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.
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