There’s a new HD Radio signal in the Washington metro region. Local station 92.7 WDCJ, which recently flipped formats after being sold, debuted its HD Radio signal sometime in the early morning hours of July 27. WDCJ broadcasts its IBOC signal on 92.5 and 92.9 FM. 92.5 is already home to a semi-local station (WINC Winchester, VA) and is unaffected. 92.9, unfortunately, is now wiped out by WDCJ’s digital signal while at home. This is not good since 92.9 was an open DX frequency in the area, save for occasional reception from a nearby translator. In my car, thankfully, 92.9 is still open, as evidenced by a booming signal from the aforementioned 92.9 translator just outside my home. I added the new HD Radio screenshots from WDCJ below to my RDS/HD Radio Screenshots page.
92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick, MD, 7/27/17, tropo, 36 miles (formerly WWXT)
On July 20, 2017, 94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA, about 45 miles southwest of Washington, DC and 32 miles west of my home, flipped from a simulcast of DC’s ESPN Radio affiliate, 980 WTEM, to the “K-Love” Christian music network. This change marks the first major non-translator signal in the DC area to rebroadcast the nationwide network. 94.3’s new call letters are WLZV.
Up until recently, WLZV was part of a “trimulcast” of WTEM, which was also broadcasted on nearby 92.7 WWXT in Southern Maryland. 94.3 and 92.7 simulcasted each other through various formats since 2001. According to DCRTV.com, both WWXX and WWXT were sold to separate owners (WWXT going to Radio One and becoming a simulcast of DC’s 102.3 WMMJ; WWXX going to K-Love owner EMF) earlier this year. WWXX’s signal is weak at my home and is often overpowered by 94.3 WINX from the Maryland Eastern Shore.
Logistically, much like WDCJ’s recent format flip to cover an area not serviced well by its parent station, WLZV’s format flip to K-Love makes sense. K-Love is aired on several full-powered signals in nearby markets, such as Richmond, VA and Ocean City, MD, but none of these signals are strong enough to bring regular listenership in the DC metro area.
TV DX in Northern Virginia has been exceptional this past few days. Under minor signal enhancement to the northeast, I received two new stations: 22 WNJS and 44 WDPB. My TV Screenshots, and DX log pages have been updated with these new stations.
22 (virtual 23.1) WNJS Camden, NJ, 7/18/17, 150 miles
44 (virtual 64.1) WDPB Seaford, DE, 7/20/17, 98 miles
Recent tropo openings this past week brought in more new FM & TV stations. In the early morning hours of July 11, all Norfolk major TV signals were in, including WNLO-CD 45 and Lancaster, PA’s WGAL 8 for the first time. Although FM wasn’t as strong as TV, I managed to get new log 101.1 WYMY from the Raleigh, NC area in over local WWDC. DTV decodes from WMJF-CD 39 from Baltimore and WNJT 43 from New Jersey were also received for the first time on July 13.
The prize of the openings was the unlikely log of 99.9 W260BW on July 13. 99.9 is a frequency always dominated by regional blowtorch signals 99.9 WFRE (59 miles), 99.9 WWFG (116 miles), so it was shocking to get anything else on 99.9, especially a weak 80-watt signal at 150 miles away. My TV Screenshots, DX log, and Audio pages have been updated with these new stations.
99.9 W260BW Bridgeton, NJ, “SNJ Today” – hot AC, 7/13/17, 150 miles
101.1 WYMY Burlington, NC, spanish, 7/11/17, 222 miles, over local WWDC
8 (virtual 8.1) WGAL Lancaster, PA, 7/11/17, 119 miles
When I started DXing in 1999, I DXed TV as much as I DXed FM. This abruptly stopped in 2009 with the DTV transition, as distant DTV signals didn’t come in like they did during the analog days. I tried to DX DTV again in 2013, but gave up a second time due to a lack of new signals. When I moved earlier this year to a better-positioned location for signal propagation, I wanted to try DTV DXing once again to see if I would have any luck, hoping third time’s a charm. It was.
In the past few weeks, I received TV signals from all of my major markets I regularly get FM from, including Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, and for the first time, Philadelphia, PA, with 15 new stations received. During DX enhancement, there are always signals on unfamiliar channels below the threshold of a PSIP ID, meaning there are many more DX targets that I’ll hopefully log sooner or later.
I added the screenshots below to my TV Screenshots page, which includes similar screenshots from both analog and DTV stations dating back to 2001. My TV DX log has also been updated with these new stations.
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.
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
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.
88.5 WHRG Gloucester Point, VA, 99 miles, over local WAMU
101.5 WOWZ Chincoteague, VA, 108 miles, over local WBQB
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.
During exceptional downstate Virginia tropo in the early morning hours of June 4, I received HD Radio for the first time from 105.5 WOJL. I also received RDS for the first time from Richmond’s 105.7 WKJS. My HD Radio/RDS Screenshots page has been updated to reflect these changes.