HD Radio and RDS are two similar, but different technologies that allow radio stations to display certain information, such as call letters or song title, on a capable radio’s screen. While the ability of showing text on-screen is helpful for casual listeners trying to identify a new song being played, the technology is great for DXers because it can lead to a quick, positive ID to an otherwise unknown signal. I added my first RDS-capable radio to my shack in 2006 and bought my first HD Radio in 2008.
The gallery below shows the AM signals that I have decoded HD Radio from (RDS is not something available on AM in the United States). The only stations that frequently decode HD Radio at my home are 700 WLW, 880 WCBS, 1010 WINS, and 1210 WPHT. Many stations, including 1560 WQEW (now WFME) pictured below, dropped their IBOC service sometime in the 2010s.
Please note that the list below only shows stations that I have received HD Radio from–it is not a complete list of the over 300 AM stations received at my home. To view my complete DX log, please visit my DX Logs page.
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