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List of Latin American Shortwave Pirates 2023
« on: October 08, 2022, 0018 UTC »
https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Latin_American_Pirate_Radio_Stations

There are many pirate radio stations operating in Latin America, although information is sparsely available online. The vast majority of shortwave pirates in Latin America are from Brazil. They prefer to operate during the daytime, but some do operate at night. This is likely to allow good NVIS (local) propagation, similarly to pirates in North America and Europe. It is not uncommon to hear relays of MW/FM stations on shortwave from Brazil. These are likely unofficial relays by hobbyists, although their purpose is unknown. Hobby stations sometimes run automated programming and maintain a specific schedule, while the majority produce each program individually and operate irregularly (like North American or European pirates). Transmitting equipment is usually homebrew and output is about 10 watts AM mode, although there are exceptions. There are no publications or websites (such as The ACE or HFUderground.com) pertaining to pirate radio in Latin America. Very little information is communicated between stations or listeners. Decades ago, there were many regular broadcast stations on shortwave from Latin America (mostly Peru & Bolivia) that were unlicensed, making them pirates. This was mostly caused by a difficult and lengthy licensing process, which could take as long as two years. These stations have almost completely disappeared from shortwave, with the exception of one station. Such stations still exist on Mediumwave (AM) and FM. Currently all Latin American pirates on shortwave but that one station are hobby operations. Below are the most commonly used bands, although stations frequently operate outside them. All broadcasts are in AM mode.

Another type of pirates from Latin America are Peskies that play music. These are found in the 6800-7000 kHz range in LSB. These stations normally only engage in QSOs, but sometimes they play music. When this happens there is some debate if they should be considered pirate broadcasts, but most people say they are not. Sometimes they will only play one or two songs and continue a QSO, or they may broadcast music for a long period of time. These stations are very distinct from the pirate broadcasters that use AM mode.

6200-6400 kHz

Occasionally for Brazilian stations trying to reach a domestic audience. Often relays of legal stations.

6900-7000 kHz

Not as popular as the other bands, mostly used by nighttime stations trying to reach North American listeners. Most popular frequency is 6925 kHz. Also heavily used by Peskies.

7450-8000 kHz

Most used band, popular for Brazilian stations trying to reach a domestic audience during the day. Most popular frequency is 7560 kHz.

Below is a list of Latin American Pirates active as of 2023. Also included are links to the Wiki articles for the stations (written by me) which often include links or pictures as well as what is written here. "It could be related to other stations" means the station could be the same one as another on the list.

Listed by frequency:

4005-Rádio Casa
5900-Rádio Casa
6017-Organización Radial El Prado
6145.24-Golden Instrumentals
6150-Rádio Saturno
6925-Radio Compañía Worldwide
6935-AD149 Radio
7455-Rádio Casa
7540-Alpha Centauri
8000-Rádio Casa
9289.92-Rádio Araucária
9926v-Free Rádio Minas Gerais
9965 (and others)-Rádio Pirâmide
12000.3-Rádio Transglobe
15624.5-Free Rádio da Bahia
21485v-Oldies Radio

UNID Stations

4940-"La Montana Colombia" (UNID Venezuela)
7560 (and others)-UNID 7560 kHz #1
7560-UNID 7560 kHz #2

AD149 Radio

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/AD149_Radio

AD149 Radio is the only shortwave pirate from Argentina. It was first logged in January 2018 but was not identified by North American listeners until January 2019. It was last heard in September 2022, but often takes long breaks between broadcasts. It exclusively uses 6934.9 (varies about 50 Hz) in AM mode. It plays a variety of music, both English language and Spanish. Broadcasts usually end with the same SSTV image, although others have been used. Some people have been able to obtain eQSL's for reception reports sent to ad149radio@gmail.com

Alpha Centauri

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Alpha_Centauri

Alpha Centauri is a shortwave pirate from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has been operating since October 15, 2022 on 7540 kHz AM. It continuously sends SSTV images, mostly Sci-Fi themed and in Scottie 1 (with occasional Scottie DX SSTV, other digital modes, or identifications by a robot YL in English). It has been heard in North America despite only using 10 watts AM. It sometimes suffers from QRM caused by China Radio International on the same frequency. Since December 2022 it has been operating during the night only (no longer 24 hours) and is still active with that schedule as of January 2023. The station operator contacted Chris Smolinski and sent an eQSL. It gives the location as Rio de Janeiro and the antenna is a half wave folded dipole. The stations email address is not publicly available.

