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Wave 93.8, the mysterious pirate radio... After broadcasting for a week, 3 months ago, a pirate radio finding its way from esotericism to imposture started its programming again. The CSA or equivalent of Ofcom has lodged a complaint. An imposture in Orson Welles’ way, an artist, a crank ? Informed, 3 months ago about the appearance of a pirate radio in Nantes, the CSA technicians have gone through the town centre with a finetooth comb. Yes ! There is a radio transmitting on wave 93.8 without being authorised by the CSA. However,a problem still remains: the analysts cannot work out where the signal is emitting from. Annoyed, the CSA has thumped the table and has decided to lodge a complaint to Nantes public prosecutor. To implement the article 42.11 from the law dated 30 September 1986, the CSA demands “ the seizure of the transmitting equipment and installations”. “It is an offence liable to 75 000 euros fine” mentions a CSA technician who prefers to remain discreet. “I am an intra-terrestrial creature” Wave 93.8, so prick up your ears. It works very well, the sound is great. A baroque music track. A background noise not so easy to define. A few children’s giggles, a moppet going past.The technician confirms “ it is experimental music”. Indeed, after classical music, with no transition or comments, here comes an electro music track, foghorns in the background. “This morning, I could hear weird stuff. It was like an incomprehensible, inaudible, blurred speech.” 6.45 pm. Things are hotting up. Here comes a recorded message with a Hindu music background: “I am an extra-terrestrial creature, I come from the universe.” And then another one:”I am an intra-terrestrial immortal creature cos I’m from myself. I can see from the inside...” Then back to experimental music. Enough to make the common run of listeners feel utterly perplexed. For the CSA, this matter is not the least funny. In order to seize the equipment, the aerial first needs to be found. An expert says : “ Most of the time, we are able to find where the emitting comes from.” But in this case, it’s impossible. Considering the size of the city, the signal gets lost but it spreads over well... “ We know this radio exists” say some people from Sun FM, next radio on the waveband. “ For a month, it has been broadcasting again.” Good quality and long illegal broadcasting is rare in France, if not very rare. The CSA refuses to make any comments, they just accept to explain that “it doesn’t happen often at all.” Generally, when the transmitting station is identified, a formal demand is enough to stop the broadcasting. This matter is coming at the wrong moment, as the CSA has just redistributed the waveband in the region. So, there’s less space and the jamming risks are more important. Thomas Heng – Ouest France, June 7, 2007





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Wave 93.8, the mysterious pirate radio... After broadcasting for a week, 3 months ago, a pirate radio finding its way from esotericism to imposture started its programming again. The CSA or equivalent of Ofcom has lodged a complaint.An imposture in Orson Welles’ way, an artist, a crank ? Informed, 3 months ago about the appearance of a pirate radio in Nantes, the CSA technicians have gon