I’ve moved! New DXing location and conditions

exclamationI have moved to a new permanent location, 1 mile SW of my previous home, still in Woodbridge, VA.  Ironically, my new home is in the same neighborhood that I lived in from 1997-2002, where I experienced phenomenal tropo that I have not seen the likes of in years.

With this move comes several changes to my site, as most of the positioning of this blog is relative to my current location and my ability to DX white at it.  The radio dial has several key changes that will affect how I DX, all of which is further explained below.

First and foremost, I am no longer DXing with a roof antenna, something I have enjoyed from 2002-2017.  At my old home, a townhouse, a roof antenna was an absolute must for any DX, since I lived at the bottom of a steep hill only 50 feet above sea level.  I am now limited to using indoor antennas.  However, this is not a bad thing.  My new home, a top floor condominium, is about 250 feet above sea level near the top of a steep hill that overlooks miles of lower land.  In terms of DX, my reception with an unamplified dipole antenna is better than what I received with an amplified roof antenna at 50 feet above sea level.  I plan on obtaining a small yagi FM antenna that I will use indoors, or on my balcony, when favorable conditions warrant.  Since my radios are immediately in front of my antennas, this also provides an ideal spot for dipole antennas.

My new shack at my new home on 3/30/17.

As mentioned above, I lived in the same neighborhood from 1997-2002, in another condominium in a separate building that faced southwest.  That exact home is about 200 feet away from where I now reside.  Although the old condo was 50 feet higher in altitude than my new one, the surrounding land was roughly the same height, give or take 40 feet.  Since my new condo has land much lower than it in the direction its windows faces, I predict that reception conditions will be as good, or better, than what I experienced in the old condo.  The only difference is that instead of getting southward signals stronger, I’ll likely now get northward signals stronger.

While doing some preliminary testing in almost deadband conditions, I noticed that several signals (list further below) come in with full RDS all day that, at my old townhouse, was only heard during strong tropo events, such as 103.1 WRNR Grasonville, MD.  Most Baltimore IBOC signals decode easily at the new condo at night, while maybe 1 or 2 did at my old townhouse after some struggling.  A few Ocean City/Eastern Shore, MD stations are heard as semi-locals with stereo reception all day at 90 miles during deadband conditions while the same signals were only heard during strong tropo at the townhouse.

My new home faces northeast, the direction of my local HD Radio-broadcasting stations.  Before moving, I was concerned that this would be a problem, since in my old townhouse, I got minimal DX when aimed at my locals.  However, I noticed that with proper elevation while at my new home, this means that signals from the north, northwest, northeast and east are likely to be heard much more than signals to the south, which have (for years) dominated my FM dial during tropo events.  I hope that I’ll now get more tropo into PA, NY, CT and MA instead of having the same, tired signals from coastal VA and NC drowning the dial.

Since I am a stone’s throw from where I established my FM log in 1999, I am able to continue using the same log as before.  Mileages for stations logged, as always, will reflect the exact distance where the signal was logged, regardless of which home I am in.  My Working Conditions and Local FM Stations page has been updated to reflect the unique radio landscape observed at my new home.

Below note a “before and after” of my new radio dial compared to my previous home.

s5 = signal strength
= station with observed HD Radio reception
= station with observed RDS

Frequency Old House New House
88.1 static 88.1 WYPR Baltimore, MD s2

Change: new local signal

88.3 IBOC interference from 88.5 WAMU  no change
88.5 WAMU Washington, DC at  s5  no change
88.7 IBOC interference from 88.5 WAMU  no change
88.9 WEAA Baltimore, MD s2; occasionally WCVE Richmond, VA s1 WEAA Baltimore, MD s2

loss of WCVE reception

89.1 static  no change
89.3 WPFW Washington, DCs5  no change
89.5 static WSCL Salisbury, MD s2

Change: new semi-local signal

89.7 W209BY Woodbridge, VA s5  no change
89.9 IBOC interference from 90.1 WCSP  no change
90.1 WCSP Washington, DC s5  no change
90.3 IBOC interference from 90.1 WCSP  no change
90.5 WJYJ Fredericksburg, VA s5  no change
90.7 IBOC interference from 90.9 WETA  no change
90.9 WETA Washington, DCs5  no change
91.1 IBOC interference from 90.9 WETA  no change
91.3 WARN Culpeper, VA s2  no change
91.5 WBJC Baltimore, MD s3 WBJC Baltimore, MD s5

Change: stronger signal; IBOC reception at night

91.7 IBOC interference from 91.9 WGTS  no change
91.9 WGTS Takoma Park, MDs5  no change
92.1 IBOC interference from 91.9 WGTS  no change
92.3 WERQ Baltimore, MD s3  no change
92.5 WINC Winchester, VA s5 WINC Winchester, VA s3

Change: weaker signal

92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick, MD s3 WWXT Prince Frederick, MD s5

