Mediumwave Pirate "Batavier": February 06, 2017

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Jordan Heyburn, who shares the following recording of European MW pirate radio station, Batavier and the following notes:

Starting time: 2100 UTC
Frequency: 1.665 MHz
Reception location: Armagh, Northern Ireland
Receiver and antenna: Icom IC-R70 and Wellbrook ALA1530LN Active Loop Antenna

France Bleu Alsace 1278 kHz Final Sign-off: December 31, 2015

Live off-air recording of the last two and three-quarter hours of programming from the Radio France station France Bleu Alsace on 31 December 2015 beginning at about 21:25 UTC on the medium-wave frequency of 1278 kHz. The signal originated from a 300 kW transmitter just outside Sélestat (near Strasbourg).

The recording consists of the network-produced "Special Réveillon" New Year's Eve programming of talk, interviews, and pop music. The midnight (Central European Time) countdown is just before 1:34:00 in the recording. The programming is interrupted in mid-song with the transmitter switch-off at about 00:12 UTC on 1 January 2016 with no closing announcement. The switch-off was coincident with that of many medium-wave transmitters in France, Luxembourg, and Germany on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

France Bleu Alsace, also known as France Bleu Elsass, transmits programming at times in Alsatian as well as French but the network-produced New Year's Eve broadcast was solely in French.

The broadcast was received by the Web-interface wideband software-defined radio at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, with a "Mini-Whip" antenna in AM mode with 8.09 kHz RF filtering. There is some weak co-channel interference during the first part of the recording.