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by KnobTwiddler
16 Sep 2018 15:08
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Sick as a parrot!
Replies: 10
Views: 132

Re: Sick as a parrot!

I expect everybody on the forum is fed-up with me moaning about the pirates and congestion on Band II, but I also have a massive amount of noise on the MW and SW bands. I couldn't do much about the high electrical noise floor caused by the Railway and PLA devices, but I found that a lot of noise was...
by KnobTwiddler
13 Sep 2018 19:05
Forum: Pirate Radio
Topic: I Am Hearing A Transmission On 107.915
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: I Am Hearing A Transmission On 107.915

its a fictional bulletin for a drama, theres no such newspaper, its nothing i've been watching so you can rule out the bodyguard Thanks for the reply Tim. I realised that it wasn't a real newscast as no one talks like that when doing the news. I thought it may be some kind of radio production train...
by KnobTwiddler
13 Sep 2018 16:05
Forum: Pirate Radio
Topic: I Am Hearing A Transmission On 107.915
Replies: 4
Views: 98

I Am Hearing A Transmission On 107.915

I have a strange off frequency signal on 107.915 here in London, I think it's something local but the signal is a little too constant to be an iPod Tx. It's a loop recording of someone reading the news, there are two voices one English and the other American - for some reason they are using the BBC ...
by KnobTwiddler
09 Sep 2018 00:47
Forum: Pirate Radio
Topic: Hot 92.0, West Midlands
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Hot 92.0, West Midlands

Tim Bucknall wrote:
08 Sep 2018 15:23
no other pirates around this saturday
How I wish I could say that - OFCOM have been sitting on their arse here in London and doing SFA. It's sent out a message to a few pirates who have come back on the air that haven't been active for sometime... the whole f***ing band is a mess. :x
by KnobTwiddler
04 Sep 2018 12:15
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: want to laught at some idiots?
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: want to laught at some idiots?

Tim Bucknall wrote:
02 Sep 2018 11:02
sound like an alien data signal of some sort
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBnO9dw3n6A :lol:
by KnobTwiddler
27 Aug 2018 14:45
Forum: Pirate Radio
Topic: Larry Dean
Replies: 0
Views: 161

Larry Dean

I have just heard of the passing of Larry Dean, unless you were around in 1966 then you probably have never heard of Larry Dean. Larry was an American DJ along with Johnnie Walker, Roger Day and Ron O'Quinn on my favourite offshore radio station Swinging Radio England. Larry Dean (his real name was ...
by KnobTwiddler
27 Aug 2018 03:08
Forum: News
Topic: Remote receiver South Africa
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: Remote receiver South Africa

I'm surprised that the reception isn't better with the Wellbrook Loop, also there is a lot of local QRM noise on MW and across the spectrum in general. I couldn't even hear the Russian Buzzer on 4.625 MHz, even though it was listed on the tuning and there were very few stations on the 49mb... not on...
by KnobTwiddler
26 Aug 2018 01:43
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Greece BOB
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Greece BOB

Hi Nick, The main problem is probably the aerials, I know that if I put up a beam with 6 or 9 elements then the beam width would be narrower and reject pirates off the back and sides, but this would mean that I would have to sacrifice some of my Amateur radio aerials to make way for the Band II beam...
by KnobTwiddler
25 Aug 2018 15:50
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Greece BOB
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Greece BOB

John and Tim, you are both right I am giving up too easily. As you say John there are times when there is a big lift on or strong Es and a lot of the pirates do get flattened... I have had some good results (not as good as you gentlemen get but interesting nonetheless). Tim, I have been doing exactl...
by KnobTwiddler
25 Aug 2018 02:10
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Greece BOB
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Greece BOB

I'm just far enough away from London to be out of range of the horde of London pirates. I totally give up on Band II, OFCOM took the damn pirate off on 87.6 and they came back on the air Friday evening. The bottom of the band between 87.5 - 87.9 was the only clear part of Band II for me, now there ...
by KnobTwiddler
23 Aug 2018 18:02
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Greece BOB
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Greece BOB

Thankfully at last OFCOM have finally taken the pirate HITZ off the air today on 87.6, so I have just had a very strong signal peak on 87.6 with readings from the Quran.

Now all I need is for OFCOM to take the pirate The Rock off the air on 87.8 and I will be a happy bunny again. :|
by KnobTwiddler
30 Jul 2018 04:06
Forum: Pirate Radio
Topic: I give up!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: I give up!!!

To do Band II dxing in London you need a Sony XDR-F1HD - preferably with the Konrad mod. I came back to Band 2 dx'ing after 30 years after I purchased the AirSpy HF+, it's excellent for dx'ing as it doesn't suffer from over loading and the selectivity and sensitivity is fantastic. I have heard a lo...
by KnobTwiddler
28 Jul 2018 16:41
Forum: Pirate Radio
Topic: I give up!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 237

I give up!!!

I have spent the morning taking down my Band 2 vertical and horizontal dipoles and full wave loop aerial, and just installing one of those crap halo aerial. I decided to do this because I am fed up with all the pirates and congestion on the band, the only part of the band that was clear was 87.5 to ...
by KnobTwiddler
23 Jul 2018 23:30
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: 23 July 2018. How hot is it where you are in the UK?
Replies: 27
Views: 493

Re: 23 July 2018. How hot is it where you are in the UK?

I'm not in the UK, but 33°C seems rather cool to me. It was 44°C here today, last week over 50°C. Peter Iraq Over 50°C - Bloody hell! Well pretty near it, that's over 122°F. We had 30.9°C = 87.6°F in Central London today at 14:00 with 40% humidity. I don't have a problem with the heat, it's the hum...
by KnobTwiddler
20 Jul 2018 02:27
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Argentina 820
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: Argentina 820

When I came back to MW dxing after many years, I was astonished by the amount of noise pollution and my old homemade loop was next to useless. Same here, I made one of the classic 40" square loops back in the 70's, but with the noise level that I have these days from PLA devices and the inverter on...
by KnobTwiddler
19 Jul 2018 13:02
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Argentina 820
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: Argentina 820

I wish that I could still do MW dxing, but the noise floor here in London now makes it almost impossible except for the some of the stronger NA station during the winter months. I don't know if it's possible to receive Digital MW signals from NA, but this looks like this will become the norm in a fe...
by KnobTwiddler
16 Jul 2018 12:49
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tunisia
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Tunisia

Tunisia very strong peaks on 87.6 now.
by KnobTwiddler
12 Jul 2018 21:10
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Germany on 87.6
Replies: 0
Views: 93

Germany on 87.6

Just logged (D) NDR 2 D382 NDR 2 (Hamburg) on 87.6.
by KnobTwiddler
12 Jul 2018 13:05
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: (correction) RSL 87.7 Goodwood Radio received in Hampshire
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: (correction) RSL 87.7 Goodwood Radio received in Hampshire

Ah, I wondered why I couldn't find Cowes Radio on the OFCOM RSL list. Goodwood Radio is only on the air until the 15th, so still no chance of hearing it here - Wimbledon will still be on the air until Monday the 16th. At least OFCOM have got rid of the pirate 'The Rock 962' this morning, but I have ...
by KnobTwiddler
11 Jul 2018 23:59
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: (correction) RSL 87.7 Goodwood Radio received in Hampshire
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: RSL testing in Hampshire: 87.7 Cowes Radio

Not much chance of hearing the RSL here in London on that frequency. We already have 'The Wimbledon Radio Channel', plus a pirate which I think is called Gemini [Edit]: the pirate is not Gemini it's called 'The Rock 926' that came up on top of Wimbledon a few hours ago, then at the weekend we have B...

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