Travel DX Log: Luray, VA

media-travelI took a day trip to the Luray, VA area on June 8, 2014. For me, this was the first time I’ve DXed in the Shenandoah Valley region immediately east of the Appalachian Mountains.  My home in Woodbridge, VA is 60 miles east of the range, however, but Luray provided me an interesting opportunity to see how good the mountains are in blocking signals while located immediately beside them.  In Luray, most Washington, DC, Richmond, VA and local Harrisonburg, VA signals boomed in with RDS strength at distances upward to 110 miles away.

map-lurayI’ve DXed in nearby Woodstock, VA (15 miles NW of Luray) for over the past decade.  Although very close, Woodstock has a different FM dial due to the blocking characteristics of the mountains.  Although Washington, DC and Richmond signals have come in over the years, the majority of non-local signals come from the Hagerstown, MD region.

Radio used: Honda car radio

88.1 WPRZ Brandy Station, VA, “Praise FM” – religious, 6/8/14 11:12 a.m., 25 miles
88.3 WOTC Edinburg, VA, religious, 6/8/14 11:12 a.m., 15 miles
88.5 WVTW Charlottesville, VA, “WVTF” – public radio, 6/8/14 11:12 a.m., 47 miles
88.9 WVEP Martinsburg, WV, “West Virginia Public Radio” – public radio, 6/8/14 11:13 a.m., 33 miles
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89.5 WWED Spotsylvania, VA,  “Classics Radio” – classical, 6/8/14 11:13 a.m., 59 miles
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89.9 WPER Culpeper, VA, “Positive Hits 89-9 and 90-5 PER” – ccm, 6/8/14 11:13 a.m., 38 miles
90.1 WVRS Gore, VA, “Victory Radio” – ccm, 6/8/14, 11:13 a.m., 36 miles
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90.5 WJYJ Fredericksburg, VA, “Positive Hits 89-9 and 90-5 PER” – ccm, 6/8/14 11:14 a.m., 77 miles
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90.7 WMRA Harrisonburg, VA, “WMRA” – public radio, 6/8/14 11:15 a.m., 26 miles
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90.9 WETA Washington, DC, “90.9 WETA” – classical, 6/8/14 11:15 a.m., 74 miles
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91.7 WEMC Harrisonburg, VA, “WEMC 91.7” – classical, 6/8/14 1:49 p.m., 25 miles
91.9 WGTS Takoma Park, MD, “91.9 WGTS” – ccm, 6/8/14 11:15 a.m., 74 miles
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92.1 WCDX Mechanicsville, VA, “iPower 92-1” – urban, 6/8/14 11:16 a.m., 93 miles
92.3 WXLK Roanoke, VA, “K92” – CHR, 6/8/14 11:17 a.m., 136 miles
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92.5 WINC Winchester, VA, “92.5 Wink FM” – hot AC, 6/8/14 11:18 a.m., 32 miles
92.9 WDHC Berkeley Springs, WV, “Max 92-9” – classic hits, 6/8/14 11:18 a.m., 67 miles
93.1 WSVO Staunton, VA, “Mix 93-1” – AC, 6/8/14 11:18 a.m., 40 miles
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93.3 WFLS Fredericksburg, VA, “93.3 WFLS” – country, 6/8/14 11:19 a.m., 61 miles
93.7 WAZR Woodstock, VA, “93-7 Now” – CHR, 6/8/14 11:19 a.m., 13 miles
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93.9 WKYS Washington, DC, “93.9 WKYS” – urban, 6/8/14 11:19 a.m., 78 miles
94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA, “ESPN Radio” – sports, 6/8/14 11:19 a.m., 35 miles
94.5 WRVQ Richmond, VA, “Q94” – CHR, 6/8/14 11:19 a.m., 108 miles
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94.7 WIAD Bethesda, MD, “94-7 Fresh FM” – hot AC, 6/8/14 11:20 a.m., 77 miles
95.1 WQMZ Charlottesville, VA, “Lite Rock Z95.1” – AC, 6/8/14 11:20 a.m., 43 miles
95.3 WZRV Front Royal, VA, “The River 95-3” – classic hits, 6/8/14 11:20 a.m., 26 miles
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95.5 WPGC Morningside, MD, “WPGC 95.5” – urban, 6/8/14 11:21 a.m., 77 miles
95.5 WBOP Buffalo Gap, VA, “95.5 WBOP” – hot AC, 6/8/14 1:52 p.m., 52 miles
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95.9 WGRQ Fairview Beach, VA, “95-9” – classic hits, 6/8/14 11:21 a.m., 60 miles
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96.1 WJDV Broadway, VA, “Fresh 96.1” – AC, 6/8/14 1:53 p.m., 26 miles
96.3 WHUR Washington, DC, “96. 3 WHUR” – urban AC, 6/8/14 11:22 a.m., 78 miles
96.5 WKLR Fort Lee, VA, “Classic Rock 96.5” – classic rock, 6/8/14 11:22 a.m., 102 miles
97.1 WASH Washington, DC, “97.1 Wash FM” – AC, 6/8/14 11:22 a.m., 80 miles
