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Offline Boriken

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Pirate Log from the 1980's
« on: August 04, 2019, 1411 UTC »
Found a scrap of paper the other day with some of my pirate logs from the 1980's

19840506 0100 7421 KQRP - STARWARS
19840509 0412 6233 KQRP - ID & BEATTLES
19840510 0300 7354 RADIO CLANDESTINE - COMEDY
19840510 0330 7413 KQRP - DR RX & PO BOX 982
19840601 0215 7435 WIMP - PO BOX 982 BATTLE CREEK MI
19840705 0045 7415 KQRP - LOTS SA QRM
19840730 0130 7428 R SINEWAVE - PO BOX 5074 HILO HI
19841217 2313 7435 WMTV FM96 - PO BOX 1945
19841230 2100 7436 VOICE OF THE RAINBOW - PO BOX 5074
19850126 2035 7433 KROK - ID & ROCK
19850126 2050 7425 KROK - PO BOX 245 MOREHEAD MN
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Offline Andrew Yoder

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Re: Pirate Log from the 1980's
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2019, 1244 UTC »
Took a look at my logbook & I also heard the 7/30/84 Radio Sine Wave show & one of the 1/26/85 KROK shows. Thanks for posting. Good times!
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Re: Pirate Log from the 1980's
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2019, 0153 UTC »
WIMP was one pirate I logged frequently back then from Flint, MI. That really brought back some memories!
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Re: Pirate Log from the 1980's
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2021, 1646 UTC »
I was never a big QSL collector, but I held on to this one I received from Radio Sine Wave for the Sept. 30, 1984 broadcast.  (At least I think that's a "9" for September. Others in this thread reference a July 30 bdcst.)

Several notable things about this QSL:

1. Dr Calculator was decades ahead of his time by using 8.5 inch x 11.0 inch printouts rather than postcards. It's just that HE printed them out instead of his listeners. :)

2. It's two-sided. The other side was funny as hell.

3. He made two comments that made me chuckle some 37 years later:

       - The note about my radio blowing up when somebody rings my doorbell was presumably in response to describing my antenna as a "random length of doorbell wire". I don't have a copy of my original reception report, but at the time I was renting the second floor of a duplex and running stealth, and that was my antenna.
       - On the reverse side he gave me "0" rating for "Plausibility", presumably for my antenna description among other things. My HFU signature composed just a few weeks ago describes one of my antennas as "implausibe". I guess some things never change, even after almost four decades.

4. Given the, um, UNIQUE presentation and format of the QSL, I've been wondering whatever became to Dr. Calculator.  I presume that he did not grow up to become a  ruthless PITA VP of Engineering at some start-up, nor a Senior Agile Evangelist for a giant social media company. At least I hope not.

QSL front:


QSL back:



« Last Edit: April 27, 2021, 1650 UTC by bfrederi »
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Re: Pirate Log from the 1980's
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2021, 0309 UTC »
That is EXCELLENT, bfrederi!!  Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Pirate Log from the 1980's
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2021, 1810 UTC »
I thought that QSL looked familiar...

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Re: Pirate Log from the 1980's
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2021, 0116 UTC »
That is very cool! Interesting that the handwriting is different. I didn't really picture RSW being a multi-person operation.

I'd love to know what they ended up doing with their lives.   ???
- Usually Airspy HF+/SDR Console V3.0.26 with implausible antenna
- Sometimes Sangean ATS-909X with whip and/or stock reel and/or YouLoop
- Remote SDRs only used when signal not present at home QTH, and always noted
- Shazam only used to ID music released after 1992. Mostly.
eQSLs to bfrederi1@verizon.net much appreciated