Free Rádio da Bahia

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Free_R%C3%A1dio_da_Bahia

Free Rádio da Bahia is a Brazilian shortwave pirate from southwestern Bahia state. It operates irregularly (daytime) on 15624.5 kHz with 5 watts into an inverted V dipole antenna. Programming is usually music but sports relays have also been heard. It has not been heard outside of Brazil. The operator will reply (write in Portuguese) to emails sent to edsantoslocutor@yahoo.com.br

Free Rádio Minas Gerais

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Free_R%C3%A1dio_Minas_Gerais

Free Rádio Minas Gerais is a shortwave pirate from Minas Gerais, Brazil. It operates on 9926v kHz in AM mode. Modulation was already poor in August 2022 and had deteriorated significantly as of October 2022. It disappeared some time in November 2022 but has returned as of January 2023. Reception on KiwiSDR's in Brazil is very poor,  which makes sense with a power of 13 watts. It operates daily during the daylight hours in Brazil. Due to poor reception and the total lack of information online, little is known about the station.

Golden Instrumentals

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Golden_Instrumentals

Golden Instrumentals is a Brazilian shortwave pirate that operates on 6145.24 kHz. It was first heard on January 10, 2023 and was active non-stop until January 15. It exclusively plays instrumental easy listening music, often covers of popular songs of the 1960s. I have only heard the identification once despite extensive listening, but it was a male computer voice announcing “Golden Instrumentals, where you hear the greatest instrumentals of all time” in English. Power is likely low because the signal has not been heard at all outside of Brazil. It uses the same frequency as Rádio Brasil Sem Fronteiras (which has been inactive since November 2021), so maybe the same station returning with a new name?

Oldies Radio

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Oldies_Radio

Oldies Radio is a Brazilian shortwave pirate from Pedro Velho state. It has so far only been heard heard once, on January 11 2023. The signal was on 21485v kHz but suffering from terrible modulation at first. The signal then went off air and when it returned it what was recognizable as AM but still badly drifting. Audio was difficult to hear due to a weak signal on the PY2N and PY2-81502 KiwiSDRs in Brazil but it sounded like people speaking in Portuguese. The identification is based on the operator using the name “oldiesRadio” while checking the signal on both of those receivers. No other information about the station is known.

Organización Radial El Prado

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Organizaci%C3%B3n_Radial_El_Prado

Organización Radial El Prado is a shortwave pirate from Colombia. It operates on 6017 kHz with seemingly low power. It has been operating for a year as of April 2022. Broadcasts usually consist of Colombian music (varying genres and time periods) with few announcements. When the announcer does talk, he uses reverb effects and sometimes has feedback in the audio. Multiple announcers have been heard (during different broadcasts). A sports program has been heard once (this is the only non-music program heard so far). Broadcasts start around 2230 or 2330 UTC and end around 0200 or 0300 UTC or even later (as late as 0530 UTC has been observed). It was operating almost daily as of November 2022. Around September it started developing transmitter issues that resulted in distorted (but not overmodulated) audio. In November or early December 2022 the station disappeared, probably due to the transmitter issues. It returned on January 15, 2023 with good audio. The station also operates "Prado Stereo" on 88.1 MHz and "Musical Stereo" on 98.1 MHz (also as a pirate). Its seems to be more than something a single person would run but does not air commercials. I think it is probably run by a local radio club as a hobby. It can often be heard in eastern North America, although the signal is difficult to hear in the western part of the continent. It is believed to be broadcasting from the municipality of Palermo in the department of Magdalena. It is believed that its intended audience is in the nearby cities of Soledad and Barranquilla in the department of Atlantico. It has been very careful not to mention any contact information.

Radio Compañía Worldwide

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Radio_Compa%C3%B1%C3%ADa_Worldwide

Radio Compañía Worldwide is a shortwave pirate from San Francisco, Chile. It uses 1 kW of power and is consistently audible in western North America during the winter, and can also be heard (although less reliably and for a shorter period) in eastern North America. Recently, programming has been entirely relays of professional stations (Radio & TV). It is unclear how long RCW has existed, but it has existed at least since December 2012 and its website says "© 1988-2023". As of January 2023, RCW operates from approximately 2000-0200 UTC daily on 6925 kHz AM. 7610 kHz AM is sometimes used. The frequency is generally very stable and accurate. Most broadcasts are announced on their Facebook page. It has verified reception reports sent to rcwradio@gmail.com with an eQSL. Information from their Facebook page is below:

"RCW RADIO COMPAÑIA WORLDWIDE The international Chilean radio service.

