London Pirate 'The Rock'

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London Pirate 'The Rock'

Post by KnobTwiddler » 02 Jul 2018 11:51

Here is a chance for dx'ers to try and log the London pirate The Rock. The station has put a second transmitter on the air on 87.5, so it is now in parallel with their normal transmitter on 92.6.
87.5 is much stronger with me and it also has more deviation, here is a link to their stream >> https://tunein.com/radio/The-Rock-926-s180918/
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Re: London Pirate 'The Rock'

Post by Andrew Webster,Wigan » 02 Jul 2018 12:59

Thanks for the info KT I will listen out for it I used to receive UK Raw regularly when they were on 87.5 they were pushing 1200 w at the time.

Andy
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Re: London Pirate 'The Rock'

Post by KnobTwiddler » 02 Jul 2018 15:15

Andrew Webster,Wigan wrote:
02 Jul 2018 12:59
Thanks for the info KT I will listen out for it I used to receive UK Raw regularly when they were on 87.5 they were pushing 1200 w at the time.

Andy
I watched your YouTube video last year of the reception of UK RAW, I didn't know that they ran 1.2k, I guess that must be the most power ever used by a UK FM pirate.

I don't think that The Rock will be around for long on 87.5 as OFCOM tend to keep that part of the band clear. The Wimbledon Radio Channel (Formerly known as Radio Wimbledon) has popped up on 87.7 so that is another dx catch to look out for.

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Re: London Pirate 'The Rock'

Post by Andrew Webster,Wigan » 02 Jul 2018 16:17

Thanks for the info another to look out for I have received some RSLs like Adur fm from Shoreham on sea 337 km using a single element dipole surprising how far 25 w can go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5wXXD2LdqA

Andy
Receiving equipment: 2 Sony ST-S311, 1 Sony ST-SE520, 1 Sony ST-SE700 2 crossed FM 5s rotatable, 1 homemade FM 3 horizontal beaming S/E, 1 vertical FM 3 fixed beaming at Ireland, 2 element band 1.

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Re: London Pirate 'The Rock'

Post by KnobTwiddler » 02 Jul 2018 19:15

Well that didn't last long, The Rock is off the air on both 87.5 and 92.6... May be OFCOM are sending them a message not to be too greedy. :D
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Re: London Pirate 'The Rock'

Post by KnobTwiddler » 02 Jul 2018 19:31

Andrew Webster,Wigan wrote:
02 Jul 2018 16:17
.....I have received some RSLs like Adur fm from Shoreham on sea...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5wXXD2LdqA

Andy
That is excellent reception, I'm jealous :mrgreen: that you can get that kind of reception at that distance with just a dipole.
I think it was you Andrew who also received the Brands FM RSL on 87.7. I get a very good signal from that RSL every Saturday here in N London, so it looks like they are using more power than they really need to cover the Brands Hatch Circuit.
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Re: London Pirate 'The Rock'

Post by Andrew Webster,Wigan » 02 Jul 2018 21:03

Another RSL I have had quite a few times is Cheltenham racecourse 181 km of course being on 87.7 makes it easier to receive I wouldn't stand a chance anywhere else in the band.
I do complain when they are on here :lol:

Andy
Receiving equipment: 2 Sony ST-S311, 1 Sony ST-SE520, 1 Sony ST-SE700 2 crossed FM 5s rotatable, 1 homemade FM 3 horizontal beaming S/E, 1 vertical FM 3 fixed beaming at Ireland, 2 element band 1.

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