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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Files available soon

The files I have promised will be available for download tommorrow hopefully, as I've now found a place to put them ( ). If I get the time tommorrow I will upload them. :-)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

DX Logs Wed 14/04/2010

Lots of activity on 48 metres this evening.

Baken 16 heard via SW Germany webtuner on 6375kHz, AM mode, at 15:59-16:25 UK Time, with SINPO 45242. Nothing at my own QTH.

Bluestar Radio on 6215KHz AM, heard at about 1830 at my own QTH on a Freeplay Summit with an indoor longwire, going round my bedroom a few times and up into the loft, coupled with a coathanger loop, designed for use on analogue TV, with SINPO 1-2 5 2-3 4 1-2 later increased power, and heard with SINPO 34433. Also heard on Barneys FT840  with SINPO 4-5 4 4-5 4 4-5, S8-S9. Later switched to 6210, because they were too close ti Mystery Radio on 6220 (heard very weak at my own QTH). Signal just as good, although slightly weaker on Barney's FT840

Two stations heard on 6325 (Doc on Iann's chat  said either free or Bata 4), one sounded like a legal station, eg. Radio Romania International, other I could not tell. Heard at my own QTH, with the antenna outlined above.

Mystery Radio on 6220KHz, at about 1900 on Barney's FT840, good signal, SINPO 45444 also on S/W Germany Webtuner, SINPO 5 5 3-4 3-4 4-5 at 1932.

Radio Northpole International on 6310KHz at 1925 on S/W Germany webtuner playing dance music

Radio Bartjecoast (Northcoast) on 6301KHz S/W Germany Webtuner SINPO 3 5 2-3 3 3 at 1932

3925KHz, someone playing old Laser 558 recording. weak signal on S/W Germany webtuner. SINPO 2-3 4-5 2-3 2-3 3

Jan Van Gent were also on 6960 and then 171, but nothing heard on SW Germany Webtuner. There was also JVG (Jan Van Gent) on 3932 and pop music on 3926, but I did not try these, I did not have enough time, or free webtuners.

Recordings will be uploaded soon

Friday, 9 April 2010

YouTube down

YouTube was down yesterday afternoon. I just got a blank white screen. Apparently this happened the other week also.

DX Logs from today, Fri 09-04-2010

Sonic Radio on 6375KHz at 1524, closed down later, then cam back 10 minutes later. SINPO 4 5 4 3-4 4 on Barney's TenTec RX 320D, S7. Nothing at my own QTH. Playing dance and pop music.

DOWNLOAD: Sonic Radio 6375KHz AM Fri 09-04-2010 1524-1618.ogg

Jan Van Gent 6960KHz at 1631, SINPO 3 5 3-4 3 3-4 on Barney's TenTec RX320D. First heard carrier, then heard S0-S5. I heard something very very weak at my own QTH, but less listenable than unlistenable. Playing polka.

DOWNLOAD: Jan Van Gent 6960KHz Fri 09-04-2010 1631-1705.ogg

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Doctor Who

I'm not sure what I was more excited about last night at 5 past 9 in the evening - the new Doctor Who episode or writing this blog entry about it.

I was out on Saturday and Sunday night, so I only just watched the latest Doctor Who episode last night on a VHS tape on our chunky Alba TV, (on digital :( )

The beginning of the new theme tune was a little dissapointing, I liked the bit not disimilar to Biffy Clyro's 'The Captain', which has been replaced with something that might be heard in a heavy metal song, or perhaps 'Clubwork' from the black & silver keyboards at school (Yes, that's great in context, like in my GCSE Rondo Composition, but not replacing the bit with the same rhythm as 'Love Gun' by Kiss). But it soon went into a thin, vintage sounding synthesiser, with a lovely grey background and old-style credits like on the latest album from Lostprophets. It also had a kind of dark-feeling background that feels nice and retro, but not the same kind as when the men behind Offshore 98 were setting off on the tender to the ship.

Further on through the episode, a message about 'Prisoner Zero' was coming through an ice cream van's speakers (they use wireless?), mobile phones, TV and radio. They must have had it playing on a loop tape (and it must have actually been really low and they the put pitch shift on using a Zoom G2 to get that shaver-like echo) on the whole electromagnetic spectrum, but missed out the sound wave part of the spectrum. The Doctor did some quick DXing and found some foreign radio stations broadcasting the same message in their native languages. Reception was crystal clear, with no static, so his sonic screwdriver must be bigger on the inside and have the best active loop antenna/longwire combination ever. The radio stations must have also switched to FM mode. Since there was very little (or no) static, the Doctor must have pressed the preset buttons. This means that (If the woman who owned the radio conformed to the government) these foreign stations he heard must have been broadcasting on the same frequencies as Heart, BBC Radio 2, and that area's local BBC station (for travel announcments).

The T.A.R.D.I.S was given a makeover as well. And a nice makeover as well, innit. I think I spotted a valve radio up on the shelf, and an oscilloscope, or maybe it was some audio editor on a specially shaped wooden computer with a tiny screen, zoomed in (they need to make a Linux Penguin shaped computer, but that's a different story altogether).

In the end, the girl with the nice name (Amelia Pond) was asked if she would give up her current life to travel with the Doctor (no, not Doctor Tim). And that made me think, would I? Well, there was a valve radio in there, so it wouldn't be possible. Maybe I could have a mix of the two. I could put a MW transmitter on a satellite, like there has been disscussion about on the Radio Caroline Fan Mailing List, and get the Daleks to kill the ionosphere jsut so I can prove Peter right. I could also use the sonic screwdriver to find Eric Gotts' house and send the Daleks there. So the above says I wouldn't, but maybe I still would, I'm really not sure. It would be a very hard decision, but hardly worth making, since its never gonna happen to me (yes, you didn't need to hide behind the settee from the Daleks, they're fake). I should concentrate my energies (not much, since I've broken my toe) to making another decision - Which MW transmitter circuit diagrams should I use, the one in Radio Is My Bomb or the one that Radio Musicmaker sent to me?

73s Cunham

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Radio Caroline on 531KHz

There is some speculation as to whether or not the current Radio Caroline is the same Radio Caroline that broadcast from the North Sea, but I won't go into that here. Real or fake, Radio Caroline, run by Peter Moore, has been broadcasting an RSL (when they could have got much more coverage for less money by staying pirate, not giving in to Ofcom) over the Easter weekend. Programmes came live from the Radioship Ross Revenge, moored at Tilbury Docks, Essex. This marks the 46th anniversary of Radio Caroline, which started on Easter weekend 1964, with test transmissions stating 27th March and proper transmissions on 28th.

DOWNLOAD: Radio Caroline opening, 28/03/1964 (zip) This file is password protected, and for the password you must join the Radio Caroline Yahoo Group

Happy Birthday Radio Caroline! :-)

I made a few recordings of the RSL from Remote Hams using Barney's TenTec RX320D and Oui's Icom-pcr2500. The audio was quite bassy, others have also said this, that is a problem at the station, not my recordings. Here they are:

DOWNLOAD: Radio Caroline 531KHz AM Sat 03-04-2010
DOWNLOAD: Radio Caroline 531KHz AM Sat 03-04-2010

Monday, 5 April 2010


Hi all, welcome to my blog. My name is Ronnie Rodent, I am 15 years old and I live in North Norfolk, South East UK (East of England). I am a pirate DJ on Radio Xanadu, which transmits on 107MHz FM in Merseyside, and online. I like radio and music. Here I will post mainly music news, radio news, DX logs and recordings from the radio. OK, that's all for first post, hope to see you soon, check out my website on the way ;-)