It is a FREE radio station that was born from the unfortunate and constant disappearance of Onda Corta stations, whose mission is to keep Chile in the HF bands and to disseminate cultural, informative and musical programming. RCW is, up to now, together with RTE 5825 kHz, the only stations in the country that broadcast on Short Waves bands after the closure of the CVC Calera de Tango Broadcasting Center. In the creation of RCW, it is undeniable to recognize that it was inspired by the old Dutch RNW Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, its clear influence being noticeable in our programming and corporate figure.

Our shortwave transmitting centers named after Chilean heroes are: ◇ Rodríguez Erdoíza Station, currently in Stand By, has a power of 45 Watts AM (0.045 KW) with a G5RV inverted V-type dipole antenna capable of emitting in bands of 90, 75, 49 and 41 meter band. This station is powered to excite up to 150 effective watts. ◇ General Carrera Station, currently in service, has a power of 45 AM watts (0.045 KW) with an extended dipole antenna for the 43 and 41 meter band. This station is equipped to emit up to 1 kW of effective power from 49, 43 and 41 meters bands.

RCW is small among the small Shortwave stations but prides itself on being a radio that helps keep this important but underrated form of broadcasting alive.

GREETINGS FROM SAN FRANCISCO IN CHILE ... 73!"

Rádio Araucária

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Arauc%C3%A1ria

Rádio Araucária is a shortwave pirate from Brazil (Paraná state). It operates from 09:00 UTC to 23:00 UTC daily on 9289.92 kHz. Programming is Brazilian music (varied genres, often instrumental) with frequent canned identifications. It is located in the Praná state of Brazil. It uses low power and AM mode and has never been heard direct in North America. Contact information is not known. More information below is from the source in the Links section of the Wiki article.

"Rádio Aucária is a 'free' station, which operates on the frequency of 9,290 kHz, from somewhere in southern Brazil. It is noted for having an original and differentiated cultural program, composed of popular and regional songs, something quite unusual to hear on conventional broadcasters. Rádio Aucária is maintained by pure passion for radio and has no commercial advertisements, nor broadcasts Ideologies. It helps to promote DXing in Brazil with "Shortwave Bulletin", produced by DX Club of Brazil."

Rádio Casa

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Casa

Rádio Casa is a shortwave pirate from Amparo, São Paulo, Brazil. It operates on the below frequencies and powers:

4005-50 watts (night only)
5900-500 watts
7455-350 watts
8000-13 watts

During the winter season 7455 kHz & 8000 kHz usually have some very weak audio in eastern North America. Other frequencies are usually poorly heard outside of Brazil. It broadcasts the same programming on 4005, 5900, and 7455 kHz simultaneously, while 8000 kHz carries separate programming. Frequencies are slightly variable (usually a few hundred Hz above frequency and very slowly drifting). It broadcasts 24/7 as of January 2023. Programming is mostly American popular music with frequent canned identifications in Portuguese. It could easily be thought to be an unlicensed professional station, but it carries no advertisements. The total bandwidth of the signal on each frequency is 12 kHz. The station also broadcasts online and claims to have the call sign ZYW685 for 8000 kHz. Rádio Casa has its own Facebook page and website. Some people have been able to obtain eQSL's for correct reception reports sent to radiocasaam@gmail.com

Rádio Pirâmide

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Pir%C3%A2mide

Rádio Pirâmide is a Brazilian shortwave pirate from Goiás state active since February 2020. Frequencies used include 9770, 7870, 9930, and 9965 kHz. Both 9930 and 9965 kHz have been used in 2023, both on the same day (January 17). Programming is mainly music with station identifications. No contact information is known.

