Saturday, 25 March 2017

Logs of Saturday 25th March 2017

1615 2152 Spectrum FM (Zwarte Ridder on Chat) 35434 ID given by Op in Chat, "Geloof Me (Dat Dit Blijft Bestaan) by Bertus Sipma, SpectrumFM email
1633 @ 2214 Monte Carlo - 35444 MC ID and chat in Dutch, greetings to a listener in Chat
1638 @ 2235 Noordzee - 34434 Reporting to another station, ID and Dutch music
1655 @ 2240 Digitaal - 35444 ID and reports to MC in a QSO, Dutch music, ID, "As De Beune Weer In Bleui Staot" by Ben Ten Donkelaar

Friday, 24 March 2017

Logs of Friday 24th March 2017

6220 @ 1233 Laser - 35434 "Fields of Gold" by Sting, "Saturday Love" by Cherelle ft. Alexander O'Neal
3940 @ 2036 Mustang - 35434 "Caroline" by The Fortunes, "Milk and Alcohol" by Dr. Feelgood, chat in Dutch
1655 @ 2042 Relmus - 35333 ID and chat in Dutch, With Wadloper, Dutch music, "Monza" by Ferrari @ 2051
3920 @ 2046 SWR00 - 35333 "Englishman in New York" by Sting, Id from the Chat
4029 @ 2049 Laser HH - 35434 Chat in English, "Strike It Up" by Black Box
1620 @ 2100 Sterrekijker - 35434 ID and chat in Dutch, "Jambo Sana" by Mario Mathy
They don't make radios like they used to...

The Grundig Satellit 2400 was made from 1979 - 1982 and is an all transistor stereo receiver that can be operated from the internal mains power supply, with batteries or with a rechargeable unit.

The dimensions of 59 x 29 x 12 cm make it one of the biggest radios made by Grundig and without batteries, it weighs around 7.4 kg .

I found this example a few months ago. As far as I can make out, everything works well, although the bass has a tendency to distort if the control is turned too high. I gather this is a known problem with some of these sets. Otherwise all the lights work, the controls are all in place and it is clean and tidy. The aerial is intact and straight. 

The Medium wave section works well and seems sensitive. The MW sections tunes up to 1638 kHz on this set and uses the ferrite rod at these frequencies. (Useful for Dutch free radio stations). The SW section tunes from 1620 kHz on the telescopic rod antenna. The SW is about the same as other sets that I own, although the aerial is a whopping 1.4 metres long and that helps to pull in the distant stations!. 

SSB can be clarified with the BFO/SSB control, but this is not especially stable and tends to drift a little. I wanted the set to listen to broadcast stations anyway. 

FM works well and the set has a good sound if the bass is kept under control. The front of the radio includes a large analogue display and a small digital readout (which seems quite accurate). The tuning control features a larger quick tune rotary knob and in the centre is a dial for fine tuning.

There are plenty of controls to keep "button-twiddlers" happy and there are even some controls around the back of the unit. The rear has 6 preset buttons to tune in and store FM stations and a trimmer for an external antenna. 

Is this one of the "prettiest" radios ever made?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Logs of Thursday 23rd March 2017

4865 @ 1804 Misti - 35434 "School Days" by Chuck Berry, "Pipeline" by The Chantays, "Skake, Rattle & Roll" by Little Richard & Bill Haley
1655 @ 1831 Relmus - 2-35433 "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by The Clash, ID and greetings to listeners
1633 @ 2107 Marantz - 2-35433 ID and talk in Dutch, instrumental music, "Colinda" by Bob and Lucille
1645 @ 2121 Wilskracht - 35434 ID given on Chat, "De Grote Race" by Quintus
1638 @ 2124 Bluebird - 35444 ID given on Chat, "Als Ik Die Wat Vroag" by Lucas & Gea Hulshof
1620 @ 2139 Markskramer - 2-35433 "Kabouterdans" by Kabouter Plop, ID and talk in Dutch @ 2143
1620 @ 2244 Monte Carlo - 25323 Visitors by Koto, chat and ID in Dutch, reports to other stations, Koto again

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Logs of Wednesday 22nd March 2017

1625 @ 1742 Mike R - 35444 "België" by Het Goede Deel, ID via Chat
1620 @ 2126 Turftrekker - 35444 ID and chat in some English and mostly Dutch, greetings to listeners, instrumental music, CD
1620 @ 2130 Sapporo - 2-35434 "My Lady of Spain" by The Classics, ID and report to Turftrekker, greetings to listener in the Chat

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Logs of Tuesday 21st March 2017

4740 @ 1513 Misti - 24222 Some peaks at 35333, also into the noise, ID and chat in English, Mississippi by PussyCat, then "It's Good News Week" by Hedgehopper's Anonymous
6330 @ 1545 Ronnie AM - 24222 "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Boys Town Gang
6965U @ 1852 Oleg - s9+10 "Girls And Boys" by Blur, "Miami Vice", "All Fired Up" by Pat Benatar, AM @ 1902 35333
6210 @ 1904 Ronnie AM - 35333 Let's All Chant" by Michael Zager Band, ID via Chat
5800 @ 1913 319 - 35333 319 jingle & email heard @ 1916, instrumental music
6220 @ 1950 Laser - 45434 "Go All Night" by Gorgon City ft Jennifer Hudson
6285 @ 1955 Quadzilla - 35333 "Purple Rain" by Prince
4845 @ 1959 Voice of Peace - 35333 "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, dropping down to 24222 at times
1630 @ 2002 Marianne - 35333 "Ik Ben Dol Op Jou" by Dia En De Troubadours, ID via Chat
4840 @ 2055 SWR00 - 33323 ID from Chat, "Vienna" by Ultravox
1620 @ 2122 Edelkampioen - 3-45434 "Water Verve (DJ Quicksilver remix)" by Mark Van Dale with Enrico, greetings to listeners in the Chat (in English) and ID, talk in Dutch, "Kon-Tiki" by The Shadows
1611 @ 2127 Napoleon - 35434 Instrumental music, "Annabel" by Hans De Booij, ID and talk in English @ 2136, later on 1616 @ 2157 with "Help Me Rhondda" by The Beach Boys
Remembering The Days When MW Free Stations Were Prolific in the UK

Although never as prolific as the MW pirate scene in the Netherlands, England had more than its fair share of illicit broadcasters on the band during the 1970s and 80s. The south-east, in particular, was renowned for a proliferation of pirates, many of whom would qso just like their Dutch counterparts and others who would come on air with a full line-up of presenters. Considering the dearth of MW pirates from this side of the North Sea nowadays, it is hard to believe how it used to be.
One of the stations on the scene in the Midlands was Radio King, which was a sister station to Mystery Radio, and came on air for the first time in 1980 on 229 metres (1305 kHz). 

In those very early days a homemade transistorised transmitter with just a couple of watts was used before an upgrade the following year to 12 watts and then around 25 watts. The station, like many at that time, hit the airwaves each Sunday, transmitting full programmes from around 8am through to 5pm. 

The rest of the article can be found at (Many thanks to MW Pirate Fan):