Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NY Week loggings: 12/30/14-1/4/15

NY Week loggings: 12/30/14-1/4/15

Old Time Radio unid: 6770, 12/30, throughout the day Red Skelton Show, The Great Gildersleeves, etc.

The Backstabber: 6900-->6913, 12/31, ca1430+ Fair to good signal on fade ups, complaints about a particular DXer

Radio Dr. Tim: 6925, 1/1, ca2220 Some schlager & more. Nice signal

Liquid Radio: 6925.2, 1/1, 0115+ Some dance music, but the sign isn't too strong

Radio Appalachia: 6940, 1/1, 0115+ Country music and an announcement. Weak

Radio Free ADD: 6925U, 1/1, 0200+ ID per HFU. Weak signal in band noise. Can hear some dance music

WDDR: 6945U, 1/1, 0511+ Led Zeppelin "Gallow's Pole"

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Weekend Pirate Logs: 12/27-12/29/14

Weekend Pirate Logs: 12/27-12/29/14

I've been away for most of the past few days, so I don't have many loggings to offer.

Radio Ga-Ga: 6925U, 12/28, ca.0000+ VG signal, but the signal-killing combination of the washer and dishwasher rendered it unusable.

X-FM: 6975, 12/28, 0150+ Very nice signal with The Who "Eminence Front"  & Toto "Africa." Shoutouts to me & others logging on HFU.

Old-Time Radio unid: 6770, 12/28, 1300+ Box 13 show, then Dangerous Assignments show being aired on the Wheaties Big Parade. Nice signal.

XLR8: 6950U, 12/29, 0040+ Heavier song, ID, then an instrumental ska song. Another ID,then a fast-paced song that might be Latin American?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pre Christmas loggings: 12/23-24/2014

Pre Christmas loggings: 12/23-24/2014

Channel Z: 6925, 12/23, 2224+ CZ Christmas special with Run DMC "Christmas in Hollis" & many more Christmas songs. Great stuff to wrap Christmas presents to . . . and I was

OTR unid: 6770, 12/23, 2330+ Red Skelton show, starting monologue with joke about Yankees in the World Series again. Interesting just how similar this is to the monologues on current late-night shows. Avalon cigarettes ad.

Happy Hanukkah: 6875.5, 12/23, 2354-0003* Pretty good signal here, but quickly wavering. "Far from the Home I Love" from Fiddler on the Roof, Interval signal repeated a number of times with cuing information intact

Snowball Radio: 6940U, 12/24, 0039-0040* Off the air mid-"All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"

Radio BZN: 6952.5, 12/24, 0118+ Evidently BZN songs and an SSTV image coming through right now.

Nonpirate logs

NMN: 6501U, 12/23, ca. 2300 Coast Guard station from Chesapeake, VA. Gave a list of frequencies that would no longer be used in 2008 (!). Also gave phone number for inquiries as 1-800-742-8519. Excellent signal

Trenton military: 6754U, 12/23, 2335+ Aviation weather. Strong signal, accurate time checks

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weekend Pirate Loggings: 12/14-12/16/14

I'm getting really close to starting to lay out the 2014 Pirate Radio Annual, but I'll start adding in a few logs:

WHYP: 6880, 12/14, 0034+ James Brownyard belting out his biggest hits, such as "Niel Wolfish Got Runover by George Zeller, etc. Some announcements & bits by Maharishi Hashishi from Radio Free Euphoria. A few other songs from the 2001 WHYP punk Christmas special, such as Fear "F*** Christmas," etc. "Yah, yah" song by the original JB & off with George Zeller saying it's the worst thing hie's heard on shortwave. Excellent signal & audio.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Weekend Pirate Radio Loggings: 12/5-12/8/14

Weekend Pirate Radio Loggings: 12/5-12/8/14

I figured that I should start posting some of what I've been hearing. As always, I'll be updating this page through the weekend:

XLR8: 6925U, 12/6, 2310-2311* Just caught part of a song and a kind of whispery X-L-R-8 ID at the end. Fair/good in pescadore QRM

Radio Free Whatever: 6876, 12/6, 2219+ "Time Warp" show, with program from December 7, 1941, for the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. Not many people are still alive who can remember that day. Dick Weed & Stavin on at the end with e-mail address and IDs. Good signal & nice to hear the rebroadcast.

Pesky Party Radio: 6950L, 12/7, 0202+ Tuning in to song that I think might be Santana. Nice signal here. My 1st time to hear this one. Now a Spanish cover of "Hotel California" with flamenco-style guitar.

