I’m on my annual trip to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Yes, Hurricane Arthur made a mess up here. Power was out for 42 hours here in Greenwood and we had winds of 139 kph (about 100 mph).
Despite no power or internet, there has been a lot of skip over the last few days. These were logged in my car and on my PL380 with just the whip.
July 5- times are Atlantic (EDT+1)
1515 94.5, WGTK, Greenville SC, 1170 miles, Financial program
1540 93.7, WFBC, Greenville SC, 1170 miles, “B93.7”, RDS
2055 92.5, WBKR, Owensboro KY, 1252 miles, Call ID
2100 92.1, UNID, Classic Rock 92.1 WBVX Carlisle KY?
2105 91.1, WVRP, Roanoke Rapids NC, Victory FM, gave affiliate list
2105 90.7 UNID, Either a BBN or FBN (WOTJ) station, Alexander Scourby Scripture reading. Since this was just two days after Hurricane Arthur hit Morehead City, not sure of this would be WOTJ.
2112 97.5, WAMZ, Louisville KY, 1167 miles, “Kentuckiana Country”
2112 96.7, UNID, Thought I heard “WKOV”
2120 97.1 WKEQ, Somerset KY, 1158 miles, “Q97”, Classic Rock
2130 100.5 WSSL, Greenville SC, 1170 miles, “Q100”
2130 99.5 WRNN, Socastee SC, 1078 milesm Hot Talk For Conway
2135 97.9, WSIX, Nashville TN, 1300 miles, “The Big 98”. call ID, country
2140 95.5 WZOH, Lancaster OH, 974 miles, CBS Sports Radio, mention of Columbus
2140 95.5 WHPE, High Point NC, 1006 miles, BBN, only station in skip zone, had multiple clouds
2150 90.7, WYFH, North Charleston SC, 1158 miles, BBN
2155 88.5 WYFV, Cayce SC, 1148 miles, BBN
0940 90.7 WVAS, Montgomery AL, Local church announcements, gospel
0944 97.5 UNID, “The Bear”
0957 93.1 WBBK, Blakely GA, 1452 miles, “The People’s Station” gospel
1000 88.5 WRAS, Atlanta GA, 1297 miles, ID
1001 88.7 WJFR, Jacksonville FL, 1360 miles, Family Radio, Family Bible Reading Fellowship, relog
1020 102.5 WDXB, Jasper AL, 1418 miles, Alabama ads, 205 area code
1035 98.7 WOKO, Oliver Springs TN, 1190 miles, “Talk of East Tennessee”
1040 92.3 WDEF, Chattanooga TN, 1283 miles “Sunny” ads for Tennessee Lottery, Kia of Chattanooga
1320 96.1 UNID, religious readings
1325 105.9 WOKZ, Fairfield IL, 1291 miles, country
1339 102.7 WDWQ, Terre Haute IN, 1210 miles, “Q102.7” Country
1346 101.7 WIKL, Elwood IN, 1113 miles, “K-Love”, skip zone
1356 101.7 WQHH, DeWitt MI, 989 miles, “Power 96”
June 22 was one of the best and long-lived Es events I can recall, with a 6-hour opening and the first time I’ve received Es after midnight.
The event started around 1700 Eastern with some weakish skip to South Florida.
1655 88.9 WDNA, Miami FL, 990 miles
1700 89.3 WRMB, Boynton Beach FL, 921 miles
1708 90.7 WPBI, West Palm Beach FL, 916 miles Classical
1710 89.7 WKCP, Miami FL, 991 miles, Classical, RDS “Classical South Florida”
1720 93.5 WBGF, Belle Glade FL, presumed, 915 miles, Spanish, new
I had to go to church and didn’t check again until 1930 and found the band full of skip. At times, the skip was 4 stations deep!
