Is there anything more
fun than listening to E Skip? Or staying up all night logging long haul
tropo, or going to bed at 4am and getting up for work at 8?
Best Skip and Tropo FM DX Audio from the 1970s to Today
Some of my best DX on mp3 files.
IF YOU'VE SEEN MY TROPO & ES MAPS...YOU'LL HEAR SOME OF THE AUDIO HERE.
You are about to hear some of my best FM DX, captured on reel-to-reel or cassette tapes since I have been FM Dxing from this location...over 30 years. Audio quality varies on various clips. Most clips, not all, have been edited down to conserve on disk space. All files are now .mp3s.
Much of my best FM DX has been on 99.7. That frequency is now occupied by a local religious station, plus contains some IBOC hash from WEZN in Bridgeport and is no longer suitable for any weak FM Es or Tropo.
The date is April 6, 2000. This is some of the strongest aurora I've heard in years. As with aurora DX, signal levels can be very strong, but audio quality can be rotten...distorted, muffled, bassy...a real challenge to hear, let alone be able to ID a station. I have three samples to listen to. These were the best of the evening.
1. WRSF -105.7 Columbia, NC, also known as "Dixie 105.7" 462 miles. Now contains IBOC hash.
2. WRSF -105.7 Columbia, NC, clip #2, slightly different. Now IBOC hash from 105.5 & 105.9.
3. WYFI -99.7 Norfolk, VA, religious programming but no ID on this clip. 400 miles. This clip is more representative of how poor aurora signals sound.
If you've never heard aurora DX before, these three clips will give you an idea what it sounds like. Awful.
1000+ Mile Tropo
The date was August 21, 1978. A stagnant high pressure area covered much of eastern USA. Here is audio of my two most distant FM tropo loggings, both heard around 8pm. Some of my clips may
require you to listen to them with headphones. I'd advise it with these two clips.
The audio quality of these clips is less than great because these were transferred from reel-to-reel to cassette tapes and then dubbed again. Also remember the unusual reception conditions and the distances involved.
Other Tropo and E Skip from 1976-1987
1. R. Rebelde -90.5 CUBA. This freq now occupied by WPKT. 1420 miles approx (Es)
2. R. Progresso -92.1 CUBA. This channel is still a good DX channel. 1420 mi approx (Es)
3. CKLW -93.9 Windsor, ON. Now occupied by WPVR locally with WZMX IBOC. 534 miles
4. WNCI -97.9 Columbus, OH. Now occupied by WECS Hartford, CT. 560 miles
5. WNIC -100.3 Dearborn, MI. Now covered by WRCH IBOC. 542
6. WSGS -101.1 Hazard, KY, short reception then covered by WCBS-FM 652 miles. Now has IBOC.
Tropo from 1987-1990
1. WDBN -94.9 Akron OH 465 miles
2. WCRF -103.3 Cleveland OH. religious 469 miles
3. CJMX -105.3 Sudbury, ON. Covered by WVEI IBOC 521 miles. Channel now has IBOC.
4. WSFM -107.5 Southport. NC. 630 miles
5. WMFD -97.3 Wilmington, NC, 609 miles. Local WZBG on that frequency now.
6. CIMX -88.7 Windsor, ON. heard before WNHU signed on the air 534 miles. Now has IBOC.
7. WDJX -99.7 Louisville, KY. 740 miles
8. WMGG -99.7 Colombus. OH.Same evening as WDJX, but just after DJX faded. 560 miles
9. WNWS -98.5 Coldwater. MI heard around 7 one morning. 637 miles
Double Hop Es - 1991
1. XHPL -99.7 Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. 1815 miles. May 25, 1991. IDed with help of Fernando Garcia
1. WSHW -99.7 Frankfort-Kokomo, IN 734 miles
2. WZNS -92.9 Dillon, SC 638 miles Channel now covered with IBOC
3. WUGN -99.7 Midland, MI 601 miles
4. WOMC -104.3 Detroit, MI 536 miles Channel now covered with IBOC
5. WHNN - 96.1 Bay City, MI 583 miles Channel
6. WIOG -102.5 Bay City - Saginaw, MI 583 miles
7. WHTK -99.7 Port Royal, SC- Savannah, GA 798 miles
8. WRFX -99.7 Kannapolis, NC 622 miles
E Skip 1998
1. Radio Taino -98.1 Varadero, CUBA A resort near Havana, IDed with help of Fernando Garcia. 1420 miles Channel now covered with IBOC
2,000 mile E Skip 2000
1. XHSP -99.7 Monterrey, NL Mexico, a 2 minute clip with phone/fax numbers, parts of the city mentioned 1945mi. IDed by Fernando Garcia who lived there.
2,400 mile F2 Skip November 5, 2000
Check out this audio file of the California Highway Patrol 42mhz frequencies heard here in CT.
This was taped at 2pm local time. Two IDs can be heard...Golden Gate (San Francisco) and Fresno. This was a fair opening. I've heard much stronger F2.
