Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Superman flying through the air

Conditions have been rather up and down in recent days. A strong signal from a Dutch MW pirate can become weak and watery within a few minutes before strengthening right up again. But there have been some interesting catches, as you can see from the logs:

Freq       Time       Station name SINPO

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
1618       1745       Pontiac 35443 asking for report
1629       1750       Mike 45444 testing
1620       1753       Sterrenboog 35443 report for Pontiac
1630       1810       Alaska weak signal
1620       1828       Moonbreaker 44433 music programme
1629       1857       Turftrekker 35333-45444 music programme
1645       2021       Casablanca (Twente) 35333
1636       2210       OSM 35333 music programme
1630       2214       Monte Carlo 34333 qsoing
1640       2220       Vonkenboer weak signal qsoing
1633       2242       Barcelona 45333-45444 music programme
1641       2250       Barones 55444 music programme



Observations

  • Great to catch OSM (O Superman) at just after 2200. I was having a last tune around of the radio before heading to bed, and I heard his familiar theme tune - James Last and Music Box Dancer on 1636 kHz. So I cancelled sleeping for a while and tuned in. He was using his 20 watt transmitter on this occasion, running at 18 watts. Modulation was strong and signal peaking up very nicely. Even with power pirates Barcelona on 1633 and Barones on 1641 it was still possibly to listen to O Superman. Great work for the low power

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
1656       1633       Transparant 25332 music programme
1620       1642       Sterrenboog 25332 qsoing
1629       1644       Zwarte BMW 25332 qsoing
1650       1703       Edelkampioen 45434 music programme
1612       1710       Atlantic 24332 testing   
1636       1846       Dolfijn 45434
1638       1849       Admiraal 35333 report for Dolfijn
1635       1908       Twentana 45434 asking for report
1620       1916       Nachtzwerver 35333 qsoing
1630       1938       Marianne 54444-55555 music programme
1616       2200       Napoleon 45444 music programme
1645       2214       Monte Carlo 45444 report for Marianne
1640       2300       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55434 music programme
1636       2313       Romax 33433 report for Napoleon

Observations

  • I mentioned above how signals can currently be very strong one minute and then dip right down the next. Edelkampioen was a good example of this tonight. He was incredibly strong at the start of his transmission before fading down
  • Conditions were back up later in the evening, and Marianne was coming in extremely well for his regular Tuesday night programme


Monday, March 20, 2017
1620       1744       Alice 25332-35333 testing
1650       1818       Vrijevogel 25322, 35443 at 1931 music programme
1629       1825       Spanningzoeker 55444 report for Alice
1611       1828       Zeewolf 24322 report for Alice
1660       1835       Batavier 35333 music programme
1636       1837       Odynn 25222 testing 
1620       1844       Nachtzwerver 35333 qsoing
1630       1825       Spanningzoeker 55555 qsoing
1612       1959       Atlantic 34433 testing
1655       2233       Wilskracht 45444 qsoing
1640       2240       Monte Carlo 35333 qsoing



Observations

  • Atlantic has been busy testing recently, sometimes using the name Test Piraat. He has quiet a distinctive voice, however, so there is no hiding place! 
  • Good to catch Odynn for a few minutes this evening. He has also been testing, using around 75 watts. I'm looking forward to hearing more from him soon
  • I am a big fan of tuning in to low-power pirates - it's something that particularly fascinates me. The ability to hear a signal of just a few watts emanating from hundreds of miles away is always a thrill. But at the other end of the spectrum, it is also always a pleasure to hear a power-packed pirate with a full sinpo of 55555 and top-notch modulation. Spanningzoeker fulfiled that criteria perfectly tonight. Again, he is always easy to recognise - there are only a handful of Dutch MW pirates with his sound

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