Monday, November 06, 2017

Latest logs from England

I hope you all enjoyed bonfire night and had lots of fun. We had a good night and also celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. A big thank-you to the various WhatsApp messages we received from our pirate friends in the Netherlands - it was very kind of you.

I've been doing plenty of evening listening to MW of the past few days, and this is what I've heard:


Freq       Time      Station SINPO

Monday, November 6, 2017
1625       2057       Pandora 55444-55555 music programme
1647       2058       Nachtzwerver 35333 music programme
1635       2102       Vonkenboer 25332 music programme
1636       2113       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444-55555 music programme
1620       2210       Utopia 45434 testing
1655       2212       De Kat 25322-35333 testing
1649       2222       Monte Carlo 34333-45444 music programme
1636       2230       Napoleon 45444 



Observations

  • Utopia was testing tonight but experiencing some problems with his modulation, and another station also have a little technical difficulty was Napoleon. He was loud and clear on 1636 after Mijnwerker had closed down, but his transmitter cut out on several occasions
  • Friesland pirate De Kat was reportedly using a new antenna - and it was certainly working well. My logs show I've heard this station only once before. He was peaking up pretty well tonight, so let's hope he makes it across the water a little more frequently now

Sunday, November 5, 2017
1620       1900       Atletico 52442 qsoing
1629       1904       Ruimzicht 25442 qsoing
1636       1906       Alpenjager 35343 qsoing
1620       1906       Weduwe 55444 music programme
1654       1910       Wilskracht 35333-45444 music programme
1629       1946       Reintje de Vos 34333 qsoing
1638       2100       Bluebird 55444 music programme
1627       2159       Vonkenboer 25222 music programme 

Observations

  • Some interesting catches tonight, starting off with Atletico. This was a station using a different name to usual, but I couldn't quite put my finger on who it was. I recognised the voice, although it was difficult as the station was doubling up with Weduwe, who was busy with a music programme on the same frequency of 1620 kHz
  • Atletico was in a qso round with various stations, including Alpenjager and Reintje de Vos. Also in the group was a station on 1645 who was playing only minimal music and talking quite extensively. I couldn't quite catch the ID as there was a fair bit of fading on the signal

Saturday, November 4, 2017
1646       1630       Zwarte Bizon 45444
1655       1639       Relmus 45434 at 1709 music programme with Yogi Bear 
1650       1645       Moscou 25442
1629       1705       Edelkampioen 55444-55555 testing
1620       2135       Barones 45444 music programme
1631       2140       Polidor 33333 music programme
1611       2141       Twentana 35333 music programme 
1636       2335       Romax 34343 qsoing
1648       2351       Moby Dick 45333 music programme 

Observations

  • One of the things I enjoy when listening to the Dutch pirates on MW is trying to work out which station I'm listening to before the ID comes. There are lots of ways of doing this . . . some stations have a regular frequency and a certain time of the week they broadcast, sometimes a station might consistently broadcast slightly off channel, there's signal strength to consider, along with modulation quality. And the type of music being played comes right into the mix, too. Tonight there was a killer signal on 1620 kHz with outstanding audio quality. To my ears it had to be Edelkampioen, and so it was. He was trying out his antenna after fixing a fault. Safe to say, it's working pretty well again! I made a short recording using my mobile phone, which you can listen to here:


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
1620       1855       Sapporo 45444 qsoing
1655       1933       Batavier 45444 music programme
1660       1940       Digitaal 45444 music programme

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
1630       1949       Marianne 35333-45444 music programme

Monday, October 30, 2017
1640       2155       Veronica 34333 music programme
1625       2205       Pandora 55544 music programme
1640       2242       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 44444 report for Veronica
1660       2319       Monte Carlo 45444 qsoing
1640       2327       Monte Carlo 35333 qsoing
1637       2339       Vonkenboer weak signal qsoing

Sunday, October 29, 2017
1638       2325       Bluebird 55555 music programme
1623       2348       Jeneverstoker 25322 report for Bluebird

