FM E-Skip opening 6/12/14. 4 new logs and rare <520 mile E-Skip reception.

media-fmesThe first substantial FM Es opening of 2014 in Northern Virginia on June 12 brought in signals with rare <520 mile signal paths.  I started monitoring the FM band in my car at about 6:15 p.m. to find no trace of Es.  At 6:22 p.m., the MUF went from below 88.1 FM to 107.5 FM within minutes, open into Alabama and Mississippi.  Stations in my car were very clear and had almost no fading at the top of the dial, often with 3-4 stations battling for dominance of the frequency.

Upon arriving home at 6:45 p.m., I was surprised to find the band open to the Atlanta, GA area at under 520 miles away.  I have not heard Atlanta in the Washington, DC area via Sporadic E since the huge opening of 7/6/04.  Over the course of the next hour and a half, the Es cloud moved into Louisiana and Texas, finally ending around Houston.  Most signals at this point of the opening were weak and had deep fades.  The opening had a MUF of 107.5 FM and was in FM for exactly 2 hours.  My DX Log, FM RDS/HD Radio Screenshots and Audio Files pages have been updated to reflect the information below.

@ = new log.

88.1 WUWF Pensacola, FL, HD hit, 794 miles
88.1 unID gospel
89.5 unID religious
90.5 unID religious
88.9 WMAU Bude, MS, weather forecast, 913 miles
89.1 WPAS Pascagoula, AL, RDS hit, 847 miles
92.1 WZEW Fairhope, AL, RDS hit, 834 miles
92.1 KROI Seabrook, TX, “News 92” – news, 1212 miles
ksbu
@ 92.7 KSBU Delta, LA, RDS hit, 892 miles
92.7 unID AC
92.9 WBLX Mobile, AL, RDS hit, 810 miles
93.5 unID country
94.1 WSTR Smyrna, GA, playlist match, 520 miles
94.3 WTIX Galliano, LA, “94.3 WTIX” – classic hits, 953 miles
95.3 KQKI Bayou Vista, LA, “95.3 KQKI” – country, 1013 miles
95.7 WKBU New Orleans, LA, legal ID, 945 miles
97.5 WABD Mobile, AL, “97-5 WABD” – CHR, 814 miles
97.5 KFNC Mont Belvieu, TX, sports, 1156 miles
96.7 unID spanish
96.9 unID AC
98.1 unID urban AC
98.1 unID CHR
98.1 unID country
98.5 unID spanish, suspect KTJM
98.5 unID rock
98.5 unID CHR
98.9 unID AC
100.1 unID country
100.5 WNNX College Park, GA, local ads, 521 miles
100.5 KQBB Center, TX, local ads, 1070 miles
100.7 unID country
101.7 unID spanish, suspect KXGJ
101.9 WLMG New Orleans, LA, “Magic 101.9” -AC, RDS hit, 945 miles
102.1 KMJQ Houston, TX, “Majic 102.1” – urban AC, 1214 miles
102.5 unID religious
102.5 KTCX Beaumont, TX, website liner, 1135 miles
102.7 KTXJ Jasper, TX, local ads, 1080 miles
102.7 unID religious
kqlq
@ 103.1 KQLQ Columbia, LA, RDS hit, 949 miles
104.9 KNXX Donaldsonville, LA, local ads, 980 miles


@ 105.7 WRDA Canton, GA, “Radio 105-7” – rock, 511 miles
@ 106.1 WMTI Picayune, MS, “106-1 The Ticket” – sports, car radio, 916 miles
106.1 KIOC Orange, TX, local ads, 1117 miles

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