Tropospheric enhancement into southern New Jersey, Delaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland was better than average during the early morning hours of June 8. Signals up to 140 miles away came in, some with first-time HD Radio reception.
The highlight of the night was new logging of a translator on 100.5, W263CW. This was the first new station received on 100.5 in 10 years. The lack of new signals on 100.5 is largely due to it being succumbed by HD Radio interference from local 100.3 WBIG. Even so, tiny 250-watt W263CW came in easily with a listenable signal for a short time. I updated my DX Log with W263CW’s logging.
I first received 97.3 WENJ Milville, NJ in 2000 as WXKW when they were a repeater of “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW. The station, which is 141 miles away from my Virginia home, has come in numerous times over the past 19 years, often with RDS. June 8 was the first tine WENJ came in with HD Radio.
90.7 WSDL Ocean City, MD, at 113 miles away, was first logged on 12/30/06. The station is rarely heard at my Virginia home due to strong HD Radio interference on 90.7 from local 90.9 WETA. Even with that huge hurdle to overcome for positive reception, WSDL came in with RDS for the first time on June 6.
103.9 WOCQ Berlin, MD, at 107 miles away, is a tough catch due to HD Radio interference from very strong 104.1 WPRS blocking 103.9. I only received HD Radio from WOCQ once before, in 2018. Although the call letters didn’t decode on-screen, I received a subdecode of WOCQ’s IBOC signal on June 6, and I also received a full RDS decode.
I also added new screenshots to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page from the following previously-logged stations:
88.3 WRAU Ocean City, MD, 108 miles
90.3 WNJZ Cape May Court House, NJ, 135 miles
90.5 WKHS Worton, MD, 76 miles over local 90.5 WPER
92.1 WVLT Vineland, NJ, 130 miles
97.7 WAFL Milford, DE, 97 miles
97.9 WBEY-FM Crisfield, MD, 91 miles
99 9 WWFG Ocean City, MD, 116 miles
100.1 WJRZ-FM Manahawkin, NJ, 181 miles
100.7 WZXL Wildwood, NJ, 138 miles
101.7 WZEB Ocean View, DE, 106 miles
104.9 WSJO Egg Harbor City, NJ, 153 miles
107.7 WGBG Fruitland, MD, 101 miles over local 107.7 WWWT