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Indonesian Music Pirates log
« on: September 18, 2022, 1726 UTC »
Overview:
In Asia (mainly Southeast Asia) there are massive amounts of illegal two-way communications on HF. Very little is known about these stations including who they are, what they talk about, or the origin of all the stations. I believe that the majority are likely Indonesian and are “village radio” stations used for people to communicate informally without internet. These stations are almost exclusively two-way, making them of little interest to people who do not speak their languages. However, there are such a large amount that sometimes stations that play music will appear. They make up only a tiny fraction of these stations, but with the number of two-way stations these music stations are still not uncommon. Since these seem to be dual purpose (also used for two-way comms) the programming heard can vary widely. Audio quality can range from very poor (as if a mic is held up to speakers) to very good (as if a music source is connected directly to a high-quality transceiver). Music can last from only a matter of seconds with many interruptions to over 30 minutes without stopping. Sometimes station operators will talk frequently, and others may not talk at all. Unfortunately, it seems these stations are generally not interested in correspondence with DXers and they do not provide station names or contact information. They do often conduct regular conversations after playing music. These stations use regular ham radio equipment, so power is likely not very high. Thank you to Pigmeat who has informed me that these stations have been around for at least two or three decades. I feel it is worth logging these stations here because, at the moment, these are the only know shortwave music pirates from Asia. They use multiple bands, which are listed below.

4000-4200 kHz, AM mode, night:
Mostly used for two-way voice traffic, occasionally voice stations play music. 5 kHz channel spacing. There is also a station around 4142 AM (extra drifty) that seems to operate 24/7 with almost exclusively music. Not heard during the day but I do not know if it simply fades out or only operates at night. This is part of the 4 MHz marine band, so maybe stations on boats? Possible, but I have heard any boat motors and I often hear music in the background. Not heard in North America due to the use of AM mode. 4100 AM is the most used voice frequency.

6900-7200 kHz, LSB mode, night:
Mostly used for two-way voice traffic, occasionally voice stations play music. 5 kHz channel spacing. Music stations mostly use 6980 and 6985 kHz. Indonesian chanters are found in this band. Many stations are intruders in the 40 meter ham band, although no music stations are found there. Seems to be mostly ham radios in use, very good SSB audio. Heard in Western North America.

8000-9300 kHz, SSB mode, day:
Mostly used for two-way voice traffic, occasionally voice stations play music. LSB and USB used randomly, channel spacing also random. Very busy, likely over 1000 conversations at any time. Not heard in North America due to operation at a time when propagation to Asia is closed.

10000-11500 kHz, SSB mode, day & night:
Mostly used for two-way voice traffic, occasionally voice stations play music. LSB and USB used randomly, channel spacing also random. Very busy, likely over 1000 conversations at any time. Often intrude into the 30 meter ham band. Heard in Western North America.

26000-29000 kHz, AM mode, day:
Used for voice only, no music. Extremely busy, at least three stations on the same frequency every 10 kHz from 26000-28000 kHz when the band is open. Stations are also heard intruding on the 10 meter ham band but it is not as busy as the Citizens band or the freeband. It is possible the ones in the Citizens Band are operating legally but without knowing what equipment and power level they are using it is difficult to say for sure. Not heard in North America due to poor propagation on the 11 meter band.

I have created this thread as a place to put all my loggings of these stations without creating an unnecessary number of threads in the other board. It would be highly appreciated if anyone else posts loggings here or information about these stations. Since there is no information about these stations online, everything I know about them is based on observations and guesses. All loggings are using the KiwiSDR in Jakarta, Indonesia unless otherwise noted.

S7 signal on 6990.03 LSB.

1710 UTC-Indonesian pop music, maybe Dangdut?
1716 UTC-More Indonesian pop music
1718 UTC-OFF
1720 UTC-Back, now in FM with Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits
1722 UTC-Briefly in AM then OFF

S7 signal on 6985.03 LSB.

