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2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by ftballfan » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:00 pm

I had amazing tropo (all west) on Thursday and Friday this past week. Thursday night was longer and got as far as Watertown SD and Grand Forks ND, while Friday night was shorter, but was very strong and included reception of several Class A or C3 signals in western Wisconsin over much closer stations. 100.5 KDEC and 100.9 KOWZ were strong for a few hours straight.

Notable stations (by frequency and then call sign):
88.3 WHWC Menomonie, WI
88.5 WGNV Milladore, WI
89.1 WHAA Adams, WI
89.3 WSHN Munising, MI
89.5 WCLQ Wausau, WI
89.5 WCNP Baraboo, WI
89.9 WWSP Stevens Point, WI
90.1 WMBI Chicago, IL
91.1 WOVM Appleton, WI
91.3 KUWS Superior, WI
92.1 WMEQ Menomonie, WI
92.9 WKZY Chilton, WI
93.1 KATO New Ulm, MN
93.3 KBLB Nisswa, MN
93.3 KIOA Des Moines, IA
93.9 WMMA Nekoosa, WI
94.1 WIAL Eau Claire, WI
94.1 WJJO Watertown, WI
94.5 WTMB Tomah, WI
94.7 WOZZ Mosinee, WI
95.3 KGSL Winona, MN
95.3 WXRO Beaver Dam, WI
95.5 WIFC Wausau, WI
95.7 KDAL Duluth, MN
95.9 WMQA Minocqua, WI
96.1 KIXX Watertown, SD
96.1 KQHT Crookston, MN
96.1 WDKE Coleraine, MN
96.1 WJMC Rice Lake, WI
96.1 WXYM Tomah, WI
96.5 WKLK Cloquet, MN
96.7 WHTQ Whiting, WI
96.9 KMFY Grand Rapids, MN
97.1 WCOW Sparta, WI
97.3 KDNW Duluth, MN
97.5 KNXR Rochester, MN
98.1 WMGN Madison, WI
98.7 WMDC Mayville, WI
98.9 WVCX Tomah, WI
99.1 KLLZ Walker, MN
99.5 KSJN Minneapolis, MN
99.9 KAUS Austin, MN
99.9 WYHI Park Forest, IL
100.5 KDEC Decorah, IA
100.5 WYMG Chatham, IL
100.9 KOWZ Blooming Prairie, MN
100.9 WBZG Peru, IL
100.9 WCMP Pine City, MN
101.3 W267BB Wausau, WI (this was surprisingly in most of Friday night)
101.7 KLDJ Duluth, MN
101.7 KRCH Rochester, MN
102.3 WHKB Houghton, MI
102.3 WVRQ Viroqua, WI
102.5 WNWC Madison, WI
103.9 WTPN Westby, WI
104.1 WZEE Madison, WI
104.3 KZLT East Grand Forks, MN
104.3 KVGO Spring Valley, MN
104.9 WCWB Marathon, WI
105.9 WKPO Soldiers Grove, WI
106.9 KROC Rochester, MN

Of course, the usual central WI suspects were in most of both nights (98.3 WCQM, 104.5 WAXX, most Wausau area stations not co-channel to locals or NE WI stations)



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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by mtburb » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:37 pm

WENZ on the FM front and WEWS on the TV front were again blasting in earlier today from Cleveland.


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by fmdxguy5678 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:16 pm

Over at the Crystal Lake house today, I got my tropo record with 95.3 KDJS from Willmar, MN, about 435 miles away from here.


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by cckadlec » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:48 pm

fmdxguy5678 wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:16 pm
Over at the Crystal Lake house today, I got my tropo record with 95.3 KDJS from Willmar, MN, about 435 miles away from here.
What time did you hear it? The whole band blew open with Minnesota and Iowa up to the Neb. / SD border at my Hart site starting at midnight until around 4am, though 100.9 KOWZ was still in solid when I finally left. I can only be mobile at 4am for so long and had gotten the most of it. I was pissed for all the catches posted from Manistee the other day since I only got in on some of it - not nearly that much - but heya, this made up for it. It was coincidence (I think) that I ended up at my site at that exact time that it opened. Of course, I'll post the logs and recordings whenever all this is edited. That will be soon enough... unless we get another freaking opening tonight. This, on top of yesterday's massive lake tropo I was at the beach for. Gladly, I had forecasted it in advance so I was moderately prepared... just not for the 500-mile stuff.


