Travel DX Log: Baltimore, MD

media-travelI took day trips to the Baltimore, MD area May 2014.  At 56 miles away from home, most signals received in Baltimore were tropo targets of which I already have logged in my FM DX log.  However, Baltimore is just far enough away from home to receive a different set of deadband-condition FM signals via groundwave.  At home, these signals that fade in over the noise level are from Richmond and Norfolk, VA, while in Baltimore the signals are from Philadelphia, southern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

map-baltimoreIt is only 35 miles from center of Washington to the middle of Baltimore.  In other locales, one set of signals would likely cover the entire area, given how close the cities are to each other.  However, this is not the case with the Nation’s Capital and Charm City.  Both cities have their own set of radio and TV stations.  Indeed, most of the signals come in strong enough to provide great reception in either city.  But what makes these two markets somewhat unique is how short-spaced their respective stations are. For example, DC’s 104.1 WPRS and Baltimore’s 104.3 WZFT both run IBOC.  This means that, with IBOC’s characteristic ‘silencing’ of adjacent-to-local frequencies with digital hash, 104.3 WZFT is impossible to pick up in a car radio until you get about 15 miles south of Baltimore (the same thing for 104.1 WPRS when you get closer to DC).

The May 10 loggings were received in downtown Baltimore while the May 18 loggings were received 5 miles east of the city in White Marsh, MD (11 miles away from the May 10 DXing location).  Station distances noted below are accurate for each respective DXing location.

Using a my car radio and the Insignia NS-HD01, I was able to log the following radio stations:

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88.1 WYPR Baltimore, MD, public radio, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 1 mile
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88.5 WAMU Washington, DC, “88.5 WAMU” – public radio, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 39 miles
89.3 WPFW Washington, DC, “89.3 WPFW” – variety, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 36 miles
88.9 WEAA Baltimore, MD, jazz, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 4 miles
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89.7 WTMD Towson, MD, “89-7 WTMD” – AAA, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 5 miles
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90.1 WCSP Washington, DC, “C-Span Radio” – politics, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 32 miles
90.5 WKHS Worton, MD, variety, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 30 miles
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90.9 WETA Washington, DC, “90.9 WETA” – classical, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 36 miles
91.1 WHFC Bel Air, MD,  5/18/14 2:22 p.m., 16 miles
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91.5 WBJC Baltimore, MD “WBJC” – classical, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 6 miles
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91.9 WGTS Takoma Park, MD, “91.9 WGTS” – CCM, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 30 miles
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92.3 WERQ Baltimore, MD, “92Q” – urban, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 1 mile
92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick, MD, 5/18/14, 2:24 p.m., 49 miles
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93.1 WPOC Baltimore, MD, “93.1 WPOC” – country, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 6 miles
93.5 WZBH Georgetown, DE, “93-5 The Beach” – rock, 5/18/14, 2:24 p.m., 85 miles
93.7 WSTW Wilmington, DE, “93.7 WSTW” – hot AC, 5/18/14, 2:24 p.m., 58 miles
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93.9 WKYS Washington, DC, “93.9 WKYS” – urban, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 35 miles
94.1 WIP Philadelphia, PA, “94 WIP” – sports, 5/18/14, 2:25 p.m.
94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA, “ESPN Radio” – 5/18/14 2:25 p.m., 86 miles
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94.5 WDAC Lancaster, PA, religious, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 45 miles
94.7 WIAD Bethesda, MD, “94-7 Fresh FM” – hot AC, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 35 miles
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95.1 WRBS Baltimore, MD, “95-1 Shine FM” – religious, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 5 miles
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95.5 WPGC Morningside, MD, “WPGC 95.5” – urban, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 35 miles
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95.9 WWIN Glen Burnie, MD, “Magic 95.9” – urban AC, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 9 miles
96.1 WSOX Red Lion, PA, “96.1 SOX” – oldies, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 40 miles
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96.3 WHUR Washington, DC, “96.3 WHUR” – urban AC, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 35 miles
96.7 WCEI Easton, MD, “96.7 WCEI” – AC, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 39 miles
96.9 WLAN Lancaster, PA, “FM97” – CHR, 5/18/14 2:27 p.m., 47 miles
97.1 WASH Washington, DC, “97.1 Wash FM” – AC, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 31 miles
97.3 WENJ Millville, NJ, “ESPN Radio” – sports, 5/18/14, 109 miles
97.5 W248AO Baltimore, MD, religious, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 0.7 miles
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97.9 WIYY Baltimore, MD, “98 Rock” – rock, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 1 mile
98.5 WYCR York, PA, “98-5 The Peak” – classic rock, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 40 miles
98.7 WMZQ Washington, DC, “98.7 WMZQ” – country, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 31 miles
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99.1 WNEW Bowie, MD, “All News 99.1” – news, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 21 miles
99.5 WIHT Washington, DC “Hot 99-5” – CHR, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 31 miles
99.9 WFRE Frederick, MD, “99.9 WFRE” – country, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 47 miles
99.9 W260BV Aberdeen, MD, “Greatest Hits” – classic hits, 5/18/14, 2:29 p.m., 6 miles
100.1 W261CD Baltimore, MD, “100.7 The Bay” – classic hits, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 3 miles
100.3 WBIG Washington, DC, “Big 100.3” – classic hits, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 31 miles
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100.7 WZBA Westminster, MD, “100.7 The Bay” – classic hits, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 15 miles
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101.1 WWDC Washington, DC, “DC101” – rock, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 31 miles
101.5 WBQB Fredericksburg, VA, “B101.5” – hot AC, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 79 miles
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101.9 WLIF Baltimore, MD, “Today’s 101-9” – hot AC, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 1 miles
102.3 WMMJ Bethesda, MD, “Magic 102.3” – urban AC, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 32 miles
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102.7 WQSR Baltimore, MD, “102.7 Jack FM” – adult hits, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 6 miles
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103.1 WRNR Grasonville, MD, “103-1 WRNR,” AAA, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 36 miles
103.3 WARM York, PA, “Warm 103.3” – AC, 5/18/14, 2:32 p.m., 46 miles
103.5 WTOP Washington, DC “WTOP Radio” – news, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 29 miles
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103.7 WXCY Havre De Grace, MD, “103.7 WXCY” – country, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 33 miles
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104.3 WZFT Baltimore, MD, “Z104-3” – CHR, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 1 mile
104.7 WAYZ Hagerstown, MD, “104.7 WAYZ” – country, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 53 miles
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104.9 W285EJ White Marsh, MD, “104.9 HFS” – rock, 5/18/14 2:35 p.m., 5 miles
105.1 WAVA Arlington, VA, “105.1 WAVA” – religious, 5/10/14 10:37 a.m., 35 miles
105.3 WDAS Philadelphia, PA, “105-3 D-A-S FM” – urban AC, 5/18/14 2:35 p.m., 79 miles
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105.7 WJZ Catonsville, MD, “105-7 The Fan” – sports, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 1 mile
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106.1 W291BA Baltimore, MD, “New Country 106-1” – country, 5/10/14 10:30 a.m., 0.7 miles
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106.5 WWMX Baltimore, MD “Mix 106-5” – hot AC, 5/10/14 11:57 a.m., 1 mile
107.3 WRQX Washington, DC, “107-3” – CHR, 5/10/14 10:30 a.m., 35 miles
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107.9 WLZL 5/10/14 10:30 a.m., “El Zol 107.9” – spanish, 23 miles

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