The deluge of recent new HD Radio and RDS decodes on my radios has continued. On June 22, I received HD Radio for the first time from 94.9 WPTE and 104.9 WSJO. WPTE’s decode was a surprise, given its first adjacents that carry the signal (94.7 and 95.1) are occupied by a local and a semi-local frequency, respectively. These screenshots were added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.
Philadelphia, PA is a market that I’ve been trying to get HD Radio decodes from for years. At 144 miles away, the city is in a normal range for this to happen, however, it remains to be seen. The lack of IBOC from Philadelphia is peculiar, because I’ve received HD from nearby stations in Wilmington, DE and Princeton, NJ. On June 21, I received HD Radio from a signal north of Philadelphia, making the lack of HD from the city even more interesting.
HD Radio was decoded on June 21 for the first time from relog 101.5 WKXW, over local WBQB. I also decoded RDS for the first time from relog 93.3 WMMR over local WFLS. These screenshots were added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.
93.3 WMMR Philadelphia, PA, 6/21/17, tropo, 143 miles over local WFLS
101.5 WKXW Trenton, NJ, 6/21/17, tropo, 177 miles over local WBQB
Minor tropo enhancement on June 20 brought in RDS for the first time from two relogs: 101.3 WROZ and 102.5 WRFY from southern Pennsylvania. These screenshots were added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.
For at least three months, HD Radio from one of my local stations, 95.5 WPGC Morningside, MD, has been off-air for unknown reasons. This was great for me as a DXer, since it freed up 95.3 and 95.7 FM for DXing. Since WPGC’s IBOC has been off, I logged 4 new signals on 95.7 FM, more than half of them via Sporadic E. During a routine dial scan yesterday, I found that WPGC has resumed its HD broadcasts, rendering its adjacent frequencies unusable for regular DXing.
It’s a rarity these days that tropo under 150 miles brings in any new stations, but that is exactly what happened during the early morning hours of June 16. I received strong tropo from the Delmarva Eastern Shore and with it, three new signals, two over local frequencies. 88.5 WHRG was found on a whim when tuning by local WAMU. I heard a slight “repeat” in the NPR audio superimposed over WAMU and found out it was an entirely different station I didn’t know existed. 101.5 WOWZ has been on my radar since they signed on last year, but I didn’t think I’d get them over local WBQB, which is a very strong signal at my home. Equally surprising was 105.7 W289CE. I thought it was 105.7 WRSF from Coastal NC, but it was coming in way too strong, and the other usual coastal NC relog signals that appear with WRSF were absent. I’m glad I kept on listening. I also added 25 new RDS signals from relogs; 98.3 WHRL’s RDS being the first time received from that station. My DX Logs, Audio and RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been added with the new content below.
88.5 WHRG Gloucester Point, VA, 99 miles, over local WAMU
101.5 WOWZ Chincoteague, VA, 108 miles, over local WBQB
The weak, peekaboo “here one second, gone the next” Sporadic E that I’ve seen so far in the 2017 season continued on June 13. At about 4:00 PM, I found signals from Arkansas and Kansas coming into Northern Virginia. Although I had to do some non radio-related things during the opening, I found incoming signals from Minnesota and Nebraska before the opening died at about 5:17 PM, roughly 10 minutes of cumulative skip with a MUF of 105.3 FM. Interestingly, much like the May 28, 2017 opening, I managed to log 4 new stations–something that is usually very difficult to achieve with weak and short openings, which usually only yield relogs. My Audio page has been updated with the new clips below.
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89.3 unID talk over local WPFW Washington, DC
@ 90.3 KANQ Chanute, KS, 999 miles
92.7 unID CHR over local WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD
95.3 KDJS Willmar, MN, 1022 miles
95.7 WRQT La Crosse, WI, 804 miles
@ 95.7 KDAL Duluth, MN, 937 miles
@ 95.7 KMKO Lake Crystal, MN, 956 miles
95.7 KKOK Morris, MN, 1064 miles
95.7 unID spanish, suspect KSEC Bentonville, AR
96.9 KZKX Seward, NE, 1049 miles
97.5 unID rock
97.5 KDKK Park Rapids, MN, 1061 miles
98.1 unID sports, suspect WWLS The Village, OK
98.5 unID country
@ 99.3 KTPG Paragould, AR, 758 miles
99.7 unID country
99.7 unID classic rock
105.3 unID DJ talk
In a totally unexpected turn of events, I received the first new TV station in almost 4 years — without a TV. As you may know, analog TV 6 is about 87.75 FM. After the 2009 DTV transition, many major markets gained an LPTV station on these frequencies, Washington, DC included. Over time, many of them converted their audio to FM stereo, often also with RDS. DC’s 87.7 WDCN-LP does just this.
WDCN’s signal is very weak at my home. I was trying to fine tune reception during a minor tropo opening on June 11. Unexpectedly, I received another station over WDCN, WNDC-LP from Salisbury, MD. Since this is technically a TV station, my TV Log have been updated with this new station. I also decided to list 87.7 FM signals in my FM Log since they are, for all intents and purposes, received and operate as FM signals, but they are only counted as TV stations in my totals. My Audio section was also updated with WNDC’s clip below.
DXing can be a very social hobby. With annual conventions, message boards, and email lists giving DXers a chance to be heard worldwide at the click of a button, it can be hard to keep anything to yourself.
Advances in technology in the past decade has made it simple to share anything and everything about DXing on multiple social media and file sharing platforms. One could post a dial scan video on YouTube, photos of their shack on Facebook, or a reception report on a propagation logger. It can bring people with like interests together in an inviting environment, as well as allow new people to discover what DXing has to offer. It’s easy to be social in today’s world.
I caught a very weak FM Es opening into Manitoba on July 7. At 6:40 PM in my car about 11 miles north of my home in Springfield, VA, I received two signals: a country station on 88.9, and a public radio station on 89.1. The 89.1 signal never identified, but I soon found out 88.9 was relog CKMW from Winkler, MB at 1225 miles. The skip lasted about 2 minutes and had a MUF of 89.1 FM.
Murphy’s Law always hits hard in the DXing hobby. I took a nap on June 4, only to find that during the exact times I slept, I missed what seemed to be a respectable FM Es opening. During the 12PM hour, my unattended recordings on 88.9 FM picked up two signals, one an NPR station airing a hurricane preparedness PSA for Floridians, and the other broadcasting jazz music. Due to signal paths posted online, I suspect that the NPR is WQCS Ft. Pierce, FL and the jazz signal is WDNA Miami, FL. Overall, the skip was heard on 88.9 for about 3 minutes cumulative, but I am not sure of the MUF of the opening, since I was only monitoring one frequency.