Travel DX Log: Myrtle Beach, SC with 530+ mile tropo!

media-travelI took a trip to Myrtle Beach in 2013.  It was interesting because a great tropo duct brought in signals from the entire eastern coast of Florida with signals up to 530 miles away for two days–a personal tropo distance record for me (the previous one was held at my home in Virginia at 420 miles).  What surprised me during the two days of the duct was that the signals were received only by the supplied wire antenna that came with the Sony XDR-F1HD radio.  Most of the time, I kept the antenna on the floor of my hotel room.

map-myrtlebeachAnother aspect of Myrtle Beach that surprised me is that there are relatively few HD Radio stations in the region.  No Myrtle Beach station broadcasts IBOC, and the few from surrounding cities (Charleston, Florence, etc.) that did were not receivable due to very strong tropo signals on adjacent frequencies, save for one signal.  DXing in Myrtle Beach, devoid of IBOC interference, reminded me of how things were at home prior to IBOC signals debuting in 2006.  The Sony radio received no overload or interference from strong local signals.  For example, a station 485 miles away on 97.9 came in clearly next to a 100kw local station on 97.7 FM at 13 miles away. RDS was in heavy usage in the Myrtle Beach region, thankfully.

Click here to view the Myrtle Beach DX log in Excel format with more information about each signal (i.e. ERP, identifying notes).


88.1 WRJA Sumter, SC, “ETV” – public radio, 6/26/12 10:46 p.m., 81 miles
88.3 WMBJ Murrels Inlet, SC, “His Radio” – ccm, 6/26/12 10:47 p.m., 24 miles
88.5 WZDG Scotts Hill, NC, “The Edge 88.5” – ccm, 6/27/12 9:40 p.m., 71 miles
88.7 WAGP Beaufort, SC, – religious, 6/28/12 1:16 a.m., 151 miles


88.7 WAGO Snow Hill, NC, – “Go Mix Radio” – ccm, 6/30/12 12:21 a.m., 139 miles


88.9 WKVC North Myrtle Beach, SC, “K-Love” – ccm, 6/26/12 10:50 p.m., 35 miles


89.3 WSCI Charleston, SC, “ETV” – classical, 6/26/12 1:13 a.m., 72 miles
89.5 W208BA Myrtle Beach, SC, – religious, 6/26/12 11:00 p.m., 2 miles
89.7 WMHK Columbia, SC, “89.7 WMHK” – ccm, 6/29/12 1:00 a.m., 112 miles
89.9 WJWJ Beaufort, SC, public radio, 6/27/12 1:14 a.m., 125 miles


90.1 WHMC Conway, SC, public radio, 6/26/12 11:03 p.m., 22 miles
90.3 WSSB Orangeburg, SC, “WSSB” – urban AC, 6/26/12 1:16 a.m., 114 miles
90.5 WWIL Wilmington, NC, “Life 90.5 FM” – ccm, 6/28/12 1:21 a.m., 58 miles
90.7 WYFH North Charleston, SC, “BBN” – religious, 6/27/12 10:20 p.m., 94 miles
90.9 WLGI Hemingway, SC, “90.9 FM Radio Bahai” – variety, 6/26/12 11:03 p.m., 27 miles
91.1 WSVH Savannah, GA, “GPB Media” – public radio, 6/29/12 8:59 p.m., 173 miles
91.3 WHQR Wilmington, NC, classical, 6/27/12 9:42 p.m., 49 miles


91.3 WLTR Columbia, SC, public radio, 6/29/12 10:50 p.m., 122 miles


91.5 WKCL Ladson, SC, religious, 6/26/12 1:23 a.m., 85 miles


91.7 WLPG Florence, SC, religious, 6/26/12 11:04 p.m., 53 miles
91.9 WFSS Fayetteville, NC, public radio 6/27/12 1:26 a.m., 95 miles


