Ofcom have been busy in London

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Ofcom have been busy in London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 27 May 2018 15:08

Ofcom have been busy recently and on Saturday here in London, it looks like they have removed some of the pirates:

91.8 Demradyo is missing
95.1 Origin UK is missing (it was on Saturday so Ofcom are working on Sundays!!!!)
96.1 S-Dance is missing
96.4 Surprise Radio ? (if that's what it was, is missing, possible interference to Eagle in Guildford)
96.5 Kurdi FM is missing
97.1 LSR were taken off air recently but they are back.
98.1 Mystic is back on after months of being off air (they may not last long if they are causing interference to Phoenix in Brentwood)
100.3 House FM has gone again (regular Ocom target recently)
103.2 Insanity Radio off air (probably interfering with LGR on 103.3
104.2 Play FM (Turkish Pirate) (possibly causing Resonance FM problems on 104.4)
106.5 Project Radio off air again
108.0 Freek FM off after running a blank carrier since last targeted by Ofcom

Note: I have moved my aerials since I last did a pirate band scan so there may be some slight inaccuracies.

Here is a list of my last band scan on 21-05-2018.

88.0-Pulse FM
88.2-Rude FM blank carrier only
88.4-Vision Radio UK
88.6-Back2Back
89.4-Citylock Radio
89.6-Golden Beats
89.8-Station FM
90.0-Hot 90
90.2-Point Blank FM
90.4-Studio7 ?
90.6-Cyndicut
90.8-Lightning
91.5-KGM Radio
91.6-Genesis ?
91.8-Demradyo
92.2-MetroLoveRadio blank carrier with hum
93.3-Pirate ? currently off air (bad freq strong sig from R3 Peterborough)
92.4-USD FM ? currently off air
92.6-The Rock 962
92.7-Natural Vibez ?
92.8-Stomp Radio
92.9-Blessed
93.0-Fresh Sounds ?
93.8-Vibes FM
94.2-True Flavas ? off air
94.4-Flava Radio
94.6-Pirate (non-stop 60's & 70's music 24 hrs no announcements) used to be on 87.6
95.1-Origin UK
95.4-Roots FM
95.5-On Top FM
96.1-S-Dance (off air but always returns)
96.4-Surprise Radio ?
96.5-Kurdi FM
97.1-LSR
97.7-SLR
97.9-Divine Radio
98.1-Mystic Radio
98.3-RJR London
99.1-New Life Radio
99.3-Select
99.5-Venture FM
99.6-Ragga FM
99.7-Intent Radio
99.8-Millenium Supreme
100.3-House FM
101.1-Naija FM
101.2-Unique FM
101.5-Empire LDN not heard for some time
101.7-UJR FN
101.8-BiZiM FM
101.9-Real Beat FM
102.0-Concious Radio
102.4-Wax
102.5-Galaxy
102.8-Radyo Umut
103.7-Pirate ?
104.0-Spice
104.1-Omega Radio
104.2-Play FM
104.7-Pozitif
105.2-Heart Of Love Radio
105.6-Playback UK
106.0-GM On-Line Radio
106.5-Project Radio off air
107.6-Pirate ?
108.0-Freek (blank carrier since they returned after Ofcom activity)

Stations with a ? after them are stations that I have not been able to positively identify.
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Post by Nick Gilly » 27 May 2018 18:02

Hi KnobTwiddler. 103.7 might be Kane FM from Guildford/Hog's Back. They play a lot of electronic dance music and will often sound similar to some of the pirates.

Of all the London pirates Pulse on 88.0 seems to be the easiest to get here.
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Re: Ofcom have been busy in London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 27 May 2018 18:42

Hi Nick, I can just about hear Kane (checked it with their stream) but it's mixing with something else, it could be Funky SX from Southend as my aerials favour this direction rather than Guildford... the frequency is a bit of a mess here so there may also be a weak pirate on the channel.

I believe Pulse 88 is in West London, it's a good signal here but again West is not a good direction for me. Ofcom have been taking Pulse off quite a lot recently but they are soon back on air.

Have a good Bank Holiday Nick
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Post by Nick Gilly » 28 May 2018 07:26

Thanks. I'd forgotten about Funky SX. I'd imagine that could sound similar to some pirates as well.

This reminds me, have you heard any drum & bass pirates on 90.4 recently? A few days ago during short-range tropo in the evening I heard ragga-style jungle/DnB with MCing on this channel. There's nothing listed on the excellent Transmission Zero website.

