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Chris Lobdell • P.O. Box 146 • Stoneham, MA 02180-0146 clobdell◊comcast.net

Pirate Radio Report, October 1998

Hi, and welcome to the October edition of the PIRATE RADIO REPORT! Winter conditions are setting in which means less noise and the sunspots are arising which means this should be the best pirate DX season since 1992. Let’s hope so!

Happy Halloween!

The Halloween holiday has always been an active one for pirates and this year it falls on a Saturday, so expect 6955 kHz to be active throughout the afternoon and evening on October 31st. Will Radio Halloween make it’s annual appearance? We’ll just have to wait and see. Be sure to send in your Halloween logs which will appear in the December PPR.

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Pirate Radio Report, August 1998

The Radio Ship Electra-The Final Chapter?

It was just about two years ago that I saw a press release on the internet from Scott Becker’s “LIGHTWAVE MISSION BROADCASTING” touting their newest radio ship project. I called Scott Becker and he was all excited about this new adventure in offshore radio. The ship would pay promotional visits to various eastern coastal cities. The public would be welcomed on board to share a veggie burger with the crew, etc. Also, various promotional items would be offered for sale, such as T-shirts, key rings, bags, etc. to help raise money.

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Pirate Radio Report, June 1998

MV Electra Going To St. Kitts?

As many of our regular readers know, we at THE PIRATE RADIO REPORT had been keeping an eye on the latest radio ship, the MV Electra which was being outfitted in East Boston, MA.

Well, the ship left Boston sometime in March. Allan Weiner has finished his part of the project and the rest of the project is being overseen by disbarred lawyer, Dr. Scott Becker.

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Pirate Radio Report, March 1998

Hello and welcome to the March edition of the PIRATE RADIO REPORT. I hope many of you have already made your plans to attend the 11TH ANNUAL SWL FEST in KULPSVILLE, PA this March 12th through 14th. I’m planning to be there.

This month I’m going to explain some rules as regards to reporting to pirate stations. I know many of our members are relatively new to the hobby, so I hope that the following information is of use, especially to them.

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Pirate Radio Report, December 1997

MV Electra Radioship Update

The MV Electra is all finished and ready to go. The latest delay was caused by the need to hire a new pilot and one has just been signed up. An organization called Frontline International [this is a religious group] is now identified as funder of the project. Weiner no longer expects the the ship will carry the Yesterday USA Network. As we mentioned before, there is one 10 kw shortwave transmitter and a 1 kw backup installed on the ship. The antenna is an inverted V without much gain, but the sea water will help. Weiner says that his part of the project, installing the radio equipment is done, and he will not be sailing with the ship to the Caribbean.

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Pirate Radio Report, September 1997

Hello and welcome to another edition of the PIRATE RADIO REPORT. I hope all of you have noticed the correct email address (lobdell@tiac.net) in the masthead. I’m signing up for broadband internet service via our cable TV provider. It’s supposed to be 50 times faster than a 28.8 modem! We shall see.

This month I’m pleased to report that we have a station profile for you as well as an update on the Weiner-Becker radioship project plus lots of logs!

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Pirate Radio Report, June 1997

Hi and welcome to another PIRATE RADIO REPORT. Sorry about last month but a rather large schedules section got us bumped out of the line up. Anyway, we’re back and all information for both the May and June editions is included in here.

Return Of The AM Pirates!

When I talk to many DXers about listening to pirate stations, one of their main complaints is that the stations broadcast in sideband, the signals are drifty and hard to tune in, plus the music sounds terrible in sideband.

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Pirate Radio Report, February 1997

Hello and welcome to another edition of the PIRATE RADIO REPORT. We have lots of interesting logs, plus a station profile on one of the more active of today’s pirates, MYSTERY RADIO.

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Pirate Radio Report, November 1996

In this month’s PIRATE RADIO REPORT we have news about another popular pirate station that has shut down, an update on the Radioship Electra, and more news on the South American pirate RADIO PIRANA INTERNATIONAL.

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Pirate Radio Report, August 1996

Hi and welcome to another Pirate Radio Report. I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from all the pirates that were on over the July 4th holiday. It must have set some sort of record for activity!

Radio One’s the One!

The results of our pirate popularity poll are in and the first place position goes to RADIO ONE!

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