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Title: Pirate Radio
Post by: KG5UN on December 31, 2011, 09:56:18 PM
I have had excellent signals all evening from pirate station X-FM on 6.940 AM

Mostly classic rock, very high quality.


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KE6WNH on January 30, 2012, 06:16:23 PM
I've always wondered about domestic pirate stations, but never been lucky enough to pick any up.

I really wonder if a lot of pirate announcers sound like Jeff Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and play hard rock music which has a lot of overdriven guitars?  ???


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KG4NEL on January 31, 2012, 07:34:02 PM
I've always wondered about domestic pirate stations, but never been lucky enough to pick any up.

I really wonder if a lot of pirate announcers sound like Jeff Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and play hard rock music which has a lot of overdriven guitars?  ???

Listen between 6925 and 6950KHz on the weekends, and you have a pretty good chance of hearing some.


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: SWMAN on February 01, 2012, 03:56:42 AM
 If you listen to the end of their broadcast they almost always give a post office box number so you can write for a QSL card. I have received several cards in the past, some are rather interesting.
73 Jim W5JJG


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: N3PDT on February 28, 2012, 12:51:40 PM
I caught at least an hour and a half of a pirate broadcast on 6.925 last Saturday night. It was Undercover Radio with Dr. Benway. Definitely not the run of the mill oldies and "humor" broadcast. Clips of William S. Burroughs readings, some music, and stories read/performed with audio bed. Interesting enough to keep me from turning the dial for almost 2 hours. Benway was taking emails while live on the air.


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: K4NYA on February 29, 2012, 08:27:54 AM
I've been lucky enough to hear a few, although I could only identify one.  That was Wolverine Radio, which does not provide QSL cards.  :(


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: WD6GLA on April 06, 2012, 12:34:59 AM
 I havnt heard any pirate radio stations in all the years I've listened to shortwave and ham radio .  I guess I'm not listening in the right places or trying very hard  :)  Tell me more about 'em .  Those of you that have gotten QSL cards do they specify what kind of equipment , power , antennas they use ?  I have read they usually run SSB  but if they are playing music some must use AM to get decent sound . 

No ,  I'm not from the FCC ,  just curious ,  and what motivates somebody to risk getting in trouble to bootleg .  But then , people do all kinds of stuff to get their kicks .  I suppose its the thrill of getting away with something . 

N7BDY


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: JAHAM2BE on April 06, 2012, 03:53:45 AM
In this part of the world (Japan) there's a ham station (apparently licensed) who broadcasts music frequently on 3553 kHz, SSB, right in the middle of the ham band. I happened upon the station by chance a few months ago, and some digging reveals it's been going on since at least 2008.


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: EI4GMB on April 06, 2012, 05:09:13 AM
When I worked on Radio Dublin(Pirate) we were just trying to provide a youth music alternative to the ageing state monopoly station RTE.
Other Pirate stations like Radio Caroline did the same.
Even though we had better listenership than the national broadcaster we still couldn't get a license. We were constantly jammed by RTE and were raided and closed down many times by the state authorities. This didn't stop RTE poaching our best presenters or changing their program format to meet ours.
We like to take credit for dragging these guys into the 20th Century!
Today, Pirate Radio seems more about mediocrity and interference and less about providing a 'free' alternative to mainstream radio.

Fred EI4GMB


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: WI0H on April 20, 2012, 07:52:29 AM
I've been lucky enough to hear a few, although I could only identify one.  That was Wolverine Radio, which does not provide QSL cards.  :(

Wolverine Radio does QSL, but its with a SSTV image at the end of the broadcast. I've never been at the right receiver at the right time to catch one though.


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: RADI0HEAD on May 18, 2012, 07:38:02 AM
6.925, 6.950 & 6.955 are popular frequencies for pirate broadcasts. Check AM as well as SSB.


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KG4NEL on May 18, 2012, 07:48:47 AM
If you listen to the end of their broadcast they almost always give a post office box number so you can write for a QSL card. I have received several cards in the past, some are rather interesting.
73 Jim W5JJG

Before e-QSLs became popular, the first QSL I got from a pirate station was from Alan Maxwell at KIPM - 8.5x11" glossy, very professional :)


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: SWMAN on May 18, 2012, 09:35:01 AM
Yah, for shure KIPM and Alan Maxwell has a great QSL card. I always liked listening to their strange but good programs. havent heard them in quite a while though. I wonder if they are still on the air ?


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KG4NEL on May 18, 2012, 02:51:40 PM
I haven't seen any loggings of KIPM in a while.

The scene went through ups and downs since then...splits...still a lot of fun programming out there :)


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KC4MOP on June 11, 2012, 04:46:17 PM
I was pretty regular on 6955 during the early 90's. AM definitely better than SSB, especially when the audio reports come in with positive response. There are people out there who appreciate a good sounding AM station.
I think the reason folks do this, is that it's their equipment, their sound, their program, when THEY want to be on the air. Maybe weekly or sporadically to avoid any schedule that the FCC might catch.
No monthly fee to be on a licensed station and no censorship..
Plus it's more fun to get that neat QSL card from someone in another country that just happened to be listening. With a kilowatt into a good vertical tuned to 6955, I got into S. Africa one cold December night and they even sent an aircheck tape. Pretty beat up reception all that distance, but the nice fully modulated carrier broke through.
Right now doing legal broadcasting on a 50KW short wave station in Monticello Maine on Friday nights.


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KB9BVN on June 14, 2012, 10:03:54 AM
I have QSL cards from the 1980's from East Coast Beer Drinker, K9-DOG, Voice of the Night, and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head.  Back then they seemed to congregate around 7415 Khz...nowadays they are more 6925-6980 Khz...usually on weekend nights, and almost ALWAYS on holiday weekends.  One of the DJ's on K9-DOG was a guy named "Radio Animal" and a young guy named Lad was on VotN quite often.   Are those guys still around?


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KB9VGE on June 14, 2012, 11:21:58 AM
Right now doing legal broadcasting on a 50KW short wave station in Monticello Maine on Friday nights.

*You're* Fred Flinstone ?!?!?!
You have a great show.  I heard a (I think) repeat awhile back soliciting reports and I almost did, hoping for a qsl & a mentioned bumper sticker (does the station really have any??), but being a repeat (from Im not quite sure when), I didnt.   Makes me want to make darn sure I catch this weeks show!


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KA1PPV on June 16, 2012, 12:37:21 PM
Long long ago in a galaxy far far away I logged a few pirates when I was a full time SWL.  The first, in 1970, was one of the most famous, Radio Nordsee International, broadcasting on the 31mb with 10kw in International waters off the coast of the UK.  The next one was in 1987.  Alan Weiner had Radio New York International on board a ship in International waters just off the East coast.  Picked him up on 1620 khz (which was out of the BCB at the time) and even got a QSL card! I think that I still have about 2 hrs of air check from them.   Avast... those were the days.


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: KC4MOP on June 17, 2012, 03:53:17 AM
Thanks Mike for the comments. I am Fred Flintstone...And I sent a PM about the bumper stickers.

Allan has quite a speckled past for his love of radio and his off shore broadcasting. Interesting book someone wrote for him. "Access To The Airwaves". I remember seeing something about a pirate ship being put off the air during the 1980's on the "NEW" CNN all news cable station. He always does things in a big way. I think he purposely picked or requested 7415 for WBCQ to snub his nose at the pirates and 'their' frequency. But the US Gummint and the coast guard (?) needed that freq. this past Winter and asked Allan to move...QSY. 7.490 is a much better freq and no competition from Radio China.
The magic of radio is still out there. It's a shame that the big power houses are shutting down, because of money shortages. The internet would be the first thing to go, if there was a major catastrophe on Earth.
Fred


Title: RE: Pirate Radio
Post by: W7ASA on July 01, 2012, 08:48:19 PM
Radio receivers are - for all intents and purposes- not traceable, so naturally, politicians prefer to have their peasants tied to the easily controlled and traced internet and cellphones. No I.P. address, no MAC address, no 911 proximity fix 'for your safety' and no back doors to turn your radio into a surveillance device...
  It's something to consider.


Millions listened to "illegal" shortwave in the Soviet zones of occupation during the Cold War and largely got away with it, because of the untraceable nature of radio.  To be busted, you generally had to be ratted-out.



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