Last things first. Never really been too interested in pirate radio - the thought of putting a lot of work into something that can be so easily found and turned off... Pirates have, however, provided useful examples of interesting technologies and other information that can be used in other ways.
The Free Radio Cafe is a nice example with some short wave info (more on that in a moment) and the earnestly created Low-Power
FM Broadcasting forum with links and some private handbooks and manuals. Private, because visitors need to sign up for a log in to download those materials so, sorry, no links.
Speaking of shut down, the pirate in this story - Busted! - 95.9 FM gets shut down by the FCC, showing once again that most FCC field inspectors are fairly reasonable, somewhat geeky bureaucrats. Overworked and underpaid humans like the rest of us who just want to get to quittin' time and have a favorite beverage.
Speaking of bureaucrats, John Anderson, media professor and long time FCC observer shares another update on enforcement: FCC Grossly Overstates Anti-Pirate Activity. I can't remember the last time I saw any enforcement action on shortwave...
Speaking of shortwave, wandering around the web in February, I discovered Rick's Pirate Radio Blog, a nice shortwave list which, as a long time shortwave fan, got me thinking about putting up my long wire again.
Nothing listed in our 13.56 MHz experimenter band, reminded me of good old Carl Blare's KDX Radio site. Carl has a sweet, old school html table matrix of handy radio experimenter links and if you'd like to start populating that 13.56 MHz shortwave band, check out Carl's hard work on his Big Talker Shortwave transmitter prototype.
Not sure how American Bandscan caught my eye but it's a nice summary of station comings and goings and then saw good old Monitoring Times is still plugging away (they folded shortly after this was posted, very sad) - wrote and article for them back in early 2005 about monitoring part 15 stations.
Also found another old favorite, Nuts and Volts still kicking, with continued great new tech reading.
Those stamp sized computers look like a great way to do station automation...
Despising dead trees, was delighted to see both now offer digital subs so a late Valentine's day present this year will buying both!
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