The 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower’s peak is said to peak on on Aug. 12 and 13 this year, but I’m already starting to notice an uptick in the amount of meteor scatter ‘pings’ on 92.9 FM, my best empty and ‘DX-able’ frequency on the dial. Reports of meteor scatter on the TV/FM Skip Log are also starting to rise for other DXers nationwide. Last night, I had several unID pings from CHR and rock stations, as well as two pings of a sports broadcast, likely relog “ESPN Radio” 92.9 WMFS Bartlett, TN @ 740 miles. I’m ‘rolling tape’ 24/7 in hopes of snagging some good meteor signals all week. I’m going to be testing several frequencies outside of 92.9, likely 100.7, 101.7 and 104.9.
Before the 2006 introduction of IBOC on my local signals, meteor scatter was a common occurrence here in Northern Virginia, especially during the annual Perseids shower. 96.5 and 98.5 were very good Ms frequencies. Since local signals on 96.3 and 98.7 introduced IBOC, meteor scatter DXing was no longer possible on these frequencies due to IBOC adjacent-channel interference. Since then, I’ve largely only been able to successfully DX meteor scatter on 92.9, 98.1 and 100.7, among other frequencies, when deadband conditions are present.
During the 2006 shower, I logged the following signals all on one night (click on the station’s calls to hear):
96.5 KRBZ Kansas City MO 936 miles meteor scatter 8/12/06 (“96-5 The Buzz”)
96.5 WHTQ Orlando FL 731 miles meteor scatter 8/12/06( “96.5 WHTQ”)
96.5 WZNS Fort Walton Beach / Panama City FL 779 miles meteor scatter 8/12/06 (song; matched online)
98.5 WQLH Green Bay WI 696 miles meteor scatter 8/12/06 (“Star 98″)