92.1 WMYB Myrtle Beach, SC, “Star 92.1” – AC, 6/27/12 12:20 a.m., 13 miles
92.3 WWKA Orlando, FL, “K92-3” – country, 6/28/12 7:34 p.m., 377 miles
92.3 WQSL Jacksonville, NC, “The Touch 92.3” – urban AC 6/28/12 9:57 p.m., 99 miles
92.5 WCKN Moncks Corner, SC, “Kickin 92.5” – country 6/27/12 1:51 p.m., 83 miles
92.7 WAVW Stuart, FL, “Wave 92.7” – country, 6/28/12 4:24 a.m., 452 miles
92.7 WBNK Pine Knoll Shores, NC, “92.7 The Big Fish” – ccm, 6/29/12 12:31 p.m., car radio, 157 miles


92.9 WEGX Dillon, SC, “Eagle 92.9” – country, 6/27/12 12:21 a.m., 53 miles
93.1 WEAS Springfield, GA, “E93” – urban, 6/27/12 1:28 a.m., 184 miles
93.1 WFEZ Miami, FL, “Easy 93.1” – AC 6/27/12 4:08 a.m., 540 miles


93.3 WWWZ Summerville, SC, “Z93 Jamz” – urban, 6/27/12 12:24 a.m., 82 miles
93.3 WERO Washington, NC, “Bob 93-3” – hot AC, 6/29/12 1:12 p.m., car radio, 142 miles
93.5 WLQB Ocean Isle Beach, SC, “La Que Buena” – Spanish, 6/27/12 9:40 a.m., 31 miles
93.5 WDOG Allendale, SC, “WDOG” – rhythmic oldies, 6/30/12 2:38 a.m., 150 miles


93.7 WSIM Lamar, SC, “Star 93.7” – AC, 6/27/12 12:25 a.m., 67 miles over local WXJY
93.7 WXJY Georgetown, SC, “Z93” – hot AC, 6/27/12 12:26 a.m., 39 miles


93.9 WJXY Conway, SC, “Z93” – hot AC, 6/27/12 12:26 a.m., 9 miles
94.1 WQBT Savannah, GA, “94.1 The Beat” – urban, 6/27/12 1:30 a.m., 173 miles
94.1 WRZE Kingstree, SC, “Sunny 105.5” – hot AC, 6/28/12 12:47 a.m., 63 miles
94.1 WNBU Oriental, NC, “94.1 WNBU” – conservative talk, 6/29/12 8:39 p.m., 147 miles
94.3 WCMG Latta, SC, “94.3 The Dam” – rock 6/27/12 12:27 a.m., car radio, 62 miles
94.3 WZZR Riviera Beach, FL ,“Real Radio 94.3” – talk, 6/28/12 8:25 p.m., 485 miles
94.5 WYEZ Conway, SC, “Movin 94.5” – urban AC, 6/27/12 12:28 a.m., 23 miles
94.7 WWBD Sumter, SC, “Bad Dog 94-7” – rock, 6/27/12 1:34 a.m., 81 miles
94.7 WQDR Raleigh, NC, “94-7 QDR” – country, 6/27/12 7:39 p.m., 137 miles
94.9 WVCO Loris, SC, “94.9 The Surf” – oldies, 6/27/12 12:29 a.m., 21 miles


95.1 WSSX Charleston, SC, “95SX” – CHR, 6/27/12 12:32 a.m., 84 miles
95.1 WRNS Kinston, NC, “95.1 WRNS” – country, 6/29/12, 1:13 p.m., car radio, 129 miles


95.3 WFRK Quinby, SC, “95-3 Frank FM” – classic rock, 6/27/12 1:36 a.m., 62 miles
95.5 WIXV Savannah, GA, “I95” – classic rock, 6/27/12 1:41 a.m., 183 miles
95.5 WHPE High Point, NC, – religious, 6/27/12 4:03 p.m., 167 miles
95.5 WLDI Juno Beach, FL, “Wild 95-5” – CHR, 6/28/12 3:35 a.m., 463 miles
95.5 W238AV Wilmington, NC, “K-Love” – ccm, car radio, 6/29/12 7:59 p.m., 100 miles
95.5 WIBZ Wedgefield, SC, “Z95” – oldies, 6/29/12 9:20 p.m., 89 miles