Rádio Saturno

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Saturno

Rádio Saturno is a Brazilian shortwave pirate that operates on 6150 kHz and 92.3 FM from Belo Horizonte. It first broadcast some time around 31 October 2021 and was heard well as far away as New Zealand. It has a format of American pop music with regular identifications in Portuguese, operating 24/7. It disappeared from shortwave some time in the Summer of 2022 but returned on January 12, 2023. It has a Facebook page and has online streaming. Some people have obtained eQSLs using the email radiosaturno@yahoo.com

Rádio Transglobe

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Transglobe

Rádio Transglobe is a Brazilian shortwave pirate. It was first logged on December 1, 2021 and then was not logged again until January 15, 2023. No identification has been heard in 2023 but the frequency was similar between both times, 12000.30 kHz in 2023 and 12000.37 kHz in 2021. The 2021 broadcast was Techno music and in 2023 it is Oldies music. Another listener located in São Paulo was on the PY2-81502 KiwiSDR during the broadcast on January 15, 2023 and I suspect this was the op (meaning that may be be the stations location). The signal was strong on KiwiSDRs in Brazil both times and was heard by ~SIGINT~ in eastern Canada in 2021. I heard it with a very weak signal direct (but music was plainly audible on KiwiSDRs in my region) on January 16, 2023.

“La Montana Colombia”

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/La_Montana_Colombia

"La Montana Colombia" was the name used to refer to an unidentified religious pirate operating on 4940 kHz AM. In September 2022 another TDoA was run using a better selection of receivers and the station was found to be in Venezuela (not Maico, Colombia). It is not known who operates the station or where its exact location is. The name "La Montana Colombia" originated when the station advertised a Colombian religious movie called "La Montana" and this was mistaken as the identification. The station operates 24/7. It seems that it uses relatively high power and or an unusually efficient antenna because it can be heard (weak but with some audio) nightly during winter in North America. Frequency is very stable and is close to 4940.00 kHz. It normally relays the programs of Fuerza de Paz and has also been mistakenly identified as such. One listener contacted the QSL manager of Fuerza de Paz about the station and received a reply stating that Fuerza de Paz does not operate the station or know its identity and the programs are taken from a website. Music played on the station is a mix of Colombian and Venezuelan origin. The station appears to be operating from an area very close to the border between those two countries. It has been heard giving the Venezuelan time, originally causing people to think that it is located in that country. No station identifications are ever given. Some have speculated that its reason for not providing an identification or contact method is to prevent DXers from bothering it with reception reports, although It is more likely to avoid being busted.

UNID 7560 kHz #1

UNID 7560 kHz #1 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was first logged on September 1, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil) and has been heard several times since. Modulation is usually very good (although sometimes under or over modulated) and frequency stability is also relatively good. It follows a format of mostly 70s/80s rock music (both English language and from Brazil) although other genres have been heard as well. It often focuses on a specific artist for part of a broadcast and then starts the playlist from the beginning again once it has played through until it moves on to a different selection of music. It has not been logged in North America, but it has been heard on European KiwiSDRs (but not logged by any listeners there). It often plays time announcements that consist of a few musical notes then a man announcing the local time in Portuguese. Jingles have been heard multiple times, but they are too distorted to understand (or even determine for sure if they are identifications). It operates on various frequencies around and on 7560 kHz. It is still active as of December 2022.

UNID 7560 kHz #2

UNID 7560 kHz #2 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was heard on September 30, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil) with a program of music by Raul Seixas on 7560 kHz AM. The program is similar to some heard from UNID #8, but it was operating simultaneously with UNID 7560 kHz #1 (with a different program on each). Although that makes it very unlikely they are the same station, it is not impossible. It is difficult to say if this station was heard again as it can easily be mistaken for UNID 7560 kHz #1.

Stations removed from the list (that were on the 2022 list):

Rádio Cidade Oldies-Absent since JUN 2022
Rádio Frankenstein-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #1-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #2-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #3-Absent since SEP 2022
UNID #4-Absent since SEP 2022
UNID #5-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #6-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #9-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #10-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #11-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #12-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #13-Absent since OCT 2022
UNID #14-Absent since NOV 2022

Additions since NOV 2 2022 (last update of the 2022 list):

Golden Instrumentals
Oldies Radio
Radio Saturno
Rádio Transglobe
Free Rádio da Bahia
Rádio Pirâmide
« Last Edit: March 15, 2023, 2352 UTC by Shortwave_Listener »
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Re: List of Latin American Shortwave Pirates 2022
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2022, 1526 UTC »
I wonder if this should be pinned to make the current list easier to find?
Lucas Bandura
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Re: List of Latin American Shortwave Pirates 2022
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2022, 1815 UTC »
I wonder if this should be pinned to make the current list easier to find?

Done. Thanks for the list!

Would it be possible/useful to add a second list, sorted by frequency?
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Re: List of Latin American Shortwave Pirates 2022
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2022, 0616 UTC »
I wonder if this should be pinned to make the current list easier to find?

Done. Thanks for the list!

Would it be possible/useful to add a second list, sorted by frequency?