Old-Time Radio unid: 6770, 12/7, 2350+ Comedy program. Nice signal. I need a better antenna on my backup receiver because I'm listening to Radio Casablanca on the Drake with the inverted V, which works much better than the short random-wire antenna that I have on the R-5000 right now.

Radio Casablanca: 6940, 12/7, 2351-0102* Cut in the middle of '30s or '40s music to original newsflash about the attack on Pearl Harbor. FDR Pearl Harbor speech. Really nice tribut. Some of the later songs have included "Praise the Lord & Pass the Ammunition" and "Remember Pearl Harbor." Some QRM, presumably from pescadores whistling and talking way down underneath the signal."Dancing Cheek to Cheek" Last song before the French national anthem is Vera Lynn "We'll Meet Again," which gives me chills when I think about how powerful it must've been for those listening during WWII

Free Thinker Radio: 6925U, 12/8, 0212-0235* Pink Floyd "Interstellar Overdrive" Pretty good signal. My 1st time for FTR. Hard copy copy a lot of the talk, but I've heard a number of clear IDs. Seems to be off now at 0235 UTC


Radio Black Arrow: 21491, 12/6, 1603+ Quick test here with a song or two and shoutouts to Chris Smolinski & I. Not a great signal, but I could hear that much of the announcements, which is better than I could do earlier with Sluwe Vos Radio and Radio Baltic Sea.

Premier Radio: 6942, 12/6, 2045+ Good carrier with occasional audio peaks. Too much noise and a bit too early, I think. Running a relay of Christmas FM, a station from Dublin that's licensed to broadcast for 30 days

Cupid Radio: 6304.9, 12/6, 2336+ Pretty good signal, song by the Foo Fighters, shoutout to me

Radio Marabu: 6239.3, 12/7, 0050+ Signal's getting much better with new wavish pop. Much less noise with the synch detector on, but there's a het on frequency and the synch detector is having trouble locking. The result is two hets going up & down in frequency, sometimes both coming down, meeting, crossing over, etc. Annoying.

Laser Hot Hits via Magic: 15700, 12/7, 1600+ I've been listening to this and have mostly just had a carrier and no audio, but over the past minute or so, I'm getting audio of pop music with a female singer. ID per HFU, but given the few SW stations playing pop or rock music these days, I'd be surprised if it was anything but a pirate. It'd be interesting if LHH would go 24/7 on 19 meters--it'd be audible in North America at some point every day!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Weekend Pirate Radio Loggings: 11/29-12/1/14

Weekend Pirate Radio Loggings: 11/29-12/1/14

Old-Time Radio unid: 6770, 11/29, 2000+ I've been listening to hours of Westerns, including Frontier Town (I think from 1949 or 1950), Frontier Gentleman (1958), Gunsmoke, Lone Ranger, Sgt. Preston, and Fort Laramie. Nice to have some entertainment when other stations aren't on the air

Radio Free Whatever: 6945U, 11/30, 0030-0108* Pop/hip-hop with a pro ID for Dick Weed & Stephen. Nice signal with a variety of music, including one by the Foo Fighters

unid: 6950U, 11/30, 0208-0211* Percussive music. Good signal between Wolverine and X-FM. No ID

Wolverine Radio: 6940U, 11/30, 0214+ Mae West "Come Up and See Me Sometime," The Cars "Touch & Go," etc. I'm not detecting a theme. I've heard about three IDs so far.  Excellent signal <later> A-ha, per the final SSTV image, the theme was the senses

X-FM: 6960, 11/30, 0211+ Redhat here with an excellent signal. Too many stations on at once for me to completely follow!

unid: 6924, 11/30, 0256+ Pretty good carrier, but no audio. On for at least 10 min. and still running

Old-Time Radio unids: 6770, 11/30, 1300+ This morning the lineup has included March 13 and Dangerous Assignment "Flying Saucer over Santa" from April 14, 1950


Black Bandit Radio, 6300, 11/29, 2220+ ID per HFU. Fairly weak here & seemed to go off the air after a few min.

Non-pirate logs

6738.75U, 11/29, ca2200 English phonetics & numbers with a lot of multipath echo. Excellent signal

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Pirate Loggings: 11/21-11/24/14

Weekend Pirate Loggings: 11/21-11/24/14

I need to get back to work on the Pirate Radio Annual, but there's been so much activity--and I've been home and able to hear some of it, so I'm posting my loggings:

unid: 6884, 11/22, 1939-1956+ Was looping a small section of a couple of Beatles songs. At 1954, the looping stopped & The Zombies "She's Not There" came on. Now playing CCR "Heard It Thru the Grapevine" I stopped recording this one & moved up to WJFK. After WJFK signed off, I came back down here, but it was gone.

