Friday, 24 March 2017

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):

Monday, 20 March 2017

Logs of Monday 20th March 2017

6220 @ 1706 Laser - 35434 DJ chat in English, "Radio (Unplugged)" by The Corrs
1630 1850 Spanningzoeker - 35444 "We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee" by Redb@ one, talk in Dutch, thanks to me
4029 @ 1910 Laser - 23222 Morse Code QRM, adjacent and co-channel at times, "Without You" by Harry Nilsson, Laser ID, occasional peaks 34333
1611 @ 2029 Atlantic - 35444 Clear ID in English, chat in Dutch, The Shadows "Atlantis"
1650 @ 2031 Digitaal - 35434 Talk in Dutch and iD, "You Can Win If You Want" by Modern Talking
1660 @ 2047 Batavier - 24333 ID and greetings to listeners on the Chat, ID and chat in English, "Polka On The Banjo" by Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
1640 @ 2220 Monte Carlo - 35434 Talk in Dutch & instrumental music
1655 @ 2223 Wilskracht - 35333 Report for Monte Carlo in Dutch, ID
Next Global HF Weekend: 

March 30-April 2, 2017
It's still a couple weeks away, so be sure to mark the next Global HF Pirate Weekend on your calendar. 

The idea behind the Global HF Weekends are to promote friendship through radio around the world. The hope is that listeners will be able to hear different stations and for broadcasters to reach distant locations. Anyone may participate. I've already heard from a few stations who plan to broadcast and I've been in contact with a number of listeners.

The last one, which occurred during the first weekend in November was a sort of trial run. Cupid Radio and Mike Radio were both widely reported in North America, and the former even made it to Japan. Sluwe Vos Radio wasn't reported as much in North America, but it was reported in Brazil during the last GHF weekend.

March 30-April 2, 2017
General frequency ranges:
15010-15100 kHz
21455-21550 kHz

Basic schedule:
European morning, 0800-1200 UTC from Europe to Asia/Japan/Oceania.
European afternoon, 1200-1600 UTC from Europe to North America and vice versa.
European night, 2200-2400 UTC from North America to Asia/Oceania.

Of course, these were general frequency ranges used by pirates during prior Global HF Pirate weekends. Some stations will surely operate on frequencies and times outside of these ranges. In fact, the way conditions have been lately, frequencies at or below 15 MHz seem like they will be more effective for intercontinental broadcasting. 

These will be updated on HF Underground ( and on the Hobby Broadcasting ( blog as it happens.