Change: stronger signal

92.9 W227BM Centreville, VA s5 W227BM Centreville, VA s1

Change: weaker signal

93.1 WPOC Baltimore, MD s2 WPOC Baltimore, MDs5

Change: stronger signal; IBOC reception at night

93.3 WFLS Fredericksburg, VAs5  no change
93.5 IBOC interference from 93.3 WFLS no change
93.7 IBOC interference from 93.9 WKYS  no change
93.9 WKYS Washington, DCs5  no change
94.1 IBOC interference from 93.9 WKYS  no change
94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA s4 three-way mix between WWXX Buckland, VA s2, WINX St. Michaels, MD s2, and WOWD-LP Washington, DC s2

Change: new semi-local signals with WINX and WOWD-LP; loss of WWXX as a local signal

94.5 IBOC interference from 94.7 WIAD  no change
94.7 WIAD Bethesda, MDs5  no change
94.9 IBOC interference from 94.7 WIAD  no change
95.1 WRBS Baltimore, MD s5  no change
95.3 IBOC interference from 95.5 WPGC  no change
95.5 WPGC Morningside, MDs5  no change
95.7 IBOC interference from 95.5 WPGC  no change
95.9 WGRQ Fredericksburg, VA s3 50/50 mix between WGRQ Fredericksburg, VA s2 and W240DJ Washington, DC  s2

Change: new semi-local signal with W240DJ

96.1 IBOC interference from 96.3 WHUR  no change
96.3 WHUR Washington, DCs5  no change
96.5 IBOC interference from 96.3 WHUR  no change
96.7 static WERA-LP Arlington, VA s2

Change: new semi-local signal

96.9 IBOC interference from 97.1 WASH  no change
97.1 WASH Washington, DCs5  no change
97.3 IBOC interference from 97.1 WASH  no change
97.5 W245BE Alexandria, VA s5  no change
97.7 WMDM Lexington Park, MD s2  WMDM Lexington Park, MD s3

Change: stronger signal

97.9 WIYY Baltimore, MD s4  no change
98.1 WTVR Richmond, VA s2 WTVR Richmond, VA s1

Change: weaker signal

98.3 WSMD Mechanicsville, MD s4 WSMD Mechanicsville, MD s5

Change: stronger signal

98.5 IBOC interference from 98.7 WMZQ  no change
98.7 WMZQ Washington, DCs5  no change
98.9 IBOC interference from 98.7 WMZQ  no change
99.1 WDCH Bowie, MD s5  no change
99.3 IBOC interference from 99.5 WIHT  no change
99.5 WIHT Washington, DCs5  no change
99.7 IBOC interference from 99.5 WIHT  no change
99.9 WFRE Frederick, MD s4 WFRE Frederick, MD s2 

Change: weaker signal

100.1 IBOC interference from 100.3 WBIG  no change
100.3 WBIG Washington, DCs5  no change
100.5 IBOC interference from 100.3 WBIG  no change
100.7 W264DB Falls Church, VA s3  no change
100.9 IBOC interference from 101.1 WWDC  no change
101.1 WWDC Washington, DCs5  no change
101.3 IBOC interference from 101.1 WWDC  no change
101.5 WBQB Fredericksburg, VA s5  no change
101.7 static  no change
101.9 WLIF Baltimore, MD s2 WLIF Baltimore, MD s4

Change: stronger signal, RDS reception; IBOC reception at times

102.1 IBOC interference from 102.3 WMMJ  no change
102.3 WMMJ Bethesda, MDs5  no change
102.5 IBOC interference from 102.3 WMMJ  no change
102.7 WQSR Baltimore, MD s2  WQSR Baltimore, MD s3 

Change: stronger signal; RDS reception

102.9 W275BO Chantilly, VA s3 102.9 WKIK California, MD s3 

Change: new local signal

103.1 static, occasionally 103.1 WJMA Orange, VA s1 103.1 WRNR Grasonville, MD s3

Change: new local signal

103.3 IBOC interference from 103.5 WTOP  no change
103.5 WTOP Washington, DCs5  no change
103.7 IBOC interference from 103.5 WTOP
 no change
103.9 IBOC interference from 104.1 WPRS  no change
104.1 WPRS Waldorf, MDs5  no change
104.3 IBOC interference from 104.1 WPRS  no change
104.5 WGRX Falmouth, VA s2  no change
104.7 W284CQ Washington, DC s1 W284CQ Washington, DC s3

Change: stronger signal

104.9 static  no change
105.1 WAVA Arlington, VA s5  no change
105.3 static  no change
105.5 W288BS Reston, VA s3  W288BS Reston, VA s4
Change: stronger signal; RDS reception
105.7 static 105.7 WJZ Catonsville, MD s4

Change: new semi-local signal

105.9 WMAL Woodbridge, VA s5  no change
106.1 static  no change
106.3 WJPN-LP Prince William, VA s5 no change
106.5 WWMX Baltimore, MD s3 IBOC interference from 106.7 WJFK

Change: IBOC interference from WJFK blocking WWMX

106.7 WJFK Manassas, VA s5  no change
106.9 IBOC interference from 106.7 WJFK no change
107.1 IBOC interference from 107.3 WRQX no change
107.3 WRQX Washington, DCs5 no change
107.5 IBOC interference from 107.3 WRQX  no change
107.7 WWWT Manassas, VA s5 WWWT Manassas, VA s2
Change: weaker signal due to WLZL IBOC interference; loss of IBOC and RDS reception
107.9 WLZL College Park, MD s4 no change
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