Saturday, October 28, 2017
1625       1611       Pandora 45544 testing
1636       1613       Keizer en Keizerin 35443 music programme
1647       1652       Digitaal 45434 qsoing
1655       1734       Akenzo 24322 music programme
1620       1806       Twentana 45433 music programme
1648       2140       Moby Dick 34333-44444 music programme
1628       2207       Santana 44433 music programme
1642       2217       Monte Carlo 35222 qsoing

Thursday, October 26, 2017
1625       1652       Pandora 55444-55555 music programme
1636       1704       Dolfijn 35443-45454 music programme
1627       1726       Reintje de Vos 35443 report for Pandora
1620       2105       Napoleon 45434 music programme
1620       2123       Monte Carlo 25222 qsoing

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dutch pirates heard in England this month

It's been a while since I posted some logs on the blog, so let's put that right with the stations I've heard over the last couple of weeks. As usual, the antenna here is the Wellbrook 1530LN-1 and I've been using the Lowe HF150 to do most of my listening recently

Freq       Time      Station SINPO

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
1620       1635       Interpol 35353 qsoing
1638       1637       Kaaiman 35333 music programme
1643       1638       Marskramer 35333 music programme
1613       1644       Digitaal 45444 qsoing
1620       1938       Speedygonzales en Mexicano 45333-45444 testing
1629       1944       Blauwe Koe 35333 music programme
1655       1945       Wadloper 35333, 45444 at 2046 music programme
1625       2007       Pandora 34333-44444 music programme
1629       2120       Noordzee 45444 music programme


Observations

  • Good to start hearing stations at just after 1630 UTC with Interpol, Kaaiman, Marskramer and Digitaal all coming in pretty well. It's not often I hear Interpol - in fact, looking back at the logs, the previous time I heard him was way back in December 16, 2015. 
  • Conditions gradually improved throughout the evening and Noordzee was doing particularly well as the evening action started to quieten down

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
1630       1930       Marianne 55444 music programme
1645       2039       Ros AM 45434 testing 
1616       2040       Blauw Kous 55444 music programme
1638       2220       Bluebird 55444 music programme


Observations

  • A couple of new names this evening, kicking off with the mysterious Blauw Kous (Blue Stocking). There were no announcements and the ID was given only in Iann's Pirate Chat. I have a strong feeling this was actually another MW regular using a different name while testing. Let's see if we hear the station again at some point, perhaps with a working microphone!
  • Ros Am was another new addition to the log book (although he had been heard previously with non-stop music). There were a couple of announcements during this test transmission and an email address of rosamradio@gmail.com was given. The operator of this station has a fair bit of experience on the MW band and it's good to hear him with this latest incarnation. It would be great to hear some full programmes

Monday, October 23, 2017
1645       1855       Oldtimer 45444 music programme
1655       1900       Rebel 25232 music programme
1620       1901       Digitaal 45434-55444 music programme
1615       1905       Turftrekker 54444 testing
1634       1932       Blauwe Koe 35333-45444 music programme
1640       2012       Bluebird 55444 music programme

Sunday, October 22, 2017
1655       2110       Wilskracht 35333-45444 music programme
1611       2115       Rebel 24222-34333 music programme
1625       2121       Pandora 55444-55555 music programme

Saturday, October 21, 2017
1629       0555       Edelkampioen 55444 music programme
1648       2230       Moby Dick 44444 music programme       
1640       2233       Electron 44444 qsoing
1629       2236       Akenzo 35333-45444 testing
1633       2236       Noordzee 33443 qsoing
1620       2238       Johan 55444-55555 testing
1629       2257       Noordzee 35443 music programme
1638       2354       Jenverstoker 23222-35333 music programme

Thursday, October 19, 2017
1620       2245       Utopia 35333-45444 music programme
1633       2248       Barcelona 55555 music programme

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1634       2018       Barones 45444 music programme
1643       2038       Ros AM 34433-44444 audio test of non-stop music
1625       2054       Bluebird 55444 music programme
1646       2056       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 45444 testing
1646       2214       Rebel 24332-34333 report for Mijnwerker
1638       2228       Bluebird 55555 report for Mijnwerker
1641       2237       Casablanca 45444 qsoing
1633       2239       Vonkenboer 35333 qsoing

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
1632       1740       Uitzendkracht 25442
1644       1743       Friese Piraat 35333-45434 asking for report 
1620       1803       Centurion 25322 from North NL
1640       1806       Rebel 25232 music programme
1655       1850       Batavier 55444 music programme
1660       1852       Veldwachter 34333-44444 qsoing
1666       1857       Meteoor 55444 qsoing
1645       1900       Vonkenboer 25332 qsoing
1665       1903       Digitaal 44444 qsoing


Observations

  • Friese Piraat was coming in very well considering the low power used and the time of day. Here's how the studio was looking at the time of the broadcast:


Sunday, October 15, 2017
1624       2123       Uniek 25222-35333 music programme
1645       2127       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 35333 report for Mi Amigo
1640       2150       Casablanca 35333-45444 report for Uniek
1616       2155       Uruguay 25222 qsoing
1641       2159       Vonkenboer 25332 qsoing


Thursday, October 12, 2017
1655       1655       Batavier 35443 music programme
1627       1750       Barones 45444 reporting
1629       1845       Edelkampioen 55444 music programme
1620       1915       Barones 35333-45444 testing 
1629       1955       Mi Amigo 35333 testing


Observations

  • Barones was trying out a new full size 180-metre loop antenna this evening, testing alongside his usual inverted L design. Although there was not much difference in signal here, reports in Scandinavia were particularly impressive. There are reportedly some improvements to make to the loop, so it will be fascinating to see just how good the antenna turns out to be. Very few Dutch MW pirates use such a design because of the large amount of space needed, so good to Barones trying something rarely tried elsewhere

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
1630       2025       Marianne 55444 music programme
1611       2030       Zwarte Boer 24222 music programme
1636       2105       Noordzee 45444 report for Marianne
1630       2114       Monte Carlo 45444 report for Marianne

Monday, October 9, 2017
1629       1905       Blauwe Koe 35333 music programme
1670       1906       VOTN 35333-45444 music programme
1645       1937       Kristal 45444 asking for report
1625       2120       Pandora 55444 music programme

Sunday, October 8, 2017
1647       1810       Witte Tornado 45444 music programme 
1668       1815       Kachel Boer (Blue Star) 35343 music programme
1647       1850       Nachtzwerver 35333 programme
1638       1951       Bluebird 55444-55555 music programme
1655       2015       Wilskracht 35333 music programme
1620       2021       Rebel 25232 music programme
1647       2125       Nachtzwerver 35343 asking for report

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Farewell Jack Donio

Last Friday morning came the sad news that Jack Donio of Radio Morningstar had died at the age of 71. 



Jack was known in pirate circles as an innovator and produced captivating programmes that drew an enthusiastic audience. He could often be seen in his studio while on air as he live streamed his broadcasts. He was associated most with 1611 kHz, his regular frequency, which I often listened to via the SDR at Enschede. Jack also broadcast on shortwave, where his fascinating transmissions could be heard further afield.



Jack last tweeted @JackDonio on October 9, thanking everybody for their birthday greetings a day earlier.



Condolences to Jack's family, and thank you for all work pirate work over many years.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Witte Tornado raided

Greetings from the UK. First, apologies for my extended summer break! I've been busy with work recently, although propagation conditions during the warmer months are never great for listening to the Dutch pirates.

Since I last wrote on here there are been plenty of activity, but not the sort we particularly want to hear about. 

A couple of weeks ago, Friesland pirate Yogi Bear had a visit from the Agentschap Telecom after a night-time MW broadcast and was warned that further transmissions would result in a fine; Luxemburg also had a visit and a warning, and this evening the AT were active in Almelo, effectively closing down long-time regular Sunday evening pirate Witte Tornado.



Having started out as pirates on FM in 1980, station operator Gerard and his wife Marion switched to MW in 2009 and have been broadcasting every week on 1647 kHz for the last eight years, rarely missing a Sunday and presenting a programme for several hours with a mix of Dutch and English music. They attracted a sizable audience of local and international listeners with a signal that was always very strong here in England.



The station remained on air during and after the raid, but at around 1850 UTC a final announcement was made and Witte Tornado closed down for the final time . . .




UPDATE

The couple must now wait for an official letter from the AT which will tell them of any penalty they must pay and what conditions have been imposed on them. The standard here is a warning of a 2,500 euro penalty if they are heard broadcasting again within the next five years. As soon as I know the contents of the letter, I will update the blog.

