Sunday, 12 May 2013
Looks like night time is the time for SW Pirates now.Daytime conditions just too poor.
All the best signals were at night this weekend.Underground,Powerline,Zodiac,Technical Man,
Merlin and even Irish Music Radio coming through really well.
3905Khz - 2150 - Skyline Int Radio - 35333 - "All the Love in the World","Cocaine".
4026Khz - 2155 - Laser Hot Hits - 35433 - Pop Music.
6210Khz - 2120 - Radio Marabu - 45333 - German.Nice mix of different music.
6245Khz - 2125 - Radio SW Gold - 35333 - Oldies."From the Tower of Power".
6286Khz - 2130 - Radio Underground - 45444 - The best of North Korean Music.....;-)...CD 2132.
6290Khz - 2215 - Radio Powerline Int - 45434 - "Dream Weaver".
6326Khz - 2203 - Radio Zodiac Int - 45444 - Black Top - "Bad Bad Boy".QSY'd from 6336.
6326Khz - 2225 - UNID - 45432 - Coming back with report for Zodiac from East NL.Strong but very low mod.
6336Khz - 2137 - Radio Zodiac Int - 45444 - David Bowie - "Golden Years".
6934Khz - 2145 - Irish Music Radio - 35533 - "Una Paloma Blanca".
3900Khz - 2050- The Technical Man - 55334 - Old Europop and some comedy too.
4026Khz - 2055 - Laser Hot Hits - 44433 - Live.Pop/Dance Music.
6210Khz - 2025 - Radio Marabu - 45333 - Great mix of different music.
6245Khz - 2030 - Radio SW Gold - 35333 - Oldies.Oasis.
6285Khz - 2145 - UNID - 35433 - Ballad.
6305Khz - 2035 - UNID - 45434 - Pop/Dance Music.
6910Khz - 2040 - Baltic Sea Radio - 35433 - Music.Poor SSB,hard to tune.Was it LSB or USB?
6934Khz - 2045 - Irish Music Radio - 45434 - T.Rex - "Get it on".Best ever signal!
6095Khz - 0840 - KBC - 55544 - Trucker Radio playing Country Rock.
6210Khz - 0835 - Radio Marabu - 35333 - German.Music and Chat.
6285Khz - 0830 - The Technical Man - 45434 - Dutch Music.
6305Khz - 1910 - Radio Merlin Int - 45434 - Punk/New Wave Music.Clash,SLF,Jam,Vapours,Sex Pistols.
Peaking 55544 at times.CD 2113.
Monday, 6 May 2013
Conditions were great on Friday Night.Poor on Saturday Night,terrible on Sunday during the day and good
again on Sunday Night.
Underground,Powerline & Different were the most entertaining for me.
But nice broadcasts from Mustang,Odynn,Telstar,Pink Panther,Merlin & FRV too.
4029Khz - 2000 - Laser Hot Hits - 44233 - Lindisfarne,Offshore Echoes ad.
6286Khz - 2005 - Radio Underground - 45434 - Future Sounds of London.55434 L8R.
6295Khz - 2010 - Radio Mustang - 55434 - "Time after time","All that you want".
6295Khz - 2134 - Radio Odynn - 55434 - Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters".
6305Khz - 2015 - Radio Telstar - 55434 - Old Electro Music.The Specials - "Ghost Town".
6305Khz - 2129 - Radio Powerline - 55434 - QSY from 6540.Better.Procul Harum - "Whiter Shade of Pale".
6540Khz - 2050 - Radio Powerline - 45433 - T.Rex - "Children of the Revolution".
6553Khz - 2100 - Radio Pink Panther - 35333 - Paul Simon.
6934Khz - 2110 - Irish Music Radio - 34433 - Female DJ.
6245Khz - 2008 - Radio Karbiet - 34333 - Mainly 80's Pop Music.
6255Khz - 2120 - Radio Karbiet - 34423 - Pop/Rock Music.
6280Khz - 2125 - UNID - 34323 - Dance Music.
