Pirate radio meets Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)

It was bound to happen at some point with pirates now pushing the technological envelope.  First, Red Hat from X-FM Shortwave experimenting with C-QUAM AM Stereo broadcasts on shortwave, and now with Undercover Radio dabbling with Digital Radio Mondiale.  Obviously this isn’t practical for a number of reasons as demonstrated in the video below, but it’s great to see pirates experimenting with new modes and proves that DRM isn’t just reserved for the big 100kw broadcasters. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpQtiLEHiWM]

“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...

80s Pirate Radio: Part 7

An American classic, Radio Clandestine, recorded off my GE World Monitor (pictured) and random wire antenna, 7425 khz, September 5th, 1988  (video incorrectly labeled as August) I hope you enjoy this classic! [youtube=http://youtu.be/Lq4HWdccflI”>http://youtu.be/Lq4HWdccflI]

“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...

80s Pirate Radio: Part 6

More pirate history, preserved for future generations!  Here goes: KBFA – 7415 Khz – March 10th, 1990 – 0002 UTC A rough reception, but also my last off-air recording of KBFA from 1990. Radio Free Willy – 7415 Khz – October 30th, 1988 – 0121 UTC 50 minutes of RFW with political humor and music with a nice signal. The Crooked Man – 7416 Khz – October 16th, 1988 – 1947 UTC Crazy rants by the Crooked Man himself in this clip with a good selection of music to balance the program out. The Voice of Free Long Island –...

80s Pirate Radio: Part 5

A couple more additions to the 80s pirate archive have been added: Radio USA – 7475 Khz – October 30th, 1989 – 0003 UTC 12 minutes of classic Mr. Blue Sky punk music and skits in this off-air recording. The Voice of the Purple Pumpkin – 15038 Khz – October 29th, 1989 – 2143 UTC A familiar name in pirate radio history, the operator in this clip claims to be the original VOTPP during this special Halloween broadcast, about 17 minutes in length. Enjoy!

The “Big Q” heard again on 1710 khz

0700 UTC January 2nd, 2010: The oldies pirate calling itself “The Big Q” made another appearance early this morning on 1710 khz.  The signal here suffered from some fading, but was generally strong and enjoyable to listen to.  A mixture of 60s & 70s music rounded out the playlist with the usual oddball GE Superadio Ebay ads, Dick Orkin’s Chickenman episodes, New Years wishes, vintage Coca-Cola ads, etc.  Another very polished show and a fun throwback to the classic days of AM radio.  Sign off was at 0901 UTC.  Selected audio clips recorded between 0700-0900 UTC: 1710 Khz Big Q...