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Shortwave Pirate / ? 6930U, 8/10, 0300 UTC
« on: August 10, 2012, 1601 UTC »
Someone here with a weak signal between passing t-storms (so lots of noise). I listened for a couple of min, hit the recorder, & went to bed. Possibly BOR?
Thanks for the show!

Shortwave Pirate / Unid: 6925U, 7/20, 0300 UTC
« on: July 20, 2012, 0302 UTC »
Weak signal in high static crashes. Pretty similar in quality to my receptions of The Machine & Stone Circles Radio over the past two days. I have my doubts that I'll be able to pull an ID out of it, although I can tell that it's music and not talk.

Shortwave Pirate / Radio Whatever: 6925, 7/16, 2310+
« on: July 16, 2012, 2346 UTC »
Weak signal here with fading & ethereal music. No ID heard, but ID per the station op.
Thanks for the show!

Fair/good sig, but a lot of t-storm crashes. On with about 3 min or so of the "Lincolnshire" numbers station IS, then a real male announcer trying to sound like a computer voice. Announcement seemed to be primarily to correct logs about the station that was reported as this one at 0630 UTC on 6930 kHz AM last night--that was not this station. Instead, the announcer mentioned that 4 logs of this were of his station. Not sure if I caught all of the dates correctly, but I think they were 7/7, 7/9, 7/12, & 7/14. He also mentioned those who logged him: "Far-ley, Sea-Lord, Yo-der, Smo-lin-ski," etc. Then, a few minutes of the "Lincolnshire" numbers station IS. I heard part of a rock song after this, but I'm not sure if it was the same station & it faded out.

Thanks for the show & please QSL, if you do that sort of thing.
Andrew Yoder
POB 109
BRS, PA 17214

Other / MARS ops on 6845U & 4458U
« on: May 19, 2012, 0021 UTC »
Just tuned in to a MARS net on 6845 kHz USB at 0000 UTC. Looks like 6840-6850 kHz should be avoided by pirates. While they were on, a few of them jumped down to 4458 kHz USB for an antenna test. I don't think that anyone's using 44XX kHz period, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

Equipment / Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter 80-10m FS
« on: April 18, 2012, 2355 UTC »
I posted this ad on the FRN & FRC for sale areas, but I'm not sure if anyone is checking them on a regular basis. My apologies if this is the wrong place to post a classified ad. I'll delete it if everyone would rather it be removed. Otherwise, just contact me with questions, etc.

1960s Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter $40 + shipping. This is one of a few different crystal-controlled AM/CW novice transmitters from the ‘60s that pirates collectively called “shoebox transmitters” in the ‘80s & early ‘90s.

Condition: Missing the case & original knobs have been replaced. How could someone lose the case? I ran it into a dummy load and it fires up fine. Not sure exactly how much power it’s putting out, but I think it was about 30-40 watts peak on 43m & maybe about 10-20 watts on 15m (21 MHz)

The audio to this transmitter is input through an obsolete microphone connector on the back. I alligator-clipped an audio cable to the transmitter (bypassing the connector) and played music. The modulation sounded OK…screen modulation, restricted for voice use, and using the carrier-controlled scheme.

Application: I could see someone really enjoying using this as either a first transmitter or for use on the higher-frequency bands. It’s a great price for all of the frequencies in which this could be used. Because it’s missing the case, it’s not exactly a good transmitter to either let sit where anyone could touch it while it’s operating or for mobile operation. I could imagine it being kept at someone’s cabin or powered shed…it uses 110 VAC, but only draws about 90 watts in, so it could be run on a battery & most inverters as well.

Reliability: Didn’t hear any hum from the electrolytic caps, so my thought is that they’ll last for years. But if you want to be safe, replace them. I didn’t test the tubes, but the crystal oscillated, audio sounded decent, and the power output seemed pretty good, so I didn’t feel like there was a reason to test them.

Media: Photos available upon request. I might be able to do a video, too. Still experimenting with that…

Shipping/packing: I’m planning to double box it. These don’t weigh much for “boat anchors,” I’ve seen them listed at about 19 lbs. online, apparently mostly the power & modulation transformers.

I'll include a copy of the manual & a couple of FT-243 crystals

Just letting you know that the 2012 Pirate Radio Annual is *finally* going to the printer and is available for advance sales. This year’s edition contains an interview with Harri Kujala, a comparison of Channel Z transmitters by Chris Smolinski, an in-depth look at the shortwave activities of The Minority Association (Resurrect Dead) in the early ‘80s, and more bits. Of course, it also contains the beginner’s shortwave listening information and biographical entries on 154 shortwave and (in one case) AM pirates heard in North America in 2011 and also on 20 of the most widely heard (in North America) European pirates. It contains 94 images from 92 different stations.

This year’s edition is 186 pages, but because I reduced the point size slightly, it contains much more information that the previous years’ books.

Of course, the book also contains an audio CD, with 71 minutes of audio from 79 different pirates. Almost all of the audio was either created or broadcast in 2011.

The advance price (until May 10) of the 2012 PRA is $15 + $3 shipping in the US ($4 shipping to Canada, $10 to Europe, Australia, Japan, etc.). After May 10, the price will be $16 + shipping.

The money can be sent via PayPal to: info /at/ hobbybroadcasting.com and checks or money orders can be sent to:

Cabinet Communications
POB 109
Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214

Thanks to all for your patience and assistance!