We wish Gerard and Marion the best of luck for the future.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Latest catches

It's been a little while since I posted some logs, so let's bring things up to date with the Dutch MW pirates I've been listening to here in England. As usual, all times are in UTC, and the equipment at this side is a Wellbrook ALA1530LN-1 antenna with a Kenwood R5000 receiver.

Freq       Time      Station SINPO

Monday, May 8, 2017
1615       2218       Johan 55444 qsoing
1635       2222       Monte Carlo 25222-35333 qsoing

Sunday, May 7, 2017
1658       1758       Batavier 35222 music programme
1655       2006       Zwarte Panter 35333 music programme
1634       2023       Barones 45444 music programme

Saturday, May 6, 2017
1648       2120       Moby Dick 45444 music programme
1636       2122       Keizer en Keizerin 45444 music programme
1620       2123       Spectrum FM 43333 music programme relay
1621       2125       Jeneverstoker 23222 music programme
1656       2136       Nachtzwerver 35333-45434 music programme
1665       2204       Polkaman 24222-35333 music programme
1638       2215       Bluebird 54444-55555 music programme
1670       2216       Noordzee 35333 asking for report
1669       2226       Monte Carlo 44444 report for Noordzee
1660       2243       Noordzee 35333 qsoing
1655       2255       Monte Carlo 45434 qsoing
1656       2259       Romax 33433 qsoing
1647       2301       Noordzee 33333 qsoing
1620       2307       Romax 34433 qsoing
1660       2307       Monte Carlo 44444 qsoing

Observations

  • The majority of tonight's stations were busy qsoing, except for Saturday night regulars Moby Dick and Keizer en Keizerin. Also reappearing with a decent signal and powerful modulation was a relay of Spectrum FM, although there was some mixing with Jeneverstoker, who was busy just 1 kHz away on 1621. Spectrum is a streaming station, but several people involved have a pirate history on MW. It's not clear who is responsible for the AM relay, although it is thought to be broadcasting from the Veluwe district. You can read more about the station here

Friday, May 5, 2017
1655       2114       Zwarte Panter 25322-35333 music programme
1671       2115       Batavier 35433-45434 music programme
1646       2115       Twentana 45444 music programme
1632       2115       Curacau 34333-45444 music programme
1620       2116       Marskramer 35333-45444 music programme
1611       2116       Batavia 34333 music programme

Observations

  • There were three pirates on 1671 tonight. Broadcasting from the studio of Batavier, also on the microphone were Friesland MW pirates Melkbus and Golfbreker. Also good to hear joint broadcasts like this
  • On an evening when conditions were volatile with signals suddenly coming right up to almost local quality and then back down again, Twentana, Curacau and Marskramer were all very strong at some points during their broadcasts

Thursday, May 4, 2017
1625       2042       Blauwe Koe 35333 qsoing
1620       2044       Sapporo 35333 qsoing
1620       2047       Blauwe Koe 35333 qsoing
1655       2055       Snowman 35343 music programme

Observations

  • Quiet on the band tonight. Blauwe Koe and Sapporo were qsoing for a while and Snowman was doing well as usual with his low power while spinning some good tunes on his regular frequency of 1655 kHz

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
1629       1827       Edelkampioen 45444 music programme
1625       2213       Napoleon 45444 music programme
1633       2213       Ruimzicht en Morgen Ster 24322-35443 music programme
1655       2214       Wilskracht 45434 music programme
1647       2214       Blackstone 24322 qsoing
1620       2221       Spanningzoeker 55444 qsoing



Sunday, April 23, 2017
1647       1725       Witte Tornado weak signal music programme
1655       1738       Dikke Betta 35443 music programme
1625       1747       Mike 25242
1655       1750       Relmus 25242, 35333 at 1927 music programme
1620       1922       Weduwe 44433-44444 music programme

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
1630       2127       Marianne 44444 qsoing
1633       2129       Ruimzicht 25222-35333 qsoing
1645       2132       Monte Carlo 35343 qsoing
1629       2136       Noordzee 34333-45444 qsoing  
1633       2137       Barcelona 55444 qsoing

