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Echo Charlie, the pirate band.

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By popular demand, I’ve started a page dedicated to the decades-old, Echo Charlie 6.6MHz pirate band.

I first discovered the Combined Cadet Force frequencies back in the 1960s. Delta Oscar was the main CCF channel on 5330kHz. There was also Tango Golf which I believe was around 4900kHz. I listened using a 19 set and a dipole aerial, which worked extremely well… on receive only, of course!

I then discovered Echo Charlie which was on 6670kHz, or thereabouts. It was known as 6.6 megs or six six, and it still is to this very day. SSB was coming into use on the amateur bands but the CCF and Echo Charlie frequencies stuck with AM.

Most Echo Charlie pirates used a 19 set, as shown in the video below. They covered 2 to 8 MHz and were inexpensive. They were also easy to modify and play about with, which wasn’t only fun but educational. Many an EC pirate went on to become a licensed radio amateur.

 

GWM Radio, the Amy surplus shop in Portland Road Worthing, sold 19 sets for 30 bob, that’s £1.50 in new money. At that price, I bought several and spent hours modifying them and, in the process, learning a great deal.

There are quite a few French stations operating on EC. They are there most days so just tune around and you should find them. You’ll also hear several UK stations chatting on the band. In fact, Echo Charlie is an international pirate or so-called free-band.