Shortwave Pirate / WMPR: 6955, 3/24, 2318+
« on: March 24, 2012, 2324 UTC »
Duran Duran "Please, Please Tell Me Now" ID & now another '80s dance song. Really nice signal, but a lot of T-storm QRM.
Thanks for the show!

Shortwave Pirate / WBNY 6264, 3/24, 2120-2140
« on: March 24, 2012, 2323 UTC »
Fair/Good signal here, but heavy T-storm QRM made copy tough. Talent show segments, Off after some sort of numbers stations parody.

Thanks for the show!

I'm about ready to start laying the book out, but I went through it and found stations for which I don't have any 2011 images (QSLs, stickers, etc.). In a few cases, such as 6YCAT & Indira Calling, I don't have any images at all (yeah, I know I should've sent more reports in the late '90s).

Here's my list, not including stations not known to QSL (such as Southern Relay Service, Radio Free Manitoba, etc.)

Ann Hoffer
Blue Ridge Radio
Bust a Nut Radio
Hot Legs Radio
Hunk of Junk Radio
Indira Calling
Lounge Lizard Radio
Radio Cinco de Mayo
Radio Ga-Ga
Radio Jugaloo
Radio Magnetic Pole
Radio Marlene
Sycko Radio
Thinking Man Radio
Trip Wave Radio
Undercover Radio

If you have QSLs from 2011 for any of these and wouldn't mind sharing them for the Pirate Radio Annual, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks again!

General Radio Discussion / FCC activity
« on: March 05, 2012, 1434 UTC »
(to address some comments from the WEAK Radio post)

I think there might be some misconceptions about the FCC and their enforcement from some in the hobby who have been listening or pirating for less than 13 years. We've been lulled to sleep by the FCC's inactivity over the past decade, but they have the technology to close a house-operated station quickly. This bit isn't meant to be comprehensive, but I've heard a number of Qs on the topic and also assumptions about things that I believe are really stretching and I thought I'd mention what I know. Hopefully, it's a help.

The FCC closed at least one pirate in the '80s during the station's first broadcast. In the '80s, the rule was keep the broadcast under 30 min. and only broadcast once or twice per month and you *should* be safe.

Whether an active station gets closed is more a matter of an intersection of the FCC's funding, current feeling/internal policy on SW pirates, and the location of their agents than anything. If an FCC agent is sent to your town to close high-powered CBers, an FM pirate, or to check a licensed AM or FM station, you will be in much greater danger if you fire up on 6925 for a few hours that night. Evidently, the FCC simply ignored SW pirates between about 1999 and 2009, but from late 2010 to early 2011, they cared again.

This is normal. Over the years, they've let things slide and then suddenly closed stations down for a few months or even years. They don't write about why the enforcement levels change, so we really have no idea what causes the change in climate. But this is how they operate. This batch of closures is similar to the ones in '98 and '85. There were also stretches from about '77-'83 and '89-'93 when the FCC closed a number of stations and seemed to be taking a very active approach toward SW pirates. In fact, in 1991 (I believe), a guy was relaying Voice of Laryngitis programs on 15050 kHz (I think) while driving through the Midwest. This was a clear freq that was occasionally used by pirates (in other words, he wasn't QRMing the USAF and this wasn't a primary pirate freq, like 6925 is now). But they set up a roadblock on I-70 and busted him near Denver.

Any time a pirate broadcasts, if the FCC is checking, they can narrow the QTH down to a few square miles with distant DFing. Maybe not the town you're in, but the next town over at least. The problem is sending people out to close stations and do the close-in DFing. They can do it, but it's really expensive and shortwave is finally a low priority.

The FCC has never worked with an active pirate, so there's no chance that a particular SW pirate is selling out other pirates in exchange for keeping himself on the air. The FCC simply doesn't work that way. Also, one particular person complaining to the FCC about a pirate won't make much of a difference overall. Pirates are broadcasting, afterall, and fact is that people are complaining to the FCC about pirates. Some hams (and other people) do listen to pirates and complain to the FCC. In one of my old FOIA requests, I have photocopies of QSLs that one guy was receiving from pirates so that he could send to the FCC to use as evidence against these stations.

One comment made at the Winterfest was that a couple of the stations that were closed interfered with MARS frequencies. I don't know if this is the case, but interfering with MARS *will* cause a reaction from the FCC.

Shortwave Pirate / Radio Scotland Int'l: 6300, 2/26, 2230+
« on: February 26, 2012, 2236 UTC »
Right now bits of talk are intelligible, so not too bad. Has been playing a lot of '80s new wave music so far, so I haven't been able to ID the songs yet.

Thanks for the show!

General Radio Discussion / Winter SWL Fest 3/1 to 3/3
« on: February 25, 2012, 1758 UTC »
BTW, the NASWA Winter SWL Fest is this coming weekend:


General Radio Discussion / Cowboy Stan crosspost
« on: February 24, 2012, 2110 UTC »
This is from the FRN:

We lost an amazingly funny guy and great friend to many of us.

Cowboy Stanley passed away over the weekend.

He was a creative and technical force behind The Voice of Laryngitis. Stan was also an avid radio enthusiast across the entire spectrum as well as a devotee of tracking Monarch butterfly migrations across North America.

Good Bye Stan. We’ll miss you.
Now the cough is very silent.
Genghis Huxley

Shortwave Pirate / Radio Ga-Ga: 6930U, 2/18, 2222+
« on: February 18, 2012, 2228 UTC »
Pretty good signal with soul music. ID "Live from Zipper Lake"

Thanks for the show!

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