Tropo 10/5/17: 1 new FM log and several first-time RDS decodes from relogs

Tropo reception has picked up for the second day in a row in Northern Virginia.  During the early morning hours of October 5, signals were enhanced up to 150 miles away into southeast Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, with many signals coming in over locals (94.7 WDSD over local WIAD, WJBR over local WIHT, 101.1 WBEB over local WWDC, among others).  For the first time, I logged 105.5 WAIV, a pleasant surprise, given 105.5 is crowded frequency in this area, usually occupied by nearby translator W288BS Reston VA, WRAR Tappahannock, VA, WOJL Louisa, VA, and other signals.


105.5 WAIV Cape May Court House, NJ, 10/5/17, tropo, 135 miles

I also logged RDS for the first time from relog 90.3 WNJZ.


90.3 WNJZ Cape May Court House, NJ, 10/5/17, tropo, 135 miles

My DX log, RDS/HD Radio Screenshots, and Audio pages have been updated with the new content above.

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Local 92.7 WDCJ debuts RDS; new RDS received from 106.9 WKVP

After a long period devoid of any notable DX in Northern Virginia, I decoded RDS for the first time from two signals on October 4.

Local 92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD, one of a few Southern Maryland FM stations that didn’t run RDS, debuted it in recent weeks.  The RDS seems to mirror the station it simulcasts, nearby Washington, DC’s 102.3 WMMJ.  This comes a little over two months after WDCJ debuted HD Radio.


92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD, 10/4/17, tropo, 36 miles

WDCJ’s RDS PI code (F000), as seen in the above screenshots, is incorrect.  According to the RDS PI Code Calculator website, it should be 5CD1.  Due to this error, WDCJ’s calls do not display under the frequency, as seen in the screenshot to the left above.

I also logged RDS for the first time from Philadelphia’s 106.9 WKVP on October 4.  This came as a surprise, as 106.9 at my home is usually a hodgepodge of Norfolk, VA’s 106.9 WAFX, Ocean City, MD’s 106.9 WYPO, or Hagerstown, MD’s 106.9 WWEG.  Half of the time, 106.9 is full of IBOC interference from local 106.7 WJFK when the station turns its HD Radio on, which is only on occasion.  WKVP is a rare catch at my home.


106.9 WKVP Camden, NJ, 10/4/17, tropo, 144 miles

These screenshots were added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.

Local 92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD adds HD Radio

There’s a new HD Radio signal in the Washington metro region.  Local station 92.7 WDCJ, which recently flipped formats after being sold, debuted its HD Radio signal sometime in the early morning hours of July 27.  WDCJ broadcasts its IBOC signal on 92.5 and 92.9 FM.  92.5 is already home to a semi-local station (WINC Winchester, VA) and is unaffected.  92.9, unfortunately, is now wiped out by WDCJ’s digital signal while at home.  This is not good since 92.9 was an open DX frequency in the area, save for occasional reception from a nearby translator.  In my car, thankfully, 92.9 is still open, as evidenced by a booming signal from the aforementioned 92.9 translator just outside my home.  I added the new HD Radio screenshots from WDCJ below to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.

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92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD, 7/27/17, tropo, 36 miles (formerly WWXT)

FM Es opening 7/21/17 into NE, MO

After 14 days of no Sporadic E observed during the usually fertile month of July, E-skip finally returned on July 21, albeit briefly.  Skip was first heard via unattended recordings set to 92.1 FM at 6:57 PM for about 5 seconds.  While in my car at 7:15 PM, I found skip up to 98.1 FM, with relogs 98.1 KFGE and 97.7 KBBX in with strong signals and RDS.  92.9 KTGL and 97.7 KPOW came in weak soon after.  As with all openings this year, the July 21 opening’s signals were brief.  Although the skip ended at 7:29 PM, Sporadic E was only in FM for about 3 minutes total due to deep fades and a yo-yo MUF.  Even with this shortcoming, today’s opening allowed me to get RDS from KBBX for the first time.  I added the screenshots below to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.

