Only U.S. AM signal on 1710 AM received in Virginia

There is only one signal on 1710 AM in the United States, a tiny 10-watt travelers information station in New Jersey.  At 223 miles away, such a signal should be impossible to receive where I live in Virginia.  But that is exactly what I heard on my radio on April 16.

1710 WQFG689 Jersey City, NJ

Reception of the signal was a complete surprise, given similarly-powered signals in my own area barely make it a few miles out, let alone hundreds of miles away.

In continuing the spectacular AM reception that I’ve received so far this month, I also logged 18 new signals via groundwave and skywave propagation in the past four days.  The new logs below have been added to my DX Logs page.

  • 640 WWJZ Mt. Holly, NJ, 4/15/19 8:33 AM, groundwave, 165 miles, “Relevant Radio” – religious
  • 690 WELD Fisher, WV, 4/13/19 3:45 PM, groundwave, 97 miles, “WELD Radio” – classic hits
  • 730 CKAC Montreal, QC, 4/15/19 1:07 AM, skywave, 502 miles, french talk, over local WTNT
  • 840 WKTR Earlysville, VA, 4/16/19 8:31 AM, groundwave, 67 miles, “CSN Radio” – religious
  • 910 WRNL Richmond, VA, 4/15/19 8:44 AM, groundwave, 73 miles, “910 The Fan” – sports
  • 1000 WIOO Carlisle, PA, 4/12/19 8:53 AM, groundwave, 103 miles, “Country Legends WIOO” – classic country
  • 1010 WOLB Baltimore, MD, 4/13/19 3:44 PM, groundwave, 58 miles, “WOLB Talk 1010” – talk
  • 1040 WCHR Flemington, NJ, 4/14/19 7:05 PM, skywave, 176 miles, religious
  • 1080 WKJK Louisville, KY, 4/14/19 2:48 AM, skywave, 464 miles, “Talk Radio 1080” – talk radio
  • 1150 WDEL Wilmington, DE, 4/15/19 12:58 AM, skywave, 123 miles, “WDEL” – news
  • 1210 WJNL Kingsley, MI, 4/15/19 1:00 AM, skywave, 592 miles, “WJNL News Radio” – news
  • 1240 WCEM Cambridge, MD, 4/13/19 4:04 PM, groundwave, 64 miles, Baltimore Orioles sports programming
  • 1330 WESR Onley, VA, 4/13/19 4:16 PM, groundwave, 108 miles, “105-7 Coastal Country” – country
  • 1360 WNJC Washington Township, NJ, 4/15/19 1:29 AM, skywave, 140 miles, “WNJC Radio” – classic hits
  • 1550 WMRE Charles Town, WV, 4/13/19 3:47 PM, groundwave, 53 miles, “Fox Sports Radio” – sports
  • 1590 WHGT Maugansville, MD, 4/14/19 7:00 PM, skywave, 83 miles, “1590 WHGT” – religious
  • 1610 W??? 4/13/19 3:48 PM, groundwave, Sentara Potomac Hospital information
  • 1710 WQFG689 Jersey City, NJ, groundwave, 4/16/19 8:12 PM, 223 miles, travel information

AM DX: 15 new AM radio logs

April continues to be a phenomenal month in terms of AM DX.  In the past few weeks, I have received 16 new AM logs.  Since my last report, I managed to log 15 more new AM signals, all either during favorable sunset propagation conditions, or in my car on my way in to work in the morning.  The new logs below have been added to my DX Logs page.

