A mate from down under told me off the other day….He heard me calling the boat on an outback 4wd frequency.
I didn’t hear them too good but my call co-incided with the VS737 sched time. Naughty me. He said.."I thought you were a First Class pirate!" Dave. Never really thought about it like that but I guess I am now Pirate: 2nd (or worse) Class. I think it might be time to classify radio pirates.
First Class Pirate. Works all Bands, split frequency and mode and only gets heard by the pirate he is talking to. Never uses his real name on the air, Doesn’t use his Ham radio while pirating and has several voice muffling mics to switch between.
Second Class Pirate. Pirates everywhere except the Ham bands. Uses his Ham radio. Occaisionally slips up and drops his ham or CB call sign into the conversation. Has trouble working out how his radio works so noted for sticking to one or two frequencies.
Third Class Pirate Scared shitless of getting caught he only operates late at night or mobile so seldom makes any contacts. Will pirate on any band he can find someone to talk to. Usually has had his equipment confiscated more than once. An expert in long wires and ruining radios. Seldom remains in one place for very long before getting hounded out of town.
Fourth Class Pirate This category is reserved for 27mhz freebanders. Frequently the most technically savy of the lot they spend a lot of time building equipment for and monitoring 27.555 USB and making choice long range contacts with 15w on 11m when 10m is officially closed. The most populous of the Pirate fraternity this class is being actively pursued by the amateur radio societies by reducing entry level qualifications to the Ham bands so the authorities can then tax them for talking over the airwaves.
Jokes aside..hope others can add some more attributes to the various pirate classes……
Anyway more serious stuff…
27mhz is pretty rotten these days and cluster stats are confirming the lack of propagation on our beloved 11m so what to do….
Indonesia realised this problem a few years ago and designated a frequency of 11.415 USB over to CB operators to use for communicating between the far flung parts of Indonesia. Designed more for important and emergency communications it has grown rapidly into a subset of the old CB crowd. Frequencies in use now cover 11.405 through 11.450 in 5/kc steps. 11.415 is still the only official designated frequency. There is no structure and all conversations are in Indonesian but most will switch to english if they hear an English speaking voice. With just a dipole and 100w it is possible to communicate through South East Asia most of the time with strong signals and only breaker stations as interference. Henry in Holland was listening to them the other afternoon and was so impressed he went out and flung up a dipole and worked me in Java with a 5/5 out of Holland with 100 watts. Marco in Italy was also copying us on his 4.5mhz dipole 5/9. Better signals into europe than what I was hearing around 13970 on the same night.
11m…11mhz way to go. Cut the wires about 6.25m per leg and a tad shorter if you can’t get it up very high and join in the fun on 11mhz!