Three new AM DX logs

While checking the AM radio dial around sunset on January 20, I came across three new stations, listed below.  These new logs have been added to my AM DX Log.

890 WKNV Fairlawn, VA, skywave, 210 miles, “Joy FM” – religious
990 WNML Knoxville, TN, skywave, 406 miles, “The Sports Animal” – sports
1550 WITK Pittson, PA, skywave, 201 miles, “1550 AM and 94.7 WITK” – religious

New first-time RDS decode from 90.5 WKHS Worton, MD

At my home, 90.5 is home to nearby WPER Fredericksburg, VA, which is 37 miles away  90.5 WKHS Worton, MD is much further away at 76 miles, but it does often come in over WPER during strong tropo events to the north and east.  On January 14, an unusual reception from WKHS blasted into my radio for about five minutes, just long enough for RDS to decode.  Its reception was surprising, given there was about 6.5 inches of snow on the ground and weather was not conducsive to such long-range reception.  My RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page has been updated with this new screenshot.

1/14/19, RDS

First-time HD Radio decode from 820 WWFD Frederick, MD

Last summer, I wrote about how nearby 820 WWFD in Frederick, MD, ended its analog transmissions and went all-IBOC, the first traditional FM or AM station in the United States to do that.  WWFD, at 53 miles away from my Northern Virginia home, was an occasional visitor during the day prior to its HD transition, but it did not fully decode until January 14.  That decode lasted a few seconds, just long enough for me to get the picture below from my Sangean HDR-14.  This screenshot has been added to my AM HD Radio Screenshots page.

1/14/19, HD Radio

First-time HD Radio decoded from 88.3 WQIQ Spotsylvania, VA

88.3 FM is a hard frequency to DX at my home.  I have a local station that runs HD Radio on 88.5, and that station’s strong HD bands usually blanket 88.3 and 88.7 FM, making DX impossible.  While DXing with my portable Sangean HDR-14 radio on December 28, I managed to pick up HD Radio from 88.3 WQIQ Spotsylvania, VA @ 28 miles.  This also marks the first time that I have received WQIQ anywhere but my car in my immediate area.  My RDS/HD Radio Screenshots section has been updated with this new screenshot.

12/28/18, HD Radio

Format flip: 94.7 WIAD Bethesda, MD now classic hits

94.7 FM in Washington, DC, a local station at my home, has a new format.  Hot AC WIAD Bethesda, MD, known on-air as “94-7 Fresh FM,” flipped to classic hits as “94-7 The Drive” on October 3.  The call letters are still WIAD, and I assume that won’t change, given the call letters sort of relate to the word “Drive,” and because “IAD” is an IATA code for Washington Dulles International Airport.  WIAD seems to be focusing on 70s and 80s classic hits with no newer songs in rotation.

The station’s flip to classic hits makes sense.  There’s no other station in the Washington market currently with the same format.  Adult contemporary 97.1 WASH plays 80s music, but they tend to play more of the pop-based hits, and of course they play newer music.  100.3 WBIG was greatest hits at one point, but they are now playing more classic rock and early 90s rock.

The “Fresh FM” format lasted nine years on WIAD.  My Local FM Stations page was updated with the new station information.