Have a good Bank Holiday too KT.
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Post by KnobTwiddler » 28 May 2018 12:29

Hi Nick, the station that I get on 90.4 that I thought was Studio 7, turns out to be Whoa FM. I've just been able to get a positive id.

Apparently Whoa FM play Urban Music, but to be honest I wouldn't know the difference between that and Drum & Bass.

If it is of any help in id,ing your station, Whoa FM sounds a bit over the top with their modulation, also at the top of the hour they broadcast FSN News with an intermittent hum on the audio.

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Post by KnobTwiddler » 28 May 2018 12:47

A correction to my first post ("103.2 Insanity Radio off air (probably interfering with LGR on 103.3")

Insanity Radio 103.2 is not a pirate and is not off air, it is in fact a legal Community station in Egham.
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Post by Tim Bucknall » 01 Jul 2018 18:19

good tip on whoa fm, i'll try for that, is it still on?
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Post by Nick Gilly » 01 Jul 2018 20:26

Thanks KnobTwiddler for the info on Whoa FM. I'd forgotten all about this.

I've also heard a strange noise on 90.6 during the tropo, which sounds like a mix of white noise and the old 56 k modem sound. Is this coming from Cyndicut FM?

PS I've noticed a new one recently on 92.8, Stomp Radio, which has been playing an interesting mix of soul and jazz. A bit different from a lot of the pirates.
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Post by sleeper77 » 01 Jul 2018 22:44

No chance of receiving Origin FM on 95.1 FM then if there is a strong tropo opening from London. Used to be a regular here along with a few other pirates.

I don't see Kool FM on the active list. Are they still on, or how long have they been off air?

OFCOM raids are a waste of time nowadays imo, given that in this modern era it is much easier for pirate stations especially the London ones to bounce back since broadcasting equipment is cheaper & more widely available than years ago. I remember when I was living in London in the mid 90s & 1995 was a very quiet year for pirates vs 1994 which had much more activity. I would say back then they were more successful in what they did, but in the late 90s the pirates came back stronger than ever & the scene has maintained its strength ever since no matter the crackdowns in between.

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Post by KnobTwiddler » 01 Jul 2018 23:02

Hi Tim and Nick

Yes Tim, Whoa is still on 90.4... their stream has been down for sometime, if you do a search for Whoa there appears to be another station with the same name but the stream doesn't match the Whoa on 90.4 - this stream is not the same as 90.4 http://www.liveonlineradio.net/uk/whoa-fm.htm so be careful trying to id the station.


Nick, yes that is Cyndicut on 90.6 with the white noise and the intermittent noise, it looks like the link is down from the studio and something is causing intermittent interference on the link frequency.

I have a bit of a grudge against the pirates for clogging up the frequencies as they always jump on the clearest frequency, this means that they block many continental stations.
The only pirate station that I listen too on the odd occasion is Back2Back FM on 88.6, they also have a good variety of music with some soul and jazz. It's one of the strongest stations that I get, but it's co-channel with R2 Bow Brick Hill so you may have problems receiving it at your location.

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Re: Ofcom have been busy in London

Post by satnipper » 01 Jul 2018 23:04

The best continental signal in the smoke is 94.7 France Bleu Nord. The slightest tropo enhancement and it's in.

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Re: Ofcom have been busy in London

Post by KnobTwiddler » 01 Jul 2018 23:30

sleeper77 wrote:
01 Jul 2018 22:44
No chance of receiving Origin FM on 95.1 FM then if there is a strong tropo opening from London. Used to be a regular here along with a few other pirates.
Origin FM on 95.1 have been off the air for a few weeks now, there was a blank carrier running on the frequency last week but that has disappeared (possibly Ofcom again).

I haven't logged Kool FM for sometime, so may be they have closed down in hope of getting a community licence - who knows.

Ofcom don't bother to prosecute the pirates unless they are caught red handed. Most of the pirates have an internet stream these days, so the excuse now is to say that someone must have installed a transmitter and are relaying their stream. Ofcom can't prove otherwise so it's not worth the trouble of taking the pirates to court.

There was a time in the late 90's when stations only came on the air in the evenings and at weekends, they knew that Ofcom would take them off if they tried to broadcast 24/7.
With all the cutbacks Ofcom don't appear to have the manpower to do this nowadays.
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Post by KnobTwiddler » 01 Jul 2018 23:44

satnipper wrote:
01 Jul 2018 23:04
The best continental signal in the smoke is 94.7 France Bleu Nord. The slightest tropo enhancement and it's in.
Yes the Lille signal is in here most of the time.
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