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Day 3: July 2-3 Audio

Post by cckadlec » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:36 am

Tropo Day 3 Audio: July 2-3 brought three modes to West Michigan: intense lake tropo from a 1,900-foot duct with 106 frequencies on seek (listened at Silver Lake Dunes site) mixed with brief Es to ND followed by 5+ hours of near-local strength tropo up to 500 miles west to the NE and SD borders (listened at Hart site). Here are some of the stations, many of which were in for many hours in an elevated duct inversion between 800 and 1500 ft between 11pm and 5am (and beyond). Also notable: WHLA heard at near-local strength with my 19-mile 100kw blowtorch WBLV, even struggling to hold my local in.

** 101.3 KDWB MN Richfield (346 mi.)
** 106.9 KROC MN Rochester (302 mi.)
** 100.9 KOWZ MN Blooming Prairie (349 mi.)
** 103.5 KYSM MN Mankato (382 mi.)
** 107.5 KBGY MN Faribault (347 mi.)
** 98.1 WWJO MN St. Cloud (403 mi.)
** 99.5 KKMA IA Le Mars (504 mi.)
** 104.7 KCLD MN St. Cloud (420 mi.)
** 96.5 KWWK MN Rochester (310 mi.)
** 105.9 KHRS MN Winthrop (406 mi.)
** 105.5 KRBI MN St. Peter (382 mi.)
** 93.9 KIAI IA Mason City (338 mi.)
** 93.5 KITN MN Worthington (451 mi.)
** 104.1 KZJK MN St. Louis Park (346 mi.)
** 94.5 KSTP MN St. Paul (347 mi.)
** 97.1 KTCZ MN Minneapolis (346 mi.)
** 97.9 KCMR IA Mason City (343 mi.)
** 98.5 KTIS MN Minneapolis (346 mi.)
** 98.3 KQYB MN Spring Grove (268 mi.)
** 94.7 WOZZ WI Mosinee (200 mi.)
** 95.7 WRQT WI La Crosse (244 mi.)
** 99.9 KAUS MN Austin (338 mi.)
** 90.3 WHLA WI La Crosse (248 mi.)


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by fmdxguy5678 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:05 am

cckadlec wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:48 pm
fmdxguy5678 wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:16 pm
Over at the Crystal Lake house today, I got my tropo record with 95.3 KDJS from Willmar, MN, about 435 miles away from here.
What time did you hear it? The whole band blew open with Minnesota and Iowa up to the Neb. / SD border at my Hart site starting at midnight until around 4am, though 100.9 KOWZ was still in solid when I finally left. I can only be mobile at 4am for so long and had gotten the most of it. I was pissed for all the catches posted from Manistee the other day since I only got in on some of it - not nearly that much - but heya, this made up for it. It was coincidence (I think) that I ended up at my site at that exact time that it opened. Of course, I'll post the logs and recordings whenever all this is edited. That will be soon enough... unless we get another freaking opening tonight. This, on top of yesterday's massive lake tropo I was at the beach for. Gladly, I had forecasted it in advance so I was moderately prepared... just not for the 500-mile stuff.
I believe around 7 PM.


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by windsor » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:33 pm

Had some wierd tropo DX this aft. by lake erie turned my FM ant. toward clev. to get Majic105.7 and picked up off the back end WAPL 105.7 Appleton Wis. one of my farthest FM catches ever.Receiver used was a under counter kitchen am/fm radio hooked into a old rad shack 10 element fm only antenna up about 12 ft. in the shed....... :eek


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by mtburb » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:08 pm

WEWS was, as usual, coming in for much of the past several nights, including tonight.


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Re: Tropo - Day 2 (6/30 - 7/01)

Post by 48125er » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:10 am

cckadlec wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:45 am
Here's day 2 (6/30 into 7/1) of the recent tropo opening as it moved east on the south edge of the warm front. Day 1 (WV MN IA OH IL) had much longer distances simultaneously to MN and WV but weaker signals, while day 2 was only up to about 400 miles but extremely intense, stable, and long-lasting signals for many hours on end. Just a few selected recordings here. Radio is a Grundig G8 portable.

Some of these are part of my forthcoming audio compilation file including 250 TOH IDs (perhaps 275 if the troposphere treats me more favorable as I only have 235 so far from the past three weeks) as heard here in Fremont. Also coming soon are 6 bandscans along Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and a handful along the north shore of Lake Superior.