Monday, April 17, 2017
1647       2150       Monte Carlo 34333-44444 music programme
1633       2201       Ruimzicht 25232-35333 report for Monte Carlo
1633       2204       Barcelona 45444 qsoing
1645       2210       Monte Carlo 34333 qsoing

Sunday, April 16, 2017
1655       2114       Wadloper 35333-45444 music programme
1647       2115       Witte Tornado 45333-45444 music programme
1627       2115       Barones 55444 music programme
1638       2128       Bluebird 55444 music programme
1615       2128       Kooiplas 35333 qsoing
1615       2131       Monte Carlo 24222-34333 qsoing
1627       2145       Monte Carlo 25222-35333 qsoing

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Closing in on last year's total

At the end of January I wrote that during the first month of 2017 I had heard 101 Dutch MW pirate stations, which came via 98 different transmitters. That compared favourably with the 167 stations I heard throughout the whole of 2016. 

Now we're a third of the way through the year I thought it would be fun to see how many pirates I've heard in the first four months of the year. And I can reveal that I've logged 148 of them - only 19 behind the figure for the whole of last year, which suggests that even in this day and age of rapidly advancing technology, there is still plenty of interest in analogue broadcasting on AM, at least in the Netherlands anyway.

A few in this hefty list of the pirates heard from the beginning of January to the end of April are the same station using a different name, and the odd one or two is broadcasting from just across the border into Germany, but they act in the traditions of the Dutch pirates and qso in the language with the other stations on the air, so they are included here:

Adje Van Der Steur
Admiraal
Alabama
Alaska
Alice
Alpenjager (Groningen)
Anton
Arizona
Armada
Atlantic
Bandoeng
Barcelona
Barones
Batavia
Batavier
Bizon
Blackstone
Blauwe Daihatsu
Blauwe Koe
Blauwe Panda
Blauwe Piraat



Bluebird
Bootsman
Brandaris



Brugwachter
Capri
Carona
Casablanca (Emmen)
Casablanca (Twente)
Charlie Brown
Columbia
Curacau
Dageraad
Daniel en Soto
Derdeman
Digitaal
Dikke Betta
Dolfijn
Drukstroomjager
Edelkampioen



Eldorado
Electron
Eskimo
Friese Piraat
Golfbreker
Havanna
Horizon
IJsselstein
Jack Sparrow
JB
Jeneverstoker
Johan
Jonge Boer
Johnny Camaro
Kamelen Boer
Keizer en Keizerin
Kooiplas
Kristal
Kruik
Lorely
Lotus



Malibu
Marianne



Marskramer
Meteoor
Mike
Moby Dick
Monaco
Monte Carlo
Monza
Moonbreaker
Morgen Ster
Moscou
Musky
Nachtzwerver
Napoleon
Noorderzon
Noordzee
Odynn
Oldtimer
Omega
Orion
Osaka
OSM
Paradiso
Pecon
Pioneer
Poema
Polidor
Pontiac
Professor Sickbok
Quintus



Rebecca
Relmus
Rode Rover
Rodester
Romax
Ruimzicht
Ruisbreker
Sallandseboer
Sapporo
Santana
Schaduwjager
Schorpioen
Scotland
Snowman
Spakenburg
Spanningzoeker
Skywire
Sterrekijker
Sterrenboog



Technical Man
Telefunken
Torpedojager (North-west Overijjsel)



Torpedojager (Twente)
Toulouse
Transparant
Turfsteker
Turftrekker
Twentana
Uniek
Utopia
Veldwachter
Verona
Veronica
Vonkenboer
Vriendschap
Vrij Drenthe
Vrijevogel
Vrolijke Mijnwerker


Wadloper
Waterman
Weduwe
Wegpiraat
Wilskracht
Witte Raaf
Witte Tornado
Yogi Bear en Einstein
Zonnester
Zwarte Arabier
Zwarte Bizon



Zwarte BMW
Zwarte Boer
Zwarte Bouvier
Zwarte Panter (North Holland)
Zwarte Panter (Oldenzaal)
Zwarte Schaduw

If you've heard any stations not in the list, or have any comments to make please get in touch via one of the usual ways, clicking the buttons at the top of this page, or leaving a message on this post. It's always good to hear from you.

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