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Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by SolarMax » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:28 pm

TV - Ages ago picked up CBC Winnipeg from Detroit. On Cape Cod MA, during summer coastal tropo events have received Jacksonville and other Floridians.
Best AMs, from Detroit, have been KOA Denver, WWL New Orleans or WOAI San Antonio, probably a few unidenified Caribbeans.



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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by KC8YQQ » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:35 am

WOAI 1200 San Antonio, TX @ Jackson, MI (a regular at night)
KFDI 101.3 Wichita, KS @ Jackson, MI (their RDS interrupted a tape I was listening to)
CKCO TV42 (analog) Sarnia, ON @ Houghton Lake Heights, MI ( a regular at night)



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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by billmich » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:34 pm

mtburb wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:06 pm
TC Talks wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:08 pm
WWL from Plymouth
WABC from Saginaw
KOA from Grand Rapids
Could you clarify those as AM, FM or TV?
you're kidding, right?



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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by billmich » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:36 pm

Late 1980's KFI-amLos Angeles (from Grosse Pointe)

though in A2 in late 80's I could hear the Netherland Antilles "under" CKLW before (not sure if that is further)



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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by Ben Zonia » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:52 pm

PJB 800 is farther and is certainly one of the furthest AM stations I have ever heard also. I have heard heterodynes of 1 kHz to 5 kHz from other regions that don't use 10 kHz separation, but have been unable to identify them except the 835 kHz in Belize.


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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by Big Signal » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:23 pm

Late 1980's KFI-amLos Angeles (from Grosse Pointe)

I also picked up KFI in LA up in Bay City one early morning around 1:00 in my car.


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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by Arthur Mometer » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:55 pm

I heard KFI quite a few times in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I talked to the late great Ron O'Brien (WCAR, WCFL) on the phone one Night.


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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:16 pm

A few years ago, we vacationed in the Yucatan area of Mexico. Sitting on our hotel balcony, at night, with a Sangean portable, I heard a lot of low to medium powered AMs from around the US Gulf Coast. FL, MS and LA.



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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by TC Talks » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:02 pm

mtburb wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:06 pm
TC Talks wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:08 pm
WWL from Plymouth
WABC from Saginaw
KOA from Grand Rapids
Could you clarify those as AM, FM or TV?
All AM


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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by mtburb » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:06 pm

TC Talks wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:02 pm
mtburb wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:06 pm
TC Talks wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:08 pm
WWL from Plymouth
WABC from Saginaw
KOA from Grand Rapids
Could you clarify those as AM, FM or TV?
All AM
All right.


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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by Big Signal » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:12 pm

I talked to the late great Ron O'Brien (WCAR, WCFL) on the phone one Night.
One of my friends worked in Chicago radio back in the day and we went up and saw Ron and talked to him while he was on the air. I remember him moving his leg back and fourth from side to side with his left had on his thigh every time he opened the mic. He was a great talent, I loved hearing him on CFL.


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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by Arthur Mometer » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:02 pm

Big Signal wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:12 pm
I talked to the late great Ron O'Brien (WCAR, WCFL) on the phone one Night.
One of my friends worked in Chicago radio back in the day and we went up and saw Ron and talked to him while he was on the air. I remember him moving his leg back and fourth from side to side with his left had on his thigh every time he opened the mic. He was a great talent, I loved hearing him on CFL.
We talked about Michigan radio stations when I talked to him on the phone at KFI. He lived in Southgate, about a mile from the WJBK/WLQV towers when he worked at WCAR. He said it barely came in at Night. I told him I mainly remembered him from Super CFL.

But WLQV was sure strong at Radio Shack in Lincoln Park. That first PLL Communications Receiver had the S meter pinned with the RF Gain all the way down and the Preselector way detuned.


