There is only one signal on 1710 AM in the United States, a tiny 10-watt travelers information station in New Jersey. At 223 miles away, such a signal should be impossible to receive where I live in Virginia. But that is exactly what I heard on my radio on April 16.
1710 WQFG689 Jersey City, NJ
Reception of the signal was a complete surprise, given similarly-powered signals in my own area barely make it a few miles out, let alone hundreds of miles away.
In continuing the spectacular AM reception that I’ve received so far this month, I also logged 18 new signals via groundwave and skywave propagation in the past four days. The new logs below have been added to my DX Logs page.
April continues to be a phenomenal month in terms of AM DX. In the past few weeks, I have received 16 new AM logs. Since my last report, I managed to log 15 more new AM signals, all either during favorable sunset propagation conditions, or in my car on my way in to work in the morning. The new logs below have been added to my DX Logs page.
April 2019 has started off right in terms of AM DX. I received 8 new logs in recent weeks, and in the past few days, I have added another 8 more, bringing my total AM log station count to 241.
April 4 was something else. AM signals from Cuba dominated much of the AM dial in the overnight hours, displacing some normally strong regional signals. It was obvious they were Cuban after I heard one signal give a network ID, and I found the other signals playing the same thing. What I found even more interesting was that even with the slew of Cuban AM signals coming in, nothing from nearby South Florida came in. Given how Cuban AM stations often have multiple signals on one frequency with no local legal IDs, I was unable to positively ID every single station listed below, but I am adding them to my DX Logs anyway as a placeholder (in the event I ever do get a positive ID) because it was definitely a Cuban signal that I received.
I have been DXing a lot of the AM radio band in recent weeks, given the FM band has been devoid of any signal enhancement or DX conditions. In the past week, I have received eight new AM stations. I was unable to find the callsign for the low power 1610 AM signal listed below, unfortunately. These new logs have been added to my AM DX Log.
New signals received:
570 WMCA New York, NY, 4/3/19 8:29 PM, skywave, 222 miles, “570 The Mission” – religious
While tuning the AM radio dial on March 25, I received one new station: 1630 WRDW Augusta, GA. WRDW, an ESPN Radio station broadcasting a sports format, is 442 miles away from my home in Virginia. I have updated my AM DX Log with this new station.
Chicago’s 780 WBBM is a fairly common signal at my home in Northern Virginia during the nighttime hours every night. The station runs HD Radio, but the signal is usually not strong enough to receive its HD Radio broadcast. On March 7, the station was unusually strong, allowing HD Radio to fully decode for the first time.
The average person has likely driven by a billboard hundreds of times in their lives, if not several times every day.
But what they may not know is that these common advertisement spaces for local businesses may also be transmitting low power radio signals.
Larry Lanberg, a visitor to my site who lives in the Richmond, VA area, recently contacted me regarding an unidentified signal he was receiving on 1620 AM after he couldn’t find any stations on that frequency in our state (there are no commercially-licensed 1620 AMs in Virginia). The only match he found was my logging of 1620 WPMU747 Lorton, VA, a low-power traffic information station operated by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
But something wasn’t right. Lanberg said that he heard “snippets of songs” and a pre-recorded message mentioning the Virginia Lottery on the station–something I know VDOT traffic signals do not air. Plus, the likelihood of the relatively weak 10 watt signal from WPMU747 reaching the Richmond area, at over 70 miles, was highly unlikely. The existence of other VDOT traffic signals on 1620 AM in the Richmond area which likely do not air music made this an even larger mystery. Continue reading “Billboards: An unusual radio station transmitter”→