Tag: Pirate Radio

FCC Plans $10,000 Penalty Against Alleged Radio Pirate

The Federal Communications Commission is moving toward issuing a $10,000 Notice of Apparent Liability against an individual accused of allegedly operating an unlicensed radio station in Arkansas. In August 2018, according to an FCC summary of the case, the commission received a complaint from a consumer that an unauthorized station was operating in Alma, Ark., a town […]

via the ARRL: FCC Settles with Massachusetts Pirate Broadcaster

After filing a civil action and seeking an injunction to stop a church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester, Massachusetts, the US Attorney’s Office this week reached a settlement with the station’s operators, Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church. US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold announced the […]

via HACKADAY: Radio Piracy on the High Seas: Commercial Demand for Taboo Music

The true story of pirate radio is a complicated fight over the airwaves. Maybe you have a picture in your mind of some kid in his mom’s basement playing records, but the pirate stations we are thinking about — Radio Caroline and Radio Northsea International — were major business operations. They were perfectly ordinary radio […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1050

This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1050 Release Date: April 13, 2019 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Will Rogers, K5WLR, George W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:18:19 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR1050 Trending […]

via the ARRL: FCC Takes a New Tack in Combatting Unlicensed Radio Broadcasting

In what may be a first in the effort to crack down on unlicensed broadcasters, the United States has filed a civil action to stop a church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts US Attorney’s Office is seeking an injunction to shut down the station, operating on 97.1 MHz. “This groundbreaking […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1015

This Week in Amateur Radio #1015 Release Date: August 11, 2018 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This week’s edition is anchored by Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too the week) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:11:44 […]

via HACKADAY: Filter your Pi and be a Responsible Pirate

At this point it’s pretty well-known that you can tack a long wire to the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO, install some software, and you’ve got yourself the worlds easiest pirate FM radio station. We say that it’s a “pirate” station because, despite being ridiculously easy to do, broadcasting on these frequencies without a license is illegal. […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #996

This Week in Amateur Radio #996 Here is a summary of the news trending this week, March 31, 2018. This week’s Easter edition is anchored by, Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fittee, NF2F,and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 0:55:12 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR996 Trending […]

via the ARRL: FCC Seizes Equipment from Pirate Broadcasters in Boston

The FCC reports that it seized transmission equipment from two pirate radio stations in Boston on March 26. According to court documents, the seizures involved an illegal broadcaster that identified as “Big City” on various FM channels from Dorchester, Massachusetts (with a studio in Roxbury) and pirate “B87.7 FM,” which operated on 87.7 FM from […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #995

This Week in Amateur Radio #995 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. March 24, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by, Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Amy Jo Clark, Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:31:18 Download […]

Will the FCC Sink Pirate Radio in Colorado?

Word spread quickly about the mysterious unmarked black SUV parked at a highway exit just outside the town of Ward on January 24. In the self-sufficient mountain community perched at 9,500 feet, strangers always attract attention. But the strangers in the SUV weren’t just a curiosity; they were enforcement agents with the Federal Communications Commission, […]

Pirate radio signals in Nederland, Ward go dark in wake of FCC action (Colorado)

A pair of unlicensed radio stations that for years had broadcast music, community events and more from high in the Boulder County foothills fell silent this week after reporting visits by the Federal Communications Commission. The operators of Nederland’s KNED 93.1 FMand Ward’s KWHR 90.5 FM each shut down their over-the-air broadcasts Wednesday following what […]

Pirate radio raises its flag in Longmont — and draws high-level FCC attention (Colorado)

A pirate radio signal that first shot out across Longmont’s airwaves late last year has drawn an unusual, high-level scolding from the Federal Communications Commission — directed not at the illicit broadcasters, but to an online news outlet that wrote about their hijacking of an FM frequency. The letter from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly raised […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #985

This Week in Amateur Radio #985 Here is a summary of the news trending the week of January 13, 2018. This weeks edition is anchored by, George B, W2XBS, Fred Fitte, NF2F, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:12:25 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR985 Trending stories in this weeks bulletin service: 1. […]

via the ARRL: Indonesian Pirates on 7 MHz Heard in Europe

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) December newsletter reports that many Indonesian “pirates” were heard on December 30, 2017, in the 7.000 to 7.040 MHz range, USB/LSB, active in 5-kHz increments, “laughing, singing, and talking.” Signals were reported to be “rather strong in Europe.” Adding to the mix were Chinese […]

FCC tries to make Miami pirate radio station walk the plank

“Pirate radio” in 2017 takes many forms, but here’s one: a north Miami couple hosting a transmitter in their backyard shed while a DJ’s signal is piped in over the Internet and promoted on Facebook—even after multiple warnings from the government and a gear seizure by the US Marshals. Oh—did I mention the $144,344 fine? […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #974 (YouTube Video)

We are experimenting with posting the Podcast to YouTube. If you would be interested in seeing the podcast via YouTube please check out the video below and comment on it. This is experimental, so the ID breaks and intro message has not been edited out. Updated link with editing:

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #974

This Week in Amateur Radio #974 Week of October 28, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR974 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. October 28, 2017.This weeks edition is anchored by, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Fred Fittee, NF2F and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring […]