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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.

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