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Shortwave Pirate / Old Time Radio 6770 AM 1310 UTC 17 FEB 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 1424 UTC »
Carrier only, then faded up to a decent signal for the closing credits of an OTR show. Gone when came back at 1420

Sounded like a talk show being relayed. Some local computer noise on freq. Heard for about a min or two, then gone

1907: same station back on the air with '70s pop-rock (maybe Steely Dan?). Clear IDs at 1955. Thanks for the show!

Crooked Man relay starting at 2011

Shortwave Pirate / WXZR relay 6925.7 AM 1859 UTC 25 Jan 2018
« on: January 25, 2018, 1911 UTC »
"Meontological Research Radio" Weak/fair with emergency broadcasting network test parody, National Lampoon news, some odd music and IDs. I think this show was from 1990 & I'm not sure if it's ever been relayed since that year. Thanks to the relay station!

General Radio Discussion / Next Global HF Weekend: November 3-5, 2017
« on: October 29, 2017, 2204 UTC »
The next Global HF Weekend is a few days away, so I thought it was finally time to mention it here  :) I've heard from a few station operators and listeners who said they plan to participate, so hopefully it'll be a good time for everyone.

The idea behind the Global HF Weekends are to promote friendship through radio around the world. The hope is that listeners will be able to hear different stations and for broadcasters to reach distant locations. Anyone may participate. I've already heard from a few stations who plan to broadcast and I've been in contact with a number of listeners.

The last one, which occurred during the first weekend of April, resulted in some success with intercontinental broadcasting. Four North American pirates all operated around 0600 UTC between 6920 and 6950 kHz and were heard in New Zealand. A South American station ran 24/7 tests on 6930 kHz across Global HF Weekend and was reported in Germany, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and South America with only 10 watts. One Dutch station was logged in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Kentucky, New York, Maryland, and Virginia. Other stations were active specifically for the weekend, but just for a local or regional audience.

We'll see how many stations show up during the next weekend. It seems unlikely that stations will be using 13 meters this time and much more likely that stations will be trying the 6900-kHz range and possibly 31 and 25 meters.

November 3-5, 2017
Maybe 15010-15090 kHz, probably 6200-6400 kHz and 6800-6990 kHz

Of course, these were general frequency ranges used by pirates during prior Global HF Pirate weekends. Some stations will surely operate on frequencies and times outside of these ranges. In fact, the way conditions have been lately, frequencies at or below 15 MHz seem like they will be more effective for intercontinental broadcasting. These will be updated on the Hobby Broadcasting (http://hobbybroadcasting.blogspot.com/) blog as it happens and also check the loggings on HF Underground (https://www.hfunderground.com/).

Shortwave Pirate / Old-Time Radio unid 6770 AM 2205+ UTC 21 Oct 2017
« on: October 21, 2017, 2212 UTC »
Good signal with Wild Bill Hickock show & ad for Kellogg's cereal. Thanks for the show!

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / T-368
« on: October 08, 2017, 0313 UTC »
I received a call tonight from a radio hobbyist who had recently been at a hamfest in NJ. There, he saw someone who had a T-368 transmitter that had recently been restored at the Tobyhanna Army Depot & had its audio opened up to 6 kHz. He said that it has spares, which I assume means a full extra set of tubes? My friend said that he'd tell others about it, so he told me & ask if I knew anyone interested. Because of the price and the weight, I don't. But I asked it was OK if I post it here.

This T-368 was made by B&W (I don't which version it is) & I believe it's capable of about 500 watts carrier from 1500 kHz to 20 MHz. They're huge beasts & about the closest that the Americans have to the German Rohde & Schwartz transmitters that the Dutch pirates use.

Anyway, the asking price on this transmitter is $2,000. I don't know if that's negotiable. I assume part of the price is because it was refurbed by the Army. My friend said he'd send the contact info of the guy who's selling it, so if you're interested, I can pass it along.

Neither I nor my contact have any actual connections to the sale of this equipment, but they *are* really cool pieces of equipment that I hear about more often than I see.

Shortwave Pirate / Liquid Radio 6925 AM 0040+ UTC 4/26/17
« on: April 26, 2017, 0042 UTC »
Big carrier up here a few times, but I've been hearing faint music for a few minutes

Cupid Radio (ID per op) starting to fade in here, with a YL vocal pop song. I've got some local noise on the freq, but others should be able to hear it well

Shortwave Pirate / Moonlight Radio 6925 USB 4/1 1330 UTC
« on: April 01, 2017, 1330 UTC »
Weak, funk with sax. ID per station, who said it was a James Brown song. Thanks for the QSL & the info!

Just a reminder that the next Global HF Weekend is coming up: March 30-April 2, 2017

Finnish DXer Harri Kujala started the weekends (the 1st weekend of April & the 1st weekend of November) about five years ago & I said I'd write about them. The idea was for listeners in faraway areas to be able to hear broadcasts that normally would not be audible (or barely so)--all while promoting cooperation among those in the hobby. In those first GFWs, some transatlantic QSOs were established and stations from Europe & North America were reported in Russia, India, Ukraine, Japan, and other countries.

