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Always adding new recordings to my Archive.org page and would love for you to give it a visit! I'm sure you'll find something interesting to listen to.


Barely audible here in Haddon Heights, NJ on the Tecsun 990.

Hearing brief portions of music. Anyone else able to get a better signal than I?

0449 Hearing voice but unable to make out the words. Hardly above the noise floor

Huh? / For your consideration: my personal radio recordings archive
« on: January 17, 2022, 0413 UTC »

Building the Philly Radio Archive as well as various other recordings, also likely the only recording of local C-Quam WEMG 1310kHz. Take a scroll through!

A new amount they can rob from you, if you ask me...


"As of April 26, the Federal Communications Commission can start hitting pirate radio operators with beefy new fines.

The Federal Register has now published rules that the FCC recently adopted at the direction of Congress in the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement (PIRATE) Act.” The rules take effect April 26.

The act, signed by President Trump early last year, gives the FCC authority to levy fines of up to $100,000 per violation and $2 million in total."

Let's be honest. Except for a few rare exceptions, most pirates (those using more power than Part 15 allows) are harming literally no one. The ONLY reason anyone besides radio folks like us care about them is because they're most likely not paying music licensing fees.

Let's put that in perspective, however. There's far, FAR, less pirates than legal music stations. So, while I can't produce exact numbers, the exact amount they're "stealing" is astronomically low compared with how much ASCAP BMI and others are getting from iHeart and others. But considering just how greedy those companies are, and how little the artists even actually get from the fees anyway, paying the music licensing only really fattens the pockets of rich execs and not the artists.

I say if you really want to pay the artists, your best bet is buying their LPs or (when covid goes away) going to their live shows and buying their merch. A pirate is harming absolutely no one, and certainly not hurting the bank accounts of the artists their playing on air.

Besides, the pirates who don't get caught are likely doing the smart thing and constantly measuring SWR, protecting against harmonics and picking the most clear and safe frequencies. And aren't airing songs riddled with curse words. And using audio processing to blend in even better.

Check it out! I keep adding recordings weekly so comment and share the page to other people who'd enjoy these recordings.


The Vinyl Frontier returns to SW. Tune in.

QSL ionradioshortwave@gmail.com and wharradio@gmail.com

Via KiwiSDR in Central UK, hearing very very strong classic. Wild Horses by Stones into Midas Shadow by Al Stewart.

Checked here in Haddon Heights, NJ on my Tecsun 880, very VERY faintly heard here. Mostly ham interference.

Heard an ID for Zenith Classic Rock at 0302z

edit by Ray : so editing the subject (in place of UNID), and UTC date is 3

A C-QUAM special! Is that at all likely this year?

My new-fangled SDR decodes AM Stereo and would love to hear you work that magic on shortwave. Since we're on this topic, were there any other SW stations that broadcasted in stereo at some point?

A-Train, who's been on the HFU for far too long to count.

KD2VEG, got my tech class license today. I barely passed the test but hey I passed so who cares! Math is my worst subject but when you really want something, you stick to it.

Catch me 10m when the damn sun cooperates.

Huh? / The Pirate Radio Experience
« on: May 07, 2020, 1509 UTC »
I am extremely proud to present my final project for my TV production course. This is the last thing I ever made for a class.

I want to give huge props to Jasmine Cabrera for editing this. If it wasn't for her, this would not exist.

I also want to thank Allan Weiner of WBCQ for the interview.



Huh? / A Bud in the Park
« on: May 04, 2020, 0551 UTC »

Who here has ran (or currently runs) a pirate radio station (no matter what band) and would like to do a short (1-3 minutes) interview about what it was like, why you did it, and what inspired you to do so?

It can also be a part 15 station, because the ideas of microbroadcasting are the same no matter the wattage.

You have to have a good webcam and or good audio and internet to be considered for this. If only audio, we can work with that, as the interview content is that crucial to the project. But a webcam is a huge plus.

I am using it for a video production project for my TV production course. Mind you this is my last semester so I want to make it good.

Your names & locations WILL NOT be needed nor used in the project at all (for legalities sake).

Please comment below if you want to, and message me directly so we can set up a time during this week to film it. I will screen record the interview.

QSLs Received / Channel Z QSL
« on: April 24, 2018, 1554 UTC »
Got a lovely QSL from Channel Z. First QSL since 2013 from them. Definitely trying harder to get back in to pirate logging and all that fun stuff. College has been a schedule killer. Oh well, at least I'm young?

I'm beginning to amass a pretty hefty collection of radio recordings I have made. I'm doing two things at once, 1) Recording every single Philadelphia AM/FM station for historical purposes. Since there might come a day when they don't exist, and since I live in the Philly market, it makes sense. 2) Recording the rare SW stations I pick up and pirates. I have a really nice collection so far of recordings so go ahead and check it out! I also have a recording of every North Korean SW station and their jammers.


I have been feverishly adding my airchecks of various MW /SW stations I have recorded over the year. Some are from online SDRs, and some are recorded with my own receivers.

The biggest reason I record these stations is, I would reckon, fairly obvious. Many of these stations might not be on in ten years, so from a purely historical perspective, these recordings may be the only ones of the stations I have recorded. For instance, I recorded a 45 minute aircheck of WDAS-AM 1480 Smooth Jazz in philly. It is very well the most comprehensive recording of a station (sadly) no one tunes in to. There is a recording I made of a rare brasillian SW station called "Radio Mosoj Chaski".

There is also a large folder of all the known North Korean SWs, both their stations and jammers. I hope you check it out and remember to record the stations in your area as well! Take a day and get a tape recorded or audacity and just record 15 mins of the MW stations in your area. They might not be on in ten years, and you'll very well might regret not having those recordings.


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