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Monday, June 30, 2014


W296AO Last post, I mentioned hearing two stations on 107.1 MHz that I could not identify. Checking the channel today, I found only one station and it identified as WJMJ. I already have WJMJ in the log, but on a different channel (88.9 MHz), so what was I hearing on 107.1?

After a little research, I discovered that WJMJ has a translator station on 107.1 with the call sign W296AO. Playing 1960s oldies, it transmits 3 watts from the top of the Knights of Columbus Building in New Haven, 15 miles to my south-southwest, putting an S1 signal into the stock radio of my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Enhanced Ether

WLTW Enhanced VHF propagation was in the ether most of the day and I logged two new ones on channels that were blank in my FM log until yesterday.

WBLI at 1616 UTC transmitting 49 kW on 106.1 MHz 47 miles to my south-southwest in Patchogue, Long Island, New York. WBLI’s signal was an S-4 into the stock radio if my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport.

And from the top of the Empire State Building, 80 miles to my southwest came WLTW at 1623 UTC with an S-6 signal transmitting 6 kW on 106.7 MHz.

I also heard two stations on 107.1 MHz, but was unable to identify them.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A very cool radio

In the mid-1950’s, Philips introduced a refrigerator with a built-in radio. It was sold in Europe and as it ads proclaimed “even America does not know about it yet!”

Here is a French advertisement for the Radiofrigo.


Here are photos of the unit from an exhibit at Musee EDF Electropolis, Mulhouse in France:

Philips-radio-refrigerator_www Philips-radio-refrigerator-close-up_www

Monday, June 16, 2014

Band Still Open


After working three new ones during my lunch hour on Friday, I checked the band after dinner and the FM band was still open. And I worked two additional FM stations:

WTCC at 2251 UTC with an S-6 signal on 90.7 MHz transmitting 4 kW from Springfield, Massachusetts, 37 miles north-northeast.

WORC at 2300 UTC with an S-1 signal on 98.9 MHz transmitting 1,870 watts from Webster, Massachusetts, 56 miles east-northeast.

Equipment used was a C.Crane CC Radio 2E enhanced with its stock whip antenna.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Band Open


According to the VHF Propagation Map, propagation was good in my neck of the woods before I ventured out to my car to find some FM band DX.

I quickly logged two new stations that were on channels that were not in my log:

  • WQQQ on 103.3 MHz with an S-2 signal running 1.5 kW out of Sharon, Connecticut, 50 miles northwest
  • WKTU on 103.5 MHz with an S-3 signal running 17 kW out of Lake Success, Long Island, NY. The WKTU transmitter is actually located at the top of the Empire State Building in Manhattan, 81 miles southwest.

Then I tuned to other channels that were not in my log and found an S-1 signal on 101.9 MHz. The signal level was up and down. It disappeared completely a few times and it also became very strong - an S-7 signal - at one time. Turned out to be another new one: WCIB transmitting 50 kW from Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, 110 miles east.

Equipment used was the stock radio and antenna of my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport (radio pictured above). And by the way, this DX session occurred during a heavy rainstorm with thunder rumbling in the distance.

Two More in the Log

WMOS Last night, I warmed up the CC Radio 2E Enhanced and tuned to 102.3 MHz to see if I could identify the classic rock station vying with WBAB for dominance of that channel. And at 2229 UTC, it identified as WMOS with an S-1 signal from Stonington, Connecticut, transmitting 3 kW 49 miles to my east-southeast.

Next, I checked all the channels that are empty in my log and found an S-2 signal on 99.7 broadcasting political nonsense talk. At 2239 UTC, it identified itself as WPRO in Providence, Rhode Island, running 39 kW 77 miles to my east-northeast.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Two New New York Stations

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Nothing new on 90.1 MHz today, so I tuned slowly up the band parking my receiver on any channel not yet represented in my log.

At 1642Z, 100.7 MHz brought me WHUD transmitting 50 kW from Peekskill, New York, 58 miles to my west-southwest. It was a constant S-2 signal.

102.3 MHz was busy with two stations vying for my attention. At 1655Z, the station id for WBAB won the battle. Located in Dix Hills on Long Island, 55 miles to my south-southwest, WBAB was transmitting 6 kW. It’s signal was S-2, but at times, another station overtook it, but I could not positively identify it. So I will revisit 102.3 again real soon now. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014



Deja vu yesterday: during my lunch hour, I tuned the stock radio in my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport to 90.1 MHz and added a new station to my log: classical music station WRXC in Seymour, Connecticut, running 45 Watts 19 miles to my west-southwest.

Like yesterday’s catch on 90.1, WRXC’s signal was not overwhelming, but there was no sign of the station (WUSB) I heard yesterday at the same time, same channel. Needless to say, I will try 90.1 again tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014



Since returning from the Hamvention last month, I had not done much AM or FM broadcast band DXing. However, with the increased possibility of enhanced VHF conditions this time of year, I was motivated to start anew tuning around the FM band and I caught a new one today (my 80th FM station) at 1655 UTC: WUSB running 3.6 kW on 90.1 MHz out of Stony Brook, Long Island, New York. Located 46 miles to my south-southwest, the State University of New York radio station registered an S-3 on the virtual S-meter of the stock AM-FM radio in my 2007 Subaru Outback Sport.