Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday updates

I have a few things to update over the next week or so. As you know if you follow this blog, the next Global HF Weekend is coming up next weekend. A couple things that I want to write entries about this week are some propagation maps and also some comments about the pirate radio bill that's in Congress right now.

I've received a few e-mails from stations who plan to be on the air for the Global HF Weekend, so listening is looking up already.

I picked up a 1935 Wards Airline 62-123 console this week and want to start an entry about that radio. Now, we'll see how long it takes for me to actually restore it! I have a lot of other projects waiting ahead of it.

I heard UNID Radio last night and also KOOT this morning. Also heard someone throwing carriers on 6925 kHz and the carrier from a different station on 6955 kHz. Not sure I'll post any loggings tonight or tomorrow, but maybe.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Calvin Coolidge

HF Underground was reporting that Dave Valko heard a station on 9025 kHz that was playing a repeating clip of a Calvin Coolidge speech. On Sunday, the station was logged by a number of listeners on 9025 with the same clip repeating.

The last time that I heard something like this, it was the Aggressive Policeman station, which played the short audio clip for hours.

These types of stations tend to disappear quickly & no one logged Coolidge in the past two days, so I thought I missed it. I remembered to turn on the radio this morning before work & I let the recorder run. Just checked the recording. Around 1300, the Coolidge clips started to come through & lasted for about an hour before fading out. The mast of my inverted V got taken out in the first Nor'easter this month, so I'm sure it's not working optimally. Signal was fair at best.

I assume that whoever identified this station must have typed in some phrases that matched up the correct speech. Or maybe someone's a huge Calvin Coolidge fan and has been listening to his old speeches in the car when commuting.

Skipmuck posted a link to what he believes is the exact audio source used for the file. I didn't hear it well enough to verify if this is it but it could well be.

Lots of people have speculated about these types of stations, going back to at least the Yosemite Sam station from 2004 and 2005. But the databurst and use of multiple frequencies in DSB were tip offs that this was a military operation of some sort. Aggressive Policeman & Calvin Coolidge seem less like military stations, but they could well be.

The great thing is that they're all complete mysteries with odd, random "programming."

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sloppy Joe Radio

Didn't want to say too much about Sloppy Joe Radio in my post about National Sloppy Joe day, but I had hoped they'd appear today. Writing the entry for the station inspired us to have sloppy joes today . . . and I heard the station with a good signal this afternoon on 6925 kHz USB.

Many thanks to Sloppy Joe Radio for the broadcast!

And a question for blog readers outside of the US & Canada: Do you know what sloppy joes are or is this strictly a North American food?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Next Global HF Weekend: March 30, 31, and April 1, 2018

I can't believe how quickly time has passed! I wrote the National Sloppy Joe post, then planned to post about the Global HF Weekend, but I was away last weekend and the weekend before was the SWL Winterfest. Suddenly, it's a couple of weeks before the Global HF Weekend and I haven't mentioned it to anyone yet. I'll try to post on here regularly over the next few weeks with propagation reports and schedules.

Next Global HF Weekend: March 30, 31, and April 1, 2018
It's still a couple weeks away, so be sure to mark the next Global HF Pirate Weekend on your calendar.

The idea behind the Global HF Weekends are to promote friendship through radio around the world. The hope is that listeners will be able to hear different stations and for broadcasters to reach distant locations. Anyone may participate.

The last one, which occurred during the first weekend of November 2017, was very successful. A handful of North American stations were reported on Europe and vice versa. And South American stations were heard in the North. Other stations were active specifically for the weekend, but just for a local or regional audience.

We'll see how many stations show up during the next GHFW. It seems unlikely that stations will be using 13 meters this time and much more likely that stations will be trying the 6900-kHz range and possibly 31 and 25 meters.

March 30, 31, & April 1, 2018
Maybe 15010-15090 kHz, probably 6200-6400 kHz and 6800-6990 kHz

Of course, these were general frequency ranges used by pirates during prior Global HF Pirate weekends. Some stations will surely operate on frequencies and times outside of these ranges. In fact, the way conditions have been lately, frequencies at or below 15 MHz seem like they will be more effective for intercontinental broadcasting. These will be updated on the Hobby Broadcasting ( blog as it happens and also check the loggings on HF Underground (

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 18: National Sloppy Joe Day

I was writing the entry for Sloppy Joe Radio on Sunday. I find it hard to believe that sloppy joes weren't created until some time in the 1930s. They just seem like they should date back much further. I won't go too deep into the history of the the sandwich but I will say that I plan to celebrate on March 18 with sloppy joes.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Couple of updates, 2/11/18

Finally, after years of things piling up after building an addition on the house, I'm starting to catch up with some radio stuff. I cleaned layers of stuff off my desk. Among other things, at different layers, I found Corsette oscillators, parts, QSLs, photos, etc. I also printed QSLs that I received from the past 18 months or so and got those into albums.

