NASWA Journal Columns · Pirate Radio Report, July 1999

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

Pirate Radio Report, July 1999

Hello and welcome to the July edition of the PIRATE RADIO REPORT. In case you didn’t notice there was no report in The Journal last month. Sorry! A busy schedule and a family illness got in the way.

The 1999 Pirate Popularity Poll

The results are in and the winner this year is:

RADIO METALLICA WORLDWIDE! Yes, the station run by Dr. Tornado has won again! Of all the votes received, this station garnered over 70% of them. Many of those responding complained that programming content was not the best but the strong signal quality made up for other shortcomings. Congratulations to Dr. Tornado, Sr. El Nino and Jade.

There were no clear second or third place winners this year, but stations deserving honorable mention include WACK RADIO, KMART Radio, Blind Faith Radio [nice QSL card!], Radio Azteca and Radio Eclipse.

Many thanks to all those responding and to the stations nominated.

Europirate News

During the month of May, Radio Free London did some experimental transmissions They used the frequency of 15068 kHz on the 19 meterband in the AM mode during the last week of May. Reception in North America was noted during the 2200-0100 UTC time period along the East Coast. According to the latest information, RFL has repaired their transmitter and should be back on the air.

If you hear them, their e mail address is and postal address is 101B Kings Cross Road, London WC1X 9LP or B.P. 130, 92504 Rueil, Cedex, France.

SWRS/Shortwave Relay Service continues to be active weekends on 11470 USB kHz. Give them a try late afternoons and early evenings. For the latest schedule information, check out their web site at <> or email them at

The Dutch pirate ALPHA LIMA INTERNATIONAL has been heard on 11480 LSB around 0000-0100 as well.


Many thanks to the following for submitting logs: Mark Humenyk-Ontario, Ralph Brandi-NJ, George Zeller-OH and Lee Silvi-OH

NEXUS RADIO was heard on June 19th at 0251 UTC on 6956 LSB. Programming included blues mx and requesting reception reports although no maildrop/address was announced. [Zeller-OH]

The SWRS was heard by our own Ralph Brandi on June 7th at 0110 UTC on 11470 kHz. Talk in German, ID in EE and the “Fame” theme by Irene Cara were noted. [Brandi-NJ]

WBIG, 6954.8 kHz was noted with a program of rock music on June 20th at 0028 UTC. [Zeller-OH]

WEST SIDE RADIO BROADCASTING, a new station was noted at 0100 on June 19th on 6955 LSB with music, IDs and the Lula, GA maildrop given. [Silvi-OH]

WGTG via Radio Eclipse was noted 0019 on 6955 with rock & roll mx and maildrop info. [Humenyk-ON]

WRMI was noted at 0248 UTC on June 20th on 6950 USB. Rock songs such as “Magic Carpet Ride” were heard. Male announcer with echo was hard to understand at times. Still no address. [Zeller-OH]

That’s it for this month. Have a great summer. Happy Pirate DX!


Read more Pirate Radio Report columns.

Comments are closed.

Quick Information

Solar Conditions

At 2023 Mar 14, 0300 UTC

  • Solar Flux: 143
  • A-index: 3
  • K-index: 3

Full Report from NOAA