Mansfield 103.2 interrupted by radio pirate

A pirate with a powerful transmitter keeps broadcasting over the top of Mansfield 103.2 playing the same song on repeat.

According to the Sun, someone has broadcast the chorus of an obscene track 12 times in the last three months.

The most recent takeover with the 70s novelty hit The Winker’s Song happened yesterday during a live broadcast from a music gig.

Ofcom has apparently attempted to trace the culprit with little success.

Boss Tony Delahunty told The Sun last night: “We’re really keen to find this person. They are ruining the fun for a lot of people and offending lots of ­listeners too. My message to him is, ‘You’ve had your fun, now stop. We are prepared to do all that’s necessary to bring you to justice.”

Hear Tony talking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme about the problem:

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  1. Mark says

    A bit sexist Mr Delahunty, how do you know it’s a “him”?

  2. Radio Ham says

    ha ha haaaa..
    being a radio ham i know how easy it is to ‘hack’ in to outside broadcast transmissions, not hard at all..
    and as for OfCom they couldn’t track they way out of a paper bag..
    it takes at least three vehicles parked up to triangulate a decent signal, if they can hear it, and providing it’s not running a lot of power where the signal direction will be reflected off other objects easily,
    they need to also be ready at the time, which they rarely are,
    chances of them catching this person is very very slim unless he gives himself away..

    that said there has been a pirate on the amateur repeaters playing the same song recently too..

    good luck….i won’t hold my breath..

  3. Tony Smith says

    Giving them this sort of publicity is just going to make it worse …. I know because I used to run a pirate station …. although we were always careful to avoid interference with other broadcasters. Possibly one way to tackle the problem is to ask local radio hams to do a ‘foxhunt’ which where is all the radio hams in the area track and triangulate the signal, locate the offending transmitter and report its location to Ofcom. Keeping a diary of days & times is also a good idea as it may help to predict future pirate broadcasts.

  4. Mat says

    Our message to “him”? How do they know this? Publicity stunt me thinks.

  5. Martin says

    If only someone would do that with BBC (Scum) radio

    1. Jobzworth says

      U OK Hun?

  6. Radio Geordie says

    What a winker (misprint).

  7. Glyn says

    What a pointless exercise. Disgruntled ex-employee probably.

  8. Philip says

    The reporting on this seems confused and the station is turning it into a stunt for their own purposes. It sounds like someone is transmitting on top of their radio car frequency and that’s how the pirate is getting on air. That wouldn’t take a high powered transmitter at all. A few milliwatts near the receiver location would presumably be enough to overpower the distant signal from the remote location. The question surely is why the board op doesn’t just go to another source when the interference starts? Giving the pirate ample airtime to play his/her message repeatedly is the cause of all this.

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