One thing that I found in the mess was an unaddressed package. I cut it open & it's a 2014 Pirate Radio Annual. This one sold out a while back & a number of people asked about its availability. So, if anyone reading this wants it, it's $18 including shipping. Send an e-mail to me & I'll let you know if you were the 1st to ask. Then, you can either pay me via PayPal, check, etc.

I've had a chance to listen to the radio a bit over the past week while working in there. I've heard The Relay Station, Nuttin' on Shortwave, Yetti Radio, Deez Nuts Radio, etc. Good stuff.

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About two years, I bought an old navy rack at a local auction. I didn't go to the viewing, but I saw the photos. It had a couple of speaker slots, an open place with a shelf that held an amplifier, and a blank panel. A lot of things at the auction sold for pretty high prices, but amazingly the rack went for $16. Couldn't believe I got a full-sized rack for $16! I got there and went to move it and it didn't budge. Not a bit. I went to the backside and the former owner had replaced the speakers with projects: each speaker panel contained one side of an enormous power supply. The blank panel wasn't wired together, but it had a modulation transformer (that I looked up later & saw is good for 500 watts out). 

In all, this beast weighed somewhere around 600 lbs. and I needed to get it out. To shorten the story a bit, a good samaritan helped out & we were able to get it up a few basement steps & into the back of the van.

I disassembled the whole thing, painted the cabinet, & finally moved the cabinet into my upstairs radio room. Last night, I discovered a problem. How do you lift a Hammarlund SP-600 up over your shoulders in height and screw it into the front panel of the cabinet? 

Anyone have any techniques for mounting boat anchors into full-size cabinets?

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I've been working on the CD for the 2017-18 PRA. I have clips done for about 35 stations now. It's been fun re-listening to bunches of stations from the past few years.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Station listing for the 2017-2018 Pirate Radio Annual

It's past time that I update the blog! But I have the house to the point where the final inspection is done (still a lot of work to go, but nothing that's quite so pressing), so I hope to update the blog more often again (and not just when it's time for the next HF Global Weekend).

I've been working on the 2017-2018 Pirate Radio Annual and just finished the station listing. The first group is the stations based in North America that were reported on shortwave and 1710 kHz between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. This also includes stations from outside the continent that were relayed here, such as Artem's World of Music and Radio Enterhaken.

The 2nd group is stations from Europe that have been reported across a somewhat large area of North America between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. Europe is filled with pirates. In fact, in 2017 alone MWPirateFan from the UK heard 172 different Dutch medium-wave pirates. Profiling every international pirate from Europe is way beyond the scope of what I can do with the Pirate Radio Annual (at least at this time), but I draw the line at stations that can either be heard by a number of listeners along the East Coast or if a station can be reported further inland (such as in Ohio), they're in.

I've included Latin American shortwave pirates, which have really taken off, in with the European stations. I think in the book, I might separate the two to make it easier. In total, the book will contain listings for 24 stations from Europe and four from South America, I think this is the most stations from outside of Europe that will have been included in a PRA.

As always, if you operate one of these stations, please feel free to e-mail information about your station, photos, sample QSLs, or audio clips that I could use in the book. Also, if you operate a station and feel that it should be included (and it isn't on the list), please send a link to the loggings. There are a lot of unidentified loggings (and a lot of loggings in general), so it can be easy to miss a station.

