TV DX in Northern Virginia has been exceptional this past few days. Under minor signal enhancement to the northeast, I received two new stations: 22 WNJS and 44 WDPB. My TV Screenshots, and DX log pages have been updated with these new stations.
22 (virtual 23.1) WNJS Camden, NJ, 7/18/17, 150 miles
44 (virtual 64.1) WDPB Seaford, DE, 7/20/17, 98 miles
Recent tropo openings this past week brought in more new FM & TV stations. In the early morning hours of July 11, all Norfolk major TV signals were in, including WNLO-CD 45 and Lancaster, PA’s WGAL 8 for the first time. Although FM wasn’t as strong as TV, I managed to get new log 101.1 WYMY from the Raleigh, NC area in over local WWDC. DTV decodes from WMJF-CD 39 from Baltimore and WNJT 43 from New Jersey were also received for the first time on July 13.
The prize of the openings was the unlikely log of 99.9 W260BW on July 13. 99.9 is a frequency always dominated by regional blowtorch signals 99.9 WFRE (59 miles), 99.9 WWFG (116 miles), so it was shocking to get anything else on 99.9, especially a weak 80-watt signal at 150 miles away. My TV Screenshots, DX log, and Audio pages have been updated with these new stations.
99.9 W260BW Bridgeton, NJ, “SNJ Today” – hot AC, 7/13/17, 150 miles
101.1 WYMY Burlington, NC, spanish, 7/11/17, 222 miles, over local WWDC
8 (virtual 8.1) WGAL Lancaster, PA, 7/11/17, 119 miles
When I started DXing in 1999, I DXed TV as much as I DXed FM. This abruptly stopped in 2009 with the DTV transition, as distant DTV signals didn’t come in like they did during the analog days. I tried to DX DTV again in 2013, but gave up a second time due to a lack of new signals. When I moved earlier this year to a better-positioned location for signal propagation, I wanted to try DTV DXing once again to see if I would have any luck, hoping third time’s a charm. It was.
In the past few weeks, I received TV signals from all of my major markets I regularly get FM from, including Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, and for the first time, Philadelphia, PA, with 15 new stations received. During DX enhancement, there are always signals on unfamiliar channels below the threshold of a PSIP ID, meaning there are many more DX targets that I’ll hopefully log sooner or later.
I added the screenshots below to my TV Screenshots page, which includes similar screenshots from both analog and DTV stations dating back to 2001. My TV DX log has also been updated with these new stations.
I have made a new dial scan video showcasing the stations that can be tuned in the southern Washington, DC suburb of Woodbridge, VA via a Honda car radio equipped with RDS. The video more or less shows deadband conditions where no DX is present. I have an older dial scan video via the Sony XDR-F1HD radio here from 2010 that has DX reception up to 150 miles away and a DTV television dial scan here from 2013 with similar DX distances.
Minor tropo enhancement on July 15 brought in RDS for the first time from common relog 92.3 WTYD, as well as better screenshots than I previously had online from 47 WMDT-DT and 38 WMAR-DT. More screenshots after the jump. The TV screenshots have been added to the TV Screenshots page while the FM RDS screenshots were added to the HD / RDS Screenshots page.
92.3 WTYD Deltaville, VA, 92 miles, 7/15/13, Tropo
In an effort to provide screenshots featuring station logos (or newscast screenshots, where available) in my Analog and Digital TV Screenshots page, I have captured new screenshots from the following relogs from tropo openings in recent days. These pictures replace previous screenshots on this site which did not have prominent logos or were from station newscasts.
I posted a video on Youtube, embedded below, showing minor tropo enhancement into Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, and Salisbury, MD. Ironically, some local Washington, DC stations only had subdecodes since my antenna was aimed away from the city. These stations typically decode regardless of antenna orientation.
Update 7/8/13: I added three audio files below: 89.1 KYCU, 96.1 KCTX, and 97.3 KKNG
The best Es opening so far to date this year in Northern Virginia was on July 5. Starting with very short <600 mi paths at 5:44 p.m. into Chicago, IL, a city never received here before in 14 years of FM DXing, signals were strong with HD Radio decoding into Illinois. The skip moved southwest into Iowa and Missouri, before staying in most of Oklahoma for the latter half of the opening. Two DTV signals were seen on channels 4 and 5, but there were no decodes. Screenshots are included below after the jump. The Sporadic E dropped out of FM at 8:10 p.m., or 146 minutes, with a MUF of 105.3 MHz. The RDS and HD Radio screenshots have been added to the RDS & HD Radio Screenshots page. All TV Screenshots have been added to the TV Screenshots page and all audio files have been added to the Audio page.
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88.1 KJTY Topeka, KS (“Family Life Radio”)
88.1 unID K-Love with RDS “K-LOVE 88.1”
88.3 @ KJAB Mexico, MO, 786 miles (RDS hit)
89.1 unID FF
89.1 unID religious
89.1 KHNE Hastings, NE, 1113 miles (RDS hit)
89.1 @ KYCU Clinton, OK, 1215 mi (“KCCU”)
89.3 unID NPR over local WPFW
89.3 @ WDLM East Moline, IL, 725 miles over local WPFW (RDS hit)
89.5 @ WNIJ Dekalb, IL, 659 miles (RDS hit)
89.5 KHCD Salina Continue reading →
Minor tropo enhancement brought in two new digital TV stations today, 32.1 WVIR and 47.1 WMDT. I also added multiple new screenshots from relogs, including several from the past pre-2009 DTV transition from my archives. My TV DX Log has been updated with the new logs and all screenshots have been added to the TV Screenshots page.
I decided to combine my analog and digital TV screenshots onto one page, accessible at https://fmradiodx.wordpress.com/screenshots/woodbridge-va-tv-screenshots/ or by choosing ‘TV Screenshots’ from the ‘FM / TV Screenshots’ menu at the top. This change makes it easier to find all of my screenshots and it also provides an interesting before-and-after look at how U.S. television has evolved before, during and after the 2009 DTV transition.
I also found the original (non-resized) screenshots for several of my older analog screenshots and redone them to make them as clear as possible. Even better, I’ve found the following analog screenshots from the past 14 years that I did not include in the old page, so they are new! View all new screenshots after the jump: