Travel DX Log: Baltimore, MD area

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  • Log last updated: 5/18/14
  • Log started: 5/10/14
  • 60 FM stations received
  • States received: DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA

I took two day trips to the Baltimore, MD area in May 2014. At 56 miles away from home, most signals received in Baltimore were tropo targets of which I already have logged in my FM DX log. However, Baltimore is just far enough away from home to receive a different set of deadband-condition FM signals via groundwave. At home, these signals that fade in over the noise level are from Richmond and Norfolk, VA, while in Baltimore the signals are from Philadelphia, southern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

It is only 35 miles from center of Washington to the middle of Baltimore. In other locales, one set of signals would likely cover the entire area, given how close the cities are to each other. However, this is not the case with the Nation’s Capital and Charm City. Both cities have their own set of radio and TV stations. Indeed, most of the signals come in strong enough to provide great reception in either city. But what makes these two markets somewhat unique is how short-spaced their respective stations are. For example, DC’s 104.1 WPRS and Baltimore’s 104.3 WZFT both run IBOC. This means that, with IBOC’s characteristic ‘silencing’ of adjacent-to-local frequencies with digital hash, 104.3 WZFT is impossible to pick up in a car radio until you get about 15 miles south of Baltimore (the same thing for 104.1 WPRS when you get closer to DC).

The May 10 loggings were received in downtown Baltimore while the May 18 loggings were received 5 miles east of the city in White Marsh, MD (11 miles away from the May 10 DXing location). Station distances noted below are accurate for each respective DXing location.

The logs below are updated as I revisit the area. HD Radio and RDS screenshots are added when received and they may not reflect the initial logging of the stations listed below.

 

Frequency,   CALLS,   city of license,   “Station Name” – format,   date first received,   propagation method,   mileage

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88.1   WYPR   Baltimore, MD,   “WYPR” – public radio,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile

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88.5   WAMU   Washington, DC,   “88.5 WAMU” – public radio,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   39 miles
88.9   WEAA   Baltimore, MD,   “88.9 WEAA” – jazz,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   4 miles
89.3   WPFW   Washington, DC,   “89.5 WPFW” – variety,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   36 miles

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89.7   WTMD   Towson, MD,   “89-7 WTMD” – AAA,   5/10/14   11:57 AM,   tropo,   5 miles

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90.1   WCSP   Washington, DC,   “C-SPAN Radio” – politics,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   32 miles
90.5   WKHS   Worton, MD,   variety,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   30 miles

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90.9   WETA   Washington, DC,   “90.9 WETA” – classical,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   36 miles
91.1   WHFC   Bel Air, MD,   5/18/14 2:22 PM,   tropo,   16 miles

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91.5   WBJC   Baltimore, MD,   “WBJC” – classical,   5/10/14   11:57 AM,   tropo,   6 miles

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91.9   WGTS   Takoma Park, MD,   “91.9 WGTS” – ccm,   5/10/14   11:57 AM,   tropo,   30 miles

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92.3   WERQ   Baltimore, MD,   “92Q” – urban,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile
92.7   WWXT   Prince Frederick, MD,   “ESPN Radio” – sports,   5/10/14 2:24 PM,   tropo,   49 miles

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93.1   WPOC   Baltimore, MD,   “93.1 WPOC” – country,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   6 miles
93.5   WZBH   Georgetown, DE,   “93-5 The Beach” – rock,   5/18/14 2:24 PM,   tropo,   85 miles
93.7   WSTW   Wilmington, DE,   “93.7 WSTW” – hot AC,   5/18/14 2:24 PM,   tropo,   58 miles

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93.9   WKYS   Washington, DC,   “93.9 WKYS” – urban,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   35 miles
94.1   WIP   Philadelphia, PA,   “94 WIP” – sports,   5/18/14 2:25 PM,   tropo
94.3   WWXX   Buckland, VA,   “EPSN Radio” – sports,   5/18/14 2:25 PM,   tropo,   86 miles

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94.5   WDAC   Lancaster, PA,   religious,   5/18/14 2:25 PM,   tropo,   45 miles
94.7   WIAD   Bethesda, MD,   “94-7 Fresh FM” – hot AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   35 miles

