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I still have a few of the original BBC sound effects LPs.

General Radio Discussion / Re: has anyone ever thought about...
« on: January 05, 2023, 1600 UTC »
I have thought about it, but the cost seems a bit high. If I was to do it, I think I would go with WBCQ because they are supposed to be the cheapest that will carry non-religious programming. Sadly the trade off seems to be the range of the broadcast (if I put a program on WBCQ I wouldnít even be able to hear it from my home, reception of WBCQ is horrible here, especially compared to every other US shortwave broadcaster) along with sometimes poor technical quality of broadcasts (I often hear them distorted or off-frequency). Still, it seems like a good way to get a program on the air for those who donít want to pirate or donít have equipment for it.

Is it possible to just randomly buy time instead of a regular schedule? Contrary to what I think some people said in this thread I believe it is possible to get a program less than once a week, Andrew Yoder does the Hobby Broadcasting Radio program once a month.

Any idea what the rates are on any station (particularly WBCQ) for a single one hour block?

I am confused based on other posts in this thread, does the person buying the air time have to pay fees for music or is that covered by the station?

If you buy time, do you have to pick an unused time or do you kick off some other program? It would be even better if you got to take a religious program off the air while you put yours on.

I looked into this a few years ago and around 100 Euros per hour on a 100 KW transmitter. I'm sure a better deal could be hammered out.

General Radio Discussion / Re: Garage Door Opener Damaged by HF RF?
« on: December 12, 2022, 1344 UTC »
RF can do the strangest things. I used to run a 1 Kw MW transmitter the odd time. One time, I switched it on and ran some music. The audio on my radio was sounding very strange. Like someone was jamming me with an unmodulated carrier. I went for a walk and the "jamming" decreased the further away from the house I went.
It turned out an energy saver light bulb (probably LED) I had recently installed was picking up the signal and re-radiating it on the same frequency around the house  ???

14:50 Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder
Fair signal s3

10/11 meters / Re: Parish Radio 30 Oct 2022
« on: October 31, 2022, 1913 UTC »
Hi Brian,

O/T I used to live near Ballinteer.
There is a list somewhere on the net which gives the frequencies of many of the churches but many of them share the same channels.

Yes, mine.  :D  http://udxf.nl/WPAS-List-February-2016.pdf
All of them identified as mentioned above by me and some friends in Finland. But last update was in 2016, as there was no reception here since then until last weekend.


Yup, that's the list  :)
Is one of your friends in Finland named Harri?
If so, I very nearly met him many years ago when he visted some pirate friends of mine not far from the aforementioned Ballinteer.

10/11 meters / Re: Parish Radio 30 Oct 2022
« on: October 31, 2022, 1739 UTC »
Hi Chris,

Some information heard during the transmission and then try to check via internet.
Bruff announced some remberance for upcoming weeks on various cementeries in the parish, Balinteer announced All Souls mass times for all 3 churches in the parish, and the other two had prayers for persons recently died which can be checked on rip.ie.

O/T I used to live near Ballinteer.
There is a list somewhere on the net which gives the frequencies of many of the churches but many of them share the same channels.

10/11 meters / Re: 11 meter activity 13 Oct 2022
« on: October 13, 2022, 1849 UTC »
Any time I've checked over the past few days, I'm only hearing Italians shouting out loud with their echo boxes. Nothing changes with them. I think they just like the sound of their own voices.

Over here, most FM pirates have their transmitters up a hill or mountain and link to it via UHF or, these days, IP. So the authorities always go after the site owner first. If there is a UHF link, they will try to trace it.

General Radio Discussion / Re: A "?"
« on: September 13, 2022, 1552 UTC »
See here;

Not a good time to be a pirate.

The KiwiSDR TDoA capability is vastly overrated. It's good to within a hundred miles or two if you're skilled in selecting receivers around the target location. Which means you need to already have an idea where the station is. Useful if you want to know of a transmitter is in say Virginia or Montana, but it's not going to give you the zip code.

Which is fine by me.

The RF Workbench / Re: relay substitute
« on: September 07, 2022, 1853 UTC »

General Radio Discussion / Re: Get Your HFU Gear!
« on: July 31, 2022, 1854 UTC »
The guy reminds me of Bill Mitchell, he of the famous deep voice, from London.

I think I heard an ID for Laser Hot Hits (via Twente SDR).

1934UTC Signal improving to +10dB but now being jammed by carrier which is on 5809.
FRSH moved to 5790 to avoid deliberate jamming.
Jammer has now moved to 5791!

Have some idiots nothing to better to do????

Pirate Radio History / Re: Unofficial Radio
« on: July 12, 2022, 1649 UTC »
Does anyone know if the situation in Italy is still the same? It would be very interesting if it is.
Last I heard the situation has changed a bit in recent years.
Low power stations are now permitted to broadcast without a licence.
I don't  know what the restrictions are though.


You are probably right.  However, as far as I am aware, all of the HF spectrum is monitored by Ofcom via the Baldock monitoring station on behalf of the ITU
Yes, all frequencies are monitored but I'm specifically talking about emergency channels.
O/T, Baldock have me located to about 10 or 12 miles of my QTH. Not bad given the distance  :P

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