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FM E-Skip Opening 7/14/14. 3 new logs.

media-fmesNewfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island FM signals were heard in Northern Virginia via Sporadic E on July 14.  The weak opening started at 7:37 p.m. and ended at 8:18 p.m., or 41 minutes, with a MUF of 103.1 FM.  The Canadian Maritimes have always been a difficult direction for E-Skip propagation locally as I have to aim at my local IBOC-broadcasting FM signals, rendering most first adjacent frequencies impossible to DX.  However, this opening put the local signals to test with reception on 89.9, 95.7, 97.3, 100.1, 100.9 and 101.3, frequencies which are usually blanketed by HD Radio interference when aimed to the northeast.  My DX Log and Audio Files pages have been updated to reflect the information below.

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89.1 CBHC Truro, NS, “CBC Radio 1″ – public radio, 1170 miles

@ 89.5 CBHN New Glasgow, PE, “CBC Radio 1″ – public radio, legal ID, 884 miles
89.9 unID classic rock, suspect CHNS
91.7 CBN-5 Marystown, NL, “CBC Radio 2″ – public radio, 1256 miles
92.9 CFLT Dartmouth, NS, “92-9 Jack FM” – adult hits, 813 miles

@ 95.7 CJNI Halifax, NS, local ads, 813 miles
@ 97.3 CBAZ Sheet Harbor, NS, area Es (match to other CBC Radio 1 signals coming in), 872 nmiles
98.3 CHER Sydney, NS, “Max 98.3 FM” – classic hits, over local WSMD, 1010 miles
100.1 unID CHR
100.9 CKTO Truro, NS, “Big Dog” – rock, 860 miles
101.3 CJCH Halifax, NS, “101-3 The Bounce” – CHR, 812 miles
101.9 unID FF talk
101.9 unID CHR
103.1 CBH-2 Mulgrave, NS, “CBC Radio 2″ – public radio, 939 miles

FM E-skip opening 7/6/14. 1 new log. (Updated)

media-fmesUPDATED: Sporadic E returned at 7:47 p.m. on 92.7 FM and remained in FM until 8:16 p.m.  It, once again, returned between 8:53 and 9:04 p.m. or 40 minutes cumulative for the later opening (at least 225 minutes for the entire day) with a MUF of 99.7 FM.  As with the original opening today, noted further below, most FM signals in the later opening were short, brief and devoid of any IDs.  Stations heard during the second FM E-skip opening on July 6 is below.

89.1 unID public radio, undecoded RDS
89.5 unID public radio
89.9 unID public radio
91.5 KANU Lawrence, KS, “KPR” – public radio, 968 miles
91.7 unID CHR
92.7 unID CHR
92.9 unID CHR with Ryan Seacrest
92.9 KVRE Hot Springs Village, AR, “92.9 The Village” – standards, 917 miles
97.5 unID rock
98.1 unID talk, undecoded RDS
99.7 unID country

The original post describing the earlier July 6, 2014 opening is below:

I missed most of a good FM Es opening on July 6.  Based on unattended recordings on 92.7 and 95.7 FM, skip appeared on 92.7 at 9:33 a.m.  It was weak and occasional, until the 10 a.m. hour when it hit the opening’s MUF of 106.1.  During an extended lull in the opening, I decided to take a nap and missed all but the last few minutes of the later part of the opening.  Unfortunately, most signals received today had fade-outs just as station identification aired.  The skip left FM at 1:50 p.m., being in FM for at least 185 cumulative minutes.  My DX Log and Audio Files pages have been updated to reflect the information below.

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89.1 KMUW Wichita, KS, RDS hit, 1087 miles
89.1 unID FF talk
92.1 unID ccm
92.1 unID classic rock
92.7 KZUH Minneapolis, KS, “92-7 The New Zoo” – CHR, 1093 miles

@ 92.7 WRPP Manistique, MI, local ads, 689 miles
92.9 KTGL Beatrice, NE, local ads, 1044 miles
92.9 KSDR (more…)

FM E-Skip opening 7/5/14. 5 new FM logs and new closest E-skip signal record.