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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by ftballfan » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:28 pm

I only keep track of FM, but the farthest I have heard via tropo is 102.3 KRNY out of Kearney, Nebraska. I've heard that twice from Manistee, MI (in 2016 and 2018) on a Tecsun PL-390



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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by tapeisrolling » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:40 pm

Mine best catch on AM KOA in the car in Canton, MI

TV was channel 3 W??? Tampa, FL with a whip ant. in a dorm room at Ferris State College now (FSU)

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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by mtburb » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:59 pm

tapeisrolling wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:40 pm
TV was channel 3 W??? Tampa, FL with a whip ant. in a dorm room at Ferris State College now (FSU)
That would be WEDU, the primary PBS station in Tampa.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WEDU


For three days in January 2017 (15th, 16th, 19th) and one night in September 2017 (22nd), I managed to receive KDKA Pittsburgh from 202 miles away indoors!

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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by phillyb » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:09 pm

Heard from Spring Lake MI:
AM--KNX-1070, KFI-640, both Los Angeles (KFI was a pest before Zeeland-640 came on the air); CFUN-1410 Vancouver BC in the 70s
FM--Some Denver FMs on a super-Eskip back in the 1980s, heard on a Radio Shack "boombox"
TV--CKCK-2 Regina SK in the late 1970s on a TV with "Rabbit Ears".

I haven't really DXed seriously since the 1980s, but I did hear a couple of Massachusetts FMs on Eskip this past summer, on a table radio with a whip antenna.

In my experience you do not need a super antenna or fancy set-up to catch strong E-Skip openings on FM or TV.



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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by Splouge » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:15 pm

All of these are from Melvindale, MI

TV: WYZZ Peoria (~330 mi, DT)/CKCO-3 (~61 mi, analog)
FM: WCPN Cleveland (~90 mi)
AM: WBZ Boston (~650 mi)

Bonus WX: WWG87 Fond du Lac (~286 mi)


One time, I got WYZZ Peoria 330 miles away indoors clearly for 10 minutes on Dec 5, 2015

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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by Arthur Mometer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:22 pm

phillyb wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:09 pm
Heard from Spring Lake MI:
AM--KNX-1070, KFI-640, both Los Angeles (KFI was a pest before Zeeland-640 came on the air); CFUN-1410 Vancouver BC in the 70s
FM--Some Denver FMs on a super-Eskip back in the 1980s, heard on a Radio Shack "boombox"
TV--CKCK-2 Regina SK in the late 1970s on a TV with "Rabbit Ears".

I haven't really DXed seriously since the 1980s, but I did hear a couple of Massachusetts FMs on Eskip this past summer, on a table radio with a whip antenna.
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In my experience you do not need a super antenna or fancy set-up to catch strong E-Skip openings on FM or TV.e
Sporadic E can be close to free space propagation at the slant distance. The Inverse Field from a 100 kW station would be 1380 mV/m at 1 mile, so the maximum at a 1380 mile slant distance would be close to 1 mV/m.


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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by ChrisKun2K5 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:20 pm

From Washtenaw County:
Farthest AM: Probably Cuba. The only Cuban signal I can still hear regularly is the beautiful music station, Radio Enciclopedia, on 530.
Farthest FM tropo: WTTS 92.3 Bloomington, IN
Farthest FM E-skip: WEOW 92.7 Key West, FL

Farthest FM tropo ever: then-WTFX 100.5 Louisville, KY from Gaylord, MI
Farthest FM E-skip ever: then-WZJZ 107.1 Lehigh Acres, FL from Gaylord, MI



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Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Post by ftballfan » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:54 pm

ChrisKun2K5 wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:20 pm
From Washtenaw County:
Farthest AM: Probably Cuba. The only Cuban signal I can still hear regularly is the beautiful music station, Radio Enciclopedia, on 530.
Farthest FM tropo: WTTS 92.3 Bloomington, IN
Farthest FM E-skip: WEOW 92.7 Key West, FL

Farthest FM tropo ever: then-WTFX 100.5 Louisville, KY from Gaylord, MI
Farthest FM E-skip ever: then-WZJZ 107.1 Lehigh Acres, FL from Gaylord, MI
Impressive! When I lived in Washtenaw County for a year, my farthest tropo was 105.7 KOKZ from Waterloo, IA. The same day that I got that, the 101.7 out of Fort Madison, IA was in for a few hours as well as 94.1 KRNA from Iowa City, IA



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