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1  General Category / General Radio Discussion / Re: "Pirates Beware. Chairman Pai Is Coming For You" on: September 16, 2017, 1819 UTC
To be fair, a pirate FM station in Boston (this one: http://bigcityfm.com/) has been a problem for a small, locally owned AM station (this one: http://www.wjib.org/) that was recently granted an FM translator license. Bob Bittner (owner of WJIB) is that farthest thing from a radio conglomerate and I'm pretty sure he makes almost no money, he runs his station (legally) because he loves radio. These are exactly the type of stations that pirates are wise to avoid causing interference to because it undermines the entire "radio conglomerates are evil" justification for pirating.
2  General Category / General Radio Discussion / Commission’s Pirate Crackdown Continues on: July 08, 2017, 0050 UTC
If you operate an FM pirate in the US, I'd be taking a lot of extra caution at this point. It remains to be seen what the impact on HF pirating might be. My gut tells me that the uptick in enforcement is the result of a backlog of complaints from commercial broadcasters to a much more commercial-radio friendly FCC. I'd like to think this won't trickle down to HF hobby broadcasters, but something to keep an eye on...

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It seems we’ve been reporting more about the FCC taking aim at illegal broadcasters under new Chairman Ajit Pai, especially the past few weeks. Thursday, another flurry of pirates were notified they had 10 days to end their operation and respond to the FCC to explain what they were doing operating radio stations without a government license.

http://radioink.com/2017/07/07/commissions-pirate-crackdown-continues/
3  General Category / General Radio Discussion / Why am I Still Listening to British Radio in the U.S.? on: July 08, 2017, 0042 UTC
Interesting perspective. I personally listen to a lot of London area stations on their web streams when I want some music discovery. Rinse FM,  Sub FM, etc.

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As a born and bred Londoner living in the city, I would listen to the radio for around four hours per day during the week and a little less on the weekend..

..But last year I moved with my job to Brooklyn, and I have yet to hear the same quality of broadcasting in the U.S. Being such a heavy consumer of radio, and a fan of so many American artists, I was looking forward to switching my allegiance to the famous U.S. hip-hop stations...

..But when I listen to HOT 97, Power 105.1 or any similar stations, all I hear are commercials, boring chat, and a few Drake and Migos songs played on repeat..

Full article:

http://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/2017/07/radio-uk-vs-us-bbc-npr-kcrw-interview
4  General Category / General Radio Discussion / Re: New boards on the HFU on: March 12, 2017, 1722 UTC
I for one vote for very careful consideration of new categories/sub-forums. Sometimes you run across forums that have a comical number of specific sub-forums. I think it dilutes the forums and folks have a hard time finding one another.
5  General Category / General Radio Discussion / The history of UK pirate radio – and why it’s still here on: January 20, 2017, 1944 UTC
Drive around some parts of London today and you’re still liable to hear mainstream radio broadcasts drowned out by fleeting bursts of unfamiliar music.

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/34394/1/pirate-radio-history-and-future?curator=MusicREDEF
6  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Moonlight Radio 6930 USB 1328 UTC 12/25 on: December 25, 2016, 1329 UTC
Choir/Christmas music up on 6930 USB at 1328. S6-S7 in the Boston burbs.
7  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: Wolverine Radio, 6950 USB, then 4020 USB, 0104 UTC, 12/25/2016 on: December 25, 2016, 0142 UTC
Very nice S9+ signal on 4020 USB at 0142 UTC. Blues music.
8  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: unID 6930 USB 2340z on: December 25, 2016, 0042 UTC
Currently have this as well at 0042 UTC (12/25). Guitar music in USB. S7.
9  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Burn It Down Radio 6945 USB 12/15 0028+ on: December 25, 2016, 0030 UTC
UNID 6945 USB 12/25/2016 0028 UTC. Dylan's Blowin in the Wind. Very good S9+10 signal. Burn It Down Radio ID at 0035 UTC.
10  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: Captain Morgan 6050.3 AM 2055z Dec 24, 2016 on: December 24, 2016, 2058 UTC
Peaked at S8 initially but has taken a fade down to about S2 at 2057 UTC.
11  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: Happy Hanukkah Radio 6925 AM 2030 UTC 24 Dec 2016 on: December 24, 2016, 2032 UTC
Way down in the noise here but I can hear a song at 2032 UTC.
12  Loggings / FM Free Radio / Re: Question on pirate radio on: July 28, 2016, 1823 UTC
The Boston area has a good number of active AM pirates but be prepared to listen in Spanish or Portuguese.
13  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: WEEK 6950 AM 1256 UTC 7 Feb 2016 on: February 07, 2016, 1311 UTC
Huge S9+10 signal with country-rock song with female vocals, maybe Cowboy Junkies?
14  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: Channel Z 6925 AM 1349 UTC 30 Jan2016 on: January 30, 2016, 1352 UTC
Awesome S9+15 signal in the Boston burbs at 1351, playing some funky organ jazzy stuff.
15  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: unID 6925 AM 1227z 1/26/15 on: January 26, 2016, 1255 UTC
Lot of fading but peaks to S7-S8. My noise level is high. Playing some kind of dance/electronic music at 1255 UTC.
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