Pirate Radio Recordings: Radio Strange Outpost 7 and Shrunken Head Radio

"Timmy, quick!  That's Radio Strange Outpost 7!  Get your decoder ring!"

“Timmy, that’s Radio Strange Outpost 7! Get your decoder ring!”

While attending the Winter SWL Fest this year in Plymouth Meeting, PA, I left my WinRadio Excalibur running day and night back home, recording spectrum in the pirate radio watering hole. I always find that while shortwave pirate activity is slightly lower during the SWL Fest (because many pirates are in attendance), there are always some interesting stations I miss.

This year, I was chatting with famed Pirate Radio enthusiast/author, Andrew Yoder and mentioned how I love rare pirates like Radio Strange Outpost 7. He then told me that he’d just noticed a logging of RSO7 on a pirate radio forum. I quickly logged into my home computer (via smart phone) and could see that my receiver had been capturing the right frequencies at the right time. When I returned home, I dug through the spectrum and found the broadcasts of RSO7 and Shrunken Head Radio (possibly the same pirate?) via the WBNY relay service. Woo hoo!

RSO7 is semi-cryptic, quirky and always fun (check out my off-air recording from last year). Though this broadcast contains no real music content from RSO7, Shrunken Head radio does.

Click here to download the full recording, or simply listen via the embedded player below:

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2 thoughts on “Pirate Radio Recordings: Radio Strange Outpost 7 and Shrunken Head Radio

  1. Collin

    Thanks for posting this awesome recording! I got my first shortwave radio (an old hammarlund) a decade ago when I was 13 years old. I remember listening night after night to hear my first pirate radio station. Never heard one. Instead, I received many shocks from the ungrounded radio! Glad to finally hear a pirate station… makes me wanted to get the radio working again and see if I can catch one live!

    1. Thomas Post author

      Collin–Pirates are fun to catch. It’s easier to find them Fri, Sat and Sun nights. You’ll certainly hear them on holiday weekends like upcoming Labor Day. Check between 6925-6970. 6925 either AM or SSB is the most popular frequency.

      Good luck and happy listening!



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