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SHortwave pirate stations

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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by SolarMax » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:00 am

audiophile wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:33 am
Too bad they didn't run left channel in LSB and right channel in USB.
IIRC I believe that scheme was tried out early on, decades ago, as a method for AM stereo. Fails miserably at first sign of selective fading and pretty much any MW and SW propagation effects.



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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by CK-722 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:32 am

All the AM Stereo Systems fail with skywaves at Night and groudwave adjacents in the Daytime. You can't put a receiver in wide mode with that happening. You pretty much needed 25 mV/m to make it work well.


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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by Ed Joseph » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:46 pm

These stations operate mainly in 43 meters. 6500 to 7000 kHz. Main channel is 6925kHz, with secondary 6950. Ops use several frequencies in this band, and I've found pirates in practically every band up to 30 MHz. Extended AM band as well.


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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by Ed Joseph » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:48 pm

There is one pirate who runs C-QuAM mode from time to time, one of the old pirate stations of the 80's, X-FM. I logged him in mono a few days back, and he was the best sounding thing on the dial. Very professional production and a great selection of lost songs.

Frankly, these pirates operate better than the majority of commercial radio stations.

I received my first Euro pirate QSL in 25 years last weekend!


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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by Ed Joseph » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:53 am

Last night was incredible on 43 meter band. The entire weekend was, for that matter. I logged my first Euro pirate in years and there were a lot of stations on in general. Wolverine Radio was on with a full-scale signal on my DX400 sitting on the kitchen table while making dinner. I didn't even have to pull the whip all the way out.

Discovered a great deal of good music and got quite a few eQSL's already.

Always check out 43M (6850 -6999kHz) and 48 meters (6200kHz area) on weekends. Anywhere between 3 and 10 MHz is fair game, but 43 and 48 meters are where most activity is.

Wolverine Radio sends out a generic SSTV eQSL after their broadcast (as do most stations). They were playing all songs about cars and travel. This is the one they sent.

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I caught a couple more as well...


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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by Ed Joseph » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:08 am

Here are a couple from last weekend I just received...

ION Radio -

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WREC Radio Free East Coast -

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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:45 pm

Thanks for posting those. I'll have to try it some time soon. I always avoided pirates because they're illegal. But since they're providing a service that no one else wants to provide legally any more, I forget the ethics of it.



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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by Ed Joseph » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:19 pm

Yeah, seriously. The majority of pirates in the US stay on the 43 and 48 Meter bands, and stay away from government and emergency frequencies. Most also are fairly clean in their operating and content. Some are rebels though and play unedited versions of songs... Euro pirates have a more wild streak it seems, and they operate anywhere there is an open freq. Some have actually gone legit, such as Radio Veronica. They took over an abandoned SW TX site and broadcast on MW. Laser Hot Hits and World Music Radio are a couple more who are legit now. I believe 99% of operators would go legit if there were an "Amateur Broadcasting service" in America. Some Euro countries now allow HF hobby broadcasting as well. They are great DX catches!

There are a few pirates who rebroadcast recordings of past pirates or relay other pirates, which are simply fascinating.

Frankly, the FCC is focused on shutting down FM band ops, they really don't seem to care about HF unless someone is really being stupid. Old Time Radio has been operating 24/7 on two SW freq literally for years, playing OTR programs. They have been heard all over the US and Europe at time. Winter propo is far better for lower HF though. Summer is better for freqs above 25 MHz.

I find a LOT more troubles on the bands from freebanding fishing boat captains and the aero bands on simplex between pilots! There are several marine and aero freqs around 43 meter band, and some have absolutely filthy mouths.

I cannot say I've been really impressed with some "legal" hams on HF. 14313 and the Patriot net on 80 meters in particular. They have pretty much erased any desire to get a ham ticket I had. I listened to the HF ham bands a lot when I was a kid, but there isn't much I care to hear there anymore. If I *did* ever get a ticket, I'd probably just go tech for VHF and 10 meters.

Other than the big power bunch on 11meters, most of what I've heard lately in there has actually been quite cordial compared to the old days.

Honestly, if I could afford the gear, I'd probably try my hand transmitting on HF, but we're struggling to just keep from starving nowdays. I've had offers to make programs or broadcast a stream though, which I just might do... That way I can get on the bands without having to invest in gear and antennas. It's certainly tempting...


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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by SolarMax » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:38 pm

Ed Joseph wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:19 pm
...Some have actually gone legit, such as Radio Veronica. They took over an abandoned SW TX site and broadcast on MW.
FYI - former WABX jock Dan Carlyle is now doing a weekly show on Veronica.



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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by Ed Joseph » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:14 pm

Yes, Solarmax... There is an online radio right near their AM site which I'll listen to now and then, and I heard him on air a couple days. He sounds great and there is no mistaking his voice!


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Re: SHortwave pirate stations

Post by Ed Joseph » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:24 am

Here are a couple eQSL's I got from some recent testing broadcasts I picked up...
Radio Ga-Ga testing at 3 watts in AM with USB.... I picked it up from the midwest to near Flint, MI on a DX440 hooked to a 50' end-fed random wire.

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Ten watts thee day before in DSB/USB modes...

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