1925 89.9 KRPS, Pittsburg KS, 1048 miles, RDS
1930 90.7 UNID, 1930, CCM
1930 90.7 UNID, 1930, Southern Gospel
1935 91.9 UNID, Preaching, urban-style
1940 93.5 KIXV, Hot Springs AR, 1036 miles, “Hot Springs’ Hot Country, Kix 93.5”, new
1942 96.3 KTTG, Mena AR, 1058 miles, World Cup
1942 96.3 UNID, country
1948 96.9 KQOB, Enid OK, 1226 miles, “Bob FM”, webstream match
1953 107.7 KRXO, Oklahoma City OK, 1224 miles, promo for NBC Sports Radio, “The Franchise.” This station was in for over an hour, new
1957 107.1 KCNY, Greenbriar AR, 957 miles, “Conway’s Best Country”, new
2000 105.1 KYEL, Danville AR, 1022 miles, “Thunder Country”, new
2002 104.9 UNID, Some kind of live country program
2004 104.1 KSGF, Ash Grove MO, 987 miles, “News Talk FM”, Springfield MO weather, new
2004 104.1 KMGL, Oklahoma City OK, 1224 miles, Delilah, new
2005 103.9 UNID, Country
2007 103.1 UNID, Country
2008 102.5 UNID, Country
2010 101.5 KIZS, Collinsville OK, presumed, 1117 miles, Spanish, skip zone, new
2012 101.3 KFDI, Wichita KS, 1186 miles, Call ID, new
2019 100.7 UNID, Country
2020 100.5 KATT, Oklahoma City OK, 1224 miles, new
2020 100.5 UNID, Country
2025 100.1 KYFM Bartlesville OK, 1133 miles, Country oldies show with songs by Red Foley, ad for Green County Village Retirement Home, Brtlesville weather, new
2032 98.3 KQZQ, Kiowa KS, 1248 miles, “Coyote Country”, new
2038 95.3 KINZ, Humboldt KS, 1081 miles, EAS tones with Tornado Warning for Stanton County KS, also heard at 2114, new
2040 95.5 KWEN, Tulsa OK, 1137 miles, “Powered By Country Countdown”, Bob Hurley Ford ad, also heard at 2114, new
2040 94.3 KCWV, Kingman KS, 1208 miles, Preaching, skip zone, new
2042 93.9 KGDS , Andover KS, 1178 miles, Rock, new
2047 92.3 KFTI, Newton KS, 1176 miles, Classic Country
2048 92.1 UNID, Ad for Six Flags Over Texas
2050 89.9 UNID, Bluegeass
2054 89.1 UNID, Blues
2055 88.9 KYLF, Adrian MO, 1006 miles, Bott Radio Network, call ID
2100 88.7 WSIE, Edwardsville IL, 771 miles, “Your Jazz Station”, way over my strong local WKNZ, Harrington DE
2107 101.5 UNID, Country
2108 101.3 UNID, Country
2111 100.5 KVWF, Augusta KS, 1167 miles, “The Wolf”, new
2124 91.7 KOSU, Stillwater OK, 1221 miles, RDS
I had to take a break and watch a movie with my wife. I checked again about midnight and found the skip was STILL in! This is the first time I’ve ever had skip so late (or early, depending on your perspective).
0004 90.9 KLRC, Tahlequah OK, 1062 miles, RDS “The Positive Difference” CCM, John Brown University, Siloam Springs AR
0008 91.7 UNID, Hip-hop
I have some recordings that I’ll post later.
I’m a Baptist pastor by trade and I also have an interest in Christian radio. I was saved listening to HCJB from Quito, Ecuador in 1978 and I worked at a Christian radio station for 13 years.
Below are the FM Christian stations I can hear from central Delaware, with some of my comments and observations. I will also eventually do a similar list of the AM Christian stations I can hear in my area.
American Family Radio. Large, nationwide network based in Tupelo, MS. They run two main streams, one talk and the other various types of Christian music. http://www.afa.net/Radio/
91.7 WBKU, Ashokie NC
Bible Broadcasting Network. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, they are a nationwide network. More of the conservative Bible teaching and music. Their 99.7 station in Norfolk is a good tropo indicator for southern paths.
