Extended 3 day weekends always result in a higher level of hobby radio traffic on the HF band. This includes ham, CB and the many pirate radio stations that spring to life on the weekends.
Having got back into logging pirate stations after a massive 5 year gap, I devoted the whole bank holiday evening to finding as many as possible, although being away from the game for so long its going to take a bit of practice (and patience) to identify them.
All these stations were received using a SDR dongle with UpConverter (Ham It Up) and fed by about 20 meters of wire.
European Pirate Radio Log
|6305||17.19||Radio Merlin International||Music|
|6380||17.36||Radio Rona Lisa||Music|
|6262||18.24||Radio Telstar||Great Signal!|
|6210||19.01||Radio Mustang||Very Quiet|
|6950||21.07||Radio Mirabelle||Great Signal|
|6320||21.12||Radio Montferland||Bronski Beat|
|6423||21.39||Radio Hitmix||Deep Fade|
|1642||21.58||Radio Kristal||Strong Signal|
|6200||22.18||Radio Henk FM||Quiet|
I usually like to listen to music while working at the computer and although tuning around the HF band for pirate stations does take a bit more effort than FM radio stations, its worth it just for the very diverse tunes some of the stations churn out.
An All Nighter On The Cards
Going to be a late one tonight as I’m in the full grip of my summertime insomnia, meaning I’ll probably just be going to bed when everybody else is waking up 🙂 , as soon as the pirates dry up I’m off to see what data modes the overnight ham bands have to offer.
I’m filling all the station details out as I go along as it save going through a list later and making possible mistakes when they’re copied over.