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Offline Shortwave_America

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Best Daytime Listening For Pirates?
« on: November 13, 2010, 1932 UTC »
According to my clock, it's 1927UTC. I'm looking for the best range, or most well known range of pirate frequencies for daytime listening. I saw one listing here for 15Mhz I think. So, say from 1500UTC until the grey line passes about 2300UTC during the fall/winter seasons. Once it's time to switch to the evening freqs, 6925Khz is a dead giveaway. Thanks for any commonly known freq listings for daytime usage! 

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Re: Best Daytime Listening For Pirates?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 0028 UTC »
I haven't seen many show announcements this year for N. American pirates in the freqs that work better in daytime.  If you check the logs from 2007-2009 you'll find a few from WBNY and others who tried daytime broadcasts above the usual sub-7 MHz zone.

There are some Euro pirates who routinely operate in the upper HF regions.  Check the Alfa Lima site forum for logs.  And Iann in France has a chat where you might find some tips to daytime DXing for Euro pirates.
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Re: Best Daytime Listening For Pirates?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 0323 UTC »
The tendency I have noticed over the years is the use of low [& very high] end of 15MHz/19M 15070KHz.
Similar propagation to the world, like 20M where it is said "the band is always open to somewhere"...
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Re: Best Daytime Listening For Pirates?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2010, 2100 UTC »
Most guys use the 6850-6955 range weekends between 12 and 15:00 utc this time of year. I can normally hit much of eastern N.America with just 14 watts and wire antenna in that time frame. It's a nice time to broadcast,conditions are quiet,and you have your pick of the prime frequencies.

The band opens and shuts about an hour earlier during daylight savings time.

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Re: Best Daytime Listening For Pirates?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2010, 0525 UTC »
Thanks to all of you for the great replies! These sites you linked to were very helpful! What I'm going to try to do is compile as accurate a list as I can of pirate frequencies, stations, contact information and QSL's as I can and throw it up on the Official Shortwave America site. It will make a great resource for SWL's and other interested radio lovers like us.

I'm wanting to do the same for shortwave broadcast stations, etc.