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Echo Charlie, the pirate band.

By popular demand, I’ve decided to dedicate a page 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. 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 lovingly known as 6.6 megs, and it still is to this very day. SSB was coming into use on the amateur bands but the CCF and Echo Charlie were AM.