Day 2 of 2: Columbus, Detroit, Erie, Buffalo. Draw a straight line from here to Detroit, Erie, and beyond and there's the duct. Intensely strong and stable signals unlike day 1.

** 92.3 WCOL OH Columbus (285 mi.)

TOH ID / iHeart, iHeart, iHeart, iHeart. Yeah, we get it. You own all our media.

** 95.9 CFPL ON London (239 mi.)

TOH ID / busting through double IBOC; used to be common until the hiss monsters caged it.

** 96.7 CHYR ON Leamington (186 mi.)

TOH ID / usually in with most Detroit openings, but ran into my TOH ID project.

** 97.1 WREO OH Ashtabula (286 mi.)

TOH ID / on the very edge of what is typically possible without long-haul stuff.

** 98.9 CHCD ON Simcoe (288 mi.)

Recorded a nice Canada Day long weekend congrats and ID only to turn around and find the signal was far better in the other room but they stopped IDing, so I settled with Backstreet Boys.

** 99.5 WDCX NY Buffalo (367 mi.)

In for three straight hours. I have their TOH ID, but it's less interesting.

** 99.7 WRKZ OH Columbus (285 mi.)

This one fought me recording its TOH for a few hours but finally was slayed. But this clip is better. Over top of my 100kw local.

** 99.9 WXKC PA Erie (318 mi.)

Classy 100 ID / with John Tesh.

** 100.3 WGYY PA Meadville (320 mi.)

Froggy ID

** 101.1 WRIF MI Detroit (153 mi.)

TOH ID / after Columbus came all of Detroit in like mad with some signals matching levels of my own locals at times. Usual tropo but nothing like signal levels seen here.

** 103.3 WKQL PA Brookville (388 mi.)

Kool 103.3 ID / the station was in with a solid signal a short time later when I accidentally ran into it again.

** 103.7 WRTS PA Erie (319 mi.)

Star 104 ID / biggest tropo catch of the past five years here. Star 104 is a big signal but for more than 10 years was my tropo record... the furthest possible signal without crazy long haul tropo events and usually only in for a few moments. This one lasted five hours at local strength with three hours matching signal levels of my 30-mile locals.
last time I got Star 104 was fall 2013 I think, even wrote on their FB Page about and they were impressed.
WRIF Is one of my most coveted SE mi catches I can't living less than 10 miles from WBFXs yet I got CHYR once despite being less than 10 minutes from WLAV's tower.
farthest I've gotten CPFL was near Lansing I think, I got CHCD up 2012 or 13, also got 92.3 from Cleveland around then too.



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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by cckadlec » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:10 am

Star is one of just a handful of stations that get out very far in the Great Lakes. It's easy to hear in Port Huron, up the Thumb, and I can get it all the way up to Tobermory regularly before local Positive Country knocks it out in town. But it's almost always in on the Bruce Peninsula until about 10 miles south of town, then it's a toss-up.

After today's insane tropo with about 50 stations from Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota, all of these little catches feel meaningless!


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by fmdxguy5678 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:32 am

I logged very few stations from last night's tropo. It appeared to shift from the west to the east later on.

92.3 KEZO Omaha, NE (I beat my tropo record again...)
92.5 KQRS Golden Valley, MN
(these next ones were from a few hours later)
101.3 WBRB Buckhannon, WV
105.3 CFCA Kitchener, ON
106.3 CHKS Sarnia, ON


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by cckadlec » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:07 am

Seems it was more than 50 stations for me. I'm halfway through my logs and already at 68 stations. I caught the lake duct to Iowa and Omaha and then went 300 feet up to catch the elevated duct to Minnesota after sunset. Before that, I was only getting little snippets of things making it inland. Kat 103.7 was in the entire day though, even 25 miles inland.


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by ftballfan » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:32 pm

I had tropo all weekend, stretching from central Nebraska to Ontario, Canada. Stations like KAUS, KROC, KNXR, KOWZ, and KSTP were in for hours straight.

