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


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:


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