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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by teckniqs » Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:02 pm

94.4 Used to be called Street FM
96.3 hasn't been on for a few years, or is it back on now?
92.7 is Natural Vibez back on again.

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by nrgkits.nz » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:38 am

How many licensed stations are there in London? Here in Auckland the first one is 88.6 and they go up in steps of 800KHz with the last being 106.2 - all are power in the kilowatts from SkyTower and cover the whole city and outlying rural areas. In between these freqs eg 400KHz in between there are other stations that are located out of Auckland but can still be heard - there are no pirates here and there's no clear freqs to use unless they used the LPFM freqs at the ends of the band.

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by bristolpirates » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:43 am

nrgkits.nz wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:38 am
How many licensed stations are there in London? Here in Auckland the first one is 88.6 and they go up in steps of 800KHz with the last being 106.2 - all are power in the kilowatts from SkyTower and cover the whole city and outlying rural areas. In between these freqs eg 400KHz in between there are other stations that are located out of Auckland but can still be heard - there are no pirates here and there's no clear freqs to use unless they used the LPFM freqs at the ends of the band.
In the UK, we have 5 sub-bands used by the 5 national stations. This takes out 88 to 94.something, then from 97 to 102. The gap between 94 and 97 gets used for local BBC and commercial services. Then from 102 upwards, the same mix of BBC and commercial all the way to 107.9.

The dial in Bristol is chock full mostly. London seems a bit clearer, but it's much bigger and not next door to Wales (lots of transmitters on big hills which can travel even with lower power), and I've only really looked at central London whenever I get over that way. It's possible the outskirts of London are as bad as Bristol. The strength of the distant stations varies so much that sometimes you could have a problem riding over the top of them. They managed to find space for 3 community stations so far (a 4th on the way), which are low power and always positioned between or on top of distant but audiable stations from other areas. The other day, a strong Radio 1 relay, north of Bristol, was strong enough to bleed over one of the community stations .1 up from it.

Pirate stations these days will typically do the same as the community stations, and squeeze themselves into any space where there is a weak outsider station but no strong locals, but with more power than the community stations are allowed. London stations have been doing this since at least the 90s anyway, as there are so many of them.

In Auckland, you could probably squeeze a station in 300khz up from one of the locals. That would avoid being directly on top of a weak outsider station, and give enough space between you and the local to be heard on older radios with wider filters.

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by bristolpirates » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:31 pm

teckniqs wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:02 pm
94.4 Used to be called Street FM
96.3 hasn't been on for a few years, or is it back on now?
92.7 is Natural Vibez back on again.
Cheers dude.

There's also Street Vibes on 99.6.

Here's my complete SDR scan (playlist - 7 parts) -

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by Effemm » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:52 pm

Update anyone ?

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by famefm » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:39 pm

Some foreign language station on 101.7 and spice radio 1 is on104.0 instead of 101.3 and starpiont fm is back on 92.4

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by bristolpirates » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:32 am

I did a couple of scans on Mon/Tues in Paddington and Greenwich. HTML table at the following link:

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Cut down version for this post:

