Tropo opening 7/20/18. 2 new FM logs

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.

New logs:

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

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Tropo opening 7/14/18. 3 new FM logs plus more

Another great tropo duct into coastal North Carolina–the second in a week–was heard throughout the overnight hours on July 14.  The opening started with the typical summer night signals from Norfolk, VA (130 miles) and Ocean City, MD (90 miles) coming in with local-grade strength.  Quickly afterward, signals further south from the New Bern/Greenville/Jacksonville, NC area at up to 240 miles away came in, some with HD Radio.  This was when my local Washington, DC stations started to disappear, one by one, overtaken by distant North Carolina signals.  This was largely an FM-only opening.  The TV band was largely only limited to Norfolk and Richmond stations.  My DX Log and RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been updated with the new content below.

New logs:

94.7 WQDR Raleigh, NC, tropo, 217 miles over local WIAD

97.7 WZKT Walnut Creek, NC, tropo, 234 miles

107.5 WAZO Southport, NC, tropo, 320 miles

New HD Radio and RDS decodes from relogs:

90.3 WHRO Norfolk, VA, tropo, 135 miles

 

92.5 WYFL Henderson, NC, tropo, 177 miles

 

93.1 WWLB Ettrick, VA, tropo, 98 miles

 

97.7 WAFL Milford, DE, tropo, 97 miles

 

98.7 WRMR Greensboro, NC, tropo, 236 miles over local WMZQ

 

99.9 WCMC Holly Springs, NC, tropo, 218 miles

 

101.9 WIKS New Bern, NC, tropo, 239 miles

 

102.7 WJJX Appomattox, VA, tropo, 126 miles

 

106.5 WSFL New Bern, NC, tropo, 251 miles

 

107.9 WNCT Greenville, NC, tropo, 228 miles over local WLZL

 

Audio from relogs:
93.3 WERO Washington, NC, 228 miles over local WFLS

2 new TV stations from 7/9/18 tropo opening

The tropo opening that brought in FM signals up to 322 miles away with two new FM logs on July 9 also brought in two new digital TV logs.  During the tropo opening, I received two weak signals on RF 17 and RF 24.  Although both had a PSIP ID, neither RF 17’s “Retro” or RF 24’s “AMGTV” matched anything I could find online.  I asked online and with the help of Trip Ericson of RabbitEars.info, he positively ID both of the stations below.  Both signals are low power, with W24EC-D only being 480 watts.  This is quite an impressive feat to receive at 212 miles away.  W24EC-D is also the first non-local digital log on TV 24, after local WNVC-DT signed off earlier this year in connection with the recent DTV repack.  My DX Log and TV Screenshots pages have been updated with the new content below.

Tr opening 7/9/18: 2 new FM logs, multiple first-time HD & RDS decodes from relogs

An exceptional tropo opening during the early morning hours of July 9 brought in signals from coastal North Carolina up to 322 miles away with HD Radio and RDS reception.  There were multiple first-time HD Radio and RDS decodes from already-logged stations, but I netted two brand new logs this time: 94.3 WZKB, which I matched to its webstream, and 95.5 WPWZ, a difficult catch under local blowtorch 95.5 WPGC, which has the same format as WPWZ.  Many of my other local signals disappeared to relog signals, such as 89.3 WPFW @ 21 miles to 89.3 WTEB @ 246 miles, and 99.5 WXNR @ 239 miles over local 99.5 WIHT @ 26 miles.  My DX Log and RDS/HD Radio Screenshots pages have been updated with the new content below.

New logs:
94.3 WZKB Wallace, NC, tropo, 272 miles, 7/9/18, 2:28 AM
95.5 WPWZ Pinetops, NC, tropo, 108 miles over local WPGC, 7/9/18, 2:44 AM

First time HD Radio and RDS decodes from relogs:

95.7 WVKL Norfolk, VA, tropo, 135 miles

96.5 WCTG Chincoteague, VA, tropo, 114 miles

97.3 WMNX Wilmington, NC, tropo, 322 miles

99.3 WOWZ Accomac, VA, tropo, 108 miles

99.9 WKXB Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, tropo, 309 miles

101.9 WIKS New Bern, NC, tropo, 239 miles

New RDS & HD Radio decodes from relogs

Otherwise normal tropo enhancement up to 235 miles on July 4th brought in first-time RDS and HD Radio decodes from the previously-logged stations below.  97.1 WAVD was a surprise, given the station came in at a slightly weak spot in a null with local 97.1 WASH.  WOCQ’s HD Radio signal was just as intriguing to receive, one because I didn’t know the station even broadcasted IBOC, and two since the immediate adjacent signals of WOCQ (where its IBOC sidebands would be broadcasted on) were already occupied by local 103.5 WTOP and 104.1 WPRS.  Both of the screenshots below have been added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots section.

