Woodstock, VA travel DX log updated with new HD Radio/RDS screenshots

2016-post-trI added many new HD Radio and RDS screenshots to my Woodstock, VA travel log on November 25.  Although the majority of these signals are my local signals from home, they are distant signals in Woodstock.  For most of these stations, the screenshots below are from the first time I received IBOC reception from them.  The page has been added to reflect these new screenshots.

Relogs received:

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88.5 WAMU Washington, DC, “88.5 WAMU” – public radio, 75 miles

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91.9 WGTS Takoma Park, MD, “91.9 WGTS” – ccm, 82 Continue reading

Translator update: FM dial is worse in Northern Virginia

transistor-radioThree years ago, I wrote about the rising amount of FM translators that have popped up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC and its effect on FM DXing.  I am updating this article as the local radio landscape has greatly changed since my original 2013 article.

FM translators are low power rebroadcasts of either a full service FM or AM signal.  Or, they can be a relay of an HD Radio subchannel of a nearby signal.  LPFMs, or low-powered radio stations, on the other hand, can originate their own programming and often operate as a community radio station, complete with live and local content.

For the most part, the radio dial in Northern Virginia is much worse than it was in 2013 due to the existence of these signals.  Many of my good, quiet DXing frequencies are gone, replaced instead by a repeater of a signal that I can already get strong elsewhere on Continue reading

Another new FM translator found in Northern Virginia. 1 new FM log.

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WFAX

While scanning the dial early this morning, just hours after logging new signal 96.1 WCTO, I heard religious talk on 100.7 FM.  Come to find out, I was picking up another new signal, 100.7 W264DB Falls Church, VA, which relays 1220 WFAX.  Thankfully, W264DB is fairly weak at home and I should still get some good tropo or Sporadic E on 100.7 during favorable conditions.  My FM DX Log has been updated to reflect this new logging.

New log:
100.7 W264DB Falls Church, VA, “WFAX 1220 AM” – religious, 15 miles

Local 96.3 IBOC off; 1 new FM log

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WCTO

HD Radio service from Washington’s 96.3 WHUR has been offline in the past 24 hours, which has allowed signals to come in on 96.1 and 96.5 FM–two frequencies that are usually rendered useless in my area due to the interference caused by WHUR’s IBOC sidebands.

While WHUR’s IBOC was off, I received several relogs, including 96.1 WROX Exmore, VA @ 118 mi, 96.1 WSOX Red Lion, PA @ 93 mi, and 96.5 WKLR Ft. Lee, VA @ 92 mi.  At 6:30 PM on October 30, I received a signal for the first time from 96.1 WCTO Easton, PA.  My FM DX Log has been updated to reflect this new logging.

New log:

96.1 WCTO Easton, PA, “Cat Country 96” – country, 165 miles

Goodbye, 92.9 FM

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WTNT

And just like that, my best frequency for DXing for the past 17 years is no more.  Once free from any HD Radio interference or tropo pests within 120 miles and my best spot on the dial for detecting early Sporadic E openings, 92.9 FM is now occupied by a new, very strong translator in Northern Virginia.  It seemed to have signed on in the past few days.

The signal, W227BM, apparently a construction permit to a Washington, DC move-in from nearby Winchester, VA’s 93.3 FM, rebroadcasts 730 WTNT Alexandria, VA with mono audio.  My FM DX Log and Local FM Stations pages have been updated with this new logging.

Prior to W227BM signing on, I received almost 50 signals on 92.9 FM via tropo, Sporadic E and meteor scatter since 1999.  To be honest, I was expecting this frequency’s availability for DXing to end any time now, given how translators are popping up exponentially in the past year and how this was the last true free spot on the local dial.

92.9, it was great while it lasted.

New log:
92.9 W227BM Centreville, VA, “La Capital” – spanish, 14 miles

New travel DX logs added from New England

Portland Breakwater Light in Portland, ME, taken during my September 2016 trip to New England.

Portland Breakwater Light in Portland, ME, taken during my September 2016 trip to New England.

This past week, I visited all states in the New England region and DXed in most of them.  I also updated my existing logs from New York and Philadelphia with new RDS screenshots, adding 18 new logs from the latter city.  Click below to see the new logs, and check out my Travel DX Logs page to find these and many more logs I made from various places across the United States.

New RDS screenshot added from 89.7 W209BY

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WPER

While doing a regular dial scan on Sept. 11, I found that local translator 89.7 W209BY Woodbridge, VA now broadcasts RDS.  The text display references its parent station 89.9 WPER from nearby Culpeper, VA.  This comes after the translator started rebroadcasting WPER in June 2016.  The screenshot below was added to the FM RDS & HD Radio Screenshots page.

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89.7 W209BY Woodbridge, VA, “Positive Hits PER” – ccm, 1 mile

Car radio DX 9/5/16: 1 new FM Log

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WOWD-LP

While in Oxon Hill, MD on September 5, I logged one new station, 94.3 WOWD-LP Takoma Park, MD.  This station, which airs a variety format spanning from indie rock to smooth jazz and 1940s music back-to-back at the time of my reception, is a fairly new signal, signing on in July 2016.  I’ve been trying to log this station ever since, but it has proven to be impossible to do at my home since 94.3 is occupied by fairly-strong WWXX Buckland, VA, at 32 miles away.  But WOWD-LP blasts in with stereo reception in Oxon Hill, 17 miles NNE of my home.  My FM DX Log page has been updated with this new logging.

New FM log:
94.3 WOWD-LP Takoma Park, MD, “Takoma Radio” – variety, 12 miles from car radio location in Oxon Hill, MD

New travel DX logs added from Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

ohioI went on a two-day trip last week to Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.  While in both cities, I DXed the FM dial, complete with several Canadian FMs popping in while in Cleveland.  On the way home from Pittsburgh, I briefly stopped in Hagerstown, MD and updated my log from that city with several new RDS screenshots.  Click on the links below to view the new DX logs, which were also added to my Travel DX Logs page.