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February 21-22, 2017 Tropo

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February 21-22, 2017 Tropo

Post by cckadlec » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:11 am

This is a review of the second major (300+ mi.) tropo opening this year, the first being almost exactly one month ago.

FEBRUARY 21-22, 2017 2300 - 0200 TROPO SUMMARY
heard in Fremont, Mich. (100 mi. ene of Milwaukee)
Grundig G8 portable radio with internal antenna

Selected stations (Barrie + Owen Sound) can be heard here (5:23)

Tropo Summary: Tropo continued throughout the day on February 21st first starting in Fremont with solid local-like signals from Chicagoland (with greatly enhanced Saginaw area) in excess of 30dBu in the afternoon as the temperature topped at 60° after morning rain. Numerous local stations were significantly interfered with or knocked out entirely, such as 97.9, 98.7, 102.3, and 102.7 among others. Many, though not all, stations were received with RDS. Chicagoland persisted south of Fremont though not as strong and WIIL dominated the dial down to Comstock Park on seek and RDS with no interference, well past the usual cut-off point in Sparta. WMYX and WKKV did much the same with WMYX in with a moderate signal in downtown Grand Rapids with WFMK audible only atop hills. Both WMYX and WKKV, along with WIIL, were strong with RDS and on seek in suburban Grandville with 107.7 VCY in solid on seek west of US-131 as well as north of Grand Rapids into Fremont in the afternoon and early evening.

In the evening hours after sunset, numerous areas started coming in with strong signals in Grant and Newaygo, but conditions weren't ideal for strong tropo until Fremont where the dial would on and off get quiet and locals started to fade out entirely. Milwaukee was intense in the late evening hours with a strong east-west duct. Strong interference or outright takeovers were noted on 93.3, 94.5, 95.7, 96.5, 97.3, 102.1, 102.9, 103.7, 104.5, 104.7, 106.1, 106.9, with 107.7 remaining strong from earlier in the day. A rare inland catch of 104.5 WXER at 25dBu over 18-mile local WSNX was the highlight of this part of the opening.

As the temperature dropped down to 48°, Milwaukee remained intense from 7 to 10pm with many frequencies running multiple stations deep before conditions became more stable and moved into Northern Michigan in what became one of the strongest Northern Michigan openings in a decade. Northern Michigan stations continued from 11pm to after 2am with Barrie and Owen Sound noted strong from midnight until after 2am. The Northern Michigan and Barrie opening is noted below with loggings beginning after 11pm with 107.9 and working down the dial as conditions gradually started to fade after 1:30am. Barrie and Owen Sound were heard on 92.3, 93.1, 95.7, and 107.5 with the latter being by far the strongest and for an extended period of more than two hours.

February 21-22, 2017 2300-0200 Tropo (Northern Michigan / Barrie)