  • 560 WFRB Frostburg, MD, 4/9/19 8:47 AM, groundwave, 115 miles, classic country
  • 590 WLES Bon Air, VA, 4/9/19 8:30 AM, groundwave, 79 miles, “The Truth” – religious
  • 640 WHLO Akron, OH, 4/7/19 7:30 PM, skywave, 286 miles, “640 WHLO” – news/talk
  • 690 WOKV Jacksonville, FL, 4/7/19 7:42 PM, skywave, 633 miles, “ESPN Radio” – sports
  • 780 WCKB Dunn, NC, 4/7/19 7:45 PM, skywave, 243 miles, religious
  • 790 WNIS Norfolk, VA, 4/7/19 7:46 PM, skywave, 121 miles, “790 WNIS” – talk
  • 870 WHCU Ithaca, NY, 4/7/19 7:00 PM, skywave, 258 miles, “News Talk 97.7 & 870” – news/talk
  • 880 WRFD Columbus, OH, 4/7/19 7:30 PM, skywave, 320 miles, “AM 880 & 104.5 The Word WRFD” – religious
  • 1280 WHVR Hanover, PA, 4/8/19 8:36 AM, groundwave, 81 miles, “Classic Hits 95-3 WHVR” – classic hits
  • 1330 WEBO Owego, NY, 4/9/19 8:36 AM, groundwave, 243 miles, “WEBO Hometown Radio” – AC
  • 1390 WNIO Youngstown, OH, 4/7/19 8:00 PM, skywave, 239 miles, “The Sports Animal” – sports
  • 1410 WING Dayton, OH, 4/7/19 9:00 PM, skywave, 376 miles, “ESPN Radio” – sports
  • 1410 WRTZ Roanoke, VA, 4/8/19 8:33 AM, groundwave, 176 miles, “True Oldies Channel” – oldies
  • 1630 WPHG707 Oxon Hill, MD, 4/9/19 8:34 AM, groundwave, 12 miles, testing
  • 1650 CINA Mississauga, ON, 4/9/19 8:40 AM, groundwave, 364 miles, “CINA Radio 1650 AM” – ethnic

Three first-time RDS decodes from regional FM stations

During minimal tropo enhancement on April 8, I received first-time RDS decodes from three previously-logged signals.  My RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page has been updated with these new screenshots.

The first signal, 89.1 WCNV Heathesville, VA, is 67 miles away from my home and was first received on 5/5/07.  Although my radio detected a strong RDS carrier from WCNV, the station did not broadcast any radiotext, PT, or PTY data.

4/8/19, RDS (no text)

89.7 WXMD California, MD, at 40 miles away, was first logged on 6/15/16 and has been received over local 89.7 W209BY multiple times without any trace of RDS.  That changed on April 4.

4/8/19, RDS

Being first logged on 5/10/99, 105.5 WRAR-FM Tappahannock, VA was among the first signals I had ever received.  They seemed to have turned on RDS sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, because I did not get RDS from them before.

4/8/19, RDS

AM DX from the past few days: 8 new logs

April 2019 has started off right in terms of AM DX. I received 8 new logs in recent weeks, and in the past few days, I have added another 8 more, bringing my total AM log station count to 241.

April 4 was something else.  AM signals from Cuba dominated much of the AM dial in the overnight hours, displacing some normally strong regional signals.  It was obvious they were Cuban after I heard one signal give a network ID, and I found the other signals playing the same thing.  What I found even more interesting was that even with the slew of Cuban AM signals coming in, nothing from nearby South Florida came in.  Given how Cuban AM stations often have multiple signals on one frequency with no local legal IDs, I was unable to positively ID every single station listed below, but I am adding them to my DX Logs anyway as a placeholder (in the event I ever do get a positive ID) because it was definitely a Cuban signal that I received.

New signals received:

  • 600 CMKV San Germán, Cuba, 4/4/19 1:35 AM, skywave, 1246 miles, “Radio Rebelde” – spanish, 50kw
  • 620 CMGN Matanzas, Cuba, 4/4/19 1:35 AM, skywave, 1192 miles, “Radio Rebelde” – spanish, 25kw
  • 630 WBMQ Savannah, GA, 4/4/19 1:06 AM, skywave, 501 miles, “News Talk 630 WBMQ” – talk, over local WMAL
  • 670 CM?? Cuba, 4/4/19 1:35 AM, skywave, “Radio Rebelde” – spanish
  • 710 CM?? Cuba, 4/4/19 1:40 AM, skywave, “Radio Rebelde” – spanish
  • 890 CM?? Cuba, 4/4/19 1:16 AM, skywave, “Radio Rebelde” – spanish
  • 900 CM?? Cuba, 4/4/19 1:35 AM, skywave, “Radio Rebelde” – spanish
  • 970 WWRK Florence, SC, 4/7/19 5:42 AM, skywave, 335 miles, “Rock 94.1, 97.9, 105.9” – rock, webcast match

First-time HD Radio decode from 96.7 WCEI Easton, MD

96.7 WCEI Easton, MD is an adult contemporary station on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  During the warmer months, WCEI is local-grade at my house at 64 miles away.  For years, it was one of the few remaining signals in the region that did not run either RDS or HD Radio.  I read various online reports in recent months that WCEI debuted HD Radio, so I knew it was only a matter of time that I would pick up the station’s digital broadcast.  That happened for the first time during the early morning hours of April 5.  My RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page has been updated with this new screenshot.

