And through the magic of amplitude modulation…

Here’s a recording off an online SDR of today’s One Deck Pete’s “Tunes to cheer you up” which was transmitted on Free Radio Skybird via Channel 292. This is the fifth episode in the series and this week it’s an exclusive of an early mix of a new tune from Jazz’min & Madtone with “Return to the branches”. Apologies for the non Hi-Fi quality but that’s what you get with that wireless thingy.

Tomorrow’s music yesterday

This Sunday 21st June sees the last in the present schedule of DJ Frederick’s Free Radio Skybird until the autumn. So tune in at 1100 UTC on 6070 kHz in the 49 Metre shortwave band via Channel 292 and if you haven’t got a suitable radio it can also be heard on the SDR link on their site here.

This month’s programme will feature DJ FrederickJustin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory, our very own One Deck Pete with Tunes to cheer you up, Jim Salmon with Radio Emma Toc World Service and a documentary on singer/songwriter Jim Sullivan (more on him here).

Tunes to cheer you up features a shortwave exclusive of an early mix of Jazz’min & Madtone’s brand new tune Return to the branches (at 33.33 mins in the Soundcloud link below). #shortwavesnotdead #freeradioskybird #jazzmin&madtone

Social distancing using the 49 metre band

This Sunday 14th May at 1100 UTC 1200 UK is the next transmission from DJ Frederick’s Free Radio Skybird on 6070 kHz shortwave via Channel 292 and if you haven’t got a suitable radio it can also be heard on the SDR link on their site here.

This week’s programme will feature DJ FrederickJustin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory,  Ray Carmen and our very own One Deck Pete with the fourth in his Tunes to cheer you up series with a nice bit of instrumental hip hop from Es-K. Never mind the social distancing standard of 2 metres, 49 metres is where it’s at! #freeradioskybird #shortwavesnotdead

Can’t stop it!

It’s been a nice day today and judging by the weather forecast (above) it will be a bit warmer than last night. So that’s why the protection from the cold has been put on in a nonchalant fashion? Fingers crossed there’ll be no frost tonight then as B&Q bargain buckets balanced on top of potato plants and polythene “sort of” put over raised beds aren’t going to do that much!

And as there were problems with the last transmission, this Sunday will see the Free Radio Skybird show that was promised last week being broadcast, which features One Deck Pete with Tunes to cheer you up at 28 minutes in. If you haven’t a short wave radio click here at 1100 UTC/1200 UK Sunday. Tune in by any means possible!

Radio connects us all, don’t it?

Here’s today’s recording of One Deck Pete’s “Radio connects us all” mix off an online SDR which was transmitted via Channel 292 earlier. Added percussion, noises and fading effects thanks to the groundwave propagation and that thing called the ionosphere. Tune in and drop out!

Essential lockdown shortwave listening

Here’s last week’s excellent This is a Music Show with some great stuff on it from Tortoise, Stereolab and Aphex Twin and lots more. And it’s all in something called Comb Stereo too! A show well worth tuning into to as per. A big shout to “Your host” and also Daz Man for the nice SDR recording.

And here’s this Sunday’s episode of Free Radio Skybird in a clean audio preview style. It’s a well interesting mix up with Justin Patrick Moore’s tribute to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in the Radiophonic Laboratory (at 24 mins in), One Deck Pete with “Radio connects us all” (35 mins in) with some great tunes from Sasskia, Mokka and Camille Murray and at 46 mins in we have Shane Quentin from the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show who brings us a lesson in “Radio Re-flex-ology” with the likes of F.C. Judd G2BCX, Ronnie Bond, The Pixies and Barry Blue.

Music will see us through these mad times, it really will.

One alternative to lockdown lunacy

This Sunday coming 26th April 2020, DJ Frederick’s Free Radio Skybird will be broadcasting another show in its weekly spring run at 1100 UTC (1200 UK) on 6070 kHz via Channel 292. 

This week’s episode features Justin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory and One Deck Pete’s “Radio connects us all” mix featuring Patrick McGoohan, Sasskia, Mokka and Camille Murray. We’ve also the debut of Shane Quentin from the excellent Garden of Earthly Delights radio show who’s bringing us a bit of “Radio Re-flex-ology”.

Tune in using your shortwave radio in the 49 Metre band on 6070 kHz or by using the link here. It’s going to be one interesting hour!

When does the weekend actually start during lockdown?

The big lockdown’s a lot better when the sun’s out, but it was cold and grey today in SE23 so spirits were dampened. It don’t look that better tomorrow so any gardening jobs will have to wait. Saying that, the single teabags and the odd banana skin still have to be taken down the compost heap one by one so we still can pick out the odd weed by hand on the way back up to the house, so gardening won’t stop, it’ll just be on a slower scale!

Even though there’s no frost predicted here, the spuds and the other early vegetable seedlings are safe and warm under the Blue Peter type cold-frame constructions and the few dahlia tubers we put in (far too early) this week are covered with the plastic mini-cloche type things we found in the street a long while ago.

Here’s a picture of happy gardening climes earlier this week before the sun went away and the below is a lovely bit of dub from Camille Murray called Find Your Way To Love which will be featured on the “Radio connects us all” mix to be broadcast on shortwave on Free Radio Skybird on Sunday April 26th at 1100UTC via Channel 292. Don’t let the lockdown get you down too much, it will end just as you are getting used to it.

And my god we need cheering up…

The first in an occasional series by One Deck Pete called “Tunes to Cheer you up” which will feature every now and again on Free Radio Skybird on the shortwave via Channel 292.

Here’s the debut tune to cheer you up with, recorded off an online SDR located in Belgium earlier (here), the audio comes with added fading and noise which weren’t there on the original recording. Enjoy Funk Reverse with In & Out” (DJ Moy’s dub version) on Sound Exhibitions Records. A tune!

The lockdown’s just kicking in…

Best job done in a long while

We’d been putting it off for a couple of days and it’s finally done, the bed by the pond is cleared of that purple horrible flowered thing that was taking over (though we left a bit behind the hebe). To say we’re chuffed is an understatement! It took us a good few hours and it was hard work but we were entertained with birdsong and the sound of a constantly croaking frog from the pond!

And here’s the latest instalment of Free Radio Skybird that’s to be broadcast on Easter Monday at 1100 UTC (12 Noon UK) on 6070 kHz via Channel 292. It’s features a host of great stuff including Justin Patrick Moore’s Radiophonic Laboratory at 24.08 and One Deck Pete’s “Tunes to cheer you up” at 36.55 with Funk Reverse with “In & Out” (DJ Moy’s dub version). Listen to the show here or tune in Monday with a shortwave radio or using an online SDR here.