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95.1   WRBS   Batlimore, MD,   “95-1 Shine FM” – religious,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   5 miles

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95.5   WPGC   Morningside, MD,   “WPGC 95.5” – urban,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   35 miles

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95.9   WWIN   Glen Burnie, MD,   “Magic 95.9” – urban AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   9 miles
96.1   WSOX   Red Lion, PA,   “96.1 SOX” – oldies,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   40 miles

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96.3   WHUR   Washington, DC,   “96.3 WHUR” – urban AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   35 miles
96.7   WCEI   Easton, MD,   “96.7 WCEI” – AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   39 miles
96.9   WLAN   Lancaster, PA,   “FM 97” – CHR,   5/18/14 2:27 PM,   tropo,   47 miles
97.1   WASH   Washington, DC,   “97.1 Wash FM” – AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   31 miles
97.3   WENJ   Milville, NJ,   “ESPN Radio” – sports,   5/18/14 2:27 PM,   tropo,   109 miles
97.5   W248AO   Baltimore, MD,   religious,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   0 miles

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97.9   WIYY   Baltimore, MD,   “98 Rock” – rock,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile
98.5   WYCR   York, PA,   “98-5 The Peak” – classic rock,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   40 miles
98.7   WMZQ   Washington, DC,   “98.7 WMZQ” – country,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   31 miles

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99.1   WNEW   Bowie, MD,   “All News 99.1” – news,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   21 miles
99.5   WIHT   Washington, DC,   “Hot 99-5” – CHR,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   31 miles
99.9   WFRE   Frederick, MD,   “99.9 WFRE” – country,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   47 miles
99.9   W260BV   Aberdeen, MD,   “Greatest Hits” – classic hits,   5/18/14 2:29 PM,   tropo,   6 miles
100.1   W261CD   Baltimore, MD,   “100.7 The Bay” – classic hits,   5/10/14   10:37 AM,   tropo,   3 miles
100.3   WBIG   Washington, DC,   “Big 100.3” – classic hits,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   31 miles

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100.7   WZBA   Westminster, MD,   “100.7 The Bay” – classic rock,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   15 miles

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101.1   WWDC   Washington, DC,   “DC101” – rock,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   31 miles
101.5   WBQB   Fredericksburg, VA,   “B101.5” – hot AC,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   79 miles

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101.9   WLIF   Balitmore, MD,   “Today’s 101-9” – hot AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile
102.3   WMMJ   Bethesda, MD,   “Magic 102.3” – urban AC,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   32 miles

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102.7   WQSR   Baltimore, MD,   “102.7 Jack FM” – adult hits,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   6 miles

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103.1   WRNR   Grasonville, MD,   “103-1 RNR” – AAA,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   36 miles
103.3   WARM   York, PA,   “Warm 103.3” – AC,   5/18/14 2:32 PM,   tropo,   46 miles
103.5   WTOP   Washington, DC,   “WTOP Radio” – news,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   29 miles

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103.7   WXCY   Havre De Grace, MD,   “103.7 WXCY” – country,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   33 miles

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104.3   WZFT   Baltimore, MD,   “Z104-3” – CHR,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile
104.7   WAYZ   Hagerstown, MD,   “104.7 WAYZ” – country,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo

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104.9   W285EJ   White Marsh, MD,   “104.9 HFS” – rock,   5/18/14 2:35 PM,   tropo,   5 miles
105.1   WAVA   Arlington, VA,   “105.1 WAVA” – religious,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   35 miles
105.3   WDAS   Philadelphia, PA,   “105-3 DAS FM” – urban AC,   5/18/14 2:35 PM,   79 miles

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105.7   WJZ   Catonsville, MD,   “105-7 The Fan” – sports,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 miles

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106.1   W291BA   Baltimore, MD,   “New Country 106-1” – country,   5/10/14 10:30 AM,   tropo,   0 miles

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106.5   WWMX   Baltimore, MD,   “Mix 106-5” – hot AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile
107.3   WRQX   Washington, DC,   “107-3” – CHR,   5/10/14   10:30 AM,   tropo,   35 miles

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107.9   WLZL   Annapolis, MD,   “El Zol 107.9” – spanish,   5/10/14 10:30 AM,   tropo,   23 miles

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