4/5/19, HD Radio
4/4/19, HD Radio (incorrect HD callsign)

WCEI does not have their HD callsign programmed correctly.  Instead of showing “WCEI” on the top left corner of the radio screen, it simply shows “HD.”  This seems to be the default text identification when a station revs up their IBOC equipment.  While almost every other station programs this text field with their callsign or station name, WCEI has apparently not.  Ironically, at the time of publishing this post, my local 96.3 WHUR Washington, DC also shows “HD” as their callsign, after showing “WHUR-FM” for years in the same text field.  You can see a very similar screenshot of WHUR’s current incorrect HD Radio callsign to the right.

Recent AM DX: 8 new AM logs

I have been DXing a lot of the AM radio band in recent weeks, given the FM band has been devoid of any signal enhancement or DX conditions.  In the past week, I have received eight new AM stations.  I was unable to find the callsign for the low power 1610 AM signal listed below, unfortunately.  These new logs have been added to my AM DX Log.

New signals received:

  • 570 WMCA New York, NY, 4/3/19 8:29 PM, skywave, 222 miles, “570 The Mission” – religious
  • 850 WKNR Cleveland, OH, 4/3/19 1:56 AM, skywave, 299 miles, “Fox Sports Radio” – sports
  • 930 WDLX Washington, NC, 3/29/19 1:26 AM, skywave, 216 miles, “WDLX” – sports, local ads
  • 960 WEAV Plattsburgh, NY, 4/1/19 2:38 AM, skywave, 453 miles, “960 The Zone” – sports
  • 1080 WWNL Pittsburgh, PA, 4/3/19 7:30 PM, skywave, 196 miles, “Wilkins Radio Network” – religious
  • 1370 WTAB Tabor City, NC, 4/3/19 1:39 AM, skywave, 323 miles, “WTAB” – hot AC
  • 1590 WCGO Evanston, IL, 4/3/19 1:33 AM, skywave, 597 miles, “Smart Talk 1590 WCGO” – talk
  • 1610 W??? Ft. Belvoir, VA, 4/3/19 7:30 PM, groundwave, “Belvoir Radio 1610” – information

First-time RDS decode from 106.3 WCEM Cambridge, MD

During minor tropospheric enhancement on March 28, I received RDS for the first time from 106.3 WCEM, a country station on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at 64 miles away that often comes in over local LPFM 106.3 WJPN-LP Prince William, VA @ 6 miles.  WCEM is one of my veteran FM logs, being first heard in my Virginia home on August 2, 1999.  It was a very common signal on 106.3 FM until WJPN-LP signed on in 2016.  WCEM must have turned on RDS in the past year, since I have received them multiple times over the years without RDS.  My RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page has been updated with this new screenshot.

106.3 WCEM Cambridge, MD, 3/28/19, 64 miles

New travel logs from Pennsylvania and Maryland added

My existing Pittsburgh, PA and Hagerstown, MD travel DX logs have been updated with new RDS/HD Radio screenshots and new FM logs.  I also briefly stopped in Somerset, PA and did a new travel DX log from there, too.  Click on the links below to view the updated logs, or view my dozens of other travel DX logs from across the United States.

First-time HD Radio decode from Chicago’s WBBM 780

Chicago’s 780 WBBM is a fairly common signal at my home in Northern Virginia during the nighttime hours every night.  The station runs HD Radio, but the signal is usually not strong enough to receive its HD Radio broadcast.  On March 7, the station was unusually strong, allowing HD Radio to fully decode for the first time.

780 WBBM Chicago, IL, 3/7/19, 611 miles

The screenshot above has been added to my AM HD Radio Screenshots page.