List of Pirate Radio Frequencies

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Pirate shortwave broadcasts tend to be on well-known frequencies. This allows listeners to quickly find a pirate station when it comes on the air, as they only have a relatively few number of fixed places to look. Some of the locations on the HF band that are in frequent use as of September 2007 include:

15070 active in the early 1990's by Europirates and pirates in North America, but recently quiet due to the solar cycle low
7415 historically, an extremely active frequency, more recently occupied by WBCQ
3375 AM/USB - used by Amphetamine Radio
3425 AM - used by The Crystal Ship (also reported on 3430)
3465 AM - reported used in 2017
4020 AM/USB
4025 AM/USB
4065 AM/USB
4085 AM/USB
5150 AM - used by Relay Station 5150
6150 AM - used by European Pirates
6220 Used by Mystery Radio in Europe
6770 AM - used by Old Time Radio
6850 usually AM - rarely used due to WRMI's use of 6855 kHz
6875 usually AM
6925 most common frequency - virtually all modes have been heard
6930 AM/USB
6935 AM/USB
6940 AM/USB
6945 AM/USB
6950 AM/USB
6955 AM/USB
6960 AM/USB
6969 LSB - Used by Cold Country Canada
6970 AM - often used by XFM (also heard on 6975)

6925 kHz is the most used frequency at this time; however, it's important to note that the list will change. Broadcasters will experiment with new frequencies according to the season, and the appearance of utility, military, and broadcast stations on a favorite spot may also force stations to move to new locations.

The 43 meter band (6765-7000 kHz) is where most US-based pirates are found, generally clustered around 6925 kHz. Pirates tend to use 5 kHz steps up to 6975 kHz. The 43 meter band is also heavily used by so-called "peskies" (a play on the Spanish term "pescadores - meaning "fishermen"), stations engaging in two-way radio chatter in Portuguese, Spanish and other languages (including English). Peskies generally use LSB mode. 6925 kHz LSB is one of the most active peskie frequencies, which can cause serious interference issues for pirates operating in AM mode on 6925 kHz or adjacent frequencies.

Later in the evening when propagation on 43 meters is unfavorable, pirates will sometimes move the lower frequencies, including the 90 meter band (most commonly 3375 kHz, 3425 kHz, 3465 kHz) or the 70 meter band (roughly 4000-4100 kHz).

A good place to look to get an idea of what frequencies are in current use is the FRN Loggings section, and some stations will also announce a broadcast ahead of time on the FRN PX Announcements section.

Euro-Pirate Radio Frequencies

  • 3920-3950
  • 6200-6300

Previously Active Pirate Radio Frequencies

  • 1616 - Used by AM pirates in the 1970s and 1980s
  • 1620 - Used by AM pirates in the 1970s and 1980s
  • 1625 - Used by AM pirates in the 1970s and 1980s
  • 1630 - Used by AM pirates in the 1970s and 1980s
  • 6250 - Used in the 1980s
  • 6840 - Used Voice of the Voyager and others in the 1980s
  • 7425 - The most popular pirate frequency in the early 1980s.

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