Relogs and unIDs:

92.1 unID country
92.9 KTGL Beatrice, NE, 1044 miles, “92-9 The Eagle” – classic rock
97.7 KPOW La Monte, MO, 860 miles, local ads for Sedalia, MO


97.7 KBBX Nebraska City, NE, 1012 miles, “Radio Lobo” – spanish


98.1 KFGE Milford, NE, 1071 miles, “Froggy 98” – country

Two new HD Radio decodes from relogs

The deluge of recent new HD Radio and RDS decodes on my radios has continued.  On June 22, I received HD Radio for the first time from 94.9 WPTE and 104.9 WSJO.  WPTE’s decode was a surprise, given its first adjacents that carry the signal (94.7 and 95.1) are occupied by a local and a semi-local frequency, respectively.  These screenshots were added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.


94.9 WPTE Virginia Beach, VA, 139 miles


104.9 WSJO Egg Harbor City, NJ, 153 miles

New HD Radio and RDS decodes received over local stations

Philadelphia, PA is a market that I’ve been trying to get HD Radio decodes from for years.  At 144 miles away, the city is in a normal range for this to happen, however, it remains to be seen.  The lack of IBOC from Philadelphia is peculiar, because I’ve received HD from nearby stations in Wilmington, DE and Princeton, NJ.  On June 21, I received HD Radio from a signal north of Philadelphia, making the lack of HD from the city even more interesting.

HD Radio was decoded on June 21 for the first time from relog 101.5 WKXW, over local WBQB.  I also decoded RDS for the first time from relog 93.3 WMMR over local WFLS.  These screenshots were added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.


93.3 WMMR Philadelphia, PA, 6/21/17, tropo, 143 miles over local WFLS


101.5 WKXW Trenton, NJ, 6/21/17, tropo, 177 miles over local WBQB

Tropo opening 6/16/17. 3 new FM logs

It’s a rarity these days that tropo under 150 miles brings in any new stations, but that is exactly what happened during the early morning hours of June 16.  I received strong tropo from the Delmarva Eastern Shore and with it, three new signals, two over local frequencies.  88.5 WHRG was found on a whim when tuning by local WAMU.  I heard a slight “repeat” in the NPR audio superimposed over WAMU and found out it was an entirely different station I didn’t know existed.  101.5 WOWZ has been on my radar since they signed on last year, but I didn’t think I’d get them over local WBQB, which is a very strong signal at my home.  Equally surprising was 105.7 W289CE.  I thought it was 105.7 WRSF from Coastal NC, but it was coming in way too strong, and the other usual coastal NC relog signals that appear with WRSF were absent.  I’m glad I kept on listening.  I also added 25 new RDS signals from relogs; 98.3 WHRL’s RDS being the first time received from that station.  My DX Logs, Audio and RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been added with the new content below.

New logs:

88.5 WHRG Gloucester Point, VA, 99 miles, over local WAMU

101.5 WOWZ Chincoteague, VA, 108 miles, over local WBQB

105.7 W289CE Onley-Onancock, VA, 107 miles

RDS from relogs:


88.3 WRAU Ocean City, MD, 108 miles


89.5 WHRV Norfolk, VA, 135 miles


90.1 WHRX Nassawaddox, VA, 108 miles over Continue reading

First-time HD Radio and RDS decodes from many regional stations received

May 31 and June 1 have been phenomenal regional tropo days in Northern Virginia.  Although the radio dial didn’t expand too far beyond the usual 100-mile range for typical signals, the quality of signals within that range increased stronger than usual to the point where I received HD Radio or RDS for the first time from previously-logged stations.  HD Radio decoded from Baltimore-area 89.7 WTMD and 95.9 WWIN for the first time since I added IBOC capabilities to my shack in 2008, received right over local 89.7 W209BY and semi-local 95.9 WGRQ, respectively.  WTMD was a surprise, as I was unaware that they broadcasted IBOC.  Longtime tropo signals 101.7 WKWI and 104.9 WIGO from Virginia’s Northern Neck also came in with RDS for the first time.  Although the highlights are below, I added 18 more screenshots from other stations to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.


89.7 WTMD Towson, MD, 61 miles


95.9 WWIN Glen Burnie, MD, 52 miles


101.7 WKWI Kilmarnock, VA, 80 miles


104.9 WIGO White Stone, VA, 82 miles