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Pirate Radio Stations: Tuning in to Underground Broadcasts in the Air and Online [Paperback]

Andrew Yoder
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Book Description

Dec 20 2001 0071375635 978-0071375634 1
Experience Radio’s Swashbuckling Side!

Listening to pirate radio is perfectly legal—and frequently an ear-opening experience. This book makes it easier for you to locate and tune in pirate stations—and tells you all about the unlicensed broadcasters who play David to broadcasting conglomerates’ Goliath. Revealing the history of pirate radio from 1925 to today, author Andrew Yoder, pirate radio aficionado and long-time writer on radio, electronics, and audio subjects:


* Explains how to buy and use equipment to listen to pirate stations
* Shows you how to find pirate stations on your AM/FM, shortwave, and online radios
* Explains how pirates have "gone legit" on the Internet, with "how-to-listen" directions, and hard-to-find pirate URLs
* Showcases stations operating since at least 1995
* Provides details on political, local, holiday, and special-events pirates
* Tells you about offshore, European, and pirate stations around the world
* Takes you inside illegal stations, some of which have up to 75 volunteers
* Shows you how the FCC tracks pirates and often enforces its regulations harshly
* Gives you a CD with over 80 minutes of audio from dozens of underground stations


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PINPOINTS THE NEWEST, MOST ACTIVE PIRATE STATIONS

COVERS THE INTERNET PIRATE RADIO, WITH URL DIRECTORY

EXPERIENCE RADIO'S SWASHBUCKLING SIDE!

74 MINUTES OF AUDIO FROM DOZENS OF UNDERGROUND STATIONS!

Listening to pirate radio is perfectly legal--and frequently an ear-opening experience. This book makes it easier for you to locate and tune in to pirate radio stations--and tells you all about the unlicensed broadcasters who play David to broadcasting conglomerates' Goliath. Inside, pirate radio aficionado and long-time writer on radio, electronics, and audio subjects Andrew Yoder--


* Shows you how to find pirate radio stations on your AM/FM, shortwave, and online radios
* Gives you a CD with audio from dozens of pirate stations
* Explains how pirates have "gone legit" on the Internet, with "how-to-listen" directions, and hard-to-find pirate URLs
* Showcases stations operating since at least 1995
* Provides details on political, local, holiday, and special-events pirates
* Tells you about offshore, European, and pirate stations around the world
* Takes you inside illegal stations, some of which have up to 75 volunteers
* Shows you how the FCC tracks pirates and often enforces its regulations harshly
* Reveals the history of pirate radio from 1925 to today

About the Author

ANDREW YODER discovered a 40-year old military-surplus Hallicrafters SX-28A in a friend's basement in 1981 at the age of 13. Since then, pirate radio has become the focus of his short-wave-listening hobby. In 1987 and 1988, he wrote the first edition of PIRATE RADIO STATIONS. In 1989, Andrew started the radio logsheet PIRATE PAGES (PiPA), which he published until 1998 to make way for HOBBY BROADCASTING magazine, which has been published ever since. His magazine articles have appeared in ELECTRONICS NOW, POPULAR ELECTRONICS, POPULAR COMMUNICATIONS, RADIO!, etc. He has appeared as a guest on the Art Bell Show, the Voice of America, Radio Netherlands, Allan Handelman Show, WBZ, KOA, WYSP, and many other stations. Of course, he has been a Pittsburgh Pirates fan for nearly his entire life.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for free radio lovers Jan. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I did buy the book and I have been reading it completely.
And I did learn my friends. I am a pirate radio operator for years but still nice things to find out about Pirating. I like it a lot and also nice to see how other stations are doing it and finding out about their history's.
Also the book to buy if you want to tune in to al kinds of pirate radio like TV,hf,vhf,internet,fm. You name it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is good, but the Net is better Sept. 29 2002
Format:Paperback
This is a good review of SWLing and pirate radio, but the Internet is better.
Of particular notice is the typeface selected by the publisher. It is bizarre--meant as a display typeface, I'm sure. The effect is that this book is almost impossible to read and frankly, it hurts my eyes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and riveting book on 'Pirate Radio'! March 14 2007
By CQ DX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As an avid SWL (shortwave listener) and Ham Radio Operator, I could not put this book down! It is very well researched, with excellent illustrations and photos. It also comes with an audio CD with clips of many various 'pirate radio' transmissions. Popular frequencies where you can actually hear some of these stations are listed, and I was able to pull in a few the first night of listening! Highly recommended, and highly interesting!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for free radio lovers Jan. 5 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I did buy the book and I have been reading it completely.
And I did learn my friends. I am a pirate radio operator for years but still nice things to find out about Pirating. I like it a lot and also nice to see how other stations are doing it and finding out about their history's.
Also the book to buy if you want to tune in to al kinds of pirate radio like TV,hf,vhf,internet,fm. You name it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worldwide adventure at your fingertips Dec 28 2007
By Sharon Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my 20-year-old grandson to go with the Sony broadband radio I gave him for Christmas. He found this book helpful as he explores a fascinating journey into the world of broadband radio.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is good, but the Net is better Sept. 29 2002
By Walter Mitty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a good review of SWLing and pirate radio, but the Internet is better.
Of particular notice is the typeface selected by the publisher. It is bizarre--meant as a display typeface, I'm sure. The effect is that this book is almost impossible to read and frankly, it hurts my eyes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great review of pirate shortwave stations Jan. 29 2011
By pghskier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book will bring back many memories if you were a shortwave listener back in the twentienth century. I remember many of these stations keeping me and my teenage friends entertained for hours. Yoder adds alot of detailed information pertaining to the individual station operations. The material in this book is dated but the information is timeless.
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