That is a good idea, I have added it to the list.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2023, 0355 UTC by Shortwave_Listener »
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List of Latin American Shortwave Pirates 2022
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2023, 0351 UTC »
List of Latin American Shortwave Pirates 2022 (old list):

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Latin_American_Pirate_Radio_Stations

There are many pirate radio stations operating in Latin America, although information is sparsely available online. The vast majority of shortwave pirates in Latin America are from Brazil. They prefer to operate during the daytime, but some do operate at night. The reason for daytime operation on nighttime DX frequencies is uncertain, perhaps to try and limit range to avoid detection by authorities? It is not uncommon to hear relays of MW/FM stations on shortwave from Brazil. These are likely unofficial relays by hobbyists, although their purpose is unknown. Hobby stations sometimes run automated programming and maintain a specific schedule, while the majority produce each program individually and operate irregularly (Like North American or European pirates). Transmitting equipment is usually homebrew and output is about 10 watts AM mode. There are no publications or websites (such as The ACE or HFUderground.com) pertaining to pirate radio in Latin America. Very little information is communicated between stations or listeners. Decades ago, there were many regular broadcast stations on shortwave from Latin America (mostly Peru & Bolivia) that were unlicensed, making them pirates. This was mostly caused by a difficult and lengthy licensing process, which could take as long as two years. These stations have almost completely disappeared from shortwave, with the exception of two stations. Such stations still exist on Mediumwave (AM) and FM. Currently all Latin American pirates on shortwave but those two stations are hobby operations. Below are the most commonly used bands, although stations frequently operate outside them. All broadcasts are in AM mode.

6200-6400 kHz

Popular for Brazilian stations trying to reach a domestic audience. Often relays of legal stations.

6900-7000 kHz

Not as popular as the other bands, mostly used by nighttime stations trying to reach North American listeners. Most popular frequency is 6925 kHz.

7450-8100 kHz

Most used band, popular for Brazilian stations trying to reach a domestic audience during the day. Most popular frequency is 7560 kHz.

9200-9300 kHz & 9900-9990 kHz

Sometimes used by Brazilian stations trying to reach a domestic audience during the day. Near the 31 meter band.


Below is a list of Latin American Pirates active as of 2022. Also included are links to the Wiki articles for the stations (written by me) which often include links or pictures as well as what is written here. "It could be related to other stations" means the station could be the same one as another on the list.

Listed by frequency (nearly all have drifted slightly from the intended frequencies):

Identified stations

4005-Rádio Casa
5900-Rádio Casa
6017-Organización Radial El Prado
6925-Radio Compañía Worldwide (many other frequencies in use, 6925 is most recent)
6935-AD149 Radio
7455-Rádio Casa
7540-Alpha Centauri
8000-Rádio Casa
9216-Rádio Frankenstein (/11990)
9290-Rádio Araucária
9926-Free Rádio Minas Gerais

UNID Stations

4940-"La Montana Colombia" (UNID Venezuela)
6222-UNID #1
6222-UNID #2
6400-UNID #3
6925-UNID #4
6950/6960/6980-UNID #5
7500-UNID #11
7535-UNID #14
7560-UNID #6
7560-UNID #7
7560-UNID #8 (several frequencies in use, 7560 is most used)
7580-UNID #12
7590-UNID #13
7995-UNID #10
8010-UNID #9

AD149 Radio (Argentina)

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/AD149_Radio

AD149 Radio is the only shortwave pirate from Argentina. It was first logged in January 2018 but was not identified by North American listeners until January 2019. It is currently active as of September 2022. It exclusively uses 6934.9 (varies about 50 Hz) in AM mode. It plays a variety of music, both English language and Spanish. Broadcasts usually end with the same SSTV image, although others have been used. Some people have been able to obtain eQSL's for reception reports sent to ad149radioam@gmail.com.

Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri is a shortwave pirate from Brazil. It has been operating almost non-stop since October 15, 2022 on 7540 kHz AM. It continuously sends SSTV images, mostly Sci-Fi themed and in Scottie 1 (with occasional Scottie DX SSTV, other digital modes, or identifications by a robot YL in English). It has been heard in North America despite only using 10 watts AM. It sometimes suffers from QRM caused by China Radio International on the same frequency. No contact information is known.

Free Rádio Minas Gerais

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Free_R%C3%A1dio_Minas_Gerais

Free Rádio Minas Gerais is a shortwave pirate from Minas Gerais, Brazil. It operates on 9926v kHz in AM mode. Modulation was already poor in August 2022 and has deteriorated significantly as of October 2022. Reception on KiwiSDR's in Brazil is very poor, suggesting the use of low power (as is typical for Brazilian pirates). It operates daily during the daylight hours in Brazil. Due to poor reception and the total lack of information online, little is known about the station. The identity of the station is based on the list of Brazilian shortwave pirates by Daniel Wyllyans.

La Montana Colombia

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/La_Montana_Colombia

"La Montana Colombia" was the name used to refer to an unidentified religious pirate operating on 4940 kHz AM. In September 2022 another TDoA was run using a better selection of receivers and the station was found to be in Venezuela (not Maico, Colombia). It is not known who operates the station or where its exact location is. The name "La Montana Colombia" originated when the station advertised a Colombian religious movie called "La Montana" and this was mistaken as the identification. The station operates 24/7. It seems that it uses relatively high power and or an unusually efficient antenna because it can be heard with a good signal nightly during winter in North America. Frequency is very stable and is close to 4940.00 kHz. It normally relays the programs of Fuerza de Paz and has also been mistakenly identified as such. One listener contacted the QSL manager of Fuerza de Paz about the station and received a reply stating that Fuerza de Paz does not operate the station or know its identity and the programs are taken from a website. Music played on the station is a mix of Colombian and Venezuelan origin. The station appears to be operating from an area very close to the border between those two countries. It has been heard giving the Venezuelan time, originally causing people to think that it is located in that country. No station identifications are ever given. Some have speculated that its reason for not providing an identification or contact method is to prevent DXers from bothering it with reception reports.

Organización Radial El Prado

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Organizaci%C3%B3n_Radial_El_Prado

Organización Radial El Prado is a shortwave pirate from Colombia. It operates on 6017 kHz with seemingly low power. It has been operating for a year as of April 2022. Broadcasts usually consist of old Colombian music with almost no announcements. When the announcer does talk, he uses reverb effects and sometimes has feedback in the audio. A sports program has been heard once. Broadcasts start around 2230 or 2330 UTC and end around 0200 or 0300 UTC or even later (as late as 0530 UTC has been observed). It operates almost daily as of October 2022. The station also operates "Prado Stereo" on 88.1 MHz and "Musical Stereo" on 98.1 MHz (also as a pirate). Its purpose is not clear as it does not seem to be a hobby operation, it does not air commercials, and it does not air religious or political programming. It can often be heard okay in North America, especially the eastern part. It is believed to be broadcasting from the municipality of Palermo in the department of Magdalena. It is believed that its intended audience is in the nearby cities of Soledad and Barranquilla in the department of Atlantico. It has been very careful not to mention any contact information.

Radio Compañía Worldwide

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/Radio_Compa%C3%B1%C3%ADa_Worldwide

Radio Compañía Worldwide is a shortwave pirate radio station from Chile. It has verified reception reports sent to rcwradio@gmail.com with an eQSL. It uses low power and is occasionally logged in North America in the winter season. Recently, programming has been entirely relays of professional stations (Radio & TV). It is unclear how long RCW has existed, but it has existed at least since December 2012 and its website says "© 1988-2022 Radio ZIV International-San Franisco-Chile". As of October 2022, it has recently been operating on 5810 kHz, 6210 kHz, 6925 kHz and 7610 kHz in AM mode. The frequency is generally very stable and accurate. Most broadcasts are announced on their Facebook page. Information from their Facebook page is below.
"RCW RADIO COMPAÑIA WORLDWIDE The international Chilean radio service.

It is a FREE radio station that was born from the unfortunate and constant disappearance of Onda Corta stations, whose mission is to keep Chile in the HF bands and to disseminate cultural, informative and musical programming. RCW is, up to now, together with RTE 5825 kHz, the only stations in the country that broadcast on Short Waves bands after the closure of the CVC Calera de Tango Broadcasting Center. In the creation of RCW, it is undeniable to recognize that it was inspired by the old Dutch RNW Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, its clear influence being noticeable in our programming and corporate figure.

Our shortwave transmitting centers named after Chilean heroes are: ◇ Rodríguez Erdoíza Station, currently in Stand By, has a power of 45 Watts AM (0.045 KW) with a G5RV inverted V-type dipole antenna capable of emitting in bands of 90, 75, 49 and 41 meter band. This station is powered to excite up to 150 effective watts. ◇ General Carrera Station, currently in service, has a power of 45 AM watts (0.045 KW) with an extended dipole antenna for the 43 and 41 meter band. This station is equipped to emit up to 1 kW of effective power from 49, 43 and 41 meters bands.

