Tropo opening 7/20/18. 2 new FM logs

A fairly normal tropo opening during the early morning hours on July 20 into the Norfolk, VA area brought in an extra surprise: two new FM stations.  I turned my antenna to local 97.1 WASH’s null point expecting classic hits “97-1 The Wave” WAVD from nearby Ocean City, but instead I heard Christian Contemporary music.  The station identified as an affiliate of “K-Love,” which matches to 97.1 WYND.  Unfortunately, my audio recorder was not running when the station IDed, and WYND left just as fast as it arrived under WASH’s strong signal.  Shortly afterward, I heard sports music on 102.7 FM.  I figured it could’ve been a previously-logged station airing a local sports program, but something made me keep on listening.  Instead, the station identified as “99-5 and 102-7 ESPN,” which is a 250-watt translator from central Virginia.  My DX Log and RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been updated with the new content below.

New logs:

97.1 WYND Hatteras, NC, tropo, 219 miles over local WASH

102.7 W274BX Petersburg, VA, tropo, 98 miles

First-time RDS screenshots from relogs:

101.7 WLQM Franklin, VA, tropo, 137 miles

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Tropo opening 7/14/18. 3 new FM logs plus more

Another great tropo duct into coastal North Carolina–the second in a week–was heard throughout the overnight hours on July 14.  The opening started with the typical summer night signals from Norfolk, VA (130 miles) and Ocean City, MD (90 miles) coming in with local-grade strength.  Quickly afterward, signals further south from the New Bern/Greenville/Jacksonville, NC area at up to 240 miles away came in, some with HD Radio.  This was when my local Washington, DC stations started to disappear, one by one, overtaken by distant North Carolina signals.  This was largely an FM-only opening.  The TV band was largely only limited to Norfolk and Richmond stations.  My DX Log and RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been updated with the new content below.

New logs:

94.7 WQDR Raleigh, NC, tropo, 217 miles over local WIAD

97.7 WZKT Walnut Creek, NC, tropo, 234 miles

107.5 WAZO Southport, NC, tropo, 320 miles

New HD Radio and RDS decodes from relogs:

90.3 WHRO Norfolk, VA, tropo, 135 miles

 

92.5 WYFL Henderson, NC, tropo, 177 miles

 

93.1 WWLB Ettrick, VA, tropo, 98 miles

 

97.7 WAFL Milford, DE, tropo, 97 miles

 

98.7 WRMR Greensboro, NC, tropo, 236 miles over local WMZQ

 

99.9 WCMC Holly Springs, NC, tropo, 218 miles

 

101.9 WIKS New Bern, NC, tropo, 239 miles

 

102.7 WJJX Appomattox, VA, tropo, 126 miles

 

106.5 WSFL New Bern, NC, tropo, 251 miles

 

107.9 WNCT Greenville, NC, tropo, 228 miles over local WLZL

 

Audio from relogs:
93.3 WERO Washington, NC, 228 miles over local WFLS

FM Es opening 7/10/18: 1 new FM log

A fairly weak Sporadic E opening into the upper Midwest brought in FM signals from Minnesota and South Dakota to Northern Virginia on July 10.  Skip started at 5:25 PM and was heard for about 5 minutes total between that time and 5:51 PM. The signals were all short-lived, with a MUF of 98.9.  This contrasts with other DXers’ online reports of top-of-the-band skip with strong signals and HD Radio decodes.  Either way, I am glad to have received one new log from this opening, 92.1 KORN, which was identified by its RDS decode.  KORN is the first Sporadic E signal that I have received RDS from since I started to use the Airspy R2 SDR radio.  My DX Log and RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been updated with the new content below.

New log:

92.1 KORN Parkston, SD, e-skip, 1128 miles

Other stations received:

unID 91.7 NPR
92.1 KLQP Madison, MN, 1065 miles
unID 93.5 classic hits
unID 97.3 CHR
unID 98.9 country

Tr opening 7/9/18: 2 new FM logs, multiple first-time HD & RDS decodes from relogs

An exceptional tropo opening during the early morning hours of July 9 brought in signals from coastal North Carolina up to 322 miles away with HD Radio and RDS reception.  There were multiple first-time HD Radio and RDS decodes from already-logged stations, but I netted two brand new logs this time: 94.3 WZKB, which I matched to its webstream, and 95.5 WPWZ, a difficult catch under local blowtorch 95.5 WPGC, which has the same format as WPWZ.  Many of my other local signals disappeared to relog signals, such as 89.3 WPFW @ 21 miles to 89.3 WTEB @ 246 miles, and 99.5 WXNR @ 239 miles over local 99.5 WIHT @ 26 miles.  My DX Log and RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been updated with the new content below.

