This is Radio Clash – pirate radio

 

Happy Harry Hard On wants to speak to you all, one-on-one! Clandestine broadcasting is being discussed on a rival blog, which you can find linked to your right. Pending clearance from our legal team, who are busy (‘tied up’ shall we say) at the Lithgow International Bomb Shelter, the anarchistic, drug-addled authors of this blog anticipate to undertake the following tasks over the coming days. We shall be auctioning off this mono FM transmitter on Ebay. Following this auction, we shall be uploading excerpts of east-coast pirate broadcasts from the nineties.

The notes scrawled on the paper instructions indicate that whilst the device is operating at 2.5 watts, the transmitter will release its venum for up to 80 kilometres. To do this, you have to run it from a 28 volt regulated DC supply.

Curious? Enlarge the instructions. A simple kit has significant limitations. No broadcaster wants their transmitter to drift frequency with the air temperature nor do they anticipate it may catch fire. But life is a bitch and then you die! Utilizing a cheap transmitter is insulting to your listeners. Ramsey Electronics used to have a good reputation for high quality kits in the late 1990s, when this new thing called the ‘internet’ enabled pirates to access reliable resources like never before.

The instructions specify that the transmitter will cover line-of-sight distances of up to 100 miles (161 kilometres) when connected to a dipole antenna.

In places such as London, the Bronx (in New York) & the Netherlands, pirate broadcasts on FM are commonplace. Whilst programming may be fascinating, the broadcasts can pose a nuisance for enthusiasts already frustrated by a congested urban FM band.

The political ideologies dispensed by the broadcaster made clandestine broadcasts perhaps the most interesting form of pirate. Controversy and curiosity get the better of humankind, after all, that’s why you are reading this unprecedented garbage when you really should be putting the dishwasher on! It’s instinctive for humankind to seek out alternative forms of entertainment. According to DXing.com

A clandestine radio station usually sounds like any other broadcasting station. However “legitimate” a clandestine station might sound, however, it is “extralegal” and deceptive in its operation… The busiest era for clandestine broadcasting was the 1960s. In addition to the stations active during the Vietnam War, China and the USSR operated clandestine broadcasters against each other as their ideological conflict worsened. For most SWLs in North America, however, the real excitement involved clandestine broadcasters directed against Cuba. The most famous of these was Radio Swan/Radio Americas.

Can you blame people for wanting something other than the stinking, rotten cookie-cutter programming found on American commercial radio in certain regions? Perhaps not. Let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment. Think! Australia has solid community and public broadcasting networks, the market is not driven purely by capitalist endeavours. Why would individuals in this country risk possible punitive fines? When the big fat Megaupload king is on trial as the main ‘pirate’ of the modern world, has the radio pirate become passe? Can the modern pirate maintain relevancy or efficacy in terms of reaching an audience? 

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3 Responses to This is Radio Clash – pirate radio

  1. dbrmuz says:

    Funnily enough,I've been toying with the idea of a small TX.Pulsar financial woes have put an end to that very idea for the foreseeable future.

  2. Stay tuned. 🙂 I'll revise this entry when I can and put some photos up of the transmitter.

  3. dbrmuz says:

    If I wasn't so busy pissing about with crappy old cars I'd have got hold of a TX by now…

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