RCW is small among the small Shortwave stations but prides itself on being a radio that helps keep this important but underrated form of broadcasting alive.

GREETINGS FROM SAN FRANCISCO IN CHILE ... 73!"

Rádio Araucária

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Arauc%C3%A1ria

Rádio Araucária is a shortwave pirate from Brazil. It operates from 09:00 UTC to 23:00 UTC daily on 9289.92 kHz. Programming is Brazilian music (varied genres, often instrumental) with frequent canned identifications. It is located in the Praná state of Brazil. It uses low power and AM mode and has never been logged direct in North America due to its operating hours. Contact information is not known. More information below is from the source in Links.

"Rádio Aucária is a 'free' station, which operates on the frequency of 9,290 kHz, from somewhere in southern Brazil. It is noted for having an original and differentiated cultural program, composed of popular and regional songs, something quite unusual to hear on conventional broadcasters. Rádio Aucária is maintained by pure passion for radio and has no commercial advertisements, nor broadcasts Ideologies. It helps to promote DXing in Brazil with "Shortwave Bulletin", produced by DX Club of Brazil."

Rádio Casa

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Casa

Rádio Casa is a shortwave pirate from Brazil. It operates on 4005, 5900, 7455, and 8000 kHz (AM mode). It uses low power (about 15 watts), making reception outside of Brazil poor. During the winter season 7455 kHz & 8000 kHz usually have some very weak audio in North America. Other frequencies are usually poorly heard outside of Brazil. It broadcasts the same programming on 4005, 5900, and 7455 kHz simultaneously. 8000 kHz carries separate programming. Frequencies are slightly variable (about 100 Hz above the intended frequency, drifts a little over time). It broadcasts 24/7 as of October 2022, although not all frequencies are always in operation (but at least one frequency is in use at any time). Programming is mostly American popular music with frequent canned identifications in Portuguese. Its sounds very similar to a typical American FM radio station. It could easily be thought to be an unlicensed professional station, but it carries no advertisements. The total bandwidth of the signal on each frequency is 12 kHz. The station also broadcasts online and claims to have the call sign ZYW685 for 8000 kHz. Rádio Casa has its own Facebook page and website. Some people have been able to obtain eQSL's for correct reception reports sent to radiocasaam@gmail.com.

Rádio Cidade Oldies

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Cidade

Rádio Cidade Oldies is a Brazilian shortwave pirate radio station. It has operated on many unusual frequencies, but 10215 kHz is the most recently used (June 2022). It first operated in 1998 on 8000 kHz with 20 watts. Audio is in AM mode with a very unstable carrier. Programming is a mix of American oldies music, Latin American music, and comedy programming in Portuguese. The station was heard operating 24 hours a day from 26 March 2022 until 30 April 2022 with no station identifications. It briefly reappeared on 1 June 2022 but went off the air again. Its email address is cidadeoldies@live.nl, although there is no documentation of anyone successfully contacting them with it.

Rádio Frankenstein

https://www.hfunderground.com/wiki/index.php/R%C3%A1dio_Frankenstein

Rádio Frankenstein is a shortwave pirate from Brazil. It has only been logged twice, once in May 2022 on 11990v kHz and once in October 2022 on 9216.17 kHz. Programming has been old music, news, and talk programming in Portuguese (a radio drama?).

UNID #1

UNID #1 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil.  It was heard on September 1, September 2, and October 10, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil) with a relay of a licensed Brazilian station. Modulation was poor and the carrier drifted around 6222.36 kHz (AM mode).

UNID #2

UNID #2 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was heard on October 1, October 2, and October 11, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil) with a relay of a licensed Brazilian station. Modulation was much clearer than UNID #1 and the exact frequency was stable on 6222.48 kHz (AM mode).

UNID #3

UNID #3 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was heard on September 24, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil) with a relay of a licensed Brazilian station on 6400 kHz AM. It has not been heard before or since.

UNID #4

UNID #4 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was heard on September 14, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil and as a carrier in North America) with a program of Brazilian music (no announcements) on 6925 kHz AM. It has not been heard before or since.

