Free Radio Weekly #1121 08/26/2017

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Free Radio Weekly #1121 08/26/2017

Post by The Radical » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:27 am

Free Radio Weekly #1121, Saturday, August 26, 2017
Covering free radio activity from August 19-25, 2017

The Free Radio Weekly (FRW) is an internet newsletter devoted to the
hobby of listening to free radio "pirate" broadcasters in the
shortwave radio bands. The FRW is produced by the free radio community
and distributed to those who contribute.

The weekly deadline is Saturdays at 0000 UTC (Friday night in North
America). Please send your logs to all the editors, as our editing
schedule is subject to last minute changes. Thank you for your inputs!

== FRW editors ==

Harold Frodge (
Dave Turnick (
Larry Will (

FRW 1121 August 26 Larry

== Contributors ==

Please QSL and think good thoughts about our contributors, without
who, there is no newsletter!

Ron Hunsicker
1238 Cleveland Avenue
Wyomissing, PA 19610-2102
ronhunsi at ptd dot net

Larry Will
28723 Ridge Road
Mount Airy, MD 21771
Icom IC-R75 with G5RV, Tecsun PL-600, PL-660, random wires

== Sordid Logs ==

** August 19

0051-0054 Unid 6930 usb

** August 20

2345-0007 Pee Wee 6930 LBS
2357-0026 Old time radio 6770 am

** August 21


** August 22


** August 23

0026-0028 Old time radio 6770 am
0028-0036 Clever Name Radio 6940 usb
2352-2354 Unid 6940 usb

** August 24

2356-2356 Old time radio 6770 am

** August 25

2133-2337 Clever Name Radio 6940 usb

== North American Logs ==

** Clever Name Radio

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 0028, 6940 usb. Music by Rush at 0028, ID
"Your station...this is Clever Name Radio" at 0031 and into some
alt-rock. Email contact clever name radio at hotmail dot com at 0036,
and into The Beatles "Dear Prudence." Solid s9 signal here. (Will-MD)

Friday, August 25, 2017, 2133, 6940 usb. Music by Iron Maiden, "Two
Minutes To Midnight." 2134, "Flight of Icarus". 2138, "Welcome to
Clever name radio, the request lines are open. I repeat, the request
lines are open." Trance music at 2147. Strong and steady at 2330 with
dance/trance msuic. s7, improving to s9 at 2300, good signal.

** Old time radio

Old Time Radio 6770AM 20 Aug 2017 2357-0026 Unusable. A male announcer
saying "Amos 'n Andy" came through, but not much more. ("unusable,"
Hunsicker, PA)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 0026, 6770 am. Occasionally audible now
and then at 0026, perhaps Amos & Andy. 0027, closing music briefly,
more talk. Poor signal. (Will-MD)

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 2356, 6770 am. Old time radio show, very
weak but steady amidst noise. (Will-MD)

** Pee Wee

Pee Wee 6930LSB 20 Aug 2017 2345-0007* Music and three SSTV
transmissions. (25342, Hunsicker, PA)

** Unid

unidentified 6930USB 19 Aug 2017 0051-0054 "Heart of Gold" and then
"You are listening to" and no station name. (35443, Hunsicker, PA)

Monday, August 21, 2017, 2154, 6925 am. Mellow rock music, fading uop
and down, s3 peaks. 2155, Hall and Oates, "Sara Smile" and off at
2159. (Will-MD)

Monday, August 21, 2017, 2341, 6930 usb. Dance music, very noisy
conditions, fair to good signal. Hard to zero in on the PL-660.

unidentified 6940USB 23 August 2017 2352-2354* "Blinded by Science,"
and the BC ends on the word "science." (35343, Hunsicker, PA)

== Special Feature: Pirate Radio Frequencies

[The following special feature was originally presented in the Pirate
Radio Survival Guide (1994, revised 2013 by jta). --Lw]

The shortwave spectrum is a big place and each part of it has
different characteristics. Knowing where you are and what to expect is
a BIG part of successful broadcasting. For the "Big Picture", I refer
you to the frequency chart.

As you can see, Broadcasting and Amateur Services make up a small part
of the spectrum. The services and users on shortwave is staggering,
but for all the activity there are selected parts of the spectrum
where a Pirate and his Transmitter might find a listening audience!

Groups of frequencies that support a particular service have
traditionally been assigned a METER BAND designation that is the
wavelength of those frequencies and can be used as a"generic"
designation to refer to any or all frequencies of a particular band. I
have researched pirate activity on the Shortwave bands and based on
the usage patterns I am presenting, quite possibly for the first time,
a complete list of "Pirate Bands" with unique and accurate Meter band
designators. I hope that these are used and adopted by Broadcasters
and Listeners.

** Pirate Bands

185 Meters 1710-1740 Khz. Some activity on 1710; lots of noise above that.

90 Meters 3400-3500 Khz. Some North American pirates have tested
here. Excessive QRN; best in winter.

76 Meters 3900-4000 Khz. Popular in Europe. NOT recommended for
use in North America; 75 meter ham band!

74 Meters 4000-4100 Khz. Not much activity in the Past.

51 Meters 5700-5900 Khz. Used occasionally.

48 Meters 6200-6400 Khz. Popular in Europe and used somewhat by
North American Pirates.

45 Meters 6400-6800 Khz. see 48 Meters.

43 Meters 6800-7000 Khz. Currently the most popular range. 6925
and 6950 used a lot.

41 Meters 7300-7500 Khz. Used to be the most popular range. Now
mostly Int'l Broadcasters.

38 Meters 7500-8000 Khz. Sporadic activity Europe & North America.

32 Meters 9300-9500 Khz. Europe & North America active here.

30 Meters 9900-10000 Khz. Europe & North America active here.

26 Meters 11400-11500 Khz. Europe & North America active here.

22 Meters 13900-14000 Khz. Europe & North America active here.

20 Meters 15000-15100 Khz. Europe & North America active around 15050.

19 Meters 15500-15700 Khz. Some European activity in this range.

14 Meters 21450-21500 Khz. Good place to experiment with new frequencies!

11 Meters 25900-27000 Khz. It's a jungle out there!

And there you have it! There are also a lot of isolated frequencies
that see use, like 12255 Khz. Radio Clandestine was the first and
others have followed by operating inside the Shortwave Broadcast bands
as well.

SURVIVAL TIP #1 - Unless you are crazy, DO NOT operate your station in
a Amateur Band! Not only will you be jammed but in all likelihood the
FCC WILL BE notified within minutes! If you want to draw the WRONG
kind of attention to yourself, this is the best way!

With all these frequency choices it looks like picking a spot to set
up shop could be a daunting task. Not so; simply look and listen to
where others are being heard and try these frequencies.

SURVIVAL TIP #2 - When choosing a frequency to use, monitor it for
several days to determine who or what might be using it. A clear
frequency is a good frequency!

For beginning pirates, I suggest that you attempt 43 Meters to start
with. Don't worry about the other bands yet. 43 is the easiest to
start out with and has the least interference potential and most
listening audience. You also will probably not have to modify your
transmitter in any way to get going on 43m and if you're just starting
out, keeping things simple and easy as possible will help you greatly.
It is difficult enough just getting on the air! With time and
experience under your belt, you will develop the skills and confidence
to tackle the other bands!

For intermediate pirates, give 87, 74, 44, 22, or 14 Meters a try!
Most of these bands can be hit without having to modify your amateur
transmitter in any way.

== Internet Resources ==

Free radio station contacts:

The FRW on Facebook: ... 6592073251

HF Underground

Free Radio Cafe


Regards, Lw
The Radical

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