or Unlicenced Broadcast Radio The
Pirate Radio jingles in MP3
are at the bottom of this page!
Release from The Radiocommunications Authority 18 September
against pirate radio stations received a boost today as new
powers of arrest under the Communications Act came into
working with Radiocommunications Agency investigators, will
be able to arrest a pirate broadcaster or anybody suspected
of supporting or facilitating illegal broadcasting.
Previously police could only detain someone if they
suspected them of giving a false name and address or another
criminal act, such as a breach of the peace or assault.
powers of arrest will also extend to acts of deliberate
interference with radio communications and hoax calls,
especially false distress calls.
Communications Minister Stephen Timms said:
powers will be an important weapon in the campaign against
interfering with communications services which are vital for
public safety, pirates can put lives at risk. They also
cause interference with other licenced radio users and can
be a social nuisance to those who live near pirate
of pirate broadcasters is declining whilst the prosecution
rates are rising. Figures for 2002 showed a fall of 15% in
the number of illegal stations whilst prosecutions more than
doubled to 49, with a further 55 prosecutions so far in
2003. Pirates detained under these new powers could face an
unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.
This is a genuine
quote from the RA website December 2003!
WARNING FROM RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS AGENCY REGARDING DJ
The Agency has learnt that a licenced broadcasting station
is running a competition to recruit DJ’s from pirate radio
The economic value of the UK radio industry is worth £20
billion at 2000 prices. The Agency is responsible for
ensuring that this vital national asset is not threatened by
misuse of the radio spectrum. The greatest threat comes from
unlicenced broadcasters who operate with total disregard for
authorised radio users.
Recruitment of staff from pirate radio stations may require
pirate broadcasters to provide information that is
effectively evidence of their committing a criminal offence
of unlicenced broadcasting. The penalties for that criminal
fine and/or two years in prison, plus
anyone convicted of an offence is barred from working on
a legal station for 5 years.
The Agency expects that anyone in possession of such
evidence will hand it over to them for further
investigation. Failing that it can be seized under the
Agency's legal powers under section 15 of the Wireless
Telegraphy Act 1949 and section 79 of the Telecommunications
Let us not forget that The Laughing Policeman Wireless Society also encompasses forms of radio communication other than amateur radio.
Radio is no laughing matter!
Success or failure? These
are the results of their efforts:-
Pirate Radio, Unlicensed Broadcast Radio or
UBR as the Radio Investigation Service call it, is also a major interest of several of our members.
We always hear the same old lame
excuses when a UBR (or pirate broadcaster) is taken to court,
interference with emergency services, when the reality of the matter is
that meticulous care is taken when selecting a frequency so better
coverage is achieved. This is becoming ever more difficult with the
proliferation of legitimate stations.
It is usually easy to find a UBR as the signal is set to over-deviate (that’s loud for you non-technical types!) so you can identify a UBR as you scan the broadcast band. There are dozens of station active at weekends, and even more that appear only on Bank Holidays, to evade the
R.I.S. and their tight budget when it comes to overtime.
We think they do no harm, so the more the merrier. Here are a few links to
useful suppliers of equipment if you want to have a go!
The links below will take you to some good
sources of pirate radio equipment & info both in the UK and USA.
with recordings of pirate DJs from the past, I came across this after looking up
The "Ranking Miss P".
Ramsey have several kits, apart from a very nice crystal
controlled transmitter for repeater bugs, they also sell a decent FM
transmitter for $299.00, as well as smaller and cheaper ones. An interesting
item is an AM transmitter, and whilst only 100 milli-watts, with a decent aerial
it will give fair coverage. A new item is their TV transmitter. Download their
catalogue in Adobe PDF, if you can find the link to it on their site!
Pirate Radio Links
Micro-Power broadcasting guide
Lots of pirate radio links
pirate-radio.co.uk live feed
Low power broadcaster
How to be a "Radio Pirate"
Lot's of memories and up to date stuff 2