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

New LPTV on channel 6 / 87.7 FM received

In a totally unexpected turn of events, I received the first new TV station in almost 4 years — without a TV.  As you may know, analog TV 6 is about 87.75 FM.  After the 2009 DTV transition, many major markets gained an LPTV station on these frequencies, Washington, DC included.  Over time, many of them converted their audio to FM stereo, often also with RDS.  DC’s 87.7 WDCN-LP does just this.

WDCN’s signal is very weak at my home.  I was trying to fine tune reception during a minor tropo opening on June 11.  Unexpectedly, I received another station over WDCN, WNDC-LP from Salisbury, MD.  Since this is technically a TV station, my TV Log have been updated with this new station.  I also decided to list 87.7 FM signals in my FM Log since they are, for all intents and purposes, received and operate as FM signals, but they are only counted as TV stations in my totals.  My Audio section was also updated with WNDC’s clip below.


87.7 WNDC-LP Salisbury, MD, 83 miles

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

Superb tropo opening into New York City; Long Island 5/21/17. 3 new FM stations and HD/RDS records made

May 21 was a phenomenal day for tropo in Northern Virginia–the likes of which I haven’t seen in a while.  It marks the first true tropo duct in my new home since moving here in March.  Throughout the day, the band was open to Ocean City, MD and Delaware, which isn’t unusual at all, just not during the day.  RDS from relog 95.3 WKDB Laurel, DE, at 87 miles, was constant at all hours, and through the IBOC hash from my local DC stations, I picked up two new stations, one of them a translator from Delaware.

The main event didn’t happen until about 10:30 PM, when 97.9 WSKQ from New York, NY came in strongly over Baltimore’s WIYY.  This happens maybe once every 2-3 years, almost always in the fall, never in the spring like now.  WSKQ, at 226 miles away, is the usual “beacon” that alerts me to a tropo duct forming northward.  Shortly afterward, New York’s 101.9 WFAN and 107.5 WBLS came in.  WBLS, with its HD Radio subdecode, is the furthest northward signal I’ve ever received IBOC from, and WFAN is the furthest northward FM station to decode RDS on my radio via tropo.  But like many New York tropo ducts, they don’t last long.  The band abruptly dropped back to deadband conditions by 11:45 PM, with a lone HD Radio decode for the first time from Lancaster, PA’s 94.5 WDAC serving as the opening’s goodbye wave.

@ = new


@ 88.7 WKNZ Harrington, DE, 93 miles


94.5 WDAC Lancaster, PA, 101 miles


@ 97.5 WALK Patchogue, NY, 271 miles


97.9 WSKQ New York, NY, 226 miles


101.9 WFAN New York, NY, 225 miles Continue reading

Tr opening 5/19/17. 1 new FM log.

Weak signal enhancement to central Virginia on May 19 brought in a new signal, 95.3 W237BA.  The station, which simulcasts nearby 105.5 WOJL Louisa, VA, airs a classic rock format.  The station was received in my car during my commute, less than a mile from my home.  Its signal was difficult to get at 178 watts, mixing in with Richmond’s 95.3 WKHK.  This marks the first new FM station received in two years on the 95.3 frequency–something mainly due to the frequency normally being cluttered by HD Radio interference from local 95.5 WPGC.  Thankfully, WPGC’s IBOC has been off-air for most of this year, opening up 95.3 to regular DX signals in my area.


95.3 W237BA Culpeper, VA, 39 miles

My DX Log and Audio Files pages have been updated with the above content.

RDS received from DC-area pirate on 98.1

I recently wrote about a pirate FM station that can be heard in the Washington, DC suburbs of Oxon Hill, MD.  It airs a classic hits format and is called “98-1 The Fox.” I’ve finally confirmed that the station runs RDS.


98.1 PIRATE 5/5/17, car radio in Springfield, VA.

Since my initial logging of the station last month, I’ve noticed that “The Fox” airs only in the late afternoon/evening hours and not in the morning, save for one day in the past week where it was heard during both my morning and evening commute.  As the pirate station’s signal is very weak, it is of no concern in terms of DXing.  Even though the station has minimal imaging, it is amusing to listen to, as the station sounds much like a legal FM signal, save for the lack of local positioning, DJs, and a lot of dry segues between songs.  Before one song, the station randomly inserted a pre-recorded liner that said the current temperature.

The screenshot above from this station has been added to my RDS and HD Radio Screenshots page.

HD Radio finally decoded from 102.7 WQSR Baltimore, MD

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