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Pirate Radio History / Re: Vintage reception report MEGA THREAD!
« on: February 05, 2020, 0138 UTC »
One of the stations he operated was "Radio Free New England". He used many different station names over time. Here's a reception report from 1991, which was one of the earlier operations he ran:

Pirate Radio History / Vintage reception report MEGA THREAD!
« on: February 05, 2020, 0134 UTC »
I'm starting this thread to post pictures/scans of written reception reports to pirate radio stations. We've all seen QSL cards, but few have seen what the pirate radio operators saw before email: written reception reports from listeners in the age of "maildrops".

I grew up with a friend whose air name was "Doctor Lobotomy". He operated numerous shortwave pirate radio stations in the early 1990's. We lived across town from each other, attended high school together but didn't really know each other until we became acquainted by CB radio in our town. Over time, he revealed he was a shortwave enthusiast, a ham radio operator, and eventually, he revealed he operated pirate radio stations. He was instrumental in my introduction to the hobby that has followed me to this day.. HF pirate listening, utilities, oddities, etc.

I'm starting to scan his absolutely huge collection of reception reports. He's long out of the radio scene but I've been bugging him about putting these out there for a while, since I think they are so cool. Maybe you'll find them interesting? If so, please let me know. If you SEE one of your reception reports, feel free to comment! In the interest of privacy, I'll blur out last names and street addresses but keep town/city names. Unfortunately many of these DXers may have passed, some may have no interest in the hobby anymore, and some may still be here. If I happen to post something YOU wrote and you don't want here, feel free to let me know and I'll gladly remove it.

The reception reports are presented in no particular order. Stations I've identified so far operated by Dr. Lobotomy: Radio Free New England, WGNK, KMRZ, WARI, Alternative Radio International, Lobotomy Radio Network, East Coast Music Radio. Operations were primarily from mid-1991 until late 1993, and sporadically from there until about 1995. Almost all of the broadcasts originated from this bedroom studio in the Boston suburbs. I took this picture of Dr. Lobotomy sometime in probably 1992:

I'll continue to update this thread during 2020 as I have time to scan in a huge collection of reports. Keep checking back! Also, if anyone else has reception reports they'd like to add, feel free!

VHF/UHF Logs, including satellites and radiosondes / Re: UHF mil air
« on: February 04, 2020, 1450 UTC »
Last night on my piaware receiver I picked up hex code AE0414 off the coast of Massachusetts, an E-6B Mercury (reg 164387) using callsign "PIGGY13". They did an unusual clockwise circuit over the mid-Atlantic before heading out into the gulf of Maine towards Bangor, then turned around and backtracked until turning out to sea south of Cape Cod where trackers lost them.

so are these Boeing test flight loggings helpful? i'm just wondering if i should keep posting them.

Yes, absolutely, these are really interesting. Keep them coming! It'd be extra fantastic if Matt has pictures of the stuff you catch (I think he gets pictures of everything). If you have not seen his blog you should check it out: http://kpae.blogspot.com/

That was the first flight for VH051. Photo:


Wow, hey Matt, glad you joined us! I have been following you and your pictures for YEARS on airliners.net and your blog, and pretty sure I briefly chatted with you while I was hanging out in the Future of Flight parking lot about 10 years ago, watching 787 tests. My one and only visit to KPAE but I'd like to bring my little kids back when they're older.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 5125 USB 1805 UTC 02 February 2020
« on: February 02, 2020, 1814 UTC »
Insanely huge signal in the Boston burbs. S9+bazillion. Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan at 1814 UTC and then a computer voice "thank you for your signal report". Very wide 10 KHz signal with awesome audio.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Doc Detroit 5160 AM/6870 AM 1751 02 Feb 2020
« on: February 02, 2020, 1811 UTC »
Really nice S8+ signal here in the Boston burbs! "Opening Up" by CRUISR at 1810 UTC.

Equipment / Re: 120 ft T2FD Antenna Build
« on: February 02, 2020, 1806 UTC »
Chris, two questions -

- What resistor specifically did you use (wattage, etc).
- Any articles or hints on potting that you find informative? I've never done it and know nothing about how to do it.

General Radio Discussion / Re: What are they thinking?
« on: February 02, 2020, 1437 UTC »
I bought an ACOM amplifier from DX Engineering a few years ago and they were great to deal with. I had no idea they were in the back of a Summit racing store though! Are they somehow related?

Nice catch, this was a newly built USAF KC-46A tanker flight test. According to a spreadsheet on Airliners.net, specifically it's:

L/N 1188 C/N 41868 B767-2LKC 18-46051 USAF KC-46A (VH051) Lot 4, #11/18, tail 86051

So new I can't actually find any pictures of it and I also can't find the N number it's flying under. Usually the plane spotters around PAE capture everything.

Here's the flight track: https://www.radarbox24.com/data/flights/BOE051

If you are intently curious, this was tail number N370UP, a new-build 767 freighter for UPS. Ironically a photographer happened to catch this exact plane taxiing out for the flight you heard on HF:


This was a short 17 minute test flight, I'd say it's very likely that the transmission you heard was from testing while it was on the ground. For a 17 minute flight the cockpit would probably be pretty busy with other things.

Utility / Re: 11175 USB
« on: January 31, 2020, 1609 UTC »
11175 // 8992 has been busy this morning with PAID OFF broadcasting multiple EAMs, and then calling TELL TALE (no response) at 1607 UTC. During the EAM, RTTY data appeared right along side the voice audio on both frequencies.. sounds a lot like it is mixed in with the EAM audio itself from the same transmitter.

Another EAM from PAID off began at 1616 UTC, much stronger on both frequencies, and without the RTTY.

FM Free Radio / Re: FM pirates in the Boston area.
« on: January 30, 2020, 1525 UTC »
ID'd my 88.5 this morning, it's Big City FM which has been on other frequencies in the past and has also been the subject of at least one bust. See: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/radio-equipment-seized-two-illegal-radio-stations-boston

Equipment / Re: Dual band vertical Vs Discone
« on: January 29, 2020, 1526 UTC »
Honestly if it were me, and I could only have one antenna to share between 2m/440 TX and general coverage VHF/UHF receive then I would pick a solid 2m/440 vertical like the Diamond Antenna X50A.

For a pre-amp, if money is no object, a Stridsberg PRE-20.


Their multicouplers are also fantastic so if you are looking to share a single antenna with multiple receivers they have a great solution. I have the MCA204M and it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Just make sure you never put RF through it - RX only!

I like this shameless rip off of Sony radios, right down to the packaging and the "ICF" nomenclature: http://www.winningmart.com/goods-54083.html

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