95.7 WKML Lumberton, NC, “95.7 WKML” – country, 6/27/12, 12:33 a.m., 75 miles
95.9 WMXZ Isle of Palms, SC, “The New Mix 95.9” – AC, 6/26/12 3:30 p.m., car radio, 50 miles
95.9 W240AS Wilmington, NC, “1180 AM and 95.9 Bach FM” – classical 6/29/12 5:28 p.m., 63 miles


96.1 WKZQ Forestbrook, SC, “96-1 KZQ” – rock, 6/27/12 12:34 a.m., 13 miles
96.3 WRHT Morehead City, NC, “Thunder Country 96.3” – country 6/27/12 4:04 p.m., 134 miles


96.5 WFLB Laurinburg, NC, “96.5 Bob FM” – adult hits, 6/27/12, 12:39 a.m., 75 miles
96.5 WPOW Miami, FL ,“Power 96” – CHR, 6/28/12 8:12 p.m., 540 miles


96.7 W244AY Myrtle Beach, SC, “GNN Radio” – religious, 6/27/12 12:39 a.m., 3 miles


96.9 WIWF Charleston, SC, “96-9 The Wolf” – country, 6/27/12 1:44 a.m., 72 miles
96.9 WYMY Goldsboro, NC, Spanish, 6/29/12 11:50 p.m., 124 miles
97.1 WQMG Greensboro, NC, “97.1 QMG” – urban AC, 6/27/12 8:50 p.m., 165 miles
97.1 WOSN Indian River Shores, FL, “97.1 Ocean FM” – easy listening, 6/28/12 10:11 p.m., 423 miles
97.1 W246BX Orangeburg, SC, “95.3 Frank FM” – adult hits, 6/29/12 11:52 p.m., //WFRK 95.3
97.3 WMNX Wilmington, NC, “Coast 97.3” – urban, 6/27/12 12:40 a.m., 51 miles


97.5 WCOS Columbia, SC, “97.5 WCOS” – country, 6/27/12 1:45 a.m., 129 miles


97.7 WWXM Garden City, SC, “Mix 97.7” – CHR, 6/27/12 12:42 a.m., 13 miles
97.9 WNBB Bayboro, NC, “The Bear” – country, 6/26/12/3:30 p.m., car radio, 147 miles
97.9 WRMF Palm Beach, FL, “97.9 WRMF” – hot AC, 6/28/12 2:11 a.m., 485 miles
97.9 WNWW Neptune Beach, FL, “Radio Now 97.9” – CHR, 6/28/12 3:30 p.m., 284 miles


97.9 WIIZ Blackville, SC, “Wiz FM 97.9” – urban, 6/30/12 2:03 a.m., 151 miles

98.1 WQSM Fayetteville, NC, “Q98” – CHR, 6/26/12 3:30 p.m., car radio, 95 miles
98.1 WYBB Folly Beach, SC, “98 Rock” – rock, 6/27/12 1:30 p.m., 99 miles


98.3 WUIN Oak Island, NC, “The Penguin” – AAA, 6/26/12 3:30 p.m., car radio, 51 miles
98.3 WLGI Summerton, SC, “Gospel 98.3 FM” – gospel, 6/29/12 11:12 p.m., 85 miles


