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Post by voguy » 07-06-2013 07:17 AM

Just to let anyone with interest know, there is a Facebook page and a e-newsletter on pirates. I'm leaving subscription info in, but redacting the participant's addresses....

FREE RADIO WEEKLY #909, July 6, 2013

Covering Free Radio activity from June 29 to July 5, 2013
Contact: Piratesweek+FRW at gmail dot com


FREE RADIO WEEKLY is an e-mail only newsletter devoted to the hobby of listening to hobby pirates and distributed free to those who contribute.

Check us out on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Rad ... 6592073251

**Contributors for this Issue****************************************

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


**North American Logs****************************************

All times are UTC

Radio Free Whatever: dickweeddj@gmail.com

Radio Free Whatever, 6925am, 7-3-13, 0132utc, poor/static, hear bits of audio poking above noise, sounds like punk & heavy metal rock, at 0213 J Cash: "I walk the line", music weak but heard clear ID, dickweeddj@gmail.com. (Hassig-IL)

Radio Free Whatever, 6925am, 7-4-13, 0252-0534utc, poor/static, 2 DJ's, B52's "roam", other tunes I cant ID, reggae music, Ramones, occasional other station under them,dickweeddj@gmail.com. (Hassig-IL)

Radio Free Whatever, 6925am, 7-5-13, 0236-0453, poor/static, song "god save the king/queen/state" followed by NBC ID and chimes then WMAQ Chicago ID, RFW ID, old Fibber McGee and Molly bcst, later: music, last few min QRM de 6924.6am,dickweeddj@gmail.com. (Hassig-IL)

RadioTrueNorth radiotruenorth@gmail.com

RTN, 6940am, 7-5-13, 0454utc, poor very weak some static, originally s-on 6924.6am causing QRM to RFW, then switched to 6940, pop/rock from 70's thru 90's etc. (Hassig-IL)

Rave On Radio raveonradio@gmail.com

Rave on Radio 6925 01:18-01:52 7/2/13 SIO 353 Waren Zevon. Werewolves of London, Excitable Boy, 01:19 ID poor poor pitiful me. shutting down with call outs. (RD)

Rave On Radio, 6925usb, 7-5-13, 0100-0137utc, fair/poor, s-on with Grateful Dead, J Airplane "volunteers of America", N Young "rockin' in the free world",raveonradio@gmail.com. (Hassig-IL)

Rave on Radio 6925 usb 01:30 7/5/13 SIO 252 (RD)

The Crystal Ship tcsshortwave@gmail.com

The Crystal Ship, 6950.65am, 7-4-13, 0158-0333utc, fair, some static, patriotic rock ballad, J Cash with story of old man on bench talking about flag, Sousa march, Yankee Doodle, speech by JFK about "we hold these truths etc", J Airplane "volunteers of America", W Guthrie "this land is your land", Sousa march, J Horton "battle of New Orleans", song "sky pilot", the marches of the 5 services (AF, army, navy, marines, CG), early 60's tune "soldier boy", song "green beret", J Cash "ballad of Ira Hayes", tcsshortwave@gmail.com. (Hassig-IL)

The Crystal Ship 6950 AM 02:00 7/4/13 SIO 454 Music. Johnny Cash? Ragged old flag Yankee Doodle. Volunteers of America (RD)


XLR8 6925 usb 23:32- 6/29/13 SIO 353 Devo selections. signal improved during show. 00:14 brief CQ QRM (RD)


XFM, 6950am, 7-5-13, 0138utc, poor/static, Hendrix natl anthem at Woodstock, song "American pie", xfmshortwave@gmail.com. (Hassig-IL)


UNID 6925 usb 23:09-23:10 6/30/13 SIO 252 little deuce coup. (RD)

UNID 6925 AM 3:27-5:15 6/30/13 SIO 252 Recorder Catch. Sign on without ID into Philip Morris commercial. various musical selections with old commercials. Low modulation and weak signal made for a tough catch at first but the signal picked up a bit around 4:23 for some Moody Blues. before diving to the floor by 4:50 5:15 off.(RD)

6925 AM, UNID, 0344-0400* (?) Jun 30, seemed to be parody ad, music fanfare followed by Dean Martin “In the Misty Moonlight” and “Teenager in Love”. More talk but deteriorating rapidly. Either closed down or lost in the noise. Poor overall. (D’Angelo-PA)

(unid), 6925usb, 7-4-13, 0350utc, poor under RF Whatever, patriotic marches, Hendrix: natl anthem at Woodstock, Sousa march. (Hassig-IL)

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Received this (full color emailed QSL) for a post to HFU and an email to Comrade Dick Weed. Thanks Radio Free Whatever! (Finn-PA)

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Hope everyone had a great and safe Independence (or Canada) Day. There was some good things to listen to this last week. -RD

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Post by Fan » 07-06-2013 01:24 PM

neat! I wonder if anyone ever gets mine on their car radio driving past. Doubtful since it is on a dead area (one of the very few) and it is so low power.
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Post by voguy » 07-06-2013 01:55 PM

You never know. The bulletin I posted was for shortwave, which can go thousands of miles on a good day. I've heard Dutch and UK pirates here. The FMs, especially low power, have to be known or a neighbor stumbles across it. My neighbor knows I have mine, but he thinks it's cool. The high power FM pirates are what the CRTC and FCC go after. (Article to follow). There was one in Brooklyn which actually had guards that menaced the cops when they tried to shut them down.
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Post by voguy » 07-06-2013 01:57 PM

From The New York Times, “Station Had Listeners, Just Not a License” by Vivian Lee

Driving from the Hudson Valley down through Westchester County to the Bronx, listeners of WSPK-FM, or K104.7, a Top 40 radio station known for its weekday “Woodman in the Morning” show, often find their speakers crackling with an altogether different kind of hit.