6305Khz - 2014 - Radio Merlin Int - 44333 - CCS - "Whole Lotta Love".
6324Khz - 2019 - UNID - 53434 - Mix of Music.
6934Khz - 2024 - Irish Music Radio - 35433 - Blues.
6095Khz - 0810 - KBC - 45444 - Trucker Radio playing Country Rock.
6286Khz - 2055 - Radio Underground - 45434 - 80's Electro and Soul Music.
6305Khz - 1450 - UNID - 25332 - Dutch Music.
6306Khz - 2155 - Radio Powerline - 45444 - Mix of Music.
6325Khz - 2100 - Different Radio - 55434 - Bogusman talking politics and playng Indie Rock.
6540Khz - 0955 - Free Radio Victoria - 45333 - Oldies.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
This was an FM Pirate that broadcast from just the Italian side of the Franco-Italian border,beaming at The South of France.Taken from;
- The Nova story Nova was founded in Spring 1979 by a group of free radio enthusiasts inspired by the success of the offshore pirates - particularly the first RNI, Radio Northsea International. When the passing of Dutch legislation to outlaw offshore radio closed down most of the remaining pirates in the North Sea, and even Radio Veronica joined the Hilversum 'club' of licensed broadcasters supported by subscribers, the Swiss owners of RNI, Meister and Bollier, are said to have considered sailing the MEBO II to the Italian coast to commence broadcasting there under the name of Radio Nova International. However, relaxation of Italian laws on private broadcasting, resulting from an almost anarchic proliferation of landbased pirates in that country, made the expense and inconvenience of broadcasting from ships at sea rather unnecessary. Meister and Bollier lost interest in the Nova project, but gave their blessing for a group of Dutch, Belgian, German and French investors to use the name. Best known among them was AJ Beirens (pictured left), but they also included Ruud Kegel (Danny Thomas - pictured centre), Nils van Schijndel, Peter Janssen (pictured right), and Richard Adaridi. Licensing a private radio or television station in Italy was then as simple as going to the local post office and filling out a form. Frequencies were more or less a free-for-all, although you didn't want to jam a station up the road if you could avoid it, just in case those violin cases didn't really contain musical instruments. Nova wasn't really interested in the Italian audience on the 'Riviera dei Fiori', being aimed at the French Riviera on the other side of the border from its mountain-side location at Camporosso, near Ventimiglia in the province of Imperia. Over in France, a tight state monopoly still had a strangle-hold on both state radio (ORTF, later Radio France) and the apparently independent 'périfériques', such as Radio Monte-Carlo, Radio Luxembourg, Europe 1 and Sud Radio - which the government controlled through a holding company called Sofirad. Landbased pirates such as Lorraine, Coeur d'Acier had begun to challenge this monopoly, and the election of François Mitterand as President brought about the licensing of hundreds of private stations in 1981, but in 1979 the private station with the greatest impact on radio audiences on the French Riviera had been Azur 102 - which also broadcast from the Italian side of the border. From huge, directional FM aerials alongside the studios in a converted holiday bungalow (Bungalows San Giacomo), Nova tested on 101.5 MHz, and found the signal reached way past Menton, Monaco and Nice, as far as Cannes and even (patchily) to Saint-Tropez in the département du Var at the western extreme of the Riviera. The station launched in four main languages: English, French, Dutch and German, although occasionally they announced the name, frequency and address in Italian. The on-air line up featured Programme Director Danny Thomas, AJ Beirens, Guy Starkey, Nadine, Pierre du Nord, Peter Janssen and Coeurdelion Richard (Richard Adaridi), and they all presented news bulletins in their own languages. The money began to run out, though, in Summer 1979, because the sales operation consisted of a single representative based in Cannes, Norbert Netto, who found the market reluctant to support a station aimed at unmeasured and often transient groups of expatriates and tourists. Some of the original advertisers were impressive names, such as Townsend Thoresen ferries and the Dutch newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws which was very progressive (for the time) in printing a Riviera edition. These were contra deals, though, and actual cash deals were few and far between. The station struggled on until the winter of 1980/1, with Kegel and van Schijndel at times running an 18-hour operation alone, and debts to the owner of the bulgalow park, Martin Groenendijk, mounting up. In 1981, fresh investment and the 'transfer of control' to a partnership between Groenendijk and ex-Radio Scotland presenter, Bob Hogarth, (by then a resident of Monte-Carlo,) brought a new lease of life to the station. Ditching the Dutch, German and Italian presentation, the station was to be firmly targeted at the British expatriate community and sales were placed in the hands of the well-connected Parisian aristocrat and occasional presenter, Edouard de Portalès. New presenters were brought in, including from France (Guy Starkey who was studying at the Université de Nice), from England (Mike Stevens and Marc Lawrence, both ex-Radio Caroline and Andy St John, ex-Voice of Peace) and from Denmark (Peter Griffin, ex-Voice of Peace). During protracted talks with another British expatriate investor based in Monte-Carlo, the station won many more listeners and a small number of local advertising contracts. Rumours began to suggest London's Capital Radio was considering investing, when Managing Director John Whitney visited the Principality. However, the partnership of Groenendijk and Hogarth broke down in June 1981 with the collapse of the talks, and presenters had already begun to drift away: beginning with Mike Stevens and Marc Lawrence, then Programme Controller Guy Starkey, followed by Peter Griffin and Andy St John. By August, a new presenter, Fred Winston had joined the station. The Nova name lives on, largely because of its international appeal, on stations across Europe and beyond - most famously in the English-speaking world in Eire, where Chris Carey launched and ran the very successful Radio Nova.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
This weekend was dominated by Focus with their 24 hour transmissions over the weekend.
Some good stuff too,oldies,newer music,Rock,Pirate Radio Documentaries and some great music that I have never
heard before.Signals varied of course,check out my logs,but pretty good overall.Well done guys!
Merlin were pretty busy too with some extended transmissions as well.Nice to hear Jackie Frost again too.
Quite a strong signal at times.
SW Pirates are a mixed bunch.But in the main the age group is 40ish years old,give or take a few years.....
There are a few younger operators now too,which is well appreciated.But we do love and respect the old guys.....
Great to hear Black Bandit on again,with a huge signal of course and as always a great selection of different music.
Hope you enjoyed the siesta mate,you deserved it!
Plenty of good transmissions besides the ones I've mentioned despite the weird conditions............at times I think
we seemed to have both long and short skip......am I right?
My listening ended a few minutes ago with the superbly chaotic Radio Underground.Big signal here,but at first I
thought he was being swamped by CRI as there was this loud Chinese style tune all over his signal...........turns out
that Steve was playing us some North Korean Music..........:-)
Enjoyed the Leftfield too Steve!
All in all a good weekend.
6245Khz - 2019 - Crazy Wave Radio - 34323 - CCR - "Who'll stop the Rain".Deep and rapid fading.
6285Khz - 2024 - Radio Focus Int - 44323 - Old English Song.Deep and rapid fading.
6295Khz - 2039 - Odynn Radio - 44333 - "Raindrops keep falling on my Head".Conditions improved slightly.
6305Khz - 2029 - Radio Merlin Int - 44323 - "Enola Gay".Deep and rapid fading.
6285Khz - 1605 - Radio Focus Int - 45333 - Rock'n'Roll Song,"Eve of Destruction".
6300Khz - 1610 - Radio Telstar - 45333 - Talking over "Popcorn".
6305Khz - 2315 - Radio Powerline - 45333 - Reggae Song,Dance Tune.
6325Khz - 1615 - Radio Merlin Int - 55434 - Oldies.
6934Khz - 2320 - Irish Music Radio - 35433 - Pop/Dance Song.
6095Khz - 0825 - KBC - 55544 - Trucker Radio playing Country Rock.
6200Khz - 1035 - The Technical Man - 45444 - Soft Rock.
6200Khz - 1201 - The Technical Man - 55434 - Rock Ballad.
