1646 kHz, 1829+ Instrumental beer hall schlager, VG signal

1646 kHz, 2035+ Male announcer talking & mentioned Columbia. Think maybe he mentioned "Radio Digital," which is Dutch MW pirate. Schlager music




Sunday, April 5, 2020

Global HF Weekend: Sunday 4/5/20

Wow, it was a great night for listening to pirates in North America! Stations with long programs and coast-to-coast signals included Skippy Radio, Radio Free Whatever, Wolverine Radio, WBLU, Virus-19 Radio, and X-FM (via Mix Radio International and Radio Illuminati).

Some of the other stations with shorter programs or more regional signals included Yeah Man Radio, Sycko Radio, WTF Radio, and Ion Radio.










We'll see what's in store for today. If I get a chance, maybe I'll even write a few reception reports. Regardless, I'll try to update the blog a bit through the day.


Logs
Strawberry Lemonade Radio: 6950U, 1410+ Weak signal. Station playing rock with extended jams. I don't yet have this quite tuned in. I missed the ID, but this is it per HFU logs

Strawberry Lemonade Radio: 6950U, 1550+ Speed metal. Better signal for me than earlier. Clear ID at end "We might be back later  . . . or we might die"

Radio Ga-Ga: 6925U, 1608+ Pretty weak with music

Mix Radio International: 4960U, 2138+ A variety of music that I don't know. Pretty good signal. Wonder if it's Mix Radio International, which hasn't aired any of its own programming this weekend. Heard a programming ID for "____ dot com" At 2155, I thought announcer said "Chillout Radio." Licensed-sounding ID, so I wonder if it's a satellite radio channel or something. Radio 48 ID at 2200

Virus-19: 6936U, 2204+ Very strong signal again. Said coming from an undisclosed location off the Carolina coast. Thomas Dolby "She Blinded Me with Science"

Captain Morgan Shortwave: 6924.2, 0006+ Great signal with blues. Lotsa Twilight Zone musical theme segments with IDs

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Global HF Weekend, Saturday Night, 4/5 UTC

Sorry that I missed out on so much activity! I had to be away from the radio, but there's been a ton of activity. Nice to see so much activity later in the evening that the West Coast listeners can enjoy. I don't know the last time four North American shortwave pirates were broadcasting at the same time in the 0200-0300 UTC block. Maybe a few Halloweens ago?

Logs 
Skippy Radio: 6955U, 0225+ The Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place. Excellent signal, Billy Idol "Eyes without a Face," SSTV, into live blues, lots more SSTV images, Drowning Pool "Bodies," Arlo Guthrie "Alice's Restaurant" cut off, then J. Geils "Insane, Insane Again" and "Rage in the Cage"

WBLU (tent.): 6930U, 0225+ Saw the logs on HFU & tried to tune it in. It sounds like something is still here

Radio Free Whatever: 4195U, 0225-0245* Nice signal. DJ Dick Weed talking about Covid-19 and how he stopped smoking. Alternative rock. Said that he should be signing off now because the signal is probably skipping out to Antarctica & nowhere else. Lots of C-19 talk & sign off with "Do whatever in the confines of your own home."

Sycko Radio: 4165U, 0247+ Pretty good signal. Some kinda weird music. Laughing about being considered "essential"


Global HF Weekend continues: 4/4/20

Listening last night was a lot of fun and plenty of stations were on in North America. It was nice to see so many stations on later in the evening.

I tuned through 48 meters at least once, but didn't hear any carriers for European pirates. Not sure if Laser Hot Hits signed off earlier or if its signal just wasn't propagating here at all.

Anyway, this is the new page for today. As always, if you're an operator and you want to send your schedule for any time during the weekend, e-mail it to me at info /at/ hobbybroadcasting.com and I'll post it without your station name. Or you could post in the comments

On the Shortwave DX blog, Radio Merlin posted:
Line up for the weekend on radio merlin
Saturday 9:00 paul Watt 30th Birthday show
12:00 Steve Most (radio pamala)
14:00 Mike Person(rock n roll)
15:00 Mike collier (country)
Sunday 9:00 Paul Watt
10:00 Steve most on 6305 khz and 7505 khz
12:00 Mike Preston (rock n roll)
13:00 Mike Collier (country)

Cool AM also posted:
Radio Merlin International's 30th Birthday!!!

Radio Merlin is on 6305khz/AM and on our online streams
https://radiomerlin.radio12345.com and https://merlininternational.radio12345.com
Listen --> http://www.coolam.nl/merlin30.mp3

You can give Radio Merlin a "Shoutout" http://freeuk19.listen2myradio.com/chat/frame.php?frameid=2815834

6305 won't propagate to North America at those times, but at least you can check online receivers or listen on their streams.

Logs via my home receiver
unid: 6970, 1601-1604* Could hear that it was an old-time radio drama. Only caught the last three or four minutes. Off immediately after the theme music ended

Logs via Twente web receiver
Radio Merlin International: 6305, 1250+ Fair/weak with '70s pop/rock, but getting better. Nice, clear ID at 1305

Radio Fox 48: 6273, 1340+ Weak with schlager songs. Signal improving. ID per the UK DXer Shortwave DX blog.

XTC: 6321.2, 1536+ Weak, but pretty copyable signal . . . until the announcer started talking, then mostly washed out by background noise. Heard some shout outs to listeners and "thank you very much for your report." After a couple of decades of seeing logs of this station, I think this is the 1st time I've heard it, whether via my own radio or online.

Laser Hot Hits: 6205, 1950+ Wings song into DJ talk. Quick fade & almost gone

1640, 1955+ Hot Butter "Popcorn," schlager & Dutch pop songs. Perfect signal. Sounds like the op hardwired his mixer to the Twente receiver

1670, 2014+ Live dance version of "Country Roads." Excellent signal. And, the same song played again. Funny to hear this on a Dutch pirate. Wonder if the op has ever been to West Virginia? And, yes, it's now being played a 3rd consecutive time. Tuned back at 2025 to hear the song end again & loop back into it.

1660, 2021+ "Bend Me, Shape Me" into a live Eurythmics song, but cut part-way through. Another perfect signal