97.1 WAVD Ocean Pines, MD, tropo, 115 miles over local WASH

103.9 WOCQ Berlin, MD, tropo, 107 miles

Tr opening 7/2/18. 2 new TV logs; 1 new FM log

A better-than-average tropo duct brought in signals from the New York City metro area into Northern Virginia during the early morning hours of July 2.  Most of the duct brought in familiar signals from the Philadelphia market, but New York’s 92.3 WNYL @ 225 miles came in under a null with semi-local 92.3 WERQ Baltimore, MD @ 56 miles.  When this happens, I know to be alert for more distant signals, as WNYL serves as one of my “beacons” of good tropo ducts to the northeast.  I first checked the TV dial and found two new signals, one from Scranton, PA, and the other from the New York metropolitan area:

This is the first time I received a digital station from either the New York metro area or Scranton.  Scranton is an even rarer path than New York, given it is fully over land without any water enhancement.  This is my first new log on TV 50 since local WDCW-DT signed off earlier this year in connection with the DTV repack.

About an after after logging WMBC and WNEP, I found that my local FM stations were starting to succumb to interference from distant stations to the north.  Local 90.1 WCSP was losing to 90.1 WHRX Nassawaddox, VA @ 108 miles (the only southern signal overpowering locals), 93.3 WFLS was being clobbered by Philadelphia’s WMMR @ 143 miles, 94.7 WIAD overtaken by Delaware’s WDSD @ 98 miles, and 97.1 WASH silenced by Ocean City’s 97.1 WAVD @ 115 miles.  103.5 WTOP seemed to be losing it to Ocean City’s 103.5 WJKI, but I couldn’t confirm it since WTOP won the battle before the offending station could broadcast an ID.

Local 105.1 WAVA was also experiencing co-channel interference on my small Insignia NS-HD01 handheld radio.  WAVA is a mammoth signal that usually doesn’t budge during any tropo or Sporadic E event.  In fact, in 19 years, I’ve only logged 3 other signals on 105.1, one of them when WAVA was temporarily off-air.  When I tuned to 105.1 FM on the Insignia radio, I heard urban music fairly strong if I held the radio a certain way.  Given that I logged WNYL earlier in the night, my suspicions were correct: the station IDed as “Power 105.1,” a positive match to WWPR New York, NY, a new log at 227 miles.

My FM and TV DX Logs and TV Screenshots pages have been updated with the new stations listed above.

New travel logs from CT, NH, VT added

I round out my recent vacation up and down most of the Eastern Seaboard by adding two new logs and updating an existing third log.  I have added new DX logs from Brattleboro, VT and Manchester, NH to my Travel DX Logs.  I also updated my existing Hartford, CT travel log from 2016 with new logs and screenshots.

Visit my Travel DX Logs to view my Excel logs and screenshot galleries from each location.

Myrtle Beach, SC travel log updated with 57 new logs and HD Radio reception at over 440 miles

Myrtle Beach in 2012.

After four years, I recently returned to Myrtle Beach and DXed while there.  On June 19, a huge tropo duct brought in HD Radio and analog signals from the Tampa Bay and upper half of Florida at over 440 miles, including a few that came in right over the local Myrtle Beach stations.  Although I experienced a similar tropo event during my last visit to Myrtle Beach in 2012, the sheer strength of the signals and HD Radio decodes during this latest visit was easily the best tropo opening I have worked in almost 20 years of FM DXing.

I updated my Myrtle Beach RDS/HD Radio Screenshots Gallery and Excel log with the new loggings.

Minor tropo into NC brings in first-time RDS from 4 previously-logged stations

A minor tropo event in the evening hours of June 7 and early morning hours of June 8 brought in signals up to 239 miles away into coastal North Carolina with RDS.  This is a common occurrence in my area in the summer months, but what made this opening different was that it included first-time RDS decodes from four relog signals: 87.7 WOWZ-LP, 98.1 WOBX, 99.1 WVOD, and 100.9 WFMI.

The opening was strong enough to allow distant stations to overpower several of my local Washington, DC FM stations: 90.1 WHRX Nassawaddox, VA @ 108 miles over local WCSP @ 17 miles, 98.7 WNOR Norfolk, VA @ 138 miles over local WMZQ @ 25 miles, and 99.1 WVOD Manteo, NC @ 214 miles over local WDCH @ 39 miles.  Most of these receptions are also quite common, except for WVOD.

The screenshots below and more from other stations have been added to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.

87.7 WOWZ-LP Salisbury, MD, 83 miles

98.1 WOBX Manteo, NC, 213 miles

99.1 WVOD Manteo, NC, 214 miles over local WDCH

100.9 WFMI Southern Shores, NC, 186 miles

Local 105.1 WAVA debuts HD Radio

There’s a new HD Radio signal in the Washington, DC region.  105.1 WAVA Arlington, VA, a local-grade signal at my Northern Virginia home, debuted its IBOC signal within the past few days.  WAVA broadcasts its new HD Radio digital sidebands on 104.9 and 105.3 FM, rendering both frequencies now impossible to DX on, barring strong signal events.  Usually, this is a huge loss as a DX hobbyist, as the digital sidebands broadcast on previously-open frequencies, but it was hard to DX on WAVA’s adjacent signals pre-HD already signal due to WAVA being so strong at my home.

I updated my FM RDS/HD Radio Screenshots with the new screenshots below, and my Local FM Stations page with this new information.