Friday, April 14, 2017

A very Good Friday

I didnt get to the radio until around 2215 local time (2115 UTC) tonight, but when I did switch on the receivers, the MW band was really buzzing - not with interference but with a whole raft of stations.

It was great to catch Curacau on 1617 kHz with a music programme. Back in the 1990s when I first found the Dutch MW pirates, he was a regular. Nowadays it's pretty rare to catch him on air, even more so with a whole show - I heard him qsoing in January this year but before that I have to go back to October 2013 to find him in the logbook.

Morgen Ster was an interesting one. This was not the low power station Morning Star that can be heard on 1611 kHz, but a different station - I'm pretty sure it was a regular operator using a different name, but I can't quite put my finger on which one!

Good to hear Odynn in action on 1640 tonight. He was doing really well with around 120 watts of power, and he sent some pictures straight through to me while he was on air, which he has very kindly allowed me to share with you:







Here's a compilation of some of the Dutch pirates heard here in England tonight:


And here's the lowdown on the stations heard tonight and since I last updated the blog:

Freq      Time        Station SINPO

Friday, April 14, 2017
1617       2121       Curacau 34434-45444 music programme
1625       2121       Blauwe Koe 44444 music programme
1633       2122       Morgen Ster 33333-44444 music programme
1640       2122       Odynn 33443 music programme
1648       2122       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 54434-55544 music programme
1655       2122       Relmus 34433-44444 music programme
1666       2122       Batavier 33433 music programme
1630       2147       Blauwe Daihatsu 33443 qsoing
1633       2214       Barcelona 55444 report for Morgen Ster
1640       2234       Professor Sickbok 54444-55555 report for Mijnwerker
1642       2237       Jeneverstoker 33333 report for Mijnwerker
1620       2238       Monte Carlo 44444 report for Curacau 
1641       2254       Casablanca 55444 qsoing
1633       2305       Electron 45444 qsoing
1634       2308       Monte Carlo 55444 qsoing


Observations

  • Relmus often has guests in the studio. More often than not Wadloper makes an appearance, but tonight it was Sluwe Vos sharing the microphone - and he hopes to make a return to MW soon with his own transmitter
  • Professor Sickbok has had contact from the Agentschap Telecom on several occasions in recent times and as a result has been very quiet on the air. Before tonight I had not heard him this year, but he popped up on his old regular frequency of 1640 kHz with a report for Vrolijke Mijnwerker and then for a qso with various other stations, including Casablanca, who himself has been less active recently than previous years. He was putting in a stonking signal on 1641 kHz

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
1640       2215       Monte Carlo 45444 qsoing

Sunday, April 9, 2017
1645       2239       Barones 45434 music programme

Saturday, April 8, 2017
1635       1750       Havanna 45444 music programme
1655       1800       Relmus 35343 music programme
1623       1807       Batavier 24332 music programme
1620       1823       Sapporo 25442 qsoing
1610       1824       Verona 24342 testing
1625       1826       Turftrekker 25342 qsoing            
1635       1852       Alaska 25332 report for Havanna
1648       2131       Moby Dick 43433 music programme
1635       2132       Batavier weak signal music programme
1629       2132       Turftrekker 35333 antenna test
1620       2134       Kruik 24222-34333 music programme
1638       2138       Osaka 34333-44444 music programme
1642       2200       Turftrekker 55444 antenna test
1623       2204       Jeneverstoker 23332 qsoing
1663       2221       Wilskracht 44333 music programme
1638       2222       Pecon 43433 qsoing

Friday, April 7, 2017
1655       1825       Relmus 35343 music programme
1655       2137       Monte Carlo 55454 qsoing
1628       2137       Twentana 45444 music programme
1633       2139       Carona 35333 qsoing
1636       2221       Romax 32442 qsoing
1638       2221       Bluebird 55444 music programme     

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
1617       2134       Witte Raaf 34443 music programme
1644       2136       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 music programme
1660       2144       Monte Carlo 34333

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