media-fmesAn interesting FM E-Skip opening into the never-before-heard city of Quebec, QC brought in area signals, as well as a new FM short distance record on July 5.  Signals abruptly appeared at 8:07 p.m. with almost no build-up.  Most signals were French language and were very difficult to ID as I do not speak the language.  Most of the FF signals seemed to be in public radio simulcasting, so many remained unIDed.  The bright spot of the opening was when I received 92.9 WEZF from Vermont — a new short FM Es distance record signal at 465 miles, unseating previous close distant record 104.9 WINN from Indiana at 469 miles.  Signals were overall weak and stayed in FM until 8:56 p.m.  However, at 9:57 p.m., FM Es appeared again, bringing in 89.9 KTHF from Oklahoma, among other weak signals.  The second round of FM Es disappeared two minutes later, bringing the cumulative total for FM Es on July 5 to 52 minutes, with a MUF of 102.1 FM.  My DX Log, FM RDS/HD Radio Screenshots and Audio Files pages have been updated to reflect the information below.

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88.9 CBVX-3 Baie-St-Paul, QC, RDS hit, 693 miles
89.5 unID FF
89.1 unID public radio
89.9 unID classic rock
89.9 KTHF Hammon, OK, “The House FM” – ccm, 1232 miles
90.3 unID public radio
90.5 unID ccm over local WJYJ
91.3 unID public radio
91.5 unID public radio
91.7 unID public radio
92.1 unID urban
92.7 unID country over local WWXT

92.9 WEZF Burlington, VT, local ads, 465 miles – NEW SHORT Es DISTANCE!
92.9 unID classic rock

@ 93.3 CJMF Quebec, QC, “FM 93″ – FF rock, o/WFLS, 634 miles
93.5 (more…)

FM E-Skip opening 6/30/14. 1 new FM log. (updated)

media-fmesUPDATED:  Based on unattended recordings, sporadic E returned on 92.7 FM between 10:56 and 10:59 p.m. June 30 into the midwest, bringing in relog 92.7 KZDR.

92.7 KZDR Kindred, ND, “92-7 The Drive” – classic hits, 1127 miles over local WWXT

The rest of this post was as originally reported before the late night FM Es opening.

An early afternoon Sporadic E opening–an anomaly in the 2014 FM Es season–brought in signals into the Canadian Maritimes.  Unfortunately, I missed the entire opening.  While monitoring 90.3 and 92.7 FM via unattended recordings, FM Es first appeared on 92.7 at 12:57 p.m.  It lasted until 2:11 p.m., or at least 74 minutes.  Thankfully, I logged one new FM station, WOXO out of Maine, at a rare <600 mile distance.  My DX Log and Audio Files pages have been updated to reflect the information below.


92.7 CJEM Edmundston, NB, “CJEM” – french AC, 749 miles

@ 92.7 WOXO Norway, ME, “OXO” – country, 516 miles over local WWXT

FM E-Skip opening 6/22/14. 10 new FM logs. 1800th FM signal logged!

media-fmesFM signals from Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas were heard in Northern Virginia on June 22. The mammoth FM Es opening started at 6:52 p.m. in the lower FM band and shot up to the opening’s MUF of 107.5 FM by 7:22 p.m. I believe multiple Es clouds were in at once — one bringing in most of the Midwest FM signals, a second one bringing in Florida signals, and a third bringing in the Tennessee signal while the other clouds were dying out. Signals from all clouds ranged from weak to strong, however, most of them exhibited what I call a “hide-and-seek” signal. In other words, these signals were local grade upon tuning, but quickly faded out to nothing seconds after tuning in, as if the signals were playing hide-and-seek with me. The opening was out of FM by 9:49 p.m., or 2 hours, 57 minutes.  Other DXers reported FM Es past 1 a.m. June 23 — something I haven’t seen in a while.  My DX Log, FM RDS/HD Radio Screenshots and Audio Files pages have been updated to reflect the information below.

Additionally, tonight I logged my 1800th FM signal, 105.7 WQAK from Tennessee, as listed below.

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88.1 KNTU McKinney, TX, “88.1 The One” – religious, 850 miles
89.1 KUAR Little Rock, AR, HD hit, 883 miles
89.5 unID ccm
89.9 unID ccm
90.3 KLUH Poplar Bluff, MO, “Life Radio KLUH 90.3″ – ccm, 730 miles
90.5 unID religious over local WJYJ
90.5 unID NPR over local WJYJ
90.5 unID classical over local WJYJ
91.7 KOSU Stillwater, OK, “Oklahoma Public Radio” – public radio, 1130 miles
91.7 unID religious
92.3 unID rock
92.7 WEOW Key West, FL, “Wow 92.7″ – CHR, 998 miles over local WWXT
92.7 KLYR Clarkesville, AR, local ads, 922 miles over local WWXT

@ 92.7 KDYN Coal Hill, AR, local ads, 922 miles over local WWXT
92.7 KZUH Minneapolis, KS, “The New Zoo” – CHR, 1093 miles over local WWXT
92.9 KVRE Hot Springs (more…)

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.

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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
@ 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, (more…)

FM E-Skip Opening 6/9/14. 1 new FM log.

media-fmesThe 2014 Sporadic E season has been off to a rough start in Northern Virginia with no trace of FM Es in two weeks.  However, a garden-variety Es opening on June 9 netted me one new log–the first new FM signal via Es this year.  Es was noted on the lower FM band at 7:02 p.m. into Manitoba.  Abruptly at about 7:22 p.m., however, the skip changed to reflecting stations in from Texas and Louisiana.  After many dips in and out of the FM band, the opening ended at 8:13 p.m., at a respectable 68 minutes cumulative above 88.1 FM.  The MUF of the opening was 97.5 FM, but most signals stayed below 92.1.  This opening, unlike others this year, had several strong signals, some of which was enough to decode RDS.  My DX Log and FM RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been updated to reflect the information below.

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88.3 unID talk/NPR

@ 88.9 CKMW Winkler, MB, local ads, 1255 miles
89.1 KFLO Blanchard, LA, “Miracle 89.1″ – religious, 1035 miles
89.5 unID AAA
90.5 unID religious over local WJYJ
91.5 KGRM Grambling, LA, RDS hit, 965 miles
91.7 unID talk/NPR
92.1 unID CHR

92.7 KIVY Crockett, TX, “92.7 KIVY” – country, 1145 miles over local WWXT
92.9 unID AC
93.5 KJAE Leesville, LA, legal ID, 1044 miles
97.3 unID CHR
97.5 unID 80s/CHR
97.5 unID urban AC

Meteor scatter ping from 92.9 KGRC Hannibal, MO

new-post-fmmsA well-placed meteor scatter reflection from 92.9 KGRC Hannibal, MO was heard in Virginia on Nov. 8.  The station, which was previously heard several times since 2004 via Sporadic E, made it for the first time via meteor scatter at 5:29 a.m.

92.9 KGRC Hannibal, MO, 11/8/13, 760 miles (“Real 92-9″)

kgrcKGRC’s audio file has been added to my Audio Files page, where you can find hundreds of other DX audio recordings.

Tr opening 10/15/13. 1 new FM log. SC ‘tropo wall’ broken!

new-post-fmtrFor the second time in 14 years, a South Carolina FM signal has made it through the proverbial SC ‘iron curtain’ and was received in Northern Virginia.  I recently wrote about the phenomenon of the NC/SC state line being the southernmost point I can get DX from.  At 11:06 a.m., 92.9 WEGX Dillon, SC came in fairly strong for about 25 minutes.

92.9 WEGX Dillon, SC, 10/15/13, 318 miles, (“Today’s Country, Eagle 92.9″)

wegxWEGX’s audio file has been added to my Audio Files page, where you can find hundreds of other DX audio recordings.  My FM DX log has also been updated with WEGX’s logging.

Tr opening 10/9/13. 1 new FM log.

new-post-fmtrLate on Oct. 9, The northeast United States has experienced a very strong tropo duct, with some DXers in Massachusetts and eastern Pennsylvania getting signals up to 500 miles into West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. Being in the Midatlantic region, I largely missed out on the opening due to being too far south.  However, I found a surprise while going over unattended recordings.  At 10:57 p.m., I picked up a new station on 92.9 FM, WMGS Wilkes-Barre, PA with a clear legal ID as “Magic 93.”  The station was in and out during the 10 p.m. hour without any other area signals coming in.  Click on the player below to hear WMGS’ reception:

92.9 WMGS Wilkes-Barre, PA, 10/9/13, (legal ID).

Wilkes-Barre is a rare town to hear FM signals from here in Virginia.  In 14 years, I’ve only logged their local 102.7 WKSB and 104.1 WAEB once each in previous years.  Local 104.1 WXGG Waldorf, MD was off-air pending a station sale when WAEB was received.

wmgsWMGS’ audio file has been added to my Audio Files page, where you can find hundreds of other DX audio recordings.  My FM DX log has also been updated with WMGS’ logging.