For a brief 10-minute rundown of this bandscan's audio, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Over the weekend I had a stopover in Narita (about 30 miles east of Tokyo) while heading home for Thanksgiving. Of course, as any dedicated fellow DXer would likely do, I printed off a list of possible stations from fmscan.org prior to my arrival and brought along the trusty MP3 player tuner for what would turn out to be a rough few hours with a delayed flight and a crowd of waiting passengers watching the sumo wrestling match on TV.
Thinking that usually the data on FM Scan is rather flawed for international radio stations (and believe me, it can be), I figured the short list of stations would only be a fraction of what was available, but I was mistaken. Due to government regulations and a smaller FM band, there truly are few stations available. This bandscan is more or less the same as the Tokyo metro area, although some low power stations are available in the city that otherwise are not heard outside localized areas. Signals really take a beating from the skyscrapers. Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest building in the world at over 2,000 feet, will open next year and host some of the current signals, improving reception for much of the area.
In the meantime, here are the twelve available stations in this area. Aside from these twelve, there was no hint of any other signals on the dial. Click the station names to visit their websites. For the location of Narita itself, see here.
NARITA-SHI, CHIBA-KEN, JAPAN FM BANDSCAN
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011 1445-1715PM JST
65°F with heavy rain and wind
CHRIS KADLEC / www.beaglebass.com/dx
Freq. + Calls / Location / Station Name / ERP / Distance / Reception