UNID #5

UNID #5 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was first heard on September 17, 2022 and has been heard four times since. It was first heard by listeners in North America on 6980 kHz AM and was assumed to be a North American station. When it first appeared, it seemed to be testing by playing a loop of very simple piano music for a long period of time. The first three of its broadcasts all consisted of this piano music loop and the fourth broadcast was a program of music by Nelson Gonçalves. No talk or identifications were ever heard. It only uses three frequencies, 6979.8 kHz, 6960v kHz, and 6950v kHz. Modulation on 6979.8 kHz is okay with a slightly variable carrier and slight distortion. Amplitude Modulation on the other two frequencies are very poor, distortion is very bad and there are multiple carrier-like lines on the waterfall image. The actual carrier appears weaker than the others. The other carriers produce only a slight buzz listening in AM mode, despite appearing much stronger than the intended audio. Listing in SSB is impossible, it produces even stranger sounding audio with a lot of buzz. The station is often mistaken for something on 6960/6950 LSB. It has been heard twice using FM mode with relatively good (and wide) modulation. It appears to be using crystals (based on it being stuck to 3 offset frequencies), although an AM/FM crystal-controlled transmitter is very unusual.

UNID #6

UNID #6 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was heard on October 6, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil) with a program music by The Police. Once the list of songs being played reached the end it started playing them from the beginning again. The program is similar to some heard from UNID #8 but the modulation and frequency stability from UNID #6 was far worse. The intended frequency appeared to be 7560 kHz AM, but it drifted as low as 7558.8 kHz.

UNID #7

UNID #7 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was heard on September 30, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil) with a program of music by Raul Seixas on 7560 kHz AM. The program is similar to some heard from UNID #8, but it was operating simultaneously with UNID #8 (with a different program on each). Although that makes it very unlikely they are the same station, it is not impossible.

UNID #8

UNID #8 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil. It was first logged on September 1, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil) and has been heard several times since. Modulation is usually very good (although sometimes under or over modulated) and frequency stability is also relatively good. It follows a format of mostly 70s/80s rock music (both English language and from Brazil) although other genres have been heard as well. It often focuses on a specific artist for part of a broadcast and then starts the playlist from the beginning again once it has played through until it moves on to a different selection of music. It has not been logged in North America, but it has been heard on European KiwiSDRs (but not logged by any listeners there). It often plays time announcements that consist of a few musical notes then a man announcing the local time in Portuguese. Jingles have been heard multiple times, but they are too distorted to understand (or even determine for sure if they are identifications). It operates on various frequencies around and on 7560 kHz.

UNID #9

UNID #9 is an unidentified shortwave pirate, likely from Brazil. It was first logged on September 4, 2022 (via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil), although it may have been active long before then. It usually only appears as a carrier on 8010.07 kHz, a signal strong enough to produce any audio is rare. It operates 24/7.

UNID #10

UNID #10 is an unidentified shortwave pirate, likely from Brazil. It was heard on October 8 & 9 2022 with a program of music on 7995.5v AM. It operated late at night in Brazil, so NVIS was no longer possible, and reception anywhere became difficult. It was heard as a carrier in Brazil and North America with very weak audio in Ireland (although still too weak to determine anything about the music). On its first day of operation, it went off air mid song after suddenly developing severe FMing modulation for about 10 seconds. The second day it also went off air mid song, but modulation was back to usual. No identifications were heard, and it has not been heard before or since.

UNID #11

UNID #11 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil that operates on 7499.90 kHz. It was heard on October 8-9 2022 (non-stop) via KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil and as a carrier in North America (on 7499.90 kHz). It was playing recording of "Los Santos Rock Radio" a radio station from the video game "Grand Theft Auto". It could be related to other stations.

UNID #12

UNID #12 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil that operates on 7580 kHz. It was heard on October 9 with a program of music and a weak signal on KiwiSDRs in Southern Brazil. It could be related to other stations.

UNID #13

UNID #13 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil that operates on 7590 kHz. It was heard on October 21 with a program of (English language) music. It could be related to other stations.

UNID #14

UNID #14 is an unidentified shortwave pirate from Brazil that operates on 7534.90 kHz. It was heard on November 3, 2022 with a program of old (English language) country music. It could be related to other stations.
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Re: List of Latin American Shortwave Pirates 2023
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2023, 0850 UTC »
Shortwave radio was developed by Latin American pirates. These individuals have often defied local restrictions by starting their own stations and programming.
Many hobbyists seek out these stations and tune in often to hear their unique programming.
Some of these stations still broadcast Latin American music and culture.

 

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