Pirates in the North East of England

Discuss UK-based Radio outside the South East of England
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Pirates in the North East of England

Post by house-every-weekend » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:05 pm

Does anyone know if there has ever been any pirates on in Newcastle, Teeside etc. ???It was dead when I was there recently

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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by teckniqs » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:42 am

The only pirate I've ever known about from Newcastle was the fictional one they had on BBC's Byker Grove about 1993 or so. :geek:

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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by Albert H » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:30 am

There used to be something up around Alnwick (about 20 years ago) and there was definitely a 1980s pirate from Castle Leazes - I built them a couple of rigs. I'm not aware of anything more recent.
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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by bristolpirates » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:34 pm

teckniqs wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:42 am
The only pirate I've ever known about from Newcastle was the fictional one they had on BBC's Byker Grove about 1993 or so. :geek:
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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by RFI2 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:37 pm

I posted earlier this year about After Dark FM (Sunderland) who were broadcasting from a bedroom in Ford Estate, Sunderland and were almost immediately busted.

They were talking about going legit, possibly in the Durham City area... haven't heard anything recently about that.

Cant recall anything else from the North East...

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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by Albert H » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:42 am

I've been trying to remember the name of the Newcastle station I supplied a couple of rigs for. They were normal 40 Watt PLL things in diecast boxes with a power supply in a separate box. As far as I know, they were fed from a tape recorder and broadcast for a few hours each weekday evening. I think that it might have been a student-run thing. As far as I'm aware, they were on for quite a while.
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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by Jduk » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:10 pm

I've been living in County Durham since last year and never heard anything on air.
But saying that i do switch a rig or 2 on now and again to see how far it get's out. :whistle

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Post by radionortheast » Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:02 pm

I think there was something called infinity but it never got off the ground, it was a really long time ago, there was something in Doncaster with the name that was on air briefly around the same time. I'm pretty sure he tried to sell his transmitter to someone up there, so he wasn't into broadcasting. ;)

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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by TGillies » Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:25 pm

RFI2 wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:37 pm
I posted earlier this year about After Dark FM (Sunderland) who were broadcasting from a bedroom in Ford Estate, Sunderland and were almost immediately busted.

They were talking about going legit, possibly in the Durham City area... haven't heard anything recently about that.

Cant recall anything else from the North East...
Yeah I was chatting with the fella not so long ago, his set up was mint, 200w tx with 5/8 on his roof, mast was huge its no wonder he got busted so quick. got pics here

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Re: RE: Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by Electronically » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:46 am

TGillies wrote:
RFI2 wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:37 pm
I posted earlier this year about After Dark FM (Sunderland) who were broadcasting from a bedroom in Ford Estate, Sunderland and were almost immediately busted.

They were talking about going legit, possibly in the Durham City area... haven't heard anything recently about that.

Cant recall anything else from the North East...
Yeah I was chatting with the fella not so long ago, his set up was mint, 200w tx with 5/8 on his roof, mast was huge its no wonder he got busted so quick. got pics here
5/8 wave aren't exactly brilliant a . 64 wave is far better than the 5/8 wave. 1/2 wave vertical is what is best to go all the way round in a doughnut shape.

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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by TGillies » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:09 pm

64 wave, thats a new one to me, any links?

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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by teckniqs » Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:58 pm

Never heard of that, plus a 5/8 wave is 0.625

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Post by Electronically » Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:04 pm

teckniqs wrote:Never heard of that, plus a 5/8 wave is 0.625
Yup 5 divide by 8 = 0.625

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Re: Pirates in the North East of England

Post by Albert H » Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:49 am

0.64-lambda was a military secret for a long time!
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