91.7 W219BZ, Lewis DE
95.5 WHPE, High Point NC, logged via tropo
99.7 WYFI, Norfolk VA
Calvary Satellite Network. Charismatic Bible teaching and Christian Rock. Calvary Chapel (a network of Charismatic churches that were started in the “Christian Hippie Movement” in the late 1960s with Chuck Smith) runs this network. Its main station is KAWZ in Twin Falls ID and they have translators galore. http://www.csnradio.com/
90.9 W213CE, Cape May NJ
Eternal Word Broadcasting Network. Roman Catholic network, based in Birmingham AL. Mainly talk, Catholic programs and mass broadcasts. http://www.ewtn.com/
91.9 WSMJ, Cape May NJ
GoMix Radio Network. Based in Snow Hill NC. Makes it into Delaware during strong tropo (it has to be strong to overcome my local uber-pest WKNZ in Harrington DE). Christian Rock. And preaching. http://www.gomixradio.org/
88.7 WAGO, Snow Hill NC
91.1 WZGO, Aurora NC
Family Life Network. Christian Rock and some Bible teaching. http://www.fln.org/
91.5 WCIM, Shenandoah PA
Family Radio. How the mighty have fallen. Started by lay-preacher Harold Camping in the Oakland, CA area in 1959, they had a nationwide network of AM and FM stations plus shortwave. I was a monitor for their shortwave network back in the early 1980s. They ran conservative Christian music but how they handled their outside programming was controversial. Unlike other brokered Christian stations that sold airtime, Family Radio sold no airtime but required broadcasters to drop their local address in their broadcasts and have all correspondence (and presumably offerings) directed to Family Radio. Starting in 1994 and again in 2011, Camping predicted the rapture, which failed to occur in either year. He survived the 1994 debacle but not the 2011 one. After that failed prediction, Camping was discredited and offerings fell severely, forcing the sale of many valuable licenses, including WFSI in Annapolis MD, WFME in Newark NJ and WKDN in Philadelphia. Christian listeners took issue with many other of Camping’s peculiar teachings. Camping later suffered a stroke and died. The network continues Camping’s vision and still plays many of his programs. Although they sold the FM signals in the Mid-Atlantic region, they purchased several AM stations, so they continue to be a major force in this area. http://www.familyradio.com/
750 WBMD, Baltimore MD
860 WFSI, Baltimore MD
950 WKDN, Camden NJ
Fundamental Broadcasting Network. As the name implies, but skewed to Independent Baptist Fundamentalism. About half music and very conservative preaching. The music is conservative but tends to get a bit jumpy. Based out of Grace Baptist Church in Newport, NC. Used to be on shortwave as well. http://www.fbnradio.com/
1590 WHGT, Chambersburg PA
96.1 WIHW-LP, Dover DE. Operated by Capitol Baptist Church.
Hope FM. Christian Rock. Closely identified with Calvary Chapel, with Charismatic preaching. They are one of the many Christian rock networks that clog the local airwaves with unnecessary translators. http://www.hopefm.net/
89.1 WRSM Rising Sun MD
90.9 W215BY, Church Hill MD
96.1 W246AO, Wye Mills MD
97.7 W249BY, Bridgeton NJ
103.3 W277BL, New Castle DE
LifeTalk Radio. A Seventh Day Adventist network. Heard in the area on 89.9 WXTR in Tappahannock VA during tropo openings. http://www.positivehits.org/index_home.html
Lift FM. Christian Rock. Relays WZFI-LP 98.5 from Bridgeton NJ. Their 88.1 outlet initially signed on as Chesapeake Catholic Radio (although it was in New Jersey???) with EWTN programming. Owned by Azariah Comminucations. http://lift985.com/
88.1 WFDS, Pennsville NJ. This station started off as EWTN and the original plan was to put it in Smyrna DE, but that was rejected by the FCC. It ended up in Pennsville.
98.5 WZFI-LP, Bridgeton NJ (main station)
. Nationwide Christian Rock network, the bane of unidentified stations during Es openings. If you don’t have at least a dozen unidentified K-Love stations in your log, you aren’t trying hard enough. http://www.klove.com/
89.5 WYPA , Cherry Hill NJ
92.1 WLBW, Fenwick Island DE
105.5 WDKZ, Salisbury MD
106.9 WKVP Camden NJ. K-Love moved here in late 2013, not sure what they are doing with the 89.5 signal.
Positive, Encouraging Radio. Christian Rock. Headquartered in Virginia, heard during tropo openings. http://www.positivehits.org/index_home.html
89.9 WPER, Culpeper VA
Praise FM. From South Jersey. 88.1 and 89.9 don’t run parallel. They have different programming streams and the music on 89.9 is more Southern Gospel while 88.1 is more Praise and Worship music. Owned by Maranatha Ministries. http://www.praise899.org/ .