WJFK: 6949.2, 11/23, 1956-2006* Pretty good with strong audio. '60 pop "Sonny," etc., all of which had a connection to the assassination of JFK. Heard it from this point until the sign off, after a few IDs, with an "old radio recording" type of sound. Thanks for the show & the QSLs from years past!

unid: 6880, 11/22, 2029-2046* Huge signal here & excellent audio with Climax Blues Band "Couldn't Get It Right" & more '70s pop & disco.

 WJFK: 6949.2, 11/23, 2112-2114* Just caught part of the last song and the IDs. Strapping signal

Renegade Radio: 6925U, 11/23, 0001- Excellent signal that's being heard all over North America tonight. It seems that the op is going for more '80s rock than heavy metal tonight: Phil Collins, Journey, etc. Talking about the crazy lake effect snowstorm in Buffalo, then "Riding the Storm Out" for the people in Buffalo. Rolling Stones "Angie." Talked about how the conditions seemed good for anyone to follow up with a broadcast, but that he would sign off shortly. Goodbyes to all, then The Police "King of Pain"--frequency started fluctuating a bit near the end of the song.

X-FM: 6955, 11/23, 0042- Another excellent signal. Think I heard the end of the sign on audio, with a lot of free radio-related audio clips, then into music. Playing Led Zeppelin "Kashmir," The Mind Flowers etc., by request

Orbital Mind-Control Satellite: 6925U, 11/23, 0123+ talking about the Crab Nebulae & when you hear the signal "you'll know what to do." Only about 200 Hz from Liquid Radio, so this is a real mess. I have a bad hetrodyne here and during music, I can't tell if I'm hearing audio from Liquid Radio or OMCS. I'm thinking it's audio from Liquid Radio because I just heard an LR ID.

Liquid Radio: 6925, 11/23, 0130+ Messy for a while, between having OMCS 200 Hz lower and also LSB pescadores there, too. Aldo Nova "Fantasy," which is much different than the typical LR techno music

Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekend pirate loggings 11/7-11/9/14

Weekend pirate loggings 11/7-11/9/14

If I get a chance, I'll put a real blog entry up about how I'm about to start contacting stations with tentative write ups for the 2014 Pirate Radio Annual. . .  way behind schedule. But I edited a bunch of audio files today and I'm hoping to get a lot more finished this weekend.

Unid: 6940, 11/8, 0025+ Weak signal here with occasional fade ups. A lot of adjacent-channel QRM is killing my chances of digging out any program details. Not sure, but there's a decent chance that this is Premiere Radio International from Ireland. PRI was on this frequency earlier in the evening.

Cool AM relay: 6920, 11/8, 0030+ I haven't heard any IDs yet, but I've been hearing lots of Dixieland jazz songs. Nice, strong signal

XLR8: 6935U, 11/8, 0048+ Variety of music, dance, punk, Black Sabbath, etc. Nice signal here, but getting hammered by splatter from a utility on about 6937 or 6938. Still running at 0542 UTC!

Pirate Radio Boston: 6920, 11/8, 0112+ Excellent signal for PRB's 22nd anniversary show. Charlie Loudenboomer reading listener letters, including some from last year on 1720 kHz. Charlie said that Dr. Benway uses "lots of chicken wire" for the ground on those MW antennas. Thanks to RF Whatever, JTA, MAC, etc.

Big Dog Radio: 6925U, 11/8, 2348+ Huge signal & nice audio with Lynyrd Skynyrd "Freebird." Promo "If you can't run with the big dogs, well, it's probably best if stay on the porch" & off

Cupid Radio (Netherlands): 21460, 11/8, 1540+ Very nice signal, almost 100% copyable, with shoutouts to DXpedition, Trans Europe, me, etc. Clear SSTV image of an immodest bear decoded.

Radio Hardanger (presumed Netherlands): 6296, 11/9, 0048+ Heard for about 15 min. with a fair-good signal and many IDs. Played some polka, dance music, and even calypso. Hammered by a spur signing on at 0100 UTC. Does anyone have contact info for this station?

