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FM Free Radio / Re: Electric Spruce Radio
« on: September 11, 2020, 1523 UTC »
Ahoy. I'm in Salem. I'll tune around and see if I can find you. Feel free to DM me or email me at beerusmaximus@gmail.com with frequency and on-times, if you wish.

General Radio Discussion / Radio Six Pops Up Again on Shortwave
« on: July 22, 2020, 1618 UTC »
Radio Six International has not been a full-time shortwave broadcaster for some time. But after two recent live broadcasts on 6070 kHz prompted by the pandemic, it says it will continue monthly broadcasts at least for now.


From one of the internet's preeminent nautical shipping sites (who would have thought?)...

During times of peace and prosperity, the death of traditional radio isn’t a problem on anyone’s radar but, COVID-19 has reminded us that we need to be prepared for the unexpected, especially considering the fact that modern systems like satellite radio are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The good news is that HAM radio has seen a resurgence during the past few months. Around the world, thousands of new amateur radio operators have used their time in quarantine to study for a radio license and many standby on HF stations like 14.300 MhZ to provide free information and services to ships.


Might we see a new shortwave station in Illinois? Chris will be thrilled to learn it plans to broadcast in DRM!


Shortwave Pirate / Re: Radio Humperdoo 4190 USB 2030 UTC 16 Feb 2020
« on: February 16, 2020, 2039 UTC »
Whitney Houston at 2038 UTC, and then into ID, belated Valentines Day show, drunken pirate, and requests for songs via HFU. Really nice S9+ signal in the Boston burbs!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Burry Cookie Hour 5160 AM 1621 UTC 16 Feb 2020
« on: February 16, 2020, 1638 UTC »
Back as well here with Burry Cookie Hour IDs, the theme of the show.. you must figure out. Very nice signal at 1637 UTC.

Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 5160 AM 1621 UTC 16 Feb 2020
« on: February 16, 2020, 1630 UTC »
"Foreigner Suite" by Cat Stevens at 1629 UTC then off with no ID. Was a very good S8+ here in the Boston burbs.

Really neat radio. There's a LOT of information, pictures and even a few audio clips here:


MW Free Radio / Re: UNID 1710 AM 0434 UTC 11 Feb 2020
« on: February 11, 2020, 2036 UTC »
The audio clip is from Clyde Lewis' "Groundzero" program which is an Art Bell knock-off kind of thing featured on AM stations late at night.

Pirate Radio History / Re: Vintage reception report MEGA THREAD!
« on: February 11, 2020, 1857 UTC »

Pirate Radio History / Re: Vintage reception report MEGA THREAD!
« on: February 11, 2020, 1815 UTC »
None yet, Pigmeat. But here's a few more North American reception reports:

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Channel Z 4065 am 1638 utc 8 Feb 2020
« on: February 08, 2020, 1706 UTC »
6925 // 4065 AM with a song list at 1705 UTC. Shout out to listeners in France. Very nice S9+10 signal on both frequencies!

General Radio Discussion / Re: Pirate radio modes (AM/SSB)
« on: February 08, 2020, 0024 UTC »
This topic might be appropriate for the Technical -> Equipment forum, but I'll leave it here for now.

Historically, pirate radio operations on HF were almost always on AM up until the early to mid-1990's. This can probably be attributed to the large amount of very cheap, used tube-type equipment that was easy to find at hamfests. As time went on, SSB began to become quite popular as the availability and ease of keeping old AM gear on the air became a problem. But AM was always a little easier on the ear.

Now we are kind back in a transition period where it's fairly easy to get on the air with a good sounding AM signal due to the availability of "SDR" transceivers. Flex and ANAN transceivers sound really good on AM. And there are other AM options, like individuals who build/sell custom transmitters for AM. You can find them here if you look.

The mode you choose to broadcast in, then, is a factor of personal preference, technical capability, and finances. I think most pirate HF listeners are versatile enough to treat both modes equivalently. Me, I like a good sounding AM signal, but I'll listen to any pirate regardless of mode. In recent times there have been some pirates who can do sideband REALLY well - Mix comes to mind.

If you are looking to broadcast, I'd go with "run what you brung" and then backfill/improvise/tweak as you get feedback from listeners and figure out what you are comfortable with.

Huge S9+40 signal in the Boston burbs, ultra-hi fi wideband SSB. UNID new-wave kind of song at 2127 (don't have my phone on me so can't Shazam it). Mix ID at 2128 UTC. Then into another new-wavy Euro-ish song, maybe in French?

Pirate Radio History / Re: Vintage reception report MEGA THREAD!
« on: February 07, 2020, 1819 UTC »
That's the last batch for a day or two.. scanning and resizing these things takes a lot of time, and I have tons of these! I'll post more after a short break.

In the meantime, are you joining us on the HFU chat server? If you don't hang out there, you should check it out! A huge gang of HFU regulars are always there and it's easy to join!

Click this topic to learn more about getting onto the chat: https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,41066.0.html

You'll want to start with the #general channel, as that's where most daily chatter is. But there's lots of other specific channels for certain radio topics. Why don't you join us?

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