Pirate situation in Hungary

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AMDXHUN
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Pirate situation in Hungary

Post by AMDXHUN » 13 Nov 2018 07:37

First of all, pirate radio was only popular here in the mid 90's in the Capital and some surrounding cities.

Nowadays after the "powerhouses" busted in Budapest (usually with 200-300 watts) only few low-powered remained are on air (1-3 watts) in the countryside, but most of them provides regular local service. Local news, affairs, etc. They have no tipycal "pirate programming".

From 2003 until 2012 almost anybody could get a community licence for 1-2 watts by a simplified tender prodecure, in 2009 there are least 70 community stations were operated in Hungary. The new government adopted a draconian media law in 2012, and most of the licenses of community (and some local ...) stations were revoked for various reasons (now in 2018 18 stations left only). Few of them become a pirate and moving the TX to unknown place and countinued operating mostly at weekends with low power.

The last powerhouses were 87.5 96.7 and 102.5 in Budapest. 87.5 called Rat FM was heard in the UK via SpE! This is the one and only Hungarian pirate what is logged abroad on FM. Btw TXing on 87.5 is dangerous, the 77-87.4 MHz band is using by National Disaster Management Authority, so WFM on 87.5 is affecting that.

In Hungary there is a great tradition of reporting somebody (now this habit increasing again...), for anything. Most of pirate buts is due reporting them.

The local "FCC/OFCOM" have countrywide monitoring system from 20 mhz to 3.6 ghz, and they can DF'ing any stations in the country, but in fact they usually going investigate after reporting, or interfering with licensed station.
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Now much more problems are the illegal internet stations, whom not licensing the music content. In 2017 more than 200 streams are busted, after seizure the main "pirate servers".

theme
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Re: Pirate situation in Hungary

Post by theme » 13 Nov 2018 12:43

87.5 with Broadway (ex Kontakt) on 87.6?

AMDXHUN
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Re: Pirate situation in Hungary

Post by AMDXHUN » 13 Nov 2018 16:26

theme wrote:
13 Nov 2018 12:43
87.5 with Broadway (ex Kontakt) on 87.6?
Hi. Broadway is on 87.6 and it's a licensed community station for the "Terézváros" district of Budapest. It have 3 watts ERP.

theme
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Re: Pirate situation in Hungary

Post by theme » 13 Nov 2018 21:01

AMDXHUN wrote:
13 Nov 2018 16:26
theme wrote:
13 Nov 2018 12:43
87.5 with Broadway (ex Kontakt) on 87.6?
Hi. Broadway is on 87.6 and it's a licensed community station for the "Terézváros" district of Budapest. It have 3 watts ERP.
Yeah, I knew it was legal. What happened to Kóntakt?

AMDXHUN
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Re: Pirate situation in Hungary

Post by AMDXHUN » 13 Nov 2018 21:47

theme wrote:
13 Nov 2018 21:01

Yeah, I knew it was legal. What happened to Kóntakt?
Changed their format, Kontakt was mostly religous, Broadway is focusing to culture and current affairs.

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Re: Pirate situation in Hungary

Post by KPC850 » 14 Nov 2018 14:25

AMDXHUN wrote:
13 Nov 2018 07:37
the 77-87.4 MHz band is using by National Disaster Management Authority,

Would they not have moved over to TETRA by now?

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