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This eQSL is from a Dutch station calling himself Radio Intersound


Most stations can be found in specific parts of the shortwave spectrum.

76 metres: 3900-3945/4010-4100 kHz:

This is popular with European pirates, especially in the evenings when skip is longer, and during the day in winter months.

60 metres: 4700-5150 kHz:

Once this band was full of stations from Africa, Asia and South America but not now. This part of the band has become increasingly popular with pirate stations such as Charleston Radio on 5140 and Mystery 21 around 4870.

52 metres: 5780-5840 kHz:

European pirates can also be found here, overspill from 48 metres. 

48 metres: 6200-6400 kHz:

This is a prime area for the Euro-pirates, especially at weekends, although some are also using the 49 metre broadcast band

47-42 metres: 6400-6900 kHz:

Other pockets of pirate activity occur in this area ... in particular between 6400 & 6450 and around 6850. Stations often pop up wherever they find a clear frequency

43 metres: 6900-7000 kHz:

This area tends be mostly used by North American pirates, but is also used by some Euro-pirates.

39 metres: 7500-7750 kHz:

Unreliable propagation means this band isn't widely used but some Euro-pirates can be heard here.

Others also can be heard on higher shortwave frequencies ... such as 9290, 12256, 15070 among others.

Very few operate to fixed schedules and will just come on air when they feel like it. Weekends are the busiest times, especially Sunday mornings in Europe. Some can be heard outside these frequencies.

A good source for finding out which stations are on air is the popular Pirate Radio Chat where stations and DXers chat about all things pirate radio. Go to:  

What can you expect to hear:

The vast majority of European pirates come from the Netherlands, although there are also active stations in Germany, UK, Scandinavia and Italy and other European countries. The main diet is music - pop, rock, dance, schlager, polka, indie. Some of the programmes are pre-recorded, others transmitted live. Power used ranges from a few watts to up to 1kW (or more sometimes!).

Many will issue QSLs for correct reception reports. See the QSL Gallery section for QSLs I've received over the years.

The Addresses section has contact and web site details for many pirates.

The Links page has many links to websites with logs, information and other useful resources for the DXer.

So, happy hunting!


  • Mar 16 2024: Addresses - Solar Radio, Radio Omega, Central Radio Int

  • Feb 5 2024: Addresses & QSL Gallery - The Shortwave Jukebox

  • Jan 21 2024: Addresses - The Dance Network, Golden Oldies Radio; QSL Gallery - Radio Intersound

  • Jan 14 2024: Addresses - River Radio, Radio Grenswinkel; QSL Gallery - Radio Nachtrijder

  • Jan 7 2024: Addresses - Radio Obelix; QSL Gallery - Premier Radio Int, Gringo Radio, Moonair Radio

  • Dec 30 2023: Addresses - Gringo Radio

  • Dec 25 2023: Addresses - Radio Star Int (Italy); QSL Gallery - Radio Mexico

  • Nov 19 2023: Addresses - New Dance Radio, Flux AM

  • Oct 28 2023: QSL Gallery - Radio Intersound, Addresses - Radio Mordor

  • Oct 15 2023: QSL Gallery - Kiss AM, Radio Sombrero, Skull & Bones Radio System, Radio Intersound

  • Oct 13 2023: Addresses: Kiss AM

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