88.7 WIAA MI Interlochen / Classical IPR / 100kw / 25dBu, stereo (56 mi.)
89.1 WLKB MI Bay City / K-Love / 50kw / 20dBu, mono (98 mi.)
89.3 WPNE WI Green Bay / WPR Ideas / 100kw / 20dBu, mono (121 mi.)
89.5 WCMU MI Mt. Pleasant / CMU Public R. / 100kw / 30dBu, stereo (58 mi.)
89.7 WLMN MI Manistee / IPR News R. / 15kw / 20dBu, mono (46 mi.)
90.1 WUCX MI Bay City / Q-90.1 / 30kw / 20dBu, mono (112 mi.)
90.5 WPHN MI Gaylord / The Promise FM / 100kw / 20dBu, mono (144 mi.)
90.5 WKAR MI East Lansing / Public Radio / 87kw / 20dBu, mono (94 mi.)
90.7 WHAD WI Delafield / WPR Ideas / 72kw / 35dBu, mono (128 mi.)
90.7 WBHL MI Harrison / Strong Tower R. / 10kw / 25dBu, mono (76 mi.)
91.1 WOLW MI Cadillac / The Promise FM / 50kw / 35dBu, stereo (56 mi.)
91.5 WMHW MI Mt. Pleasant / The Mountain / 9.1kw / 20dBu, mono (58 mi.)
91.9 WHDI WI Sister Bay / WPR Ideas / 11kw / 15dBu, mono (134 mi.)
92.1 WQTX MI St. Johns / The Team / 4kw / 20dBu, mono (80 mi.)
92.1 WTWS MI Houghton Lake / The Twister / 920w / 20dBu, mono (81 mi.)
92.3 CJOS ON Owen Sound / The Dock / 9.4kw / 20dBu, mono (258 mi.)
92.3 WPWX IN Hammond / Power 92 / 50kw / 20dBu, mono (152 mi.)
92.5 WFDX MI Atlanta / The Fox FM / 100kw / 25dBu, mono (132 mi.)
92.7 WDZZ MI Flint / Z92.7 / 3kw / 10dBu, mono (117 mi.)
92.9 WJZQ MI Cadillac / Z93 / 100kw / 30dBu, stereo (85 mi.)
93.1 CHAY ON Barrie / Fresh Radio / 100kw / 15dBu, mono (316 mi.)
93.3 WKQZ MI Midland / Z93 / 39kw / 25dBu, mono (95 mi.)
93.5 WHMI MI Howell / Classic Hits / 5.2kw / 15dBu, mono (115 mi.)
93.7 WKAD MI Harrietta / The Ticket / 4.3kw / 15dBu, mono (57 mi.)
93.9 WAVC MI Mio / Strong Tower R. / 50kw / 25dBu, mono dead air (116 mi.)
94.3 WFCX MI Leland / The Fox FM / 20.5kw / 10dBu, mono (90 mi.)
94.3 WYDR WI Neenah-Menasha / Jack FM / 2.4kw / 10dBu, mono (137 mi.)
94.3 WCEN MI Hemlock / The Moose / 100kw / 30dBu, mono (69 mi.)
94.7 WZOR WI Mishicot / Razor / 21.5kw / 20dBu, mono (110 mi.)
94.9 WMMQ MI East Lansing / Classic R. 94.9 / 50kw / 20dBu, mono (90 mi.)
95.1 WIIL WI Union Grove / 95 WIIL Rock / 50kw / 45dBu, stereo (118 mi. / local)
95.1 WFBE MI Flint / Nash FM / 34kw / 10dBu, mono (120 mi.)
95.3 WCFX MI Clare / 95-3 CFX / 6kw / 25dBu, mono (59 mi.)
95.5 WQEZ MI Glen Arbor / Easy 95-5 / 21kw / 25dBu, mono (92 mi.)
95.7 CFJB ON Barrie / Rock 95 / 41kw / 20dBu, mono (316 mi.)
95.7 WCMB MI Oscoda / CMU Public R. / 25kw / 20dBu, mono (145 mi.)
95.9 WLJW MI Fife Lake / Fuel FM / 19kw / 20dBu, mono (85 mi.)
96.1 WHNN MI Bay City / My 96.1 / 100kw / 40dBu, stereo (112 mi.)
96.3 WLXT MI Petoskey / Lite 96.3 / 100kw / 15dBu, mono (137 mi.)
96.5 WQHH MI Dewitt / Power 96.5 / 6kw / 15dBu, mono (77 mi.)
96.7 WLXV MI Cadillac / The Bull / 7.2kw / 30dBu, stereo (65 mi.)
96.7 WBDK WI Algoma / Relaxing R. / 8kw / 15dBu, mono (112 mi.)
97.1 WGLQ MI Escanaba / Magic 97 / 100kw / 15dBu, mono (190 mi.)
97.3 WDEE MI Reed City / Sunny 97.3 / 2.85kw / 40dBu, stereo (26 mi. / local)
97.7 WMRX MI Beaverton / Sunny 97-7 / 4.1kw / 25dBu, mono (75 mi.)
97.7 WMLQ MI Manistee / News 97 & 98 / 2.5kw / 20dBu, mono (53 mi.)
98.1 WKCQ MI Saginaw / 98-KCQ / 50kw / 20dBu, mono (101 mi.)
98.1 WGFN MI Glen Arbor / The Bear / 21kw / 20dBu, mono (92 mi.)
98.5 WUPS MI Harrison / UPS 98.5 / 100kw / 45dBu, stereo (81 mi.)
98.7 WLDN MI Ludington / News 97 & 98 / 5.5kw / 10dBu, mono (39 mi.)
98.9 WKLZ MI Petoskey / KLT / 100kw / 20dBu, mono (146 mi.)