1722 UTC-ON
1726 UTC-Still going with Dangdut (?) music
1727 UTC-Next possible Dangdut music
1732 UTC-Man now talking over and singing along to the music, not sure if it’s the music station op (I think so) or another station
1741 UTC-Signal keeps going off air, but it is on currently with music
1745 UTC-Now staying on air, next Dangdut
1747 UTC-Skipping through songs (trying to find one he likes?), found one he likes
1748 UTC-Bukan Yang Pertama by Unknown Artist (detected by YouTube)
1752 UTC-Cincin Puthin by Unknown Artist (detected by YouTube)
1756 UTC-OFF

0420 UTC 19 Sep 2022

Music station on 10393.60 USB.

Recording (I have more if anyone is interested): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCQSFQ6nIi8
« Last Edit: September 22, 2022, 1537 UTC by Shortwave_listener »
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
Shortwave Radio Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvFozIEJobfl6kaljIEUw/featured

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Indonesian Music Pirates log
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2022, 1422 UTC »
Station on 6980.04 kHz LSB at S9. S3 on the Prince George, British Columbia KiwiSDR. Down to S2 in Prince George at 1515 UTC.

1415 UTC-Dangdut music
1418 UTC-More Dangdut music
1426 UTC-Still going although breaks are frequent
1438 UTC-Station op said something over the music
1455 UTC-Playing a song I heard earlier
1502 UTC-Different style of music, instrumental
1506 UTC-OHR signal suddenly much louder
1509 UTC-OHR back down to previous level
1514 UTC-Long break
1515 UTC-Instrumental music, unknown genre
1526 UTC-The music station lowered the volume of the music and had a QSO with another station with the music in the background
1529 UTC-Now mostly back to music, sometimes talking or singing over it
1534 UTC-Song ended, op said "standby, standby" then a QSO
1600 UTC-GONE

Station on 4075 kHz AM at S9 in the 4 MHz maritime band playing music. This band is busy in Aisia with AM voice, but this is the first time I have heard music there. 4100 AM seems to be a net, nearly all voice traffic in this band is on this frequency. Also producing a spur on 4110.9v kHz. This station seems to be testing using music.

1612 UTC-Music, Dangdut?
1613 UTC-OFF
1614 UTC-Back on
1615 UTC-OFF
1617 UTC-Transmitter on and off frequently, some whistling over the music
1618 UTC-Moved to 4130, spur now on 4094v
1619 UTC-OFF
1622 UTC-Back on 4075, spur now on 4111v kHz
1625 UTC-OFF
1630 UTC-Back ON
1632 UTC-Talking and whistling over the music
1636 UTC-Now having a QSO

Station on 4137.30v at S5. First seen on the waterfall by 1612 UTC at the latest. Severe rapid frequency drift between 4137.0 and 4137.5 kHz.

1640 UTC-Very weak, some kind of music
1700 UTC-Still going, no breaks
1740 UTC-Still going
2130 UTC-Still going, up to 4139v kHz
« Last Edit: September 19, 2022, 2133 UTC by Shortwave_listener »
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
Shortwave Radio Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvFozIEJobfl6kaljIEUw/featured

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Re: Indonesian Music Pirates log
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2022, 1526 UTC »
The station on 4139 AM is still there, S5 today and drifted up to 4140v.

Station on 4060 AM at S9.

1525 UTC-Dangdut and OM singing and talking over top
1526 UTC-Song ended, now just talking
1530 UTC-QSO now?

Station on 6980.02 LSB at S9+10. S3 on the Prince George, British Columbia KiwiSDR. I am certain I have heard all this music on this frequency before, maybe somebody's favorite music?

1535 UTC-Dangdut music
1538 UTC-Next Dangdut song
1542 UTC-Music cut off and OM now talking
1543 UTC-Back to music
« Last Edit: September 20, 2022, 1549 UTC by Shortwave_listener »
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
Shortwave Radio Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvFozIEJobfl6kaljIEUw/featured

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Re: Indonesian Music Pirates log
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2022, 1511 UTC »
The station on 4139 AM is still there, S5 today and drifted up to 4142v.

Station at S9 on 6955 LSB.

