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A suggestion, from the offices of Beerus Maximus, to pirate operators.

Please consider, where possible and if you are frequency agile, choosing another frequency near 6925. A nightly "peskie" net has taken up residence on 6925 LSB and absolutely destroys modest pirate signals on this frequency. The peskies are probably more of a problem for us up here in the northeast but considering the density of listeners here, it would be really nice if you move up or down a bit so we can hear you. Moving frequencies isn't such a big problem these days; with so many listeners using SDR radios to watch a huge chunk of spectrum around 6925 you'll be found in no time.

Other / Ditter network active 7/28/2013.
« on: July 28, 2013, 1635 UTC »
Centered on approximately 17475 KHz, but audible best in USB at 17474 KHz or in LSB at 17476 is a pronounced "beep" at about 5 second intervals (edit: noted by Token to be actually 6 seconds). Noted at 1635 UTC on 7/28/2013, tipped via #wunclub on IRC, confirmed by Token to be one of the ditters. It's S7 with minor fading here.

Other frequencies active right now (these are the center freqs but I tune -1 KHz in USB):

17650 (much weaker than 17475)
17950 (much weaker than 17475)
17975 (equal to 17475)
18050 (equal to 17475)
18450 (very variable signal strength)

Other known possibly freqs are listed here:


Update: transmissions on all the frequencies I noted have ceased at 1650 UTC.

Shortwave Pirate / Echo One 6920.9 KHz AM 2340+ 7/12/2013
« on: July 12, 2013, 2341 UTC »
Echo One sign on at 2340 UTC and then into music. Very strong S9 signal here.

Shortwave Pirate / Pseudo Radio 6924.7 KHz AM 5/26 1557 UTC+
« on: May 26, 2013, 1558 UTC »
Pseudo Radio popped up on 6924.7 KHz AM with an ID 1558 UTC. Not particularly strong, maybe an S3, and I am having local QRN problems.

Edit: Signal came up dramatically to S9 at 1604 UTC. Really nice signal now!

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 KHz LSB 5/25 1705, 1737, 2104 UTC.
« on: May 25, 2013, 1708 UTC »
6925 LSB, about S7 with moderate fading. Noted from 1705 UTC onward.

1705z - 70's kinda blues-rock thing for sign on
1708z - 80's kind of thing sounding somewhat like Phil Collins
1713z - another blues-rock tune, possibly a mention of Quicksilver Messenger Service at the beginning (live recording)
1718z - off
1737z - back with a 70's/80's style rock thing
1745z - another song
1750z - more QMS (same song as before?)

Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925 KHz AM 2358 UTC 4/18+
« on: April 19, 2013, 0004 UTC »
AM carrier popped up right on 6925 KHz around 2358 UTC. Played a minute or two of some kind of interval signal, then into programming. Extremely weak here in the Boston area. Checked with Iann's, but not a Euro. Anyone else have this? Nobody on IRC seems to hear it.

Other / 16930 KHz (estimated) jammer?
« on: April 15, 2013, 1849 UTC »
I came across this pulsing siren noise on 16930 KHz. Does anyone know what this is? Sounds like a jammer maybe:


First part of recording is in AM, then I switch USB. There may be a very weak carrier at 16932-ish, that could be the target of jamming? Time is 1842 UTC on 4/15/2013.

Equipment / Massive mediumwave interference problem at Beerus HQ.
« on: April 14, 2013, 1411 UTC »
I am soliciting feedback and thoughts on a major problem I am having with an AM station causing me interference.

The station in question is approximately 6 miles (straight line) away from me and also, most of that straight line distance is over a salt water path. I never had a problem with this station, or any other AM radio station causing me interference, until January of this year.

In January, they were granted a construction permit to move from 30kw to 50kw. The problem manifests itself as carriers with audio all over HF and spaced 10, 20 or 30 KHz apart. Some of the carriers are S9, with clearly audible audio that is the same as that on the AM station. On some of the other carriers, I get some kind of mixing products and thus hear OTHER AM stations, such as WBZ (1030 KHz).

The interference lasted a few weeks in January, and then disappeared. It has resumed with a vengeance in the last week or so and seriously compromises my enjoyment of the hobby.

Some questions.

  • How do I accurately characterize this problem? Is it front end overload? Or is this likely to be some kind of spurs from a poorly operating transmission system?
  • Being 6 miles from this station, is it reasonable to expect this type of overload or interference?
  • If this is not a reasonable expectation, would you go straight to the engineering staff of this station, or the FCC?
  • Might my antennas be part of the problem? I have dipoles fed with 450 ohm open line, going to a 4:1 balun, and then a short run of coax. Would a different antenna possibly fix this?

Your thoughts and experiences with this type of problem are appreciated!

Edit: I tested with a 17m coax fed vertical and the interference is still there, which kind of eliminates my antenna system.