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Freq	Name			Signal Level		Notes
				(out of 7)
				Paddington /
				Greenwich	
87.7	Wimbledon		1.5 / 0.5		RSL
87.8	The Rock 926		3.5 / 3.5	
88.0	Pulse			3.5 / 2.5	
88.2	Rude			2 / 0			Blank carrier, appeared late in Paddington, might have gone by the time I got to Greenwich
88.4	Vision			2 / 3.5	
88.6	Back2Back FM		3 / 2.5	
89.4	Citylock Radio		3 blank and		Blank carrier
				1 modulated /
				4	
89.6	Westside		1 / 0			Community
89.8	Station FM		1 / 2			Quiet audio when scanning in Greenwich
90.0	Hot 90			3.5 / 4	
90.2	Point Blank FM		5 / 3			TX freq jolts up and down at regular intervals, noted this time last year too
90.6	UNID			2 / 4			Blank carrier
90.8	Lightning		3 / 3	
91.5	Mega Radio London	4.5 / 5			Blank carrier
91.6	Gold			0 / 1.5	
92.0	Nu Sound		2 / 3			Community
92.2	MetroLoveRadio		2 / 1.5	
92.4	Gold			2 / 1.5			Relay of legal, audio lacks some high end
92.8	Flight FM		3 / ?			Bad audio, knocks RDS out until you get a patch of silence and then BER on RDS Spy goes up to 0%
92.8	Stomp			2 / 3.5	
93.0	Slam Radio		2.5 / 2.5		Blank carrier in Greenwich
93.0	UNID			0 / 1			Behind Slam, playing house mix, noticed while Slam was on blank carrier by notching the Slam carrier out.
93.8	Vibes FM		3.5 / 3	
94.2	True Flavas Live	0 / 1.5	
94.4	Flames			1.2 / 0	
95.1	Origin UK		2.5 / 2.5	
95.4	UK Roots FM		2 / 2.5			Greenwich: Hidden behind On Top
95.5	On Top FM		3.5 / 4	
96.1	S-Dance			3.5 / 3.5	
96.4	Surprise Radio		2.5 / 3	
96.5	Maritime Radio		1.5 / 2			Worse in Greenwich than in Paddington!
97.1	London Soul Radio	2.5 / 3.5	
97.7	SLR			2 / 3	
98.3	RJR London		1 / 0.5	
99.3	Select UK		4 / 3	
99.5	Venture FM		2.5 / 4.5	
99.7	Intent Radio		5.5 / 0			Audio on when I got to London, carrier with RDS by the time I got SDR set up. Might have been taken off by the time I got to Greenwich the next day.
99.8	Supreme FM Live		2.5 / 5			Blank carrier due to link/stream issues?
101.1	Naija			1.5 / 3			Hum
101.2	Unique FM		1.5 @ max		Rig problem - Signal gets stronger for about 1 sec and then goes back to previous level at regular intervals
				.5 @ min /
				1.5 @ max
				0 @ min	
101.4	Flex FM			3.5 / 3.5		Community
101.8	Bizim FM		1.2 / 2.5	
102.0	Concious Radio		3.5 / 5			RDS too low to get PS despite good signal level. Distorted audio.
102.5	Galaxy			2 / 0			Blank carrier, if on at all, might be false positive
102.8	Radyo Umut		1 / 3	
103.6	The Beat		1.5 / 1			Community
104.0	Spice Radio 1		1.5 / 2			RDS very high, comes through despite low signal
104.2	Play FM			0.5 / 3	
104.4	Resonance FM		3.5 / 3.75		Community
105.6	Playback UK		4 / 3			In Paddington - Blank carrier
106.0	GM Radio Online	3 / 3.5	
106.5	Project			2.7 / 3.5		Sounds like it's breaking up in stereo
106.8	Rinse FM		3.5 / 2.5		
107.5	Raw			1.5 / 0			Hidden by Time FM in Greenwich

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by SD-E1102 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:59 pm

bristolpirates wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:32 am
I did a couple of scans on Mon/Tues in Paddington and Greenwich. HTML table at the following link:

https://e4a8c4ac-9c49-480a-8fa4-c0efed7 ... pasta.com/

Cut down version for this post:

Code: Select all

Freq	Name			Signal Level		Notes
				(out of 7)
				Paddington /
				Greenwich	
87.7	Wimbledon		1.5 / 0.5		RSL
87.8	The Rock 926		3.5 / 3.5	
88.0	Pulse			3.5 / 2.5	
88.2	Rude			2 / 0			Blank carrier, appeared late in Paddington, might have gone by the time I got to Greenwich
88.4	Vision			2 / 3.5	
88.6	Back2Back FM		3 / 2.5	
89.4	Citylock Radio		3 blank and		Blank carrier
				1 modulated /
				4	
89.6	Westside		1 / 0			Community
89.8	Station FM		1 / 2			Quiet audio when scanning in Greenwich
90.0	Hot 90			3.5 / 4	
90.2	Point Blank FM		5 / 3			TX freq jolts up and down at regular intervals, noted this time last year too
90.6	UNID			2 / 4			Blank carrier
90.8	Lightning		3 / 3	
91.5	Mega Radio London	4.5 / 5			Blank carrier
91.6	Gold			0 / 1.5	
92.0	Nu Sound		2 / 3			Community
92.2	MetroLoveRadio		2 / 1.5	
92.4	Gold			2 / 1.5			Relay of legal, audio lacks some high end
92.8	Flight FM		3 / ?			Bad audio, knocks RDS out until you get a patch of silence and then BER on RDS Spy goes up to 0%
92.8	Stomp			2 / 3.5	
93.0	Slam Radio		2.5 / 2.5		Blank carrier in Greenwich
93.0	UNID			0 / 1			Behind Slam, playing house mix, noticed while Slam was on blank carrier by notching the Slam carrier out.
93.8	Vibes FM		3.5 / 3	
94.2	True Flavas Live	0 / 1.5	
94.4	Flames			1.2 / 0	
95.1	Origin UK		2.5 / 2.5	
95.4	UK Roots FM		2 / 2.5			Greenwich: Hidden behind On Top
95.5	On Top FM		3.5 / 4	
96.1	S-Dance			3.5 / 3.5	
96.4	Surprise Radio		2.5 / 3	
96.5	Maritime Radio		1.5 / 2			Worse in Greenwich than in Paddington!
97.1	London Soul Radio	2.5 / 3.5	
97.7	SLR			2 / 3	
98.3	RJR London		1 / 0.5	
99.3	Select UK		4 / 3	
99.5	Venture FM		2.5 / 4.5	
99.7	Intent Radio		5.5 / 0			Audio on when I got to London, carrier with RDS by the time I got SDR set up. Might have been taken off by the time I got to Greenwich the next day.
99.8	Supreme FM Live		2.5 / 5			Blank carrier due to link/stream issues?
101.1	Naija			1.5 / 3			Hum
101.2	Unique FM		1.5 @ max		Rig problem - Signal gets stronger for about 1 sec and then goes back to previous level at regular intervals
				.5 @ min /
				1.5 @ max
				0 @ min	
101.4	Flex FM			3.5 / 3.5		Community
101.8	Bizim FM		1.2 / 2.5	
102.0	Concious Radio		3.5 / 5			RDS too low to get PS despite good signal level. Distorted audio.
102.5	Galaxy			2 / 0			Blank carrier, if on at all, might be false positive
102.8	Radyo Umut		1 / 3	
103.6	The Beat		1.5 / 1			Community
104.0	Spice Radio 1		1.5 / 2			RDS very high, comes through despite low signal
104.2	Play FM			0.5 / 3	
104.4	Resonance FM		3.5 / 3.75		Community
105.6	Playback UK		4 / 3			In Paddington - Blank carrier
106.0	GM Radio Online	3 / 3.5	
106.5	Project			2.7 / 3.5		Sounds like it's breaking up in stereo
106.8	Rinse FM		3.5 / 2.5		
107.5	Raw			1.5 / 0			Hidden by Time FM in Greenwich
Good scan :tup
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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by XXL » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:25 pm