6200Khz - 1550 - UNID - 45333 - Dutch Music.
6262Khz - 1040 - Cosmic Radio - 25432 - Music.
6285Khz - 0805 - Radio Focus Int - 35444 - Van Halen,U2.
6285Khz - 0850 - Radio Focus Int - 45434 - The Eagles.
6285Khz - 1700 - Radio Focus Int - 35333 - Offshore Pirate Radio Documentary.
6285Khz - 1758 - Radio Focus Int - 45333 - Judge Dread Song.
6285Khz - 2005 - Radio Focus Int - 45434 - Great mix of Music.
6295Khz - 1045 - Radio Telstar - 45333 - Dutch Music.
6305Khz - 0810 - Radio Merlin Int - 35434 - Jackie Frost playing Motorhead - "Ace of Spades",Europe - "The Final Countdown".
6305Khz - 0855 - Radio Merlin Int - 45444 - Modern Pop Song,CCR.
6305Khz - 1705 - Radio Merlin Int - 45333 - Dire Straits - "Sultans of Swing"(Live),The Doors - "Riders on the Storm".
6315Khz - 2010 - UNID - 33333 - Instrumental(Ashra?),Rock Song.
6325Khz - 1050 - Radio Black Bandit - 55434 - Mix of Music.Closed at 1155 to go for a siesta.
6325Khz - 1156 - Radio Powerline - 45434 - Report for Black Bandit.
6325Khz - 2000 - UNID - 55434 - Techno Tune,Summermeeting ads,German Pop Song.
6422Khz - 1555 - SW Comb Holland - 35333 - Earth,Wind & Fire - "Boogie Wonderland".
6422Khz - 1710 - SW Comb Holland - 45434 - Anouk.
6426Khz - 2015 - Radio Underground - 54444 - North Korean Tune,Dutch Song,Leftfield.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Terrible conditions this weekend.Especially today(Sunday)which is reflected in the few logs I have posted.
But conditions improved on Sunday Night.Just a shame that only Powerline and Pink Panther were making
the most of it.Good long broadcast from Pink Panther again.
The highlight of the weekend for me was Powerline.Great signal.Great music.True Free radio.
6210Khz - 1622 - Radio Marabu - 35333 - German.
6250Khz - 1627 - Radio Flying Dutchman - 45434 - Dutch Music at first,Classic Rock later.
6286Khz - 1637 - Radio Underground - 35333 - Mix of Music.Heard briefly.
6290Khz - 2055 - Radio Powerline - 45434 - Soul and Disco Music.
6295Khz - 1642 - Radio Vendor - 45333 - In QSO.
6295Khz - 1643 - Radio Bonte Specht - 35333 - In QSO.
6295Khz - 1655 - Radio Powerline - 45333 - In QSO.
6300Khz - 1329 - Odynn Radio - 34333 - 10cc - "Wall Street Shuffle".
6300Khz - 2100 - Odynn Radio - 45434 - Kate Bush.
6305Khz - 1632 - Radio Osaka - 45333 - Mix of Music.
6400Khz - 2125 - UNID - 24332 - Music.
6448Khz - 2110 - Studio 52? - 45434 - Dutch Music.
6553Khz - 1336 - Radio Pink Panther? - 25332 - Ashford & Simpson - "Solid".
6938Khz - 2120 - Irish Music Radio - 25543 - Dance/Techno Music.
3905Khz - 1845 - Skyline Int Radio - 34333 - Music & Chat.
6005Khz - 0810 - EMR - 35433 - Music Show via MV Baltic Radio.
6095Khz - 0815 - Trucker Radio - 55544 - Country Rock Show via KBC.
6210Khz - 1830 - Radio Marabu - 33333 - German.
6250Khz - 1915 - Radio Tina - 24332 - Music.
6295Khz - 1605 - UNID - 44433 - Country Music.On top of Reflections.
6300Khz - 0805 - Radio Bonofox - 25332 - T'Pau - "China in your Hand",The Scorpions - "Send me an Angel".
