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HF pirate shortwave frequencies

Postby DX Jim » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:37 pm

Some of my most enjoyable listens on hf are pirate shortwave frequencies and qsos.

If you like the same kind of thing below are the places to tune in on


76 metres:
3900-3945/4010-4100 kHz:
Popular with European pirates in the evenings in summer and during the day in winter

52 metres:
5800-5840 kHz:
European pirate overspill from 48 metres

48 metres:
6200-6400 kHz:
Euro-pirates, busy at weekends.

43 metres:
6900-7000 kHz:
Mostly North American pirates

39 metres:
7500-7700 kHz:
Unreliable propagation but some pirate use

Also can be heard on higher shortwave frequencies such as 9290, 12256, 15070 and more
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Re: HF pirate shortwave frequencies

Postby m0lsx » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:07 pm

Free Radio please. The word Pirate suggests that something is being plundered or wrongfully taken.

The broadcast band just above the amateur Radio 40 meter band has always been traditionally known as 41 meters, but mathematically is 40 meters.
And 48 meters is active most days, even if it is only with the odd station.
Laser Hot Hits on 4026 is normally an easy station to find most evenings & Merlin Radio International (often on 6305khz) is another UK station that can often be found on in the evening, but Merlin often runs low power, so can be harder to hear.
The medium wave X band 1610 - 1700 is worth a listen weekends, especially of an evening.
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Re: HF pirate shortwave frequencies

Postby Staffs Paul » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:01 pm

Any more specific frequencies?
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Re: HF pirate shortwave frequencies

Postby merlin100 » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:24 pm

6670kHz LSB is the calling frequency on the 45m pirate band. They've caused problems in the past with the legitimate Aeronautical band users, i.e. Shanwick Radio, etc.

It's not a 'free' band, as it's got other users who are legitimately there.
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Re: HF pirate shortwave frequencies

Postby G4RMT » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:48 pm

If it's not legitimate, then it's pirate in terms of status. Certainly not going to do the shoot them routine, but 'Free Radio' is just playing with language. Everyone knows what Pirate Radio is, and this is it! Good luck to them, but it's illegal in practically every country in the world.
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