Is Gold 91.6 a pirate ?

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by teckniqs » Sun May 31, 2020 3:02 pm

XXL wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:25 pm
Is Gold 91.6 a pirate ?
I know this answer is about 6 months late, but yes it is/was..

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by g33ky » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:00 am

New(?) station on 90.6, "ANADOLU".
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Also something new on 99.3 which definitely isn't Select.
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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by neckertude » Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:19 pm

I believe 99.3 is now Digital Soul Radio http://digitalsoulradio.com

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by XXL » Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:48 pm

This list and the outta London pirates list is always very out of date.

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by famefm » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:00 pm

Simple reason for this is so few people care now a shame for sure

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by g33ky » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:22 pm

Station "878Sound" on... 87.8. Can't see a website but the RDS says 878Sound.
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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by Gigahertz » Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:19 pm

Quick scan from West London using SDRplay and "Scanner" vertical antenna. Sunday 27/09/2021

I've put UNID I didn't get RDS or no station ID at the time of listening

87.5MHz - UNID (-112.5dBm) Playing: DJ Danny E from mixtape: Hyperfunking (1124hrs)
87.8MHz - UNID (-97.0dBm) - Silent carrier (1128hrs)
88.0MHz - Pulse (-107.6dBm) - Playing T.I - Why you wanna (1130hrs)
88.2MHz - UNID (-111.8dBm) - Playing: Nilufer Saritas, Gonul Bu Cihanda (1132hrs)
88.4MHz - Vision (-104.0dBm) - Playing: One way feat Al hudson, Come Dance with me (1134hrs)
88.6Mhz - UNID (-94.4dBm) - Silent carrier (1135hrs)
89.8MHz - StationFM (-104.8dBm) - Adverts then played Duncan Millar, Brite life (1140hrs)
90.0MHz - Hot 90 (-104.2dBm) - Talking Ghanaian host (1142hrs)
90.2MHz - Point Blank (-88.9dBm) - Donna Summer, Looking up (Figo Sound Extended version) (1144hrs)
90.6MHz - UNID (-112.0dBm) - Audio very low - Playing: Fatih Ustun, Semsettin (1147hrs)
91.5MHz - UNID (-111.8dBm) - Playing:Ozgun, Mahzen (1148hrs)
93.0MHz - UNID (-104.5dBm) - Silent carrier (1150hrs)
93.8MHz - VibesFM (-112.0dBm) - Playing: John Holt, Closer (1151hrs)
94.3MHz - UNID (-100.2dBm) - Silent carrier (1152hrs)
94.4MHz - Didn't ID station (-111.6dBm) - Playing: Toots & The Maytals, pressure Drop (1153hrs)
95.4MHz - UK Roots FM (-109.8dBm) - Playing: Adverts (1201hrs)
95.5MHz - On Top FM (-104.9dBm) - Playing: Adverts (1204hrs)
96.1MHz - S-Dance (-114.9dBm) - Playing music but hard to ID track audio too low (1208hrs)
97.1MHz - London Soul Radio (-115.0dBm) - Playing: Lisa Stanfield, Wake up baby (1210hrs)
97.9MHz - Divine (-107.9dBm) - Playing: No Smoke, Koro koro(dub) (1212hrs)
98.3MHz - RJR London (-102.0dBm) - Playing: Bob Marley, Put it on (1213hrs)
99.3MHz - Digital Soul Radio (-107.4dBm) - Playing: Alin Dragan & Gabriel M, With You (1215hrs)
99.5MHz - Venture FM (-111.3dBm) - Playing music but hard to ID audio too low (1218hrs)
101.2MHz - Unique FM (-101.7dBm) - Playing: Beshara, Men cry too (1220hrs)
101.8MHz - Bizim FM (-109.2dBm) - Playing: Nurettin Rencber, Soyle Sunam (1221hrs)
102.4MHz – UNID Wax? (110.5dBm) - Silent carrier (1222hrs)
102.8MHz - Radyo Umut (-107.9dBm) - Playing: Huseyin Korkankormaz (1224hrs)
103.0MHz- UJR (-107.7dBm) - Playing adverts (1226hrs)
104.1MHz - Omega Radio (-103.5dBm) - Playing: Ann Nesby, I'm still wearing your name (1229hrs)
104.5MHz - UNID (-101.5dBm)- Playing: Lora, Draga (1232hrs) - Was on constanly for 30mins at the same signal level playing different tracks, then when revisiting it later at 1320hrs and it was off
106.5MHz - Project (-113.5dBm) -Playing: Harlo,Belmondo (1235hrs)
107.5MHz - RAW (-102.5dBm) - Playing: D force, Ruff (original mix) (1237hrs)

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by fmuser877 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:08 pm

Not heard Vision for some time maybe they cover west instead now? was banging in Essex before now naught.

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by Gigahertz » Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:01 pm

fmuser877, just locked in again and can confirm it's vision radio just heard it ident at 1600hrs

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by rigmo » Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:27 am

Gigahertz wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 2:19 pm
Quick scan from West London using SDRplay and "Scanner" vertical antenna. Sunday 27/09/2021
back to the future :lol: :tup

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan

Post by g33ky » Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:29 am

Been down to the city for a few days, heres some notes:
87.5 - LiveFMUK, has RDS when linked but just ghosting when not linked.
87.8 - don't know, plays a variety of music mostly funk and soul. No ID heard.
88 - Pulse - Good signal with RDS.
88.2 - Saw nothing the whole time
88.4 - Vision, good clean signal
88.6 - B2B? Blank carrier the whole time
89.4 - CityLock, audible but barely enough for RDS (only got it once)
89.8 - Station FM, gets out really well and was audible pretty much anywhere I went.
90 - Hot Digital Online, different station from the one listed in the main post - it's actually http://hotdigitalonline.com/. Crappy TX has a hiss next to the main signal and some distortion.
90.2 - Point Blank, gets out really well into Central London. I also noticed that they have stereo audio but no stereo pilot tone meaning pretty much no receiver can use it.
90.4 - Don't think I saw anything on here.
90.6 - Anadolu, ok signal, scrolling RDS.
90.8 - Lightning, good signal.
91.5 - Mega, listenable around most of the city
91.8 - Think I heard Turks on this freq but I might be wrong, presumed Dem.
93.8 - Vibesfm, really good signal city-wide with RDS.
95.5 - OnTop FM, good signal city-wide
96.1 - S-Dance, good signal city-wide. No RDS like it had before though.
97.1 - LSR Live, decent signal around Central London.
97.9 - Divine, weak everywhere I observed it but ID heard
98.3 - RJR, didn't get much of a signal anywhere but there was some soul and funk on this freq. so I'm assuming it's them.
99.3 - Digital Soul Radio, good signal with RDS in most places.
99.5 - Venture, ok-ish signal around the city. No RDS.
99.7 - Intent, listenable signal city-wide. The station is actually at http://intentlive.com/ now, heard the DJ advertising it. No RDS like it used to have.
101.2 - Unique, fair signal around most parts, got RDS at one point.
101.8 - Presumed Bizim, talk in Turkish/Arabic. Not the best signal.
102.4 - Presumed Wax, very low audio, playing D&B/Jungle.
102.8 - Radyo Umut, listenable in parts of London. Seen with RDS RDYOUMUT
103 - UJR, saw it with RDS once but seemed like it didn't want to decode much. Listenable signal around most of the city.
104.1 - Presumed Omega, playing R&B/HipHop.
105.6 - Playback, good signal throughout the city, RDS easily received.
106.5 - Project, ok signal throughout the city.
107.5 - UKRaw, very weak signal no matter where I went. Was definitely there though as I heard some D&B.
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