Baltimore’s 95.1 WRBS adds HD Radio signal

2016-post-trWhile doing a routine dial scan on January 22, I found 95.1 WRBS from Baltimore has turned on HD Radio service for the first time.  WRBS is a strong, almost local-grade signal at my home, even at 51 miles away.  However, the fact their digital signal decodes is a mystery.  WRBS’ HD Radio sidebands–the frequencies in which it actually broadcasts its digital signal–are 94.9 and 95.3 FM.  At my home, 94.9 also houses local 94.7 WIAD’s IBOC sideband, while local 95.5 WPGC’s IBOC sideband is on 95.3.  The below screenshots from WRBS have been added to my HD Radio/RDS Screenshots page.

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95.1 WRBS Baltimore, MD, 51 miles away

New HD Radio/RDS decodes from two relogs added

2016-post-trWhile 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.

Relogs received:

102.5 WUSQ Winchester, VA, “Q102” – country, 65 miles

106.9 WWEG Hagerstown, MD, “106.9 The Eagle” – classic hits, 60 miles

Woodstock, VA travel DX log updated with new HD Radio/RDS screenshots

2016-post-trI 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.

Relogs received:

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

New travel DX logs added from New England

Portland Breakwater Light in Portland, ME, taken during my September 2016 trip to New England.

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.

New RDS screenshot added from 89.7 W209BY



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

New travel DX logs added from Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

ohioI 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.

New RDS screenshot added from 107.5 WNNT



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

FM E-Skip opening 7/23/16 into LA

post-fmesA weak FM Es opening was heard in Northern Virginia on July 23.  Skip was heard with a MUF of 100.7 FM for 28 minutes between 7:43 PM and 8:46 PM.  IDs were few and far between this opening, as signals often faded just before identification was given.  My HD/RDS Screenshots page has been updated with the new screenshots below.

Relogs heard:
88.1 unID NPR
89.1 WBSN New Orleans, LA, public radio, 945 miles
89.5 unID religious
89.9 unID religious
91.5 unID bluegrass
91.7 unID NPR
92.3 unID country
92.7 unID country over local WWXT
93.5 unID country
96.7 KCIL Gray, LA, “C96.7” – country, 998 miles
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100.7 WTGE Baton Rouge, LA, “The Tiger” – country, 982 miles

FM E-Skip opening 7/15/16 into IA, MI, MN, WI. 13 new FM logs.

post-fmesAfter writing about the lack of evening FM Sporadic E-Skip this summer, I finally experienced a respectable opening into the upper Midwest on July 15. FM Es first popped up at 6:01 PM for 50 seconds, then it returned at 7:23 PM and stayed in FM until 9:21 PM.  The MUF went up and down, but it stayed at 107.9 FM for the majority of the opening and brought in sustained signals–something rare this season.  New log 97.5 WJIM, at 469 miles away, tied the #2 spot for the closest ever FM Es signal received here via Sporadic E since I started DXing in 1999.  What also surprised me from this opening were the amount of HD Radio and RDS decodes.  Overall, this opening helped salvage an otherwise poor FM Es season to bring it to a point where it is not completely a dud.  My DX Log and HD/RDS Screenshots pages have been updated with the new content listed below.  My Audio page will be updated with the new audio clips below as time permits.

Click on the listen icon to hear audio from the applicable stations.

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88.1 KVSC St. Cloud, MN, “88.1 KVSC” – ccm, 987 miles
new 88.9 WLSU La Crosse, WI, “Wisconsin Public Radio” – public radio, 813 miles
89.3 KCMP Northfield, MN, “89-3 The Current” – public radio, 913 miles over local WPFW
88.9 KNSR Collegeville, MN, “Minnesota P Continue reading