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K4ISR
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2014, 10:21:13 PM »

With modern technology, it has become a lot easier to track down these transmissions... but at the same time easier for the pirates to bounce signals off of something specific, or keep it mobile, never transmitting from the same place for more than an hour or two (in North America). In Europe things are bad enough, it takes their governments a decade just to decide to go about how to catch someone, and by then they've moved on to something else.
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2014, 08:54:22 AM »

With modern technology, it has become a lot easier to track down these transmissions... but at the same time easier for the pirates to bounce signals off of something specific, or keep it mobile, never transmitting from the same place for more than an hour or two (in North America). In Europe things are bad enough, it takes their governments a decade just to decide to go about how to catch someone, and by then they've moved on to something else.

Follow the money...

There's very little of it in domestic shortwave.

Interfere with an ESPN affiliate on FM, however...  Tongue
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2014, 08:48:59 PM »

Hey All,

I remember Lad VERY well, he was  quite the little potty mouth at the  time. At times  he also used to identify as The Baby Pirate.I didn't know that Johnny Arthur (the guy who ran the Wellsville mail box) actually DROPPED him .

I used to "stand  watch" on the old  pirate frequencies (7415 , etc) for many hours   at a time and I logged MANY over time.Lots  of fun.

Quite a few  pirates  still on AM and FM  here  in Boston.

A "friend  of mine" used to operate WBZA.I think "he" is well now well  past the "statute  of limitations".

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K0YQ
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« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2015, 01:37:23 AM »

I was just messing around last night ~0100z, and tuned by 6975 and heard "X-FM", S9+20.  They played an Alice in Chains song, had a pro-sounding DJ ("Music to the power of X") and signal, then just quickly disappeared.  Maybe the feds were moving in?

That's the best modulated pirate I've ever heard!





 
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KC2QYM
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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2015, 07:55:07 AM »

I like the idea that pirate radio stations still have the potential to excite an audience.  When you listen to all the international propaganda stations, the religious stations, etc.  Isn't it refreshing to hear some amateur operation putting out their own crap?  All the power to pirate radio stations! they engage the imagination of radio enthusiasts everywhere as a true alternative to the junk that pollutes the airwaves today.  I would certainly like to hear pirates overpowering CRI and other international broadcasters but with 50 to 100 megawatt signals that is unlikely to happen. 
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« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2015, 06:33:22 PM »

I like the idea that pirate radio stations still have the potential to excite an audience.  When you listen to all the international propaganda stations, the religious stations, etc.  Isn't it refreshing to hear some amateur operation putting out their own crap?  All the power to pirate radio stations! they engage the imagination of radio enthusiasts everywhere as a true alternative to the junk that pollutes the airwaves today.  I would certainly like to hear pirates overpowering CRI and other international broadcasters but with 50 to 100 megawatt signals that is unlikely to happen. 

The subversive in me agrees, although like McLuhan for me the media is generally the message.  I don't care about the content of pirate radio, but am fascinated by the fact that somebody somewhere is taking the risk with no upside other than the thrill of getting away with it.  Stuff like Radio Caroline back when, yea that content mattered and had purpose.
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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2015, 08:44:56 AM »

There is an easy to obtain LPFM license system in the UK.   The country is not drowning in commercial stations making just enough to  keep the lights on.   With a LPFM license you can be a legal pirate.
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« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2015, 07:09:55 PM »

There is an easy to obtain LPFM license system in the UK.   The country is not drowning in commercial stations making just enough to  keep the lights on.   With a LPFM license you can be a legal pirate.

Anybody remember Free Radio Berkeley? Stephen Dunifer dragged the fed.gov through the courts until they cried uncle and allowed a limited number of LPFM stn's. Then they packed FM so full of barely marginally profitable stn's that they simply argued that they couldn't hand out too many LPFM tickets. I used to regularly be able to hear San Francisco and Chico from a Sacramento QTH. KMEL, KYLD, the area around 102 Mhz had several Bay Area stn's that could be picked up well inland. Today, nada, the band is too full. There's a stn every few hundred khz, seems like, and apparently the width of an FM signal is around 400 khz, so the FM band is impossible to get a toehold on for pirates. One day, a brick wall will show itself, and most of these marginal FM outlets will die.

I remember when everybody was screaming about there being no room on MW. So, in the US, the FCC added 1620-1710 khz to the band, in Europe regulators went to 9 khz spacing. Now? Tune across MW in many places and you're lucky to hear anything. In Europe the regulators are giving up on MW and LW-gone in Germany, England wants to do that and FM too and go to some sort of digital radio setup. I think the French have shut down the gazillion watt LW stn at Allouis.

In America most action on MW is with the little fleawatt "local channel" stn's, the guys who have to tune down the carrier to 250w after local sundown. A lot of those outlets make just barely enough from local ads to keep the transmitter going, and maybe a few LED lightbulbs so the announcers don't fall over chairs. And even then there's likely plenty of praying. Many local guys run canned programming for most of the day, with a morning newscast and maybe a half hour local talk show after the news.

During the farm crash in the 80s some prairie stn's ran "sovereign citizen" stuff, some of them were considered wacko by other wackos. The idea that the govt had a special bank account in each citizen's name that could be drawn on had a lot of appeal for small farmers who were being squeezed. The guys who tried it not only lost their farms but their freedom too.

Today American MW has all sorts of crazy stuff, especially in the cities. Sacramento has a stn that broadcasts exclusively in HMONG (yes, there is a language called Hmong, ask a Vietnam vet). Another outlet runs a lot of Russian.
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KD8WKI
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« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2016, 02:30:28 PM »

Don't know what's still around these days, but as I was interested in the subject of Pirate Radio, I found a video on youtube called The Story Of Big L..Radio London, which operated from a converted minesweeper. A very interesting video!
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