I'd expect that some stations will post schedules on HFU. I'll also be tracking the broadcasts and schedules on my blog, so if any stations send schedules to me, I'll post it, but without the station name: just date, time, frequency. This will be especially handy for those stations who choose to operate outside of Harri's suggested 19m and 13m frequencies. Given the lack of sunspots and the low solar activity, 9, 11, 13, and 15 MHz might be better choices than 21 MHz.

Here's the rest of the general info:

March 30-April 2, 2017
General frequency ranges:
   15010-15100 kHz
   21455-21550 kHz

Basic schedule:
   European morning, 0800-1200 UTC from Europe to Asia/Japan/Oceania.
   European afternoon, 1200-1600 UTC from Europe to North America and vice versa.
   European night, 2200-2400 UTC from North America to Asia/Oceania.

Of course, these are general frequency ranges where pirates have broadcast during prior Global HF Pirate weekends. Some stations will surely operate on frequencies and times outside of these ranges. These will be updated on HF Underground (https://www.hfunderground.com/) and on the Hobby Broadcasting (http://hobbybroadcasting.blogspot.com/) blog as it happens.

Shortwave Pirate / OTR unid: 6770 AM, 12/7, 1305+
« on: December 07, 2016, 1422 UTC »
Pretty good signal here, but some local noise is making clear reception a bit difficult. "I saw him raise his right hand and make a stabbing motion." I couldn't quite copy enough info to figure out which show this was. Hopefully, the local noise will disappear soon & give me a chance to hear it better later.

Thanks for the show; nice to hear again.

The 2015-16 Pirate Radio Annual is now nearly finished and I'm taking advance orders for copies of the book. I've had the CD ready for a while now (although I need to start burning copies). I started laying out the PRA about a month ago, then realized last week that my column margins were too narrow, so I re-set it. Just finished the cover tonight and the files are going to the printer tomorrow. From there, the finished books should be ready in 4-6 weeks.

In case you are wondering what the Pirate Radio Annual is, it's a paperback book with an 5.5" x 8.5" trim size. This is the 6th edition. Each are divided into two parts: the first is pirate radio "articles" and the second part of the book is a listing of entries on North American shortwave pirate stations that were reported in the past year (and also European pirates that were reported in a large portion of North America). The book contains images from dozens of stations + contact information, URLs of websites, etc. Because this year's edition is running long, I cut back on the "articles" in this year's edition . . . WGM: World's Greatest Mistake and the updates for next two Global HF Pirate weekends.

This year's edition is 230 pages (34 pages longer than the last edition) and contains an audio CD-R with sample tracks of audio from pirates from the past year. 92 different stations (up 20 from last year) are represented on the CD....although the recording is on a CD-R, it is an audio CD that can be played in standard CD players, computers, etc. BTW, after creating hundreds of these CDs, I heard from one reader that the CD wouldn't fit properly in his slot-loading Mac computer. If you want to use it in one of these computers or device with a narrow slot, let me know and I can send your CD without a label.
If you want an advance copy, the price until August 7 is $16 + $3 shipping ($19) to the United States. I'm not yet sure if the extra 34 pages will affect the shipping cost to the rest of the world. I should probably wait until the copies arrive so that I can check the shipping cost/weight to Europe/Australia/Canada/etc., rather than guessing and posting an amount that's totally inaccurate, so I appreciate your patience while I get it figured out.

Also, I found a less-expensive printer for this edition. When I was offering advance copies at the Winterfest, I thought it'd be more expensive than it wound up being. So, if you advance ordered at the Winterfest, I'll be returning $1 with your copy.

You can either send a check or money order in US funds to:
Cabinet Communications
PO Box 109
Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214

 or  you can send the $ via PayPal to info /at/ hobbybroadcasting.com

General Radio Discussion / Radio DMT/rdla4 SSTV?
« on: May 22, 2016, 2001 UTC »
I think this is the last of these types of Qs from me for this year, but I found rdla4's SSTV download of Radio DMT. I noticed that rdla4 isn't a member anymore, so I'm not sure that he'll even read this. And I'm not sure that Radio DMT is around, either. I'll use art for Radio DMT if I can either get permission from rdla4 or an SSTV decode from someone else. Thanks again!

General Radio Discussion / Radio Broadcaster SSTV/Token
« on: May 22, 2016, 1947 UTC »
Sorry to post a personal message here, but I'm finally getting the Pirate Radio Annual set up. I found Token's SSTV image of Radio Broadcaster. So, the Q is, if Token reads this, could I have your permission to reprint the SSTV in the upcoming PRA?

Thanks much!

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 AM 1541 UTC 6 Feb 2016
« on: February 06, 2016, 1545 UTC »
Have a decent carrier, but not much audio is making it here. Just bits & pieces . . . and it's buried. Seems to be getting a bit better at 1545

1547: Sounds like a ham (or MARS?) net being relayed by someone in AM mode here. I guess it must be the unid station that's been on through the morning & afternoon lately relaying lots of stuff

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