Midwestern tropo returns to New England!
1. WYMY -96.9 Goldsboro, NC 540 miles Aug 26, 2001
2. WWWZ -99.3 Summerville/Charleston, SC 745 miles Aug 26, 2001 Channel covered by local.
3. WLXT -96.3 Traverse City, MI 682 miles Sept 5, 2001 Channel now covered by IBOC
4. WRVM -102.7 Suring, WI 818 miles " " Channel now covered by IBOC
5. WIXX -101.1 Green Bay, WI 796 miles, " " Channel now covered by IBOC
6. WLVQ -96.3 Columbus, OH 560 miles " " Channel now covered by IBOC
7. WVCX -98.9 Tomah, WI 916 miles " " Channel now covered by IBOC
8. WAPL -105.7 Appleton, WI 813 miles " " Channel now covered by IBOC
9. WEEC -100.7 Springfield, OH 602 miles " " Channel now covered by IBOC
Meteor Bursts - Leonids meteor shower Nov 18, 2001
Here is a short clip recorded on 102.5 at around 1:00pm local time, a few hours
after the shower peak. One is "...Birmingham's Nascar station... (WOWC Jasper, AL) and
"...Tampa Bay's real Classic Rock..." (WHPT Sarasota, FL) plus other misc unidentified bursts.
More Great Lakes Tropo!
Bermuda Es 2002
ZFB 94.9 in Hamilton, Bermuda heard by E skip on 7/19. I would have missed this if I hadn't been alerted to it. I was lucky.
Here's audio from WOMC 104.3 Detroit heard by aurora on May 29th. I've heard them by aurora before, but never this clear. Compare it to the tropo reception heard below.
Midwest tropo lives! Here are some of the best catches from August 20/21 and early September.
1. WKOA - 105.3 Lafayette, IN 750mi Channel now covered by IBOC
2. WMJI - 105.7 Cleveland, OH 469 mi Channel now covered by IBOC
3. WMMQ - 94.9 E. Lansing, MI 609 mi
4. WOMC - 104.3 Detroit, MI 535 mi Channel now covered by IBOC
5. WLAV - 96.9 Grand Rapids. MI 670 mi
6. WJZK - 104.3 Richwood-Columbus, OH 566mi Channel covered with IBOC
7. WHOT - 101.1 Youngstown, OH 421 mi Channel covered with IBOC
8. WVIC - 94.1 Jackson, MI 605 mi
1. CFRQ - 104.3 Halifax NS 489 miles. Now IBOC
2. CHFI - 98.1 Toronto, ON 363 miles Now IBOC
3. CHUM - 104.5 Toronto, ON
4. CHYM - 96.7 Kitchener, ON 413 miles Now IBOC
5. CIOO - 100.1 Halifax, NS Now IBOC from WEZN
6. CJYC - 98.9 St. John, NB 399 miles Now IBOC
7. CKFM - 98.1 Toronto, ON Now IBOC
8. CKO - 103.5 Halifax, NS (this station is now off the air)
9. WANJ - 107.5 Wheeling, WV 442 miles
10. WANV - 99.7 Staunton, VA 432 miles
11. WBEN - 102.5 Buffalo, NY 327 miles
12. WCLW - 105.3 Mansfield, OH 521 miles Now IBOC
13. WDCX - 99.5 Buffalo, NY Now occupied by Spanish Translator
14. WDVE - 102.5 Pittsburgh, PA 399 miles
15. WFRB - 105.3 Frostburg, MD 368 miles Now IBOC
16. WGER - 102.5 Bay City, MI 583 miles
17. WHAJ - 104.5 Bluefield, WV 562 miles
18. WJLB - 97.9 Detroit, MI 536 miles Occupied by local WUCS
19. WLLZ - 98.7 Detroit, MI
20. WMNI - 99.7 Columbus, OH 560 miles
21. WMUZ - 103.5 Detroit, MI
22. WNCI - 97.9 Columbus, OH Occupied by local WUCS
23. WRAL - 101.5 Raleigh, NC 537 miles Hurricane Josephine induced.
24. WRFX - 99.7 Kannapolis,NC 622 miles
25. WRIF - 101.1 Detroit, MI Now IBOC
26. WRVQ - 94.5 Richmond, VA 403 miles
27. WSFM - 107.5 Southport, NC 630 miles
28. WWST- 104.5 Wooster, OH 491 miles
29. WYYD - 96.1 Raleigh, NC Hurricane Josephine induced.
30. WZZP - 106.5 Cleveland, OH 469 miles
These clips represent just a fraction of the places that I have managed to hear in Northern Connecticut over the last 25 years or so. It is by no means a complete list. FM radio has changed quite a bit over the last 25 years, and you can hear the changes in some of these clips. You can also see that most of my DXable frequencies are now gone. The clips above serve as a reminder of days gone by when channels were clear and real long haul tropo was possible.
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