One of the best signals tonight came from Wadloper, who was joined in the studio by Relmus, and together the Pier Clan were on 1646 for a good few hours blasting away some great music. They sent me these pictures from the studio while they were on air. You can see the antenna mast, stretching up into the night sky, together with the transmitter, variac, which controls the power supply, and the power meter.
When Wadloper closed down, the Witte Raaf, also from Friesland, came on the air and continued the music. His signal has had some super peaks, like most of the stations on air tonight, including Napoleon on 1629 kHz, Bluebird (1638) and Radio Alice, usually to be heard on SW but on 1620 tonight. That's the first time I've heard him on 1.6 MHz. Hopefully it won't be the last. And perhaps tonight will go on a bit longer than I expected - Barones signed on 1625 kHz a few minutes ago!
I made some recordings tonight as usual, and you can get a real flavour of how the pirates were coming through tonight.
Midweek breakfast surprise
The sun is rising here at about 0645 at the moment and, as I've mentioned before, it's not easy to catch pirates at this location during the daylight hours, so I had a nice surprise on Wednesday morning when at 0800 local time there was a signal coming through on 1636 kHz on the Lowe HF150 receiver.
Reception came up quite nicely after a few minutes and the signal was perfectly listenable. I had my suspicions I was tuned in to Radio Havanna who always uses this frequency and gets a very good signal into the UK. When I could still hear the signal at 0900 I was sure it was him. And sure enough came the ID.
I'm looking forward to the clocks going back an hour next month so that more early morning reception of the Dutch guys is possible. There are plenty of stations who don't transmit at night which means I don't get to hear them very often.
And here's what I've been listening to over the last few days:
Thursday, September 15, 2016
1620 1955 Alice 35333 music programme
1629 1956 Napoleon 33433-45444 music programme
1638 1957 Bluebird 55444 programme
1646 1957 Wadloper 45444 music programme
1646 2017 Zwarte Bizon 42433
1615 2047 Uniek 35333-45444 music programme
1645 2104 Witte Raaf 35333-45444 music programme
1625 2231 Barones 55444-55555 music programme
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
1636 0700 Havanna 25322 music programme
1620 2122 Vloedgolf 45444 qsoing
1629 2124 Noordzee 35333-45444 music programme
1613 2130 Monte Carlo 45343 qsoing
1633 2131 Barcelona 54444 qsoing
1620 2215 Mi Amigo 33333-44444 report for Noordzee
1640 2216 Professor Sickbok 55444 report for Noordzee
1625 2231 Pandora 55444-55555 music programme
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
1620 2300 Barones 55444-55555 music programme
Monday, September 12, 2016
1660 2115 Blackbeard 35443 music programme
1615 2116 Uniek 45444 music programme
1640 2117 Veronica 35333-45444 music programme
1634 2120 Melkbus 35333 music programme
1645 2138 Monte Carlo 35343 report for Veronica
1620 2206 Monaco 34333 report for Uniek
1635 2206 Monte Carlo 35443 report for Uniek
1626 2206 Melkbus 35333-45444 report for Uniek
1641 2219 Casablanca 55444-55555 report for Uniek
1628 2225 Melkbus 35343 qsoing