Full listing (in order of frequency over the weekend, mostly Sunday with some today; the eastern MI and ON stations were all this morning):
88.1 KMLV Ralston, NE
88.3 WHWC Menomonie, WI
88.7 WERN Madison, WI
89.1 KVCS Spring Valley, MN
89.3 KCMP Northfield, MN
89.9 WHSA Brule, WI
89.9 WHSF Rhinelander, WI (never gotten here before, while some other Rhinelander-area stations such as 94.5 WRJO, 97.3 WHDG, 100.1 WRHN [thanks Roy!], and 105.3 WRLO are in most of the time)
90.1 WUCX Bay City, MI
90.5 KNGA St. Peter, MN
90.7 WAUS Berrien Springs, MI
91.1 KNOW Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
91.1 KNSK Fort Dodge, IA
92.1 WMEQ Menomonie, WI
92.5 WJJQ Tomahawk, WI
92.9 KTGL Beatrice, NE
93.1 CHAY Barrie, ON
93.1 KATO New Ulm, MN
93.3 WPBG Peoria, IL
93.7 KXXR Minneapolis, MN
93.7 WBGR Monroe, WI
94.1 KQCH Omaha, NE
94.1 KRNA Iowa City, IA
94.1 WIAL Eau Claire, WI
94.3 WZNL Norway, MI
94.5 KSTP St. Paul, MN
94.7 WOZZ Mosinee, WI
94.9 WUPZ Chocolay Township, MI (over local WKZC)
95.1 WDZQ Decatur, IL
95.3 WGMO Spooner, WI
95.5 WIFC Wausau, WI
96.1 KISO Omaha, NE
96.1 WJMC Rice Lake, WI
96.1 WXYM Tomah, WI
96.5 KWWK Rochester, MN
96.7 WMJT McMillan, MI
96.7 WUPG Republic, MI
96.9 KDLO Watertown, SD
96.9 KZKX Seward, NE
97.1 KTCZ Minneapolis, MN
97.1 WCOW Sparta, WI
97.5 KNXR Rochester, MN
97.5 WZOK Rockford, IL
98.5 KTIS Minneapolis, MN
98.5 WXXQ Freeport, IL
98.7 KISD Pipestone, MN
98.7 KSMA Osage, IA
98.9 WVCX Tomah, WI
99.3 KWNO Rushford, MN
99.3 WATZ Alpena, MI
99.3 WKEB Medford, WI
99.5 KSJN Minneapolis, MN
99.9 KAUS Austin, MN
99.9 WQLQ Benton Harbor, MI
100.3 KFXN Minneapolis, MN
100.9 KOWZ Blooming Prairie, MN
100.9 WLUN Pinconning, MI
101.3 KDWB Richfield, MN
101.3 KKYY Whiting, IA
101.3 W267BB Wausau, WI
101.7 KRCH Rochester, MN
101.9 KOOO La Vista, NE
102.1 WLEW Bad Axe, MI
102.3 KQNU Onawa, IA
102.3 KRNY Kearney, NE (distance record - 684 miles)
102.3 WAUH Wautoma, WI
102.3 WHKB Houghton, MI
102.9 KMNB Minneapolis, MN
102.9 KZIA Cedar Rapids, IA
103.1 WGDN Gladwin, MI
103.7 WWIB Hallie, WI
104.1 WZEE Madison, WI
104.3 KVGO Spring Valley, MN
104.5 KSRZ Omaha, NE
104.7 WFRN Elkhart, IN
104.9 WQBX Alma, MI
105.3 KEDB Chariton, IA
105.9 WCFS Elmwood Park, IL
105.9 WEGZ Washburn, WI
106.1 KLSS Mason City, IA
106.1 WTZM Tawas City, MI
106.3 WWQM Middleton, WI
106.5 KFMC Fairmont, MN (which was stunting with Rolf Harris' "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport")
106.7 WATQ Chetek, WI
106.9 KROC Rochester, MN
107.1 KTMY Coon Rapids, MN
107.3 KBBK Lincoln, NE
107.7 KICD Spencer, IA (over local translator)
107.7 WMQT Ishpeming, MI (over local translator)
107.9 KFMW Waterloo, IA
107.9 KQQL Anoka, MN
All in addition to the typical WI stations, such as WAXX, WCQM, the 100kW Wausaus, Green Bay, Door County, and Milwaukee.



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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by cckadlec » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:35 am

The glaring omission in your logs is 103.7 Kat FM in Omaha!! It's funny you didn't hear that one as everyone in lower Michigan had it in for the entire day, including all the way over to Flint. Conditions were just a few scattered stations 20 miles inland here. I had a 103.7 Omaha, 106.3 Lincoln, and a few Des Moines stations that blasted in, but little else. So I took to my original plans to do some lake tropo when it was clear nothing new was happening, and that's when I stumbled upon much the same that you did but not til 6pm. I listened at the beach til 10pm, then moved 300 feet higher to Hart where the elevated duct was (little to nothing below 800 feet, and the temperature was 69 degrees up there all night where going down the hill a mile away dropped it to 55, which shows the height of that inversion very clearly). I got much the same as you with some exceptions, though I think you had more for the fact you weren't limited to being mobile like myself.

