Baltimore is a fairly close city to my home–just over 50 miles away. Their FM stations boom into my Northern Virginia home and are considered semi-locals. At any given time, I can receive HD Radio reception from their 95.1 WRBS. Other FM signals from the city, such as 91.5 WBJC, 92.3 WERQ, 101.9 WLIF, and 105.7 WJZ, have HD Radio signals that decode very often year-round as reception conditions warrant. Two Baltimore FM stations, however, never decoded IBOC reception at my house until recently: 102.7 WQSR and 104.3 WZFT. WZFT decoded for the first time last week. WQSR finally did too in the early morning hours of April 16.
WQSR is usually strong enough at my home to decode RDS. I knew it broadcasted HD Radio since it decoded on recent trips to the city, but it rarely did here since its IBOC sidebands on 102.5 and 102.9 are occupied by other signals locally. The stars aligned and WQSR’s IBOC decoded for about 15 minutes before disappearing. The screenshots below were added to my HD Radio and RDS Screenshots page.
102.7 WQSR Baltimore, MD, 57 miles
Local 89.3 WPFW Washington, DC turned on RDS for the first time in the past few weeks. It is the last full power, major FM station in Washington to add RDS, not including a few suburban rimshot signals. The RDS screenshots below were added to my FM RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.
89.3 Washington, DC, 21 miles
While in Manassas, VA on November 24, I received RDS for the first time from 102.5 WUSQ and HD Radio reception from 106.9 WWEG. IBOC interference from local 106.7 WJFK drowns out WWEG at home to the point where typical analog reception, let alone an IBOC decode, from WWEG is impossible. However, WWEG came in with HD reception and WUSQ came in with RDS 15 miles west of my home in Manassas. My HD Radio/RDS Screenshots page was updated with these new screenshots.
102.5 WUSQ Winchester, VA, “Q102” – country, 65 miles
106.9 WWEG Hagerstown, MD, “106.9 The Eagle” – classic hits, 60 miles
I added many new HD Radio and RDS screenshots to my Woodstock, VA travel log on November 25. Although the majority of these signals are my local signals from home, they are distant signals in Woodstock. For most of these stations, the screenshots below are from the first time I received IBOC reception from them. The page has been added to reflect these new screenshots.
88.5 WAMU Washington, DC, “88.5 WAMU” – public radio, 75 miles
91.9 WGTS Takoma Park, MD, “91.9 WGTS” – ccm, 82 Continue reading
Portland Breakwater Light in Portland, ME, taken during my September 2016 trip to New England.
This past week, I visited all states in the New England region and DXed in most of them. I also updated my existing logs from New York and Philadelphia with new RDS screenshots, adding 18 new logs from the latter city. Click below to see the new logs, and check out my Travel DX Logs page to find these and many more logs I made from various places across the United States.
While doing a regular dial scan on Sept. 11, I found that local translator 89.7 W209BY Woodbridge, VA now broadcasts RDS. The text display references its parent station 89.9 WPER from nearby Culpeper, VA. This comes after the translator started rebroadcasting WPER in June 2016. The screenshot below was added to the FM RDS & HD Radio Screenshots page.
89.7 W209BY Woodbridge, VA, “Positive Hits PER” – ccm, 1 mile
I went on a two-day trip last week to Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA. While in both cities, I DXed the FM dial, complete with several Canadian FMs popping in while in Cleveland. On the way home from Pittsburgh, I briefly stopped in Hagerstown, MD and updated my log from that city with several new RDS screenshots. Click on the links below to view the new DX logs, which were also added to my Travel DX Logs page.
I’ve been lucky this past two months with getting new RDS screenshots in my car. Today, I received an RDS decode for the first time from relog 107.5 WNNT. This is my second RDS decode from any station on 107.5 FM, a frequency that is often difficult to DX due to strong IBOC interference from local 107.3 WRQX. However, WRQX’s HD Radio signal has been off for the past few months, making 107.5 a clear frequency for DX. The screenshot below was added to the FM RDS & HD Radio Screenshots page.
107.5 WNNT Warsaw, VA, “River Country 107-5” – country, 57 miles
While driving on June 26, I received RDS for the first time from 102.5 WBOC. The station must’ve recently turned on RDS, since I’ve received it with local grade reception many times in the past without RDS. The screenshot below was added to the FM RDS & HD Radio Screenshots page.
102.5 WBOC Princess Anne, MD, “102.5 WBOC” – hot AC, 95 miles