Alan Masyga Project
Al Fansome Memorial Radio Program
All about That Bass
Allegheny Mountain Radio
Amphetamine Radio
Artem's World of Music
Auld Lang Syne Radio
Bangalore Poacher
Bat Country Radio
Big Johnson Radio
Black Cat Radio
Black Swamp Radio
Blue Ocean Radio
Boombox Radio
Brockett 99
Brownie Radio
Burn It Down Radio
Captain Morgan Shortwave
Celtic Music Radio
Chairman of the Board Radio
Chamberpot Radio
Channel Z
CKUT Shortwave
Classic Pirate Radio Relay Service (CPRRS)
Clever Name Radio
Coca-Cola Radio
Cold Country Canada
Cool AM
Cosmic Dust Shortwave
Cradle Rock Radio. See Radio Free Whatever
Creepy Radio
Crystal Ship, The
CWCW Radio
D. B. Cooper
Doctor Detroit
Dorm Radio
Downunder Radio
Edmund Fitzgerald Radio
Electric Circus
Eurotemptations Shortwave
Fab Four Radio Show
Fake Radio USA
Fart Knocker Radio International
Filthy Frank Radio
Flashback AM
The Fox
Girl Scout Radio
Gospel Radio Shortwave
Grab the Puss Radio
Happy Hanukkah
He-Man Radio
Hip to Be Square Radio
Hit Parade Radio
Hobart Radio International
Hot Radio
Howdy Doody Radio
How Sweet It Is Radio
Indira Calling
Ion Radio
Insane Radio
International Free Radio Service?
Ion Radio
Jolly Roger Radio
Kid from Brooklyn Shortwave
Kracker Radio (See Radio Jamba International)
KVPH. See Voice of Pearl Harbor
Laser Hot Hits
Lee County Radio
Left Lane Radio
Liquid Radio
Live Mic Radio
Locomotive Radio
LTO Radio
Lukewarm Radio
Make Your Liver Quiver (MYLQ) Radio
Moonlight Radio
Mouth of Mohammed Radio
Mr. Man Radio
N8tive Radio
Network 51
Newport Pirate Radio
No Coast Pirate Radio
North Sea Radio. See Northwoods Radio
Northwoods Radio
Not a Very Clever Name
Not for FCC Airplay Radio. See The Fox
NRUI/Amelia Earhart
Nuttin' on Shortwave
Old Time Classic Radio Plays
Orbital Mind-Control Satellite
Partial India Radio
Pee Wee
Peskie Party Radio
Pipeline Radio
Pirate BBC Radio
Pirate Radio Boston
Pirate Radio Network
Pirate Radio Wilson
Potato Pirate
Pumpkin Patch Radio
Radio After Dark
Radio Airplane
Radio Appalachia
Radio A** Clown International
Radio AV
Radio Azteca
Radio Blah Blah Blah
Radio Casablanca
Radio Cinco
Radio Cinco de Mayo
Radio Clandestine
Radio Comedy Club International
Radio Deadman
Radio Eclipse
Radio Enterhaken
Radio Eyeball
Radio First Termer
Radio Free Euphoria
Radio Free Mars
Radio Free Ramones
Radio Free Trump
Radio Free Whatever
Radio Fusion Radio
Radio GaGa
Radio Garbanzo
Radio Halloween
Radio Illuminati
Radio Indiana (see WJD)
Radio Jamba International
Radio Ken
Radio Merlin International
Radio Metallica Worldwide
Radio Morania
Radio Mushroom
Radio Noid
Radio One
Radio Paisano
Radio Reten Lo Que Tienes
Radio Ronin Shortwave
Radio Tambour
Radio Tango America
Radio Three
Radio Tornado
Radio True North
Radio Trump
Radio USA
Radio USA (fake). See Fake Radio USA
Rádio Univates FM
Radio Zed
Rave On Radio
Ravisher Project
RCCI. See Radio Comedy Club International
RCW Radio
Recycle Radio
Red Beacon Radio
The Relay Station
Renegade Radio
Requiem for Radio
Revolutionary Radio
Revolution Radio
RFF Radio/Radio Free Furry?
Ritalin Radio
Scala FM
Sekio Radio
Seven Trees Radio
Shortwave Ghost, The
Skippy Radio
Skyline Radio
Sloppy Joe Radio
Soft Rock Radio
Solar Centric
Sonic Death Shortwave
Space Bunny Radio
Stupid A** Name Radio Network
Sycko Radio
Tangerine Radio
Tango One Six Five
The Crystal Ship. See Crystal Ship, The
This Is Not the BBC
This Is Not WMPR
TimberWolf Radio
Toynbee Radio
Twangy Radio
Unclever Name Radio
Undercover Radio

   Brother Stair Numbers
   The Count
   Declaration of War against Japan (4947 kHz)
   8-MHz station
   OTR Unid
   Ride of the Valkyries numbers
   Slavic Numbers
   Swedish Rhapsody
   The Yodeler

UNID Radio
Union City Radio
Unknown Name Radio Network
Up Against the Wall Radio
UREA Radio
Vivian Girls Radio
Voice of the Angry Pigmeat
Voice of Bob
Voice of Grease
Voice of Helium
Voice of Laryngitis
Voice of the Loaf
Voice of Pancho Villa
Voice of Pearl Harbor (KVPH)
Voice of Portugal
Voice of the Report of the Week (VORW)
Voice of Revolutionary Vinco
Voice of Shortwave Radio
Voice of Uncle Don
WCOK. See Coca-Cola Radio
WEAK Radio
WEEK Radio
White Rider Radio
Wild 100
Witch City Radio
Wolverine Radio
Woolvureen Radio
WRMR. See Red Man Radio
X7 Radio
X Minus One Shortwave
Yeah Man Radio
Yeti Radio
YNOT Radio

Europe and South America
Baltic Sea Radio
Radio Batavia
Radio Black Arrow
Radio Compañía Worldwide
Blue Dragon AM
Borderhunter Radio
Coast FM/Energy FM
Cupid Radio
Enterprise Radio
Focus Radio International
IBC Radio
Johnny Tobacco
Laser Hot Hits
Radio Dontri
Radio Merlin International
Mike Radio
Mustang Radio
Radyo Oleg
Radio Pirana International
Radio Python
Sluwe Vos Radio
Stove Farmer
TRX Radio
Technical Man
Radio Tower AM
Radio Voyager
Radio Wilskracht
Zender Akenzo