What is your elevation there, by the way? And do you use a portable or a rooftop antenna? I'm still working on my logs and I have 6 hours of recordings I made with them. And tie me kangaroo down sport is now The Lakes, classic hits. I recorded the same thing toward 2am or so and was thinking "what in all holy hell format do I jot this song down as?" and ended up as "comedy song" until the ID came.


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NE IA MN WI IL Tropo 7/8 (Part 1)

Post by cckadlec » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:52 am

Here's some audio from the biggest tropo opening in my 22 years of FM DXing, July 8th from Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Mich. This audio is only from the lake duct session. The elevated duct session immediately following it at Hart is not included. The following stations were in the entire day. Going backwards from the top of the band, the lake duct collapsed somewhat when I hit 97.7 allowing numerous stations to spill into it very abruptly, thus stations at the top of the band are far stronger and those below it are impeded.

** 104.5 KSRZ NE Omaha / 98kw (510 mi.)

** 103.7 KXKT IA Glenwood / 100kw (509 mi.)
(heard all across lower Michigan for the entire day, second multi-hour reception in a few days)

** 99.9 KGOR NE Omaha / 110kw (510 mi.)
** 107.3 KBBK NE Lincoln / 100kw (553 mi.)
** 97.7 KBBX NE Nebraska City / 100kw (527 mi.) TOH ID

** 104.1 KIBZ NE Crete / 31kw (567 mi. / dominant)
+ 104.1 KMYR IA Ames / 100kw (392 mi. / in null)


** 106.3 KFRX NE Lincoln / 100kw (554 mi.)
(heard all day across Lower Michigan)

** 99.5 KKMA IA Le Mars / 100kw (497 mi.)
heard at near-equal strength a few days before at nearby site

** 100.7 KGBI NE Omaha / 100kw (509 mi.)
** 99.5 KUTT NE Fairbury / 100kw (587 mi.)
** 96.1 KISO NE Omaha / 82kw (509 mi.)
** 97.9 KSEZ IA Sioux City / 100kw (497 mi.)

** 98.5 KQKQ IA Council Bluffs / 100kw (510 mi.)
(in the null of local WQLH)

** 102.3 KQNU IA Onawa / 100kw (508 mi.)


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by ftballfan » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:53 pm

cckadlec wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:35 am
The glaring omission in your logs is 103.7 Kat FM in Omaha!! It's funny you didn't hear that one as everyone in lower Michigan had it in for the entire day, including all the way over to Flint. Conditions were just a few scattered stations 20 miles inland here. I had a 103.7 Omaha, 106.3 Lincoln, and a few Des Moines stations that blasted in, but little else. So I took to my original plans to do some lake tropo when it was clear nothing new was happening, and that's when I stumbled upon much the same that you did but not til 6pm. I listened at the beach til 10pm, then moved 300 feet higher to Hart where the elevated duct was (little to nothing below 800 feet, and the temperature was 69 degrees up there all night where going down the hill a mile away dropped it to 55, which shows the height of that inversion very clearly). I got much the same as you with some exceptions, though I think you had more for the fact you weren't limited to being mobile like myself.

What is your elevation there, by the way? And do you use a portable or a rooftop antenna? I'm still working on my logs and I have 6 hours of recordings I made with them. And tie me kangaroo down sport is now The Lakes, classic hits. I recorded the same thing toward 2am or so and was thinking "what in all holy hell format do I jot this song down as?" and ended up as "comedy song" until the ID came.
I'm about 40-50 feet above Lake Michigan (I can see Lake Michigan from where I live), and all of my catches were made on just a Tecsun PL-390 with the included whip! Speaking of 103.7, Menominee was blocking it most of the day (several other frequencies were blocked by central UP or NE WI stations).

There were some impressive catches in the other direction, as at around 10pm Sunday night, a DXer in the Twin Cities area and another DXer near Omaha had WIAA at the same time. Also while I was sleeping Sunday night/Monday morning, a DXer in Illinois received WPBN-LD 50, WWTV, 3/4 of CMU's TV stations, and several FMs from NW Michigan.



