Thursday, November 19, 2015

Beaujolais Nouveau 2015 :D

I love it when the new bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau arrive the week before Thanksgiving!  I typically pick up a couple of bottles and open one that night.  Today was no different, except I picked up a bottle in the city because Zachy's would be closed by the time I got home (had class tonight).

It turned out to be an interesting trip because, instead of the typical George Duboeuf that I normally pick up, the shop owner (tiny little place on Maiden Lane) steered me to this Paul Durdilly (his best seller last year) instead.  I opted to skip the newest "thing" a Beaujolai Nouveau rose' he just stocked.

His recommendation was pretty good (I'm drinking it as I write this :D)... so I may go back an try that rose' after all :D

Radio Thailand World Service shortwave 9390 khz QSL Card

This great QSL Card from Radio Thailand World Service was waiting for me in the (real) mailbox when I got home yesterday!  This was a real surprise because I submitted a reception report at the beginning of July.  But the beautiful fold-out card was worth the wait!  I tuned in to their broadcast from northern Thailand on 9390 kHz on my Sangean ATS 909 receiver.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Alex W. Radio German shortwave pirate radio 6251 khz (via SDR) QSL Card


This fantastic QSL Card from Alex Warner Radio was waiting in the (real) mailbox for me when I got home yesterday!  The thrill of a real, old-school QSL Card never diminishes!  I knew it was coming (but no idea when it would arrive) because Alex replied to my email by asking for my snail mail address so he could send one.  In fact, he sent a second one because I had sent him two separate reception reports! 

I heard Alex W. Radio, broadcasting from Germany on 6259 kHz (and again on 6295 kHz) via the SDR at Twente in the Netherlands.  Both broadcasts included some great,eclectic, tunes - Neal Young's "Rocking in the Free World" and the Bee Gees' "Staying Alive" :D

Thanks Alex!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

QBC International Hungarian shortwave pirate radio 6985 khz (via SDR) eQSL

I just received this fantastic eQSL from QBC International!  It's the first pirate radio station from Hungary that I've logged. I tuned in to their broadcast on 6985 kHz, via the SDR at Twente in the Netherlands.

In addition to the eQSL, this informative email pointed out that QBC International will be making regular weekend broadcasts!  If you can, tune in!

I'm pleased to hear that you heard QBC International. Thank you for the report and the recording.

My name is Peter, I live in a village in Central Hungary, near the town of Kecskemet. I have been involved in shortwave free radio since the summer of 2008. I ran several stations under various names over the last seven years, the longest running one was Lightning Radio from 2011 to 2013. I was away from the hobby for two years, but I'm addicted to free radio and had to return.

I use home made low power transmitters in the 10 - 30 watt range. Currently I use a small 10 - 12 watt one, a clone of the Grenade transmitter. My antenna is a dipole aligned in north-south direction, 9 meters above the ground.

I like to transmit on a regular basis, by a fixed schedule. Currently you can expect to hear QBC on weekdays from 18.00 to 24.00 UTC and on weekends from 14.00 to 02.00 UTC on 6985 kHz. Broadcasts consist of mostly but not exclusively modern and alternative rock music, significant amount of new releases. I'm planning to launch a website, similar to my previous one at, with "now playing" feature, so listeners can check the artist and title of the tracks played.

I send eQSL's via email, different one for each month. I know, paper QSL are more valuable, but I'm on tight budget and I find it to be too costly for such a small scale project like QBC.


Thanks again for the report and I hope to hear from you again.

Best regards,


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

S.S.Edmund Fitzgerald Radio North American shortwave pirate radio 6925 khz eQSL

This great eQSL arrived today from S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald Radio - for the memorial show they broadcast last night!  For those not familiar, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior forty years ago - on November 10, 1975 - with the loss of its entire 29 man crew.  It is also the subject of Gordon Lightfoot's haunting song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

What made this broadcast especially unique was the recounting of all the names of the 29 souls lost at sea as a result of the sinking.  I'm not positive, but I believe this memorial program is an annual broadcast of S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald Radio.

I heard the broadcast on 6925 kHz on my Sangean ATS 909 receiver.

Thanks Captain McSorley for the memorial show.

Monday, November 9, 2015

De Witte Reus Netherlands shortwave pirate radio 6380 khz (via SDR) eQSL

This was the second of 2 great eQSL's that arrived yesterday, while I was up at New Paltz running the After the Leaves have Fallen Half Marathon.  I believe Witte Reus roughly translates to "white giant" and also included is Lady Vampirella!  I tuned in to their broadcast on 6380 kHz, broadcasting from the Netherlands, via the SDR at Twente.

Thanks Witte Reus!

Rave On Radio North American shortwave pirate radio 6925 khz USB eQSL

This was the first of two great eQSL's that arrived yesterday, while I was up in New Paltz running the After the Leaves have Fallen Half Marathon.  Rave on Radio had emailed me shortly after I submitted the report to let me know I had heard their show and that an eQSL would be sent later.  I tuned in to their broadcast, "from a studio in the woods" on 6925 kHz USB on my Sangean ATS 909 receiver - which actually turned out to be a test, rather than a full show.

In addition to the eQSL, the email included the set list - very cool, indeed! --

Thanks for tuning into our test broadcast and thanks for the reception report.

Here’s what we played:

More News from Nowhere – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Ain’t That Pretty at All – Warren Zevon
Ophelia – The Band
Loving Cup – The Rolling Stones
San Ber’dino – Frank Zappa

Thanks again and PLEASE STAY TUNED,
Everyone at Rave On Radio

Thanks Rave On for the great show!