98.5 WDAI Pawleys Island, SC, “98.5 Kiss FM” – rhythmic CHR, 6/27/12 12:43 a.m., 13 miles


98.7 WRMR Jacksonville, NC, “Modern Rock 98.7” – rock, 6/26/12 3:30 p.m., car radio, 96 miles
98.7 WYKZ Beaufort, SC, “98.7 The River” – AC, 6/26/12 8:44 p.m., car radio, 153 miles
98.9 WWIK McClellanville, SC, “Fun 98.9 FM” – classic hits, 6/28/12 1:34 a.m., 53 miles
98.9 WMMO Orlando, FL, “98-9 WMMO” – AC, 6/29/12 12:30 a.m., 386 miles
99.1 WZFX Whiteville, NC, “Foxy 99” – urban, 6/26/12, 3:30 p.m., car radio, 71 miles
99.1 WQIK Jacksonville, FL, “99-5 QIK” – country, 6/28/12 2:20 a.m., 284 miles


99.3 WWKT Kingstree, SC, “Kat Country 99.3” – country 6/27/12 1:47 a.m., 66 miles
99.5 WRNN Socastee, SC, “Hot Talk 99.5 WRNN” – talk, 6/27/12 12:45 a.m., 2 miles


99.7 WXST Hollywood, SC, “Star 99-7” – urban AC, 6/28/12 12:52 a.m., 83 miles


99.9 WKXB Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, “Jammin 99.9” – rhythmic oldies, 6/27/12 12:46 a.m., 57 miles
100.1 WVOC West Columbia, SC, “ESPN Radio” – sports, 6/27/12 1:48 a.m., 129 miles
100.1 WSSJ Rincon, GA, “Joy 100.1” – gospel, 6/28/12 2:22 a.m., 167 miles
100.3 WSEA Atlantic Beach, SC, “ESPN Radio” – sports, 6/27/12 12:47 a.m., 6 miles
100.5 WHLZ Marion, SC, “Wheelz 100.5” – country, 6/27/12 1:51 a.m., 63 miles
100.5 WALC Charleston, SC, “His Radio” – religious, 6/28/12 10:30 p.m., car radio, 83 miles
100.7 WGTN Andrews, SC, “Easy 105.9” – easy listening 6/27/12 1:52 a.m., 40 miles
100.7 WRVA Wake Forest, NC, “100.7 The River” – classic rock 6/30/12 12:02 a.m., 152 miles
100.9 WSTS Fairmont, NC, “100.9 The Cross” – ccm, 6/27/12 12:48 a.m., 39 miles
101.1 WLVH Hardeeville, SC, “Love 101.1” – urban AC, 6/27/12 1:53 a.m., 180 miles
101.1 WJRR Cocoa Beach, FL ,“WJRR” – rock, 6/28/12 7:49 p.m., 377 miles
101.1 WQZL Bellhaven, NC, “Sam FM 101.1” – adult hits, 6/29/12 9:43 p.m., 167 miles
101.1 WZTK Burlington, NC, “La Lay 96.9 y 101.1” – Spanish, 6/30/12 2:13 a.m., 158 miles
101.3 WWQQ Wilmington, NC, “Double Q 101” – country, 6/27/12 12:51 a.m., 57 miles
101.3 WWDM Sumter, SC, “The Big DM” – urban, 6/27/12 1:54 a.m., 107 miles
101.5 WSOL Brunswick, GA, “V101.5” – urban AC, 6/28/12 1:40 a.m., 260 miles
101.5 WLYF Miami, FL, “101.5 Lite FM” – hot AC, 6/28/12 4:13 a.m., 540 miles


101.5 WRAL Raleigh, NC, “Mix 101.5” – AC, 6/29/12 12:36 a.m., 138 miles


101.7 WAVF Hanahan, SC, “101.7 Chuck FM” – adult hits, 6/27/12, 12:52 a.m., 83 miles
101.9 W270BZ Conway, SC, sports, 6/27/12, 12:52 a.m
101.9 WJHM Daytona Beach, FL, “102 Jamz” – CHR, 6/28/12 3:16 a.m., 360 miles over local W270BZ
101.9 WIKS New Bern, NC, “101.9 Kiss FM” – urban, 6/29/12 12:44 p.m., 141 miles over local W270BZ
102.1 WMXT Pamlico, SC, “102.1 The Fox” – classic rock, 6/27/12 12:53 a.m., 57 miles
102.1 WZAT Tybee Island, GA, “ESPN 102.1” – sports, 6/28/12 3:17 a.m., 183 miles