88.1 WJPG, Cape May Court House NJ
89.9 WJPH, Woodbine NJ
Reach FM From Faith City Church near Christiana Mall, Christiana DE. Christian Rock network, with a slew of translators, some as far away as Ohio, South Carolina and Arkansas. The 89.1 outlet is their primary station. http://www.myreachradio.com/
88.3 WVBH Beach Haven West NJ
89.1 WXHL, Christiana DE
91.9 WXHM, Middletown DE
91.9 W220CT, Salisbury MD
95.3 W237CD, Harrisonville NJ
96.3 W242AV, Seaford DE
100.3 W262BF, Georgetown DE
106.7 W294BN, Dover DE
Rejoice Broadcasting Network. From Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola FL. Generally conservative music, some preaching. They operate a nationwide translator network. Their main station is 89.5 WPCS, which I have logged by Es. http://www.rejoice.org/
89.9 W210CC, Salisbury MD
Word FM. Christian Rock. They operate a slew of translators, mainly in Pennsylvania. http://www.wordfm.org
88.1 WZZD, Warwick PA
88.3 WZXE, East Nottingham PA
88.3 WZQX Chambersburg PA
88.7 WBYX Stroudsburg PA
VCY America Radio Network. Based in Milwaukee, mainly Christian talk with some conservative Christian music. http://www.vcyamerica.org/
91.7 WBMR, Teford PA
Victory FM. From Liberty University in Lynchburg VA. Was easily heard in Delaware before new stations signed on 88.3 (namely WRAU in Ocean City MD, an unnecessary rebroadcaster of WAMU 88.5 in Washington). Christian Rock, some preaching.
88.3 WRVL, Lynchburg VA (main station)
88.3 WVRL, Elizabeth City NC
88.7 WKNZ, Harrington DE. The Bridge, from Eagles Nest Fellowship near Milton DE. Christian Rock. Dominates at 25 kw, wiped out what used to be a great DX frequency. Was this station really necessary, considering all the other Christian rock stations in the area? http://www.887thebridge.com/
88.7 WEHA Port Republic NJ. Urban Gospel. They attempted to set up relays in Delaware on 1600 in Dover and on a few translators but that did not last for long. http://www.wehagospel887.com/
89.9 WOEL, Elkton, MD. Owned by Maryland Baptist Bible College. I worked here from 1986-1998 as a board operator, announcer and program producer. A station in serious decline. Often runs with low modulation. Fundamental Baptist programming (what little there is left), broadcasts of services from Maranatha Baptist Church in Elkton MD and generally conservative music, although the format is not very tight. It really needs strong management and better staff training, which it had in the years I was there. Went on the air in 1978 on 88.3, causing major interference to channel 6 in Philadelphia. Many acts of vandalism and sabotage of the transmitter occurred by frustrated TV viewers. The local newspaper claimed WOEL was a pirate station but that was a slander. Was eventually moved to 89.9, which took care of most of the problems. They had two translators, one in Easton MD on 90.7 (operated by Bible Baptist Church in Easton, now defunct) and one in Waynesboro PA (I can’t remember the frequency).
90.3 WDIH, Salisbury MD, urban gospel. http://www.wdihradio90-3.org/
90.5 WCRH, Williamsport MD. Comes in occasionally by tropo. Looks like mainly a Bible teaching station. Wiki says it is affiliated wiuth Cedar Ridge Ministries. http://wcrh.org/
90.7 WYRS, Manahawkin NJ. Bible teaching. http://www.wyrs.org/
91.9 WGTS, Takoma Park MD. Seventh Day Adventist station from Columbia Union College (a Seventh Day Adventist college). Christian Rock, they also run RDS and put a rather reliable signal into Delaware. http://wgts.org/
94.5 WDAC, Lancaster PA. What you might call a “heritage” Christian station. It has evolved over the years, from playing conservative Christian music to more Christian Rock. Their programming philosophy hasn’t changed as much. Great to listen to for local news and information from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Their tower is on PA 272 south of Lancaster on a tall hill. http://www.wdac.com/ . They are rebroadcast on a translator on 97.1 W246BI in Middletown DE.