Liquid Radio: 6925.3, 11/9, 0120+ Fair signal with music that's more poppy than techno tonight so far. Clear ID by one of the DJs, announcing the 97.7 frequency. Heavy pescador QRM.

Edmund Fitzgerald Radio: 6925, 11/9, 2257+ Extremely strong here with old two-way communications from people involved in the rescue efforts, the song "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," and the names of those who died on the ship. E-mail address announced and tolling bells.

Channel Z: 6925.1, 11/10, 0010+ Excellent signal with 10th anniversary show. CZ talking about all of the help that he received from the transmitter-building group, Fearless Fred, Dave Martin, & Radio Anarchy. Said that he was playing the Sham 69 cover of "With a Little Help from My Friends" for these guys + a Sex Pistols tune for Radio Anarchy.

Germany Calling: 6940, 11/10, 0108+ Another really nice signal, with big band by Charlie and His Orchestra, original Germany Calling IDs by Lord Haw Haw, and at least one computer-voiced e-mail address announcement. BTW, this was originally aired on Halloween to show the horrors of WWII; it's not a tribute.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Week 2014 Loggings

Halloween Week 2014 Loggings

I've really been trying to get a lot of work done on the 2014 Pirate Radio Annual over the past two months, so I've fallen behind with things like updating the blog and pirate listening in general. But it's Halloween week, so I thought it'd be a good idea to post loggings and also do some work by the radio. It's been a good evening so far!

The Crystal Ship: 6950.5, 10/27, 0003-0106* Excellent signal here, up around S9+20 and steady. Lots of '60s songs here by Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles, Amboy Dukes, etc. Some dead air & what sounded like RF feedback squeals. "Even John T. Arthur can't resist listening to The Crystal Ship" promo with lots of sound effects. Off after Juliana Montana ID & QSL promo.

Witch City Radio: 6918.8, 10/27, 0053+ Very nice signal with spooky House of Usher story. I had the e-mail address and Belfast mailing address clearly. Said it was time to pack up the equipment & go for another year. Halloweenish-sounding announcer at end.

Old-Time Radio unid: 3229.6, 10/27, 0106+ Good signal here, but dead air for about the past 20 minutes, so I guess someone needs to check the audio feed.

Undercover Radio: 1720, 10/27, 0130+ Basically a non-log. I have some much noise here above the AM band that I can hear the 1720 carrier and I think I'm getting some bits of Dr. Benway talking (on the R-5000, but not on the R-8). If it was on 1710 kHz, I'd try driving around in the car, but that radio only goes up to 1710 kHz.

Pumpkin Patch Radio: 6930U, 10/27, 0003- Excellent signal. Steve Miller "Abracadabra" & a couple of clear IDs

I listened to the Old-Time Radio unid last night for about an hour, but I missed the other stations


Via Twente webreceiver:

Unid: 6260, 10/31, 1629-1636* VG signal with ‘80s dance music. Off mid song.

Radio Python: 6285, 10/31, 1640-1825*+ Hi to Iann, mentioned Merlin on 6305. Said using an SDR for Windows & the ability to listen to LSB on Left & USB on Right for stereo, The Apples in Stereo “Energy,” Islands “Where There's a Will There's a Whalebone” Death Cab for Cutie “Crooked Teeth” Announcement: “You are tuned to the Shortwave Snake, Radio Python . . . I’ve had enough of it for this week . . . throw this transmitter out the window . . . I’ve had enough of it.” “This is the shortwave snake, Radio Python closing down,73s & bye bye” @QRT

Cool AM/hit mix: 6290, 10/31, 1538+ Focus “Hocus Pocus” live. Shoutout to Franco in north Italy. IDs in Dutch & English.

R. Merlin Int’l:  6305, 10/31, 1545+ Fair/weak with fade outs. Rock music. At 1620+ documentary on ‘80s offshore station Laser 558, then “We Love the Pirate Stations,” IDs, and station Web URLs

Radio Phantom: 6380, 10/31, 1556+ VG signal. Eurythmics “Here Comes the Rain Again” Elvis “Hound Dog” “You Are listening to Radio Phantom, thank you for listening…cd closing down…one record” Mentioned Iann’s chat. Sign off announcements over Frida “There’s Something Going On”

Radio Altrex: 6390, 10/31, 1541+ Talk in Dutch at 1549. Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” Metal song “Hey Stupid” English ID “from the cow studio, Radio Altrex.” Song “It’s My Life” with mooing sound effects overtop

Back at home with my own receivers (primarily the R8, but also the R-5000)

WRCT relay?: 6900, 10/31, 2136-2218* '60s ska music, including King Horror "Loch Ness Monster." Nice S9 signal here & good audio. Now into more alternative, Halloweenish music--one with a more '80s indy rock sound that I think is called "Scary Monster" Off mid-song.