102.3 WMBX Jensen Beach, FL, “The X 102-3” – urban, 6/28/12 2:42 a.m., 468 miles
102.3 WMFX Saint Andrews, SC, “Classic Rock Fox 102” – classic rock, 6/30/12, 12:05 a.m., 130 miles
102.3 WFVL Lumberton, NC, “True Oldies Channel” – oldies, 6/30/12 12:48 a.m., 62 miles


102.5 WXLY North Charleston, SC “102.5 Y102.5” – AC, 6/27/12 2:10 p.m., 83 miles, HD radio
102.7 WGNI Wilmington, NC, “102-7 GNI” – hot AC, 6/27/12 12:54 a.m., 51 miles
102.9 WZTF Scranton, SC, “Flo 102-9” – urban, 6/27/12 12:56 a.m., 55 miles
102.9 WXXJ Jacksonville, FL, “X102.9” – rock, 6/28/12 2:31 p.m., 285 miles


103.1 WSYN Surfside Beach, SC, “Sunny 103.1” – classic rock, 6/27/12 12:58 a.m., 6 miles


103.3 WJMX Cheraw, SC, “103X” – CHR, 6/27/12 12:59 a.m., 81 miles
103.3 WMGV Newport, NC, “V103.3” – hot AC, 6/29/12 6:15 p.m., 150 miles


103.5 WEZL Columbia, SC, “WEZL 103.5” – country, 6/27/12 1:56 a.m., 83 miles
103.5 WSHE Ft. Lauderdale, FL, “The All-New She 105” – rock, 6/28/12 9:16 p.m., 540 miles


103.5 WRCQ Dunn, NC, “Rock 103” – rock, 6/29/12 11:26 p.m., 94 miles,     local info


103.7 WBNE Wrightsville Beach, NC, “103-7 The Bone” – rock, 6/27/12 1:56 a.m., 57 miles
103.9 WHXT Orangeburg, SC, “Hot 103.9” – urban, 6/29/12 12:49 a.m. 115 miles
103.9 WNNL Fuquay-Varina, NC, “The Light 103.9” – gospel, 6/29/12 12:46 p.m., car radio, 131 miles


104.1 WYAV Myrtle Beach, SC, “Wave 104.1” – classic rock, 6/27/12, 1:00 a.m., 13 miles


104.3 WMSF West Palm Beach, FL, “Smooth FM” – urban AC, 6/28/12 3:56 a.m., 499 miles
104.3 WJSG Hamlet, NC, “WJSG FM G104” – gospel, 6/29/12 12:47 p.m., car radio, 91 miles


104.5 WRFQ Mount Pleasant, SC, “Q104.5” – classic rock, 6/26/12, 8:44 p.m., car radio, 83 miles over local W283AY
104.5 W283AY Conway, SC, “Family Friendly His Radio” – ccm, 6/27/12 10:12 p.m., 2 miles
104.5 WILT Wilmington, NC, “Sunny 104.5” – AC, 6/29/12 1:35 p.m., car radio, 62 miles over local W283AY
104.7 WFLM White City, FL, “104.7 The Flame” – urban, 6/28/12 4:18 a.m., 442 miles
104.7 WNOK Columbia, SC, “Hot Hits 104.7 WNOK” – CHR, 6/29/12 12:51 a.m., 121 miles


104.9 WYNA Calabash, NC, “104.9 Bob FM” – adult hits, 6/27/12 1:01 a.m., 10 miles
105.1 WPDT Coward, SC, “Your Gospel Inspiration Station” – gospel, 6/27/12 1:02 a.m., 58 miles
105.1 WLVG Havelock, NC, “K-Love” – ccm, 6/29/12 1:39 p.m., car radio, 134 miles
105.3 WODR Fair Bluff, NC, “Cool 105.3” – oldies, 6/27/12 1:04 a.m., 40 miles


105.5 WDAR Darlington, SC, “Sunny 105.5” – AC, 6/27/12 1:59 a.m., 72 miles
105.5 WCOO Kiawah Island, SC, “105-5 The Bridge” – AAA, 6/28/12 1:46 a.m., 99 miles
105.5 WFJA Sanford, NC, “Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM” – classic hits, 6/29/12, 12:48 p.m., car radio, 122 miles
105.5 WXQR Jacksonville, NC, “Rock 105.5” – rock, 6/29/12 6:17 p.m., 99 miles
105.7 WGQR Rennert, NC, “WGQR” – gospel, 6/28/12 3:59 a.m., 71 miles
105.7 WRSF Columbia, NC, “Dixie 105.7” – country, 6/29/12 7:33 p.m., car radio, 212 miles


105.7 WEKL Augusta, GA, “Eagle 105.7” – classic rock, 6/29/12 10:04 p.m., 172 miles


105.9 WEZV North Myrtle Beach, SC, “Easy 105.9” – easy listening, 6/27/12 1:05 a.m., 13 miles
106.1 WTUA Pinopolis, SC, “Power 106” – gospel, 6/27/12 2:00 a.m., 61 miles
106.1 WFXH Hilton Head Island, SC, “Rock 106.1” – rock, 6/28/12 1:08 a.m., 154 miles
106.1 WRDU Knightdale, NC, “Rush Radio 106.1” – conservative talk, 6/29/12 12:52 p.m., 137 miles
106.3 WYNN Florence, SC, “Wynn 106.3” – urban, 6/27/12 2:02 a.m., 65 miles


106.3 WLTT Bolivia, NC, “The Big Talker FM” – talk, 6/27/12 4:11 p.m., 42 miles


106.5 WLFF Georgetown, SC, “106.5 The Coyote” – country, 6/27/12 1:08 a.m., 24 miles
106.7 WTCB Orangeburg, SC, “B106.7” – hot AC, 6/27/12 2:03 a.m., 118 miles
106.7 WMYT Carolina Beach, NC, – religious, 6/27/12 10:10 p.m., 57 miles
106.7 WRMA Fort Lauderdale, FL, “DJ 106-7” – CHR 6/28/12 4:01 a.m., 538 miles
106.9 WUBB Bluffton, SC, “Bob 106.9” – country, 6/28/12 12:12 a.m., 154 miles
106.9 WMGU Southern Pines, NC, “Magic 106.9” – urban AC, 6/29/12 11:36 p.m., 92 miles


107.1 WRXZ Briarcliff Acres, SC, “Rock 107” – active rock, 6/27/12 1:09 a.m., 17 miles
107.3 WCLN Clinton, NC, “Christian 107.3” – ccm, 6/27/12 4:03 p.m., 100 miles
107.3 WWJK Green Cove Springs, FL, “The New Jack FM” – adult hits, 6/28/12 2:40 a.m., 292 miles
107.3 WMGL Ravenel, SC, “Magic 107.3” – urban AC, car radio, 6/29/12 8:06 p.m., 82 miles
107.5 WAZO Southport, NC, “Z107-5” – CHR, 6/27/12 1:09 a.m., 57 miles
107.7 WUKS St. Pauls, NC, “The New 107-7 Jamz” – urban, 6/28/12 2:43 a.m., 82 miles


107.7 WMGF Mount Dora, FL, “Magic 107.7” – AC, 6/28/12 3:25 a.m., 361 miles


107.9 WGTR Bucksport, SC, “107.9 The Gator” – country, 6/27/12 1:10 a.m., 13 miles