99.1 W256CC MI Big Rapids / Rewind 99.1 / 250w / 20dBu, mono (25 mi.)
99.3 WATZ MI Alpena / Country / 17kw / 30dBu, stereo (152 mi.)
99.5 WPKR WI Omro / Nash FM / 25kw / 15dBu, mono (139 mi.)
99.7 WUGN MI Midland / Family Life R. / 100kw / 40dBu, stereo (70 mi.)
99.7 WDKF WI Sturgeon Bay / Duke FM / 46kw / 20dBu, mono (116 mi.)
99.9 WHAK MI Rogers City / The Wave / 50kw / 20dBu, mono (165 mi.)
100.3 WQON MI Grayling / Q 100.3 / 60kw / 30dBu, stereo (97 mi.)
100.5 WSGW MI Carrollton / FM Talk / 3kw / 20dBu, mono (98 mi.)
100.7 WITL MI Lansing / Country / 7.6kw / 30dBu, stereo (91 mi.)
100.9 WWBR MI Big Rapids / Big Country / 6kw / 40dBu, stereo (26 mi./ local)
100.9 WLUN MI Pinconning / ESPN 100.9 / 2.6kw / 25dBu, mono (95 mi.)
101.1 WIXX WI Green Bay / 101 WIXX / 100kw / 20dBu, mono (121 mi.)
101.1 WGRY MI Roscommon / Y-101 Sports / 3.4kw / 10dBu, mono (97 mi.)
101.5 WMJZ MI Gaylord / Eagle 101.5 / 50kw / 30dBu, stereo (130 mi.)
101.5 WMTE MI Manistee / Coast FM / 6kw / 30dBu, mono (53 mi.)
101.7 WPRJ MI Coleman / Radio U / 4.6kw / 25dBu, mono (77 mi.)
101.9 WLDR MI Traverse City / The Bay / ↓100kw / 30dBu, stereo (90 mi.)
102.1 WLEW MI Bad Axe / Cruise 102 / 50kw / 20dBu, mono (143 mi.)
102.5 WIOG MI Bay City / CHR / 86kw / 40dBu, stereo (105 mi.)
102.9 WMKC MI Indian River / Big Country Hits / 100kw / 20dBu, mono (146 mi.)
103.1 WOGB WI Reedsville / Oldies / 3.6kw / 35dBu, stereo (119 mi.)
103.1 WGDN MI Gladwin / 103 Country / 11.5kw / 25dBu, mono (76 mi.)
103.5 WTCM MI Traverse City / Country / 100kw / 40dBu, stereo (68 mi.)
103.7 WCZE MI Harbor Beach / Positive Country / 43kw / 20dBu, mono (148 mi.)
103.9 WBZX MI Big Rapids / B103.9 / 6kw / 30dBu, stereo (33 mi.)
104.1 WSAG MI Linwood / The Bay / 4.6kw / 20dBu, mono (101 mi.)
104.3 WCZY MI Mount Pleasant / My 104-3 / 3kw / 30dBu, stereo (56 mi.)
104.7 WKJC MI Tawas City / Country / 50kw / 20dBu, mono (132 mi.)
104.9 WQBX MI Alma / Hot AC / 6kw / 35dBu, stereo (67 mi.)
104.9 WAIR MI Lake City / Smile FM / 1.6kw / 25dBu, mono (61 mi.)
105.1 WGFM MI Cheboygan / Rock 105 / 43kw / 25dBu, stereo (132 mi.)
105.1 WSBW WI Ephraim / More FM / 3.1kw / 20dBu, mono (134 mi.)
105.5 WSRJ MI Honor / ESPN R. //106.7 / 17kw / 25dBu, mono (81 mi.)
105.7 WAPL WI Appleton / WI's Rock Station / 100kw / 30dBu, mono (119 mi.)
105.9 WKHQ MI Charlevoix / 106 KHQ / 100kw / 25dBu, stereo (124 mi.)
106.1 WHST MI Tawas City / The Promise FM / 25kw / 10dBu, mono (125 mi.)
106.3 WMXG MI Stephenson / News Talk R. 600 / 50kw / 25dBu, mono (165 mi.)
106.5 WHBZ WI Sheboygan Falls / The Buzz / 6kw / 25dBu, stereo (91 mi.)
106.7 WSRT MI Gaylord / ESPN R. //105.5 / 100kw / 30dBu, stereo (120 mi.)
107.1 WCKC MI Cadillac / The Drive / 2.75kw / 35dBu, stereo (56 mi.)
107.3 WUPF MI Powers / The Eagle / 50kw / 35dBu, stereo (169 mi.)
107.5 WCCW MI Traverse City / The 70's Station / 50kw / 25dBu, mono (89 mi.)
107.5 CKMB ON Barrie / 107-5 Kool FM / 20kw / 20dBu, mono (316 mi.)
107.5 WDUZ WI Brillion / The Fan / 3.6kw / 20dBu, mono (119 mi.)
107.7 WHSB MI Alpena / The Bay / 100kw / 30dBu, stereo (155 mi.)
107.9 WCDY MI McBain / 107-9 CDY / 3.1kw / 20dBu, mono (56 mi.)
[ Radio and weather geeks, beware! Coastal tropo studies and the Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide documentary at http://www.beaglebass.com/dxTuner: Grundig G8 • Location: Fremont, Mich. / 101 mi. ene of Milwaukee ]

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