Shortwave Pirate / Voice of KAOS 6925 KHz USB 2300 UTC 3/31/2013
« on: March 31, 2013, 2302 UTC »
Sign on at 2300 UTC. Good S9 signal.

I have a loud AM signal, S9, on 6949.5 KHz AM with what sounds like a speech by Al Gore (??) on energy usage.

WGWR "Global Warming Radio" ID at 2338 UTC.

Shortwave Pirate / PPVR 6925 KHz USB 03/22/2013 0319 UTC
« on: March 22, 2013, 0321 UTC »
PPVR kiddie voice announcer singing about PPVR at 0319 UTC. S5 signal.

Shortwave Pirate / Radio Ronin 6925 KHz AM 3/20/2013 0005 UTC+
« on: March 20, 2013, 0005 UTC »
Radio Ronin signing on with the traditional eastern theme at 0005 UTC. The typical strapping S9 Ronin signal here in the Boston burbs. Repeat of a show heard a week or two ago.

Big carrier tuned up on 6937.9 KHz for a few; went off, then came back on with music at 2254 UTC. Very solid S9 signal here. It may be slightly over-modulated.

2254z Dance/electronic song for the opener
2259z Pyscho Chicken (remember CSIC?)
2302z Pirate Radio Boston ID, supporting Pirates for Peace, pirateradioboston@gmail.com
2306z another ID, after a song, mention of featuring music from Boston area
2306z Ra-Ra Riot

European Pirate / Powerliner 6925 KHz AM 03/16/2013 0024 UTC
« on: March 16, 2013, 0024 UTC »
Powerliner is up on 6925 KHz AM with an unknown pop song, moderate fading, but a decent S4 signal. Thanks to DimBulb for the ID.

FM Free Radio / FM raid in Massachusetts.
« on: March 13, 2013, 1326 UTC »
From the March 13th, 2013 Boston Globe:

Authorities have seized equipment reportedly used by a pirate radio station in Brockton that interfered with air traffic communications in the Boston area while playing Haitian ­music, according to officials and records in federal court.

The equipment was confiscated by the US Marshals Service, which executed a warrant March 1 at 9 Rutland St., accord­ing to a legal filing.

Calls to a number listed for Margareth Pamphile, the woman identified in court papers as a resident of the multifamily home who received prior warnings about the station, were not returned Tuesday.

Pamphile has not been charged with any crimes, and it was not immediately clear if she or anyone else will be subject to a fine. Fines in similar cases start at $10,000 and run as high as $25,000, officials said.

According to an affidavit filed in January by Emmanuel Domkam, an electronics engineer with the Federal Communications Commission, officials began investigating the un­licensed station, broadcasting on 91.7 FM in Brockton, in February 2010.

The station’s transmitter has moved three times since then before it ended up on Rutland Street, Domkam wrote.

“Each time, the move ­occurred after we issued/posted a written warning at the transmitter location,” he wrote.

Investigators traced the transmitter to Rutland Street after the Federal Aviation Admin­istration reported in ­October that a possible un­licensed station, later identified as 91.7, was interfering with a frequency it uses to speak with pilots flying in the Boston area, the affidavit stated.

Despite repeated warnings issued to Pamphile, her nephew, Gregory Pamphile, and other residents at 9 Rutland, the station continued to broadcast from there, and a judge signed off in January on a warrant to seize the radio equipment, ­records show.

“Unlicensed broadcasting threatens the integrity of the regulatory structure established by [federal law] to prevent chaos in the radio spectrum,” Domkam wrote.

Officials at several agencies could not say Tuesday whether the reported interference to air communications had caused any serious problems at Logan International Airport or elsewhere.

The FCC said on Tuesday the investigation was a top priority because such interference could be dangerous.

It is an issue that has come up in Brockton before. In 2007, a pirate radio broadcast was cited by federal authorities for inter­fering with traffic control airwaves at Logan, the Globe reported the following year. The equipment was seized.

While officials located the equipment used to broadcast on 91.7 in the current case, much about the programming remains a mystery, according to Domkam.

“We do not know the location of the studio where the station’s programming is produced, and we have not been able to determine the individual responsible for the station’s operation,” he wrote in the affidavit. In effect, authorities do not know the studio’s location but they do know that its content was being broadcast from 9 Rutland St.

The Enforcement Bureau of the FCC shut down 96 pirate operations across the country in fiscal 2012, a spokesman said. In a posting on its website, the FCC said “the operation of these unlicensed broadcast stations can cause interference to other licensed broadcasters, nonbroadcast services, and in some circumstances can even endanger public safety.”

Original link: http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/03/12/federal-officials-seize-equipment-for-reported-pirate-radio-station-brockton/enjD6SUmZP2NMuxTvFEBqK/story.html

Eastern Massachusetts is spilling over with ethnic FM and AM pirates. It won't be long before another station picks up where this one left off.

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