CYOT?: 6953.7, 10/31, 2205+ I'm recording the 6900 station with the R8, so I have the R5000 tuned in here, but this receiver has just a 75' or so random wire .  . . and I'm not hearing much anything, but maybe some carrier here. Here's a log by people who are actually getting some details. After 6900 went off, I switched here with the R8 and am getting audio on a song.

WAHR: 6925U, 11/1, 0316+ Automated Halloween Radio

X-FM: 6940, 11/3, 0214+ The Police "Message in a Bottle" Really nice signal & audio--I need to get an SDR so that I can receive it in stereo! Pro-sounding IDs, as always: "The power of X" Queens of the Stone Age. The theme tonight is vinyl--everything will be vinyl from a Technics turntable (170 records tonight). Hi to jfarley, Thechoat, zane, me, Oly1959 etc.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Outbander 11m 27700 kHz SSTV Images: 10/8/14

Outbander 11m 27700 kHz SSTV Images: 10/8/14

Great day for SSTV. Lots of images from different stations and countries.

1SF072 from Italy

Duende, presumably from the American Southwest?

104LR001, Jean-Noel, from Corsica

I guess I shouldn't assume that this station is from Saturn

Another image from Corsica

161AR150, from Poland. My first log from here

I can't find anything on F11CPF, but evidently the station is in Dunkerque, France

14RJ294F, from Bordeaux, France

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

11m Outbander SSTV Images: 9/23/14

11m Outbander SSTV Images: 9/23/14

Another set of SSTV images for today. A number of images are being received, but they're out of sync and just looking like a complete mess. (Not to totally ignore pirates, but I've been hearing the Old-Time Radio unid station on a regular basis all week on about 3229.6 kHz.) Now, the SSTV images, either all or nearly all from 14VO01 (from France):

Monday, September 22, 2014

11m Outbander SSTV Images: 9/22/14

11m Outbander SSTV Images: 9/22/14

Great day for sitting the radio on 27700 kHz, lots of activity. Conditions seem all or nothing right now, but it's really encouraging that Chris Smolinski's been receiving UK CBers and Irish church broadcasts (I've been looking forward to hearing the latter for a few years). Anyway, here are some images from today:

13CB9SU seems to be regular here when the conditions are working

Another one from 13CB9SU

Not sure about the callsign, but it looks like 14BJ? At least I know it's from center-west France
Another one from Jean Claude

14??38? from France

I think the top one is the cab of an 18 wheeler and the bottom is a train?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekend Loggings: 9/20-9/22/14

Weekend Loggings: 9/19-9/22/14

Old-Time Radio unid: 3229.8, 9/19, 0400+ Lots of static, but S9 signal for Murder at Midnight program, which I've heard a few times at midnight from this station. Into a big band song after the program ended at about 0427. Then into the Christmas episode of a show

Northwoods Radio: 6935U, 9/21, 0044+ Kid Rock "All Summer Long," into interview segment of a woman music journalist and a guy with a UK accent who I think produced a Kid Rock album? Great to hear Jack Pine Savage again; this is only the 2nd time I've heard NWR this year."Smokin' in the Boys' Room," Alice Cooper "18," Amboy Dukes "Journey to the Center of the Mind"

Radio Free Whatever: 6950U, 9/21, 0050+ Excellent signal with rock. Really professional-sounding RFW ID. "Nobody knows rock like DJ DIck Weed . . . on Radio Free Whatever." "We got right from no echo to Channel 19 trucker echo right there." Van Halen "Dance the Night Away," shout out to Radio Gaga. Playing final song, Pink Floyd, by request, "Run Like Hell."

Wolverine Radio: 6940U, 9/21, 0120+ Another excellent signal with some old-time big band music.

Now that's a nice SSTV image!

KCPR was on next. I think this was the best SSTV image that I've received from the station so far

11m Outbander SSTV Images: 9/19/14

11m Outbander SSTV Images: 9/19/14

After a few months without receiving a single image, it's great to receive a few today. These are a few of the best images:
A regular for me in the spring, 13CB9SU, Horst, from Germany

This is the first time I've received 14ICF284, from France
I received a few images from Gunter, 13SK604, in the spring.