“People are driving and all of a sudden they run into a Caribbean station,” said Jason Finkelberg, the station’s general manager, describing the listener complaint that constantly bedevils K104.7.

It is not some quirk of the dial, or a blip in the airwaves. The Caribbean music that bleeds into the Top 40 sounds came from the Bronx and Brooklyn version of 104.7, the FM frequency on which a pirate radio station, 104.7 the Fire Station, has squatted for at least the past decade. It has colorful DJs, live special guests, commercials and devoted listeners. What it does not have is a Federal Communications Commission license for its frequency.

At the moment, it is also off the air, after two of its operators, DJ Fresh Kid and Solomon Malka, were arrested last week on charges of unauthorized radio transmission. Police detectives, accompanied by an F.C.C. engineer, raided their studios, seized their equipment and forced a shutdown.

But dislodging pirate radio operators from the airwaves may be no more useful an exercise than playing Whac-A-Mole: dozens, if not hundreds, of underground radio operators crowd the FM dial in New York, mainly in neighborhoods like Flatbush, Brooklyn, where immigrant communities clamor to hear dance hall and soca Caribbean music and news from home.

Some flicker on and off, beholden to no set schedule and no one frequency; others are more established operations, with Web sites, revenue from commercials and fan bases. The Fire Station had regular shows and ran around the clock on weekends, playing in the afternoons and evenings during weekdays.

If this is not quite the stuff of outlaw fantasy, as depicted in the movie “Pirate Radio,” the operators often claim that they are giving underserved communities a voice that they cannot find elsewhere. It is the kind of programming that cannot be heard on mainstream radio stations in the city.

“The message that we’re trying to bring across is we are people who have great ideas, who are independent, and there’s a lot more to offer than the big-time radio stations have to offer,” said Timo Flex, a manager at VYBZ Radio, a reggae and soul station. He said the station broadcasts only online, but it and its frequency, 107.1, have been mentioned as being run by pirates on local Web sites and radio message boards.

“There are things going on in the community we wish to share in the world,” he said. “It’s not just local vibe. It’s local vibe community radio.”

Transmission equipment is cheaper and easier to set up than ever before, said Allan Sniffen, a radio worker-turned-dentist who has run a message board about New York-area radio since 1997.

“Used to be, 30, 40 years ago, you had to be an engineer. Now it’s pretty much plug and play as far as this stuff goes, and anyone can do it,” he said, estimating the cost of setting up a station at less than $500. He said weak enforcement from the F.C.C., which controls licensing, has meant a proliferation of the tiny stations. “It’s like you have a 55-mile-per-hour speed zone and everyone goes 80 miles an hour, ’cause they know police never patrol the area.”

Obtaining a new license in the city is nearly impossible because most of the city’s frequencies are already licensed, he said; buying a radio station and its license outright can cost millions.

The F.C.C. mainly responds to complaints, though it occasionally scans frequencies known to host pirates, using direction-finding equipment to track down the signal. Fines can run as high as $16,000 for each violation or each day of a violation, a spokesman said.
New York State has had the most F.C.C. enforcement activity of any state since 2003, with about 23 percent of all activity, according to an online database maintained by the agency. (The next most pirate-packed state is Florida.)

Add Mr. Malka, 51, and DJ Fresh Kid — whose real name is Seon Bruce, 40 — to the list. The Brooklyn district attorney’s office said detectives set up an undercover sting operation for the underground DJ by buying airtime for a commercial, then tuned in to confirm that the commercial was playing at the appointed time on 104.7. The detectives were directed to deliver $500 in cash to a barbershop on Nostrand Avenue; it is unclear what the faux commercial purported to sell.

Detectives tracked the radio signal for 104.7 to a room on the rooftop of 30 Broad Street, a 50-story building in Lower Manhattan. They also found transmitting equipment for another frequency, 91.7 FM, on the roof of 611-615 East 76th Street in Brooklyn, on the border between East Flatbush and Canarsie.

Neither Mr. Malka nor Mr. Bruce could be reached for comment.

But Caribbean music fans may have hope yet.

“As quick as they can shut them back down, they pop back up in a different building,” Mr. Finkelberg said. “I hope not, but I would not be surprised if they were back on Monday somewhere.”
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." - Thomas Jefferson

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Post by voguy » 07-20-2013 07:59 AM

FYI, a new forum where pirate radio operators hang out. Just started. Give it time.

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