1760 kHz Balkans region pirate heard in Michigan

Scanning no man’s land between 1710-1800 kHz and I find a weak carrier on 1760. Noting a number of trans-atlantic carriers on the 9 kHz spaced frequenices, I surmise that propagation is decent towards Europe on medium wave. I stick with the 1760 carrier a bit longer and begin to notice some very weak muffled modulation. On signal peaks I can tell it’s dance music, with a fast thumping beat, but nothing else can be made out. Audio is threshold at best. Could this finally be my first Euro pirate log on medium wave? I immediately connected to a remote...

1720 heats up!

Pirate activity has continued to be slow at the top of the AM dial for most of this DX season, especially with the void left by the absence of The Big Q on 1710.  Some new life has been discovered on 1720 kHz though, perhaps the new MW pirate “clear channel”.  There have been a number of shortwave pirate radio shows being relayed on 1720 kHz during the last few weeks including Radio Free Whatever, Pirate Radio Boston and Partial India Radio.  DXers from Montana to Florida and the Midwest have reported hearing these broadcasts.  I’ve caught a few of...

The Big Q bids farewell

A much unexpected announcement was heard over the airwaves from 1710’s favorite oldies pirate, The Big Q, on April 14th: It’s a sad loss for 1710 kHz and medium wave DXers across the country who were always eager to catch The Big Q.  It’s unclear right now if the April 14th broadcast was indeed the final show.  My thanks and congrats go out to the people behind The Big Q for always providing a very unique broadcast with a top notch signal and sound.  1710 will not be the same during those late nights.  73 my friend and best wishes...

SDR File Analyzer: Taking a closer look at 1710 kHz

A big thanks to Simon at SDRradio.com for his release and continual tweaking of a useful tool that comes bundled with the SDR-Radio.com V2 suite known as the SDR File Analyzer (for 64 bit Windows machines only).  Here’s a spectrogram showing a variety of AM signals present over a course of 6-1/2 hours on 1710 kHz New Year’s Eve 2012 generated by feeding my Perseus .wav files into the File Analyzer tool.  The strong AM carrier in the center belongs to The Big Q which signed off between 1030-1100 UTC.  The moment of sign-off is quite obvious on the image....

“The Big Q” heard again on 1710 (and 1720)!

After rambling on about 1710 in my last post, and complaining that I haven’t had a decent reception of  “The Big Q” in a long time, the station made a strong showing early this morning fulfilling its usual early morning time slot. Captured on the overnight SDR recordings, here’s The Big Q on 1710 KHz at 0525 UTC., but only lasting about 5 minutes:   Thanks to SDR recording technology, I captured this reception several hours later, but up on 1720 KHz.  This is the first I’ve heard the station use 1720, free and clear of any interference from Radio Celestial...

1710 KHz: 2012 Review

As readers may already know, I tend to obsess a bit over hearing pirates on 1710 KHz.  For me, it’s a nostalgic reminder of earlier days when pirates were occasionally heard just above the MW band before the X-Band existed.  It’s been coined the phrase “pirate clear channel 1710” by another DXer.  Indeed 1710 KHz was a fairly clear channel from my vantage point but 2012 has brought some new full-time residents to the channel, for better or worse, along with the absence of another.  The Hudson County, New Jersey TIS station continues to be heard throughout the night in these parts while...

“The Night Watchman” heard on 1710 KHz this weekend

The activity level on 1710 from non-ethnic pirate radio stations seems to be gaining some momentum.  Undercover Radio conducted several tests last November during Thanksgiving and into the beginning of 2012 focussing on 1710 and 1720 khz.  According to Dr. Benway, these transmissions were a success based on the number of reports that came in.  Monitoring of the various medium wave DX lists would seem to confirm this as well.  One DXer heard Benway at a distance of 2,000 miles while using the 1720 khz frequency! During the months that Undercover Radio was utilizing the top of the MW band, an old standby...