New logs:
94.3 WZKB Wallace, NC, tropo, 272 miles, 7/9/18, 2:28 AM
95.5 WPWZ Pinetops, NC, tropo, 108 miles over local WPGC, 7/9/18, 2:44 AM

First time HD Radio and RDS decodes from relogs:

95.7 WVKL Norfolk, VA, tropo, 135 miles

96.5 WCTG Chincoteague, VA, tropo, 114 miles

97.3 WMNX Wilmington, NC, tropo, 322 miles

99.3 WOWZ Accomac, VA, tropo, 108 miles

99.9 WKXB Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, tropo, 309 miles

101.9 WIKS New Bern, NC, tropo, 239 miles

New RDS & HD Radio decodes from relogs

Otherwise normal tropo enhancement up to 235 miles on July 4th brought in first-time RDS and HD Radio decodes from the previously-logged stations below.  97.1 WAVD was a surprise, given the station came in at a slightly weak spot in a null with local 97.1 WASH.  WOCQ’s HD Radio signal was just as intriguing to receive, one because I didn’t know the station even broadcasted IBOC, and two since the immediate adjacent signals of WOCQ (where its IBOC sidebands would be broadcasted on) were already occupied by local 103.5 WTOP and 104.1 WPRS.  Both of the screenshots below have been added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots section.

97.1 WAVD Ocean Pines, MD, tropo, 115 miles over local WASH

103.9 WOCQ Berlin, MD, tropo, 107 miles

New travel logs from CT, NH, VT added

I round out my recent vacation up and down most of the Eastern Seaboard by adding two new logs and updating an existing third log.  I have added new DX logs from Brattleboro, VT and Manchester, NH to my Travel DX Logs.  I also updated my existing Hartford, CT travel log from 2016 with new logs and screenshots.

Visit my Travel DX Logs to view my Excel logs and screenshot galleries from each location.

Myrtle Beach, SC travel log updated with 57 new logs and HD Radio reception at over 440 miles

Myrtle Beach in 2012.

After four years, I recently returned to Myrtle Beach and DXed while there.  On June 19, a huge tropo duct brought in HD Radio and analog signals from the Tampa Bay and upper half of Florida at over 440 miles, including a few that came in right over the local Myrtle Beach stations.  Although I experienced a similar tropo event during my last visit to Myrtle Beach in 2012, the sheer strength of the signals and HD Radio decodes during this latest visit was easily the best tropo opening I have worked in almost 20 years of FM DXing.

I updated my Myrtle Beach RDS/HD Radio Screenshots Gallery and Excel log with the new loggings.

New Providence, RI travel log added with Sporadic E-Skip reception

While in Providence, RI on June 23, I experienced a brief FM E-Skip opening into the Midwest and Upper Midwest.  This was surprising to me, given how saturated the RF is in the Providence area, with a full dial of local Providence stations, and almost every non-local frequency filled with semi-local signals within 50 miles from Boston.  The Sporadic E opening lasted about 20 minutes and had a MUF of 106.1 FM.  There were several signals that I couldn’t identify, however.

Click here to view my Excel log from Providence, which includes all 95 signals received in the city from both Sporadic E, as well as tropo enhancement.  I have screenshots from the corresponding log visible on this page.

Minor tropo into NC brings in first-time RDS from 4 previously-logged stations

A minor tropo event in the evening hours of June 7 and early morning hours of June 8 brought in signals up to 239 miles away into coastal North Carolina with RDS.  This is a common occurrence in my area in the summer months, but what made this opening different was that it included first-time RDS decodes from four relog signals: 87.7 WOWZ-LP, 98.1 WOBX, 99.1 WVOD, and 100.9 WFMI.

The opening was strong enough to allow distant stations to overpower several of my local Washington, DC FM stations: 90.1 WHRX Nassawaddox, VA @ 108 miles over local WCSP @ 17 miles, 98.7 WNOR Norfolk, VA @ 138 miles over local WMZQ @ 25 miles, and 99.1 WVOD Manteo, NC @ 214 miles over local WDCH @ 39 miles.  Most of these receptions are also quite common, except for WVOD.

The screenshots below and more from other stations have been added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.

87.7 WOWZ-LP Salisbury, MD, 83 miles

98.1 WOBX Manteo, NC, 213 miles

99.1 WVOD Manteo, NC, 214 miles over local WDCH

100.9 WFMI Southern Shores, NC, 186 miles

Local 105.1 WAVA debuts HD Radio

There’s a new HD Radio signal in the Washington, DC region.  105.1 WAVA Arlington, VA, a local-grade signal at my Northern Virginia home, debuted its IBOC signal within the past few days.  WAVA broadcasts its new HD Radio digital sidebands on 104.9 and 105.3 FM, rendering both frequencies now impossible to DX on, barring strong signal events.  Usually, this is a huge loss as a DX hobbyist, as the digital sidebands broadcast on previously-open frequencies, but it was hard to DX on WAVA’s adjacent signals pre-HD already signal due to WAVA being so strong at my home.

I updated my FM RDS/HD Radio Screenshots with the new screenshots below, and my Local FM Stations page with this new information.