After a long period devoid of any notable DX in Northern Virginia, I decoded RDS for the first time from two signals on October 4.
Local 92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD, one of a few Southern Maryland FM stations that didn’t run RDS, debuted it in recent weeks. The RDS seems to mirror the station it simulcasts, nearby Washington, DC’s 102.3 WMMJ. This comes a little over two months after WDCJ debuted HD Radio.
92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD, 10/4/17, tropo, 36 miles
WDCJ’s RDS PI code (F000), as seen in the above screenshots, is incorrect. According to the RDS PI Code Calculator website, it should be 5CD1. Due to this error, WDCJ’s calls do not display under the frequency, as seen in the screenshot to the left above.
I also logged RDS for the first time from Philadelphia’s 106.9 WKVP on October 4. This came as a surprise, as 106.9 at my home is usually a hodgepodge of Norfolk, VA’s 106.9 WAFX, Ocean City, MD’s 106.9 WYPO, or Hagerstown, MD’s 106.9 WWEG. Half of the time, 106.9 is full of IBOC interference from local 106.7 WJFK when the station turns its HD Radio on, which is only on occasion. WKVP is a rare catch at my home.
106.9 WKVP Camden, NJ, 10/4/17, tropo, 144 miles
These screenshots were added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.