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KB9BVN
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« on: April 08, 2014, 09:40:57 AM »

In the good old days I used to listen to Lad, Voice of the Night, East Coast Beer Drinker, Radio Free NY, K9-DOG with Radio Animal, and many others....where have they gone?  Are they still out there?

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KB9VGE
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 09:51:46 AM »

Not particularly THOSE guys but 6925/6950 is often busy on the weekends.  Some of it it is pretty good.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2014, 11:26:13 PM »

I also remember hearing LAD when I was younger. Here is what I found on the inter webs. 


   A youngster, at the time, from Ashland, KY decided he wanted to start a "pirate radio station" to be like Harry Hard-on from the movie Pump Up the Volume. He used to get onto the air every night and play REM's song 'Shiney Happy People', Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and he liked to say "Hello" over and over and over and over and over again (get the picture). He was constantly jamming other stations (including the very first broadcast of WMAD). He was a royal pain in the butt for everyone. He was such a pain in the butt that the operator of the Wellsville, NY maildrop decided to eliminate LAD from the maildrop (the first time that a station was forbidden to receive mail there because of obnoxious behavior.)
   LAD took his air name from the initials of his name. I never have found out how he got his station name. I just figure he was always in the dark and chose a name to fit his mentality. His programming was nearly non existent and he was considered QRM (noise!) rather than a station. He always broadcast in sideband *YUK!* and just made trash out of the band.

   Here is what I know about LAD:His grandfather took him to Universal Radio near Columbus, Ohio to buy a "shortwave radio". After getting it, he decided he owned the airwaves and planned to broadcast every day and night, doing nothing but being a little turdfester. He hacked cell phone numbers and also landline numbers from companies in order to make long distance calls and receive calls without getting busted. This was what eventually got him busted. The FBI showed up at his house wanting to know what was going on. Soon the FCC got involved too. They never really did anything to him because of his age (what a shame). Soon the FCC and LAD's father made an agreement that The FCC would not fine or take legal action against the boy provided he no longer goes on the air. They wanted the parents to handle the matter. After a long talk with the boy, by his father, it looked like the matter was settled. LAD, being a mischevious runt,decided after a few weeks that the heat was off and he went on the air again. The FCC called and told his father about what had happened and the good doctor took care of the situation once and for all: He modulated the tranceiver with a baseball bat!

   LAD took his share of "punishment". He showed up at a pirate radio party uninvited after about two weeks after he began his radio "career", repeating over and over for about 10 hours "This is operation kill George Zeller..." I sure would like to have been there when George himself showed up for that same gathering! LAD went and hid! Some of you may have seen George. George is a BIG guy and LAD was about 5 foot 4 inches.

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KB9BVN
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 08:34:29 AM »

Great info PKQ....I sent Lad several reception reports back in the day and never got anything back from him.  Most of the other stations I would send reports to would eventually write me back, even if it was just a post card confirming my report.  Ahhhh...the good old days.

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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014, 01:11:36 PM »

Ever heard of Tuna Radio ?   (tune a radio) That was me about 12 years ago.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2014, 07:58:54 AM »

When I was in college, the school FM station used to shut down at midnight on weekends.  They would then switch over to a rebroadcast of WMMR in Philly, about 50 miles away.  They received it with an antenna on the top of the university center. 

Well, I lived on the top of the mountain, about a mile from and maybe 500 feet higher than their antenna.  And their antenna had to aim right at my fraternity to receive WMMR. 

Anyway...   One of the guys in my frat figured out he could just retune an FM wireless mic and feed it to his 5-element FM antenna reaimed towards the university center and totally override WMMR.  Needless to say, Saturday nights got out of hand after parties.  He used to stage fake 'call ins' and give out other fraternities phone numbers...  And the callins were well beyond PG levels...
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KB8VIV
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2014, 06:41:57 AM »

The pirates are actually fairly active on or around 6925.  There are also a lot of European pirates active elswhere on the bands.  HFUnderground.com is a good pirate resource.

73's de kb8viv
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W1JKA
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2014, 07:28:49 AM »

I think in the future you will hear more and more of these lower power (apparently mobile) pirate stations popping up on the sw bands, some have quite interesting content and I hope it's just not a passing fad with the younger crowd that are mostly operating them.
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KB8VIV
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 04:59:06 PM »

I've got lots of recent pirate (& numbers station) captures on me ole youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/desmoface/videos

Kb8viv
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2014, 02:27:25 PM »

I found this youtube recording of Voice of the Night,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVA0C6qIbOA
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KB8VIV
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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2014, 06:17:40 PM »

Very cool, thanks for sharing.

Steve
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W1JKA
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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2014, 02:11:30 PM »

Yup, when kids made their own fun, wonder where LAD is today and what he's doing.
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K1DA
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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2014, 08:19:49 AM »

From what I can hear, the end of Channel 6 TV broadcasting has provided some ""opportunities at the very bottom of the FM band.  Appparently there is a station  in  Brockton, MA,  which may have some form of politically correct "immunity" , or so it seems.
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2014, 08:48:12 PM »

Remember back in the late 1970s when CB was a big fad, and the FCC was having a lot of trouble with illegal "10-1/2 meter" ops and their modded rigs? I always wondered why the FCC didn't just take the common sense approach by re-allocating the land mobile service, and make the band part of CB, 10m, or some division of the two?

Guess they just needed to have some behinds they could spank...  Embarrassed
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KD6NIG
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2014, 09:54:55 AM »

LAD....thats pretty cool.  Reminds me of the scene in "Animal House" where Belushi was at the Toga Party and the guy was in the stairwell singing a song with his guitar and he suddenly grabs it, smashes it against the wall, and then hands the broken now "handle" of it to the guy playing it.  "Sorry."

I wonder if they gave the FCC the ability to just walk into places like that and use the Bat to shut them down...if some people would reconsider their actions.  Probably not.

The one thing I remember about Pump Up the Volume is that he had no qualms about parking right in the middle of the FM broadcast band.  I think he said something to the effect of "This is a nice quiet spot, nobody is using it, so what the hell." or something along those lines.  Haven't seen it in years.

Just remember..HHH can smell a lie like a fart in a car!
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