6305Khz - 1805 - Radio Osaka - 33333 - Pop Music.
6305Khz - 1954 - Radio Powerline Int - 54434 - Just a great mix of music!
6325Khz - 1920 - UNID - 24332 - Music.
6400Khz - 1810 - UNID - 24332 - Cab Calloway - "Minnie the Moocher".
6550Khz - 0820 - UNID - 45434 - REM - "Everybody Hurts",Joan Osbourne - "One of us".
6553Khz - 1610 - Radio Pink Panther - 35333 - Pop Music.
6553Khz - 1835 - Radio Pink Panther - 35433 - Pop/Disco Music.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Lots of stations on.Brought a smile to my face.......:-)
3905Khz - 2033 - Skyline Int Radio - 35333 - Rock/Pop Music.
6204Khz - 2038 - UNID - 44434 - Dutch with Dutch Music.
6210Khz - 2004 - Radio Marabu - 55444 - German.Realy good Prog Rock.
6265Khz - 2009 - Radio Python - 45434 - Rock Song.
6285Khz - 2014 - Radio Goudensteir? - 45434 - Dance,Blues & Dutch Music.Off at 2018.
6300Khz - 2018 - Crazy Wave Radio - 45434 - English & German spoken.Mix of music.
6553Khz - 2023 - Radio Pink Panther - 45534 - Kiss - "I was Made for loving you".
6932Khz - 2028 - Irish Music Radio - 35433 - Soul Music.
3905Khz - 1949 - Radio Alice - 45434 - Country Music.
4029Khz - 1954 - Laser Hot Hits - 35232 - Cutting Crew - "I Just died in your arms tonight".Very noisy frequency.
6205Khz - 1925 - UNID - 45333 - Dance Music.Off suddenly at 1958.
6250Khz - 1445 - Radio Flying Dutchman - 45333 - Deep Purple - "Black Night",Doobie Bros - "Long Train Running".
6260Khz - 2000 - UNID - 45432 - Strong,poorly modulated.Maybe not a Pirate station.
6280Khz - 1930 - UNID - 24332 - Music.
6295Khz - 1450 - Radio Telstar - 45333 - Dutch Music.CD at 1500.
6300Khz - 2210 - Crazy Wave Radio - 45534 - Big Country,The Clash - "London Calling"......:-)
6325Khz - 1455 - Radio Zodiac Int - 35333 - Talking over Rock'n'Roll instrumental.Off at 1456.
6553Khz - 1935 - Radio Pink Panther - 35434 - Roxette - "The Look",The Stray Cats - "Runaway Boys".
6932Khz - 1940 - Irish Music Radio - 25423 - '80's Music.
5815Khz - 0810 - Radio Saturnus - 35433 - Rock Music.Only 15 watts.
6005Khz - 0820 - Radio Atlantic 2000 - 45333 - French programme with music and chat about Sud Radio and Radio Geronimo SW.
6095Khz - 0820 - KBC - 55544 - Trucker Radio from Canada with news and Country Music.
6200Khz - 0755 - Radio Orang Utan - 25332 - Music & Jingles.CD at 0800.
6220Khz - 0800 - UNID - 24332 - Music.
6275Khz - 1712 - UNID - 55534 - Ballads.
6285Khz - 0930 - Radio Shadowman - 45444 - Pop Music.Off at 0933.
6285Khz - 1717 - Different Radio - 55534 - The Bogusman playing Indie Rock Music.Later The Ghoul.
6300Khz - 0933 - Radio Telstar - 45333 - Dutch song,Rock'n'Roll song.
6325Khz - 0805 - UNID - 25332 - Music.
6425Khz - 0949 - Radio Dutchwing - 45434 - Dutch Music.Short Test.
6553Khz - 1145 - Radio Pink Panther - 35333 - Ballads.
9480Khz - 0904 - Radio Geronimo SW - 45444 - Procul Harem - "Whiter Shade of Pale"(Original recording).
Sunday, 7 April 2013
A fairly quiet weekend really.
