Radio Seagull on 1395

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Postby alec » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:10 pm

1395 khz. (R.Seagull) comes in in Munich on my home trany with a reasonable signal (anorak quality of course) - strongest signal ever so far today at 19:45 h CET. But could be due to favorable weather conditions of course because I also could catch Waddenzee on 1602 khz at ~16:00h in my car- Seagull didn't come in yet then
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Postby Amara » Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:41 am

Coastie wrote:Wasn't it called "Radio Seagull" at the time of the mutiny just before it was taken back in to harbour??

No it was Caroline then that was December 1972 when Chris Cary was running things. I think Seagull happened sometime in 1973.
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Postby Peter3860 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:46 pm

I found this in Gerry Bishops book "Offshore radio": Seagull from the Mi Amigo started on July 24, 1973 at 9 pm. It continued until September 30, 1973 at 3 am when the station went off air due to strong winds. The next afternoon at 1.41 pm the mast collapsed, leaving only a 26 ft. section standing. A makeshift aerial was rigged up to enable transmissions using then 10 kW transmitter. This arrangement was a failure though, reception being very weak.
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Postby Coastie » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:01 pm

Amara wrote:
Coastie wrote:Wasn't it called "Radio Seagull" at the time of the mutiny just before it was taken back in to harbour??

No it was Caroline then that was December 1972 when Chris Cary was running things. I think Seagull happened sometime in 1973.


Yes, I remember it was during '73 sometime, but I thought it had something to do with the mutiny.
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Postby paulvos » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:32 am

Yesterday between 17:00 and 17:45 CET the strongest signal ever from Jenni. 2 minutes continuous firm signal well above static of the car engine and then a short fade of 2 seconds with the vibrating hum and the Eastern European pirate. For the first time the signal was stronger than from Trintelhaven. I wonder is it conditions or a new experimental antenna?
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Postby Coastie » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:06 am

Something is coming through on the "Big Radio" here. Not showing any signal strength, but really clear. I don't think Energy is on air just yet. I'll keep checking at various times during the day.
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Postby Coastie » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:09 am

Interestingly, St Anthony Coastguard Radio from Canada has just put out a Broadcast preamble on 2182 which was the same strength and audio quality as whatever I have just heard on 1395. :D

St Anthony's Coastguard Radio is in the Labrador region of Canada. http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/e0003330
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Postby alec » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:08 am

paulvos wrote:Yesterday between 17:00 and 17:45 CET the strongest signal ever from Jenni. 2 minutes continuous firm signal well above static of the car engine and then a short fade of 2 seconds with the vibrating hum and the Eastern European pirate. For the first time the signal was stronger than from Trintelhaven. I wonder is it conditions or a new experimental antenna?


Seems only the people on board know exactly whats happening and where ship is:

from Radio Seagull Facebook-page:

Steve Conway hat seinen Link ebenfalls kommentiert.
Steve hat geschrieben: „I think it's 5Kw at the moment.“


Seagull really booming into Ireland on the 1395 tests - check out my post below to hear a clip recorded from a car radio in Co. Kildare on Monday night. http://steveconway.wordpress.com/2011/1 ... inal-week/

https://www.facebook.com/steveconwaydub ... 9046104948

So I think Coastie should be able to catch signal in Holyhead too
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Postby paulvos » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:49 am

Hi guys, you can stop speculating. I got an email this morning from Sietse telling me that they were running the full 5kW yesterday evening when I got such exiting results down here in the south.

He also mentioned they could run on 5kW for a short period only because they were in Harlingen harbor. He didn't explain what the limitation was, so it could be the power outlet or RF limits imposed on them for the harbor.

To me this means:

- Most test from Harlingen are run on lower power
- Can you imagine what they could achieve if they run the full capacity of the Continental at 15kW and the present antenna setup
- They must go to sea to run that kind of power
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Postby Coastie » Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:19 pm

Nowt on 1395 now so it couldn't have been "Energy" that I picked up earlier then! :D :D
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Postby Alfie Noakes » Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:49 pm

I suspected all this last week of tests has been from the harbour due to the genuine Seagull program feed. When the JB was at sea, all the shows were live from the studios on board.

As Paul says above, it would be nice to hear full power into the current antenna set-up, from the open sea, but I guess it is expensive to keep towing the ship about and perhaps the temporary aerial may not be strong enough to cope with any bad weather conditions further out?

Whatever, I feel the tests have been quite positive and hope some good use is made of the results in the not to distant future .. fingers crossed! :wink:
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Postby The Reaper » Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:59 pm

Excellent reception on the tranny in Southend today.

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Postby BigJohn » Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:04 pm

Can you get the live feed out to the Seagull when it is on the open sea?
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Postby Coastie » Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:07 pm

Coming through about 30% signal strength here on the "Big Radio". :D
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Postby alec » Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:10 pm

BigJohn wrote:Can you get the live feed out to the Seagull when it is on the open sea?


Lap-top + 3G (UMTS) stick should do it for about 3 miles (maybe even more) I guess as Seagull has an i-net stream
(friends of mine who live in the woods near to a lake surrounded by hills have a special antenna (looks like a box) on their roof and do it over 10 kms and it works well )

1395 - Seagull pretty strong also over here at home on my trany :lol:
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