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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by cckadlec » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:56 pm

ftballfan wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:53 pm
I'm about 40-50 feet above Lake Michigan (I can see Lake Michigan from where I live), and all of my catches were made on just a Tecsun PL-390 with the included whip! Speaking of 103.7, Menominee was blocking it most of the day (several other frequencies were blocked by central UP or NE WI stations).

There were some impressive catches in the other direction, as at around 10pm Sunday night, a DXer in the Twin Cities area and another DXer near Omaha had WIAA at the same time. Also while I was sleeping Sunday night/Monday morning, a DXer in Illinois received WPBN-LD 50, WWTV, 3/4 of CMU's TV stations, and several FMs from NW Michigan.
Yes, totally, Green Bay and the UP stations were very strong down here at the time too, so I could see that. Local Kiss 103.7 was out, but soon as the lake duct fell apart at sunset, it was very quick to return. That was when Minnesota started blasting in as Omaha disappeared, right at 10pm. Driving up to the rest area at Hart where I set up shop outside for 5 hours, I had what was left of Kat 103.7 and all of southern Minnesota right at 11pm, then Kat quickly disappeared. So I could see how WIAA would come in at both places at that hour. One of my friends in Twin Cities (where I used to work last year, so I'm familiar with almost ALL the stations I receive up that way) was hearing WIAA. I'm curious where you get your DX information. I don't seem to see you in any of our Facebook groups; you must be a lurker :razz . It's hard to find FM DXers locally who know their sh*t, so having some sort of contact is helpful I think. I'm hopefully finishing up my last 80 audio clips from this opening and finish up the log and post it. The log is basically done, but there have been a few hard-to-hear IDs in there that I had to listen to 30 times, which then were added. I'd rather be personally finished with the whole thing THEN finalize my log. I've recorded 300 TOH IDs of my regular FM stations here as well, and I was making good progress on editing those clips before this tropo mess came along for 11 days (but helped very much in getting some of those TOH IDs I needed)!


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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by ftballfan » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:51 pm

cckadlec wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:56 pm
ftballfan wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:53 pm
I'm about 40-50 feet above Lake Michigan (I can see Lake Michigan from where I live), and all of my catches were made on just a Tecsun PL-390 with the included whip! Speaking of 103.7, Menominee was blocking it most of the day (several other frequencies were blocked by central UP or NE WI stations).

There were some impressive catches in the other direction, as at around 10pm Sunday night, a DXer in the Twin Cities area and another DXer near Omaha had WIAA at the same time. Also while I was sleeping Sunday night/Monday morning, a DXer in Illinois received WPBN-LD 50, WWTV, 3/4 of CMU's TV stations, and several FMs from NW Michigan.
Yes, totally, Green Bay and the UP stations were very strong down here at the time too, so I could see that. Local Kiss 103.7 was out, but soon as the lake duct fell apart at sunset, it was very quick to return. That was when Minnesota started blasting in as Omaha disappeared, right at 10pm. Driving up to the rest area at Hart where I set up shop outside for 5 hours, I had what was left of Kat 103.7 and all of southern Minnesota right at 11pm, then Kat quickly disappeared. So I could see how WIAA would come in at both places at that hour. One of my friends in Twin Cities (where I used to work last year, so I'm familiar with almost ALL the stations I receive up that way) was hearing WIAA. I'm curious where you get your DX information. I don't seem to see you in any of our Facebook groups; you must be a lurker :razz . It's hard to find FM DXers locally who know their sh*t, so having some sort of contact is helpful I think. I'm hopefully finishing up my last 80 audio clips from this opening and finish up the log and post it. The log is basically done, but there have been a few hard-to-hear IDs in there that I had to listen to 30 times, which then were added. I'd rather be personally finished with the whole thing THEN finalize my log. I've recorded 300 TOH IDs of my regular FM stations here as well, and I was making good progress on editing those clips before this tropo mess came along for 11 days (but helped very much in getting some of those TOH IDs I needed)!
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Re: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by mtburb » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:12 pm

And again, WEWS and WTOL in during the late news.


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: 2018 Miscellaneous Tropos

Post by windsor » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:26 am

This am Sat......Ft Wayne WANErf31,WFFT rf36, Bowling Green rf27 WBGU and Saginaw/Bay city RF30 WEYI


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