97.5 WLTF Martinsburg, WV, “97.5 WLTF” – AC, 6/8/14 11:22 a.m., 59 miles
97.9 WIYY Baltimore, MD, “98 Rock” – rock, 6/8/14 11:23 a.m., 109 miles
98.1 WTVR Richmond, VA, “Lite 98” – AC, 6/8/14 11:23 a.m., 93 miles
98.3 WKSI Stephens City, VA, “98-3 Kiss FM” – CHR, 6/8/14 11:23 a.m., 37 miles
98.5 WACL Elkton, VA, “98 Rock” – rock, 6/8/14 11:23 a.m., 24 miles
98.7 WMZQ Washington, DC, “98.7 WMZQ” – country, 6/8/14 11:23 a.m., 71 miles
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98.9 WWLB Midlothian, VA, “98-9 Liberty” – adult hits, 6/8/14 11:24 a.m., 90 miles
99.1 WNEW Bowie, MD, “All News 99-1” – news, 6/8/14 11:24 a.m., 97 miles
99.3 WFQX Front Royal, VA, “99-3 The Fox” – rock, 6/8/14 11:24 a.m., 28 miles
99.5 WIHT Washington, DC, “Hot 99-5” – CHR, 6/8/14 11:24 a.m., 77 miles
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99.7 WCYK Staunton, VA, “Hit Kicker 99.7” – country, 6/8/14 11:24 a.m., 45 miles
99.9 WFRE Frederick, MD, “99.9 WFRE” – country, 6/8/14 11:24 a.m., 78 miles
100.3 WBIG Washington, DC, “Big 100.3” – classic hits, 6/8/14 11:25 a.m., 71 miles
100.5 WZEZ Goochland, VA, “ESPN 950 and Sports FM 100.5” – sports, 6/8/14 11:25 a.m., 67 miles
100.5 WDYK Ridgeley, WV, “Magic 100.5” – AC, 6/8/14 11:25 a.m., 74 miles
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100.7 WQPO Harrisonburg, VA, “Q101” – CHR, 6/8/14 1:55 p.m., 27 miles
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100.9 WHTI Lakeside, VA, “Easy 100.9” – AC, 6/8/14 11:26 a.m., 94 miles
101.1 WWDC Washington, DC, “DC101” – rock, 6/8/14 11:26 a.m., 80 miles
101.5 WBQB Fredericksburg, VA, “B101.5” – hot AC, 6/8/14 11:26 a.m., 63 miles
101.7 WELD Moorefield, WV, “WELD” – country, 6/8/14 11:26 a.m., 32 miles
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102.1 WRXL Richmond, VA, “XL102” – rock, 6/8/14 11:26 a.m., 90 miles
102.3 WZGN Crozet, VA, “Generations 102-3 and 94-1” – classic hits, 6/8/14 11:26 a.m.
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102.5 WUSQ Winchester, VA, “US 102” – country, 6/8/14 1:55 p.m., 37 miles
102.9 WLTK New Market, VA, “K-Love” – ccm, 6/8/14 11:26 a.m., 23 miles
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103.1 WJMA Culpeper, VA, “103.1 WJMA” – country, 6/8/14 11:27 a.m., 29 miles
103.3 WTCF Wardensville, WV, “Southern Light” – southern gospel, 6/8/14 11:27 a.m., 36 miles
103.5 WTOP Washington, DC, “WTOP Radio” – news, 6/8/14 11:27 a.m., 77 miles
103.7 WURV Richmond, VA, “103.7 Play” – hot AC, 6/8/14 11:27 a.m., 94 miles
103.9 WYFT Luray, VA, “BBN” – religious, 6/8/14 11:27 a.m., 5 miles
104.1 WPRS Waldorf, MD, “Praise 104.1” – gospel, 6/8/14 11:27 a.m., 88 miles
104.3 WKCY Harrisonburg, VA, “104-3 KCY” – country, 6/8/14 11:27 a.m., 40 miles
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104.5 WGRX Falmouth, VA, “Thunder 104.5” – country, 6/8/14 11:28 a.m., 58 miles
104.7 WAYZ Hagerstown, MD, “104.7 WAYZ” – country, 6/8/14 11:28 a.m., 88 miles
104.9 WZFC Strasburg, VA, “B105” – country, 6/8/14 11:28 a.m., 25 miles
105.1 WAVA Arlington, VA, “105.1 WAVA” – religious, 6/8/14 11:28 a.m., 74 miles
105.3 WFRB Frostburg, MD,  “105-3, 105-7 Today’s Best Country WFRB” – country, 6/8/14 11:28 a.m., 75 miles
105.5 WXBN Berryville, VA, “B105” – country, 6/8/14 11:28 a.m., 42 miles
105.7 WMXH Luray, VA, “Stardust 105.7” – standards, 6/8/14 11:29 a.m., 9 miles
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105.9 WMAL Woodbridge, VA, “WMAL” – conservative talk, 6/8/14 11:29 a.m., 69 miles
106.1 WKGO Cumberland, MD, “G0 106” – classic rock, 6/8/14 11:29 a.m., 67 miles
106.1 WCNR Keswick, VA, “106.1 The Corner” – AAA, 6/8/14 11:29 a.m., 47 miles
106.5 WBTJ Richmond, VA, “106-5 The Beat” – urban, 6/8/14 11:30 a.m., 91 miles
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106.7 WJFK Manassas, VA, “106.7 The Fan” – sports, 6/8/14 11:30 a.m., 63 miles
106.9 WWEG Myersville, MD, “106.9 The Eagle” – classic hits, 6/8/14 11:30 a.m., 74 miles
107.3 WRQX Washington, DC, “107.3” – CHR, 6/8/14 11:30 a.m., 78 miles
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107.7 WWWT Manassas, VA, “WTOP Radio” – news, 6/8/14 11:30 a.m., 35 miles

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