95.1 WRBS, Baltimore MD. “Shine FM” They have a similar background and history as WDAC above. They also run an AM outlet on 1230 that is geared to preaching and talk programs. They have two translators on the Delmarva. http://www.wrbs.com/
100.1 W261AE, Camden DE, operated by Faith Community Church on US13.
100.1 W261AU, Easton MD
99.1 WAWZ, Zarephath NJ. Christian Rock. Star 99.1. http://www.star991.com/
102.5 WOLC, Princess Anne, MD. Similar to WDAC and WRBS above. http://www.wolc.org/
103.9 WPPZ, Jenkintown PA. Urban gospel. Praise 103.9. http://praisephilly.com/
104.1 WPRS, Waldorf MD. Urban gospel. Praise 104.1. http://praisedc.com/ . Probably related or very similar to WPPZ above.
104.7 WPZZ, Crewe VA. Urban gospe1. Praose 104.7. See above. http://praiserichmond.com/
105.1 W286BS, Milford DE. Urban gospel. Not sure who they are translating. There has been a lot of history with this signal, most of it quite confusing to follow.
105.1 WAVA, Arlington VA. Also runs an outlet on 780, with more teaching and talk programs. Conservative talk and Bible teaching on the FM outlet. http://www.wava.com/
107.5 WBYO, Boyertown PA. Much like 94.5 WDAC in Lancaster PA.
May 11 marked the first sustained Es opening here in Delaware. There was Es on May 10 and I *think* I had a few Cubans and maybe the Dominican Republic but that is all rather tentative. The May 11 event lasted almost 3 hours.
91.5 1557 SS, mentions of Cuba
101.5 1603 SS, mentions of Cuba and “Gramma”
88.1 1624 SS, Rancheria mx, maybe Dominican Republic
I haven’t been able to pin down any possibilities if 91.5 and 101.5 were Cubans
88.9 KYLF 1655 Adrian MO Bott Radio, new
88.9 KETR 1700 Commerce TX NPR, relog
104.3 KBCN 1725 Marshall AR Univ of Arkansas baseball, ESPN Arkansas, new
93.5 KIXV 1725 Bismarck AR Country, Kix 93.5, new
96.3 KSCS 1726 Fort Worth TX Country 96.3, call ID, new
96.3 UNID 1733 Mention of Mississippi, maybe KUSJ
90.7 UNID 1745 Two UNID Christian stations, one Christian talk, the other CCM
89.7 UNID 1800 Christian, strong southern accent
89.1 KUAR 1805 Little Rock AR NPR, RDS, new
89.7 KUAF 1818 Pine Bluff AR RDS, gospel
88.3 KJGM 1830 Bastrop AR CCM, Sonlife Radio, not sure of the location, assume this one
89.7 UNID 1835 CCM, K-Love
91.9 UNID 1840 Christian
91.7 UNID 1845 CCM
88.1 UNID 1859 Gospel
88.1 WMAU 1900 Meridan MS Mississippi Public Radio, RDS, relog
89.1 WPAS 1911 Pascagoula MS RDS, Preacher
88.9 UNID 2007 Irish mx
I also noticed a new translator, probably 95.3, W237EH from Pennsauken NJ. The license info has it associated with 740 WVCH Chester PA (brokered Christian) so I assume they are relaying WVCH.
Now at 921 stations logged.
88.1 WFDS in Pennsville NJ switched formats a few months back, shifting from EWTN Catholic programming to Christian Rock, airing “Lift FM”, presumably relaying 98.5 WZFI-LP in Bridgeton NJ. Just what we need- yet another Christian Rock outlet. At least EWTN offered some variety in religious programming in the area.
The start of the FM DX season is here and it’s time to reactive the blog.
AM DX this last season was rough due to increase in power line noise so that really cut down on my activity but hope springs eternal and I hope that when September rolls around, conditions will improve.
Coming into my 8th FM DX season, I am at 909 stations, looking to get to 1000 stations logged. I’ll be updating on my logs through the summer.
For now, I am updated my FM and AM DX logs- you can download them in Excel format at the link at the top of the page.
Some good FM DX over the last few days here in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, using my PL-310 barefoot.
91.1 WYFG Gaffney SC with BBN programming, 1094 miles
91.9 WRCM Charlotte NC, call ID with CCM music, 1076 miles
95.1 WSSX Charleston SC, 1164 miles
89.1 WSPM Cloverdale IN, Catholic programming, presumed, 1178 miles
92.3 WIL St Louis MO, 1369 miles
98.7 WNNS Springfield IL, 1309 miles
I now have 81 FM stations in my Nova Scotia FM log and 15 of these are via Es.