1505 UTC-Dangdut music
1506 UTC-OFF

Station at S7 on 6980 LSB.

2347 UTC-Dangdut music
2352 UTC-Next Dangdut music
2355 UTC-OFF
« Last Edit: September 21, 2022, 2356 UTC by Shortwave_listener »
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
Shortwave Radio Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvFozIEJobfl6kaljIEUw/featured

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Re: Indonesian Music Pirates log
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2022, 1434 UTC »
The station on 4139 AM is still there, S7 today and drifted up to 4142.5v.

1431 UTC-Unknow music, audio quality seems poor.
1444 UTC-Now talking with music in the background, maybe a speech or something from a licensed station?
1505 UTC-Still talking
1513 UTC-Back to music by this time
« Last Edit: September 22, 2022, 1517 UTC by Shortwave_listener »
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
Shortwave Radio Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvFozIEJobfl6kaljIEUw/featured

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Re: Indonesian Music Pirates log
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2022, 1936 UTC »
The station originally on 4139 AM is still there, S5 today and on 4142.5v (same as yesterday).

2300 UTC-Now up to 4144v

Station at S7 on 6980 LSB.

1800 UTC-Dangdut music
1840 UTC-GONE

Station at S9 on 6990 LSB.

1800 UTC-Dangdut music
1840 UTC-GONE

Station at S5 on 6985 LSB.

0616 UTC-Dangdut music, another station whistling and talking over top
0620 UTC-OFF
« Last Edit: September 24, 2022, 0621 UTC by Shortwave_listener »
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
Shortwave Radio Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvFozIEJobfl6kaljIEUw/featured

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Re: Indonesian Music Pirates log
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2022, 2329 UTC »
The Jakarta, Indonesia KiwiSDR is down today  :(
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
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Re: Indonesian Music Pirates log
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2022, 1532 UTC »
The station originally on 4139 AM is still there, S5 today and on 4140v (gone back down). No music stations heard in the 43 meter band today.

1459 UTC-Talk by man, super weak
1515 UTC-Still the same person talking
1520 UTC-Unknown music
1526 UTC-Oriental sounding music
1529 UTC-OFF mid song, maybe technical problems?
1544 UTC-Back by this time

This station really has me thinking. Being that it seems to operate 24/7 (or at least all night every night) and broadcasts long talks I am doubting it is a station like any of the others I have logged in this thread. The rest have been short broadcasts without a lot of effort going to really reach an audience, very different from this station. If it is a hobby operation, it is more like the shortwave pirates found in North America (someone is actually trying to broadcast to an audience). That is one idea, a hobby broadcasting pirate. I had also read the information linked from this website (http://www.ontheshortwaves.com/DXing_Indonesia/DXing_Indonesia.html) long before I found these stations I log in this thread. In those articles are mentions of "amatir" stations, but booth articles disagree on the legality of those stations. One states they are privately owned SWBC stations with a license and the other states they are pirates, much like the many MW pirates in Indonesia. If they are indeed pirates, could this be the only remaining "amatir" station? One that has decided to continue on shortwave despite the disappearance of all the other SW amatir stations? Finally, the least interesting theory, it could be some sort of harmonic or spur from a MW station. However, it can be heard on all three Indonesian KiwiSDR's (a very long range for a harmonic or spur) and it drifts a lot more than any Indonesian MW station I have heard (they often use bad transmitters but none of them will drift almost 1 kHz in a matter of seconds like this). What I do know about it is it seems to be very low power, and the transmitter drifts a lot. It is not audible outside of Indonesia. Anyone with information or ideas is very welcome to post them.
« Last Edit: September 26, 2022, 1544 UTC by Shortwave_listener »
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
Shortwave Radio Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvFozIEJobfl6kaljIEUw/featured

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Re: Indonesian Music Pirates log
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2022, 1526 UTC »
The station originally on 4139 AM is still there, S5 today and on 4140v (same as yesterday). No music stations heard in the 43 meter band today.
Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using a Sony ICF-2010 with an 11 meter inverted V antenna.
Shortwave Radio Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMvFozIEJobfl6kaljIEUw/featured

 

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