The highlight for me was the QSO between two English stations on 6323 on Friday Night.
XTC and Underground.This is rare.Steve (Underground) said that he had recently QSO'ed with Wizard,
but both agreed it was rare.I think it was Matt (XTC) who said that in the old days sometimes the QSO's
could be more interesting than some of the "Programme Stations".I agree,often it was.
But my memories of regular English QSO's go back to London in the Seventies on Medium Wave.
There were so many Pirate stations back then that you could easily get a QSO on 220 to 230 metres
(1300 to 1360Khz) during the day and 180 to 190 metres (1575 to 1665Khz) at night.Most of these stations
only ran between 10 and 50 watts into a longwire antenna.Good memories!
Lots of weak signals and UNID's this weekend.
Even Tip & Elvis were not as strong as usual,but still with a very good show and good signal.
Besides Tip & Elvis the best signals this weekend came from from Underground,Boomerang,Zodiac & Borderhunter.
3905Khz - 2018 - Polka Radio - 43333 - Mainly Polka's.
6284Khz - 2040 - Radio Underground - 45444 - Very good live music show.
6315Khz - 2045 - UNID - 33333 - Nice Jazz Music.
6323Khz - 1930 - XTC Radio - 33333 - Rock Music.Talking about TX problems.Off at 1936.
6323Khz - 1936 - Radio Underground - 44434 - Coming back to QSO with XTC.
6323Khz - 2010 - Sluwe Vos Radio - 33333 - Sting - "Englishman in New York".Coming back to QSO with Underground.
3905Khz - 2005 - Radio Alice - 45333 - Mainly Rock'n'Roll Music.
6240Khz - 1820 - Radio Caroline Int - 35232 - Dance/Disco Music.
6260Khz - 1853 - UNID - 25432 - Music.
6270Khz - 1843 - UNID - 35232 - Talking.
6285Khz - 1825 - UNID - 55544 - Dutch Pirate Song.Off at 1828.
6290Khz - 1828 - UNID - 35433 - Mr.Bloe - "Groovin' with Mr.Bloe".
6295Khz - 2355 - Radio Odynn - 34433 - "The Air that I Breathe".CD at 0003.
6300Khz - 1838 - Radio Boomerang - 55544 - Soft Rock Song,Dutch Song,"Telstar".
6325Khz - 1833 - Radio Zodiac Int - 35433 - Queens of the Stone Age.
6325Khz - 1848 - Radio Zodiac Int - 45434 - "The Look".CD at 1901.
6553Khz - 0845 - Radio Pink Panther - 25433 - Dutch Music.
6932Khz - 2000 - Irish Music Radio - 35433 - Ramsey Lewis - "Wade in the Water".Soul Show.
6095Khz - 0945 - KBC - 55544 - Trucker Radio playing Country Rock Music.
6210Khz - 1130 - Radio Borderhunter - 45434 - "No Milk Today".Just closing down at 1135.
6210Khz - 1700 - UNID - 25332 - Dance/Disco Music.
6266Khz - 0830 - UNID - 35333 - Dutch Music.
6275Khz - 1705 - UNID - 34332 - Old Instrumentals & talking.
6285Khz - 0835 - Tip & Elvis Show - 45434 - Nice mix of Pop and Rock Music.
6285Khz - 1710 - Tip & Elvis Show - 45333 - Playing Yes.
6285Khz - 1920 - Tip & Elvis Show - 45434 - Mix of Music.CD 2000.
6285Khz - 2001 - MRF Radio - 44333 - With report and thank you to Tip & Elvis.
6300Khz - 1910 - UNID - 44433 - Oldies.
6305Khz - 1025 - UNID - 35433 - Dutch Music.
6305Khz - 1715 - UNID - 35333 - Dutch Pirate Song.
6305Khz - 2035 - Radio Powerline - 44333 -Mix of Music.
6323Khz - 1720 - UNID - 24332 - Music.
6553Khz - 1740 - UNID - 35433 - Country Rock.