Travel DX Log: Baltimore, MD area

baltimore

  • Log last updated: 11/21/17
  • Log started: 5/10/14
  • 63 FM stations received
  • States received: DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA

I have visited the Baltimore, MD area several times in recent years.  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 hard 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 2014 loggings were received in downtown Baltimore and nearby White Marsh, MD, while the 2017 log was received in southern Baltimore suburb Linthicum Heights, MD.

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

wypr111117 balt-2- wypr111017 wypr111017b
88.1   WYPR   Baltimore, MD,   “WYPR” – public radio,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile

wamu111117 balt-2-885 wamu111017 wamu111017b
88.5   WAMU   Washington, DC,   “88.5 WAMU” – public radio,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   39 miles

weaa111117
88.9   WEAA   Baltimore, MD,   “88.9 WEAA” – jazz,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   4 miles

wpfw111017 wpfw111017b
89.3   WPFW   Washington, DC,   “89.5 WPFW” – variety,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   36 miles

wtmd111117 balt-2-897
89.7   WTMD   Towson, MD,   “89-7 WTMD” – AAA,   5/10/14   11:57 AM,   tropo,   5 miles

wcsp111117 balt-2-901 wcsp111017 wcsp111017b
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

weta111117 balt-2-909 weta111017 weta111017b
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

wbjc111117 balt-2-915 wbjc111017
91.5   WBJC   Baltimore, MD,   “WBJC” – classical,   5/10/14   11:57 AM,   tropo,   6 miles

balt-2-919 wgts111017 wgts111017b
91.9   WGTS   Takoma Park, MD,   “91.9 WGTS” – ccm,   5/10/14   11:57 AM,   tropo,   30 miles

werq111117 balt-923 balt-2-923 werq111017 werq111017b
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

wpoc111117 balt-2-931 wpoc111017 wpoc111017b
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

wkys111117 balt-2-939 wkys111017 wkys111017b
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

balt-2-945 (undecoded RDS)
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

wrbs111117 balt-2-951 wrbs111017 wrbs111017b
95.1   WRBS   Batlimore, MD,   “95-1 Shine FM” – religious,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   5 miles

wpgc111117 balt-2-955 wpgc111017 wpgc111017b
95.5   WPGC   Morningside, MD,   “WPGC 95.5” – urban,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   35 miles

wwin111117 balt-2-959 wwin111017 wwin111017b
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

balt-2-963 whur111017 whur111017b
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

wash111117 wash111017 wash111017b
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

wiyy111117 balt-2-979 wiyy111017 wiyy111017b
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

wmzq111117 wmzq111017 wmzq111017b
98.7   WMZQ   Washington, DC,   “98.7 WMZQ” – country,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   31 miles

balt-2-991
99.1   WNEW   Bowie, MD,   “All News 99.1” – news,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   21 miles

wihy111117 wiht111017 wiht111017b
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

wbig111017 wbig111017b
100.3   WBIG   Washington, DC,   “Big 100.3” – classic hits,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   31 miles

balt-2-1007 wzba111017 wzba111017b
100.7   WZBA   Westminster, MD,   “100.7 The Bay” – classic rock,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   15 miles

wwdc111117 balt-2-1011 wwdc111017 wwdc111017b
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

wlif111117 balt-2-1019 wlif111017 wlif111017b
101.9   WLIF   Balitmore, MD,   “Today’s 101-9” – hot AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile

wmmj111017 wmmj111017b
102.3   WMMJ   Bethesda, MD,   “Magic 102.3” – urban AC,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   32 miles

wqsr111117 balt-2-1027 wqsr111017 wqsr111017b
102.7   WQSR   Baltimore, MD,   “102.7 Jack FM” – adult hits,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   6 miles

balt-2-1031
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

wtop111117 wtop111017 wtop111017b
103.5   WTOP   Washington, DC,   “WTOP Radio” – news,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   29 miles

balt-2-1037
103.7   WXCY   Havre De Grace, MD,   “103.7 WXCY” – country,   5/10/14 10:37 AM,   tropo,   33 miles

wzft111117 balt-2-1043 wzft111017 wzft111017b
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
104.7   W284CQ Washington, DC,   rock,   11/11/17 12:03 AM,   tropo

balt-2-1049 (undecoded RDS)
104.9   W285EJ   White Marsh, MD,   “104.9 HFS” – rock,   5/18/14 2:35 PM,   tropo,   5 miles

wava111017 wava111017b
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

wjz111117 balt-2-1057 wjz111017 wjz111017c'
105.7   WJZ   Catonsville, MD,   “105-7 The Fan” – sports,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 miles

balt-2-1061
106.1   W291BA   Baltimore, MD,   “New Country 106-1” – country,   5/10/14 10:30 AM,   tropo,   0 miles

wwmx111117 balt-2-1065 wwmx111017 wwmx111017b
106.5   WWMX   Baltimore, MD,   “Mix 106-5” – hot AC,   5/10/14 11:57 AM,   tropo,   1 mile

wjfk111017 wjfk111017b
106.7   WJFK   Manassas, VA,   “106-7 The Fan” – sports,   11/11/17 12:05 AM,   tropo

wrqx111117 wrqx111017 wrqx111017b
107.3   WRQX   Washington, DC,   “107-3” – CHR,   5/10/14   10:30 AM,   tropo,   35 miles

wlzl111117 balt-2-1079 wlzl111017 wlzl111017b
107.9   WLZL   Annapolis, MD,   “El Zol 107.9” – spanish,   5/10/14 10:30 AM,   tropo,   23 miles

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