A mammoth of an FM Es opening, full of top-of-the-band HD Radio decodes and many new stations, filled my radio dial in Northern Virginia on June 29. Without a doubt, the strongest opening of the 2015 season. Only 11 minutes into the opening, signals were up to 107.9 FM from the Atlanta, GA area under 550 miles with full IBOC decodes. The opening lasted about 100 minutes in the FM band, before completely dropping out as fast as it appeared.
What surprised me during this opening, save for the short <600 mi distances, was the prevalance of RDS and HD Radio decodes. Many of the stations listed below were ‘HD hits,’ or stations IDed by the HD Radio calls received upon immediately tuning to the station. Signals were also fairly strong in this opening, a major difference from previous openings this season. My DX Log, HD/RDS Screenshots and Audio pages have been updated with the new content listed below.
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88.1 WUWF Pensacola, FL, HD hit, 794 miles
@ 88.1 WJSP Warm Springs, GA, HD hit, 579 miles
89.1 KUAR Little Rock, AR, HD hit, 883 miles
90.5 KLRE Little Rock, AR, HD hit, 877 miles over local WJYJ
90.7 WWOZ New Orleans, LA, HD hit, 945 miles
91.3 WMPN Jackson Continue reading