They have always been a special breed of radio pirate: taking the time and trouble not only to flaunt the law, but to develop extremely creative radio shows in the process.

Shortwave radio pirates are not easy to listen to, nor are they easy to tune in. Sometimes, as you can hear below, you’ve literally got to pick the pirate out of the noise.

The audio featured below comes to us courtesy of Alex Draper, an avid shortwave pirate DXer in Ontario, Canada. All of it was recorded from Alex’s home listening station during the 2000-2001 DXing season.

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