Archive for the 'Pirate Radio' Category

Pirate Radio Recordings: Grizzly Bear Radio

A few weeks ago, I found a pirate I had never heard before: Grizzly Bear Radio. They quickly nullified my claim that Radio Appalachia was the only pirate I knew of that broadcasts bluegrass music. According to Grizzly Bear, they transmit from the northwest US, so the fact that I hear them at all speaks of good propagation and Grizzly Bear’s antennas.

At any rate, I did manage to capture almost their entire broadcast–nearly 5 hours!–on October 6th. Unlike many of my recordings, this one is faint at times and you’ll have to listen through the static.  Still, this is what I enjoy about pirate radio, hearing some unique audio through the static. As grandpa used to say, this “builds listening skills.”

You can download an mp3 of the full recording, or simply listen in the player embedded below.  Enjoy:

Pirate Radio Recordings: Radio Ronin Shortwave

(photo: Billboard.com)

Radio Ronin Shortwave’s AM signal came in loud and clear again last Friday night on 6925 kHz. Another great set of music–all pirate radio themed.  You’ll even hear KYAR  Pirate Radio from Pirates R Us.

This time, Ronin starts out with a Stones interval signal. You can download the MP3 or simply listen below:

Again, listener discretion is advised! This is pirate radio after all.

Pirate Radio Recordings: Wolverine Radio

Wolverine Radio sent this SSTV image at the end of the broadcast. This one was decoded with the PC freeware, RX-SSTV.

Wolverine Radio was yet another pirate station I recorded last Saturday night (along with Radio Ronin and Radio Appalachia).

Wolverine Radio was broadcasting on 6.95 MHz in the upper side band. Their signal was very good and fidelity excellent for SSB. Lots of variety and a common “radio” theme throughout WR’s music mix.

Wolverine Radio–at least each time I’ve heard them–sends an SSTV image at the end of the broadcast. I decoded the one in their Satuday night broadcast (see image on right) using RX-SSTV, a very intuitive and simple freeware PC application.  Make sure you use the “Scottie 1″ mode.

Click here to download an MP3 of the broadcast, or stream from the embedded player below:

Pirate Radio Recordings: Radio Appalachia

Radio Appalachia is the only pirate I’ve ever heard on the shortwaves which features bluegrass and gospel music. This recording was made Saturday night on 6.9349 MHz (AM).

At 8:28 in the recording below, you’ll hear Radio Appalachia’s station ID :

“Radio Appalachia, you are listening to Radio Appalachia…the free voice of the Ohio Valley. Broadcasting from high above Moundsville, West Virginia, this is Radio Appalachia.”

You then hear their signature Three Stooges audio sample and a repeat of the ID.

Click here to download the MP3, or listen to the entire broadcast below:

Pirate Radio Recordings: Radio Ronin Shortwave

Radio Ronin starts off his set with Steppenwolf.

Saturday night was one of the most active nights for pirate radio I’ve heard in some time. No doubt, pirates were taking advantage of the quiet atmospheric conditions.

Radio Ronin was the first station I heard Saturday evening. His AM signal was very strong with only slight fading on 6,955 kHz. The mix includes mostly classic rock, starting things off with groups like Steppenwolf, the Steve Miller Band, and Pink Floyd, then moving into rock music of the 80s and beyond. I also included a few minutes of his interval signal (yep, even pirates have interval signals).

Enjoy below, or download the MP3 here:

Pirate Radio Recordings: X-FM

Listening conditions Saturday night were  pretty good–we had clear skies and  though propagation wasn’t excellent, I did manage to record a full broadcast (over 3 hours) of X-FM.

X-FM typically features a wide variety of music spanning trance/electronica to varieties of rock/metal. This broadcast was no exception–hear for yourself:

PLEASE NOTE: While most of the music in this broadcast is perfectly safe, parents should note that some songs contain explicit lyrics. If you’re easily offended, you might want to slowly back away.  After all, this is pirate radio!

UPDATE: Check out the QSL card I received for this broadcast:

Click to enlarge

Pirate Radio Recordings: North Woods Radio

Though listening conditions were tough Saturday night, as we were wedged between two lines of thunderstorms (both of which were no more than 60 miles away) I did manage to capture North Woods Radio’s full broadcast. This broadcast featured some noted drum solos. As you can hear for yourself, their AM signal was strong at times on 6,935 kHz, but occasionally the percussion was augmented by natural forces, in the form of static crashes:

Pirate Radio Recordings: Wolverine Radio

Though summer conditions can be tough–with regional storms generating HF static crashes–I did manage to capture about thirty minutes of Wolverine Radio. As you can hear for yourself, their upper side band signal was strong on 6,950 kHz:

Pirate Radio Recordings: Undercover Radio

Saturday night, I had a chance to record three pirates on 6925 kHz: North Woods Radio, Captain Morgan Shortwave and Undercover Radio. For tagging, I’m posting each individually.

The final station from Saturday night is Undercover Radio.

Undercover Radio was broadcasting in AM starting around 03:18 UTC on May 13, 2012. The signal was great and there was a nice mixture of music and plenty of dialog. You can listen to the recording in the player embedded below, or by downloading the mp3 here.

Pirate Radio Recordings: North Woods Radio

Saturday night, I had a chance to record three pirates on 6925 kHz: North Woods Radio, Captain Morgan Shortwave, and Undercover Radio. For tagging, I’m posting each individually.

The first station I recorded Saturday night was North Woods Radio.

North Woods was broadcasting in the upper side band starting around 00:55 UTC on May 13, 2012. The signal was weak at first, but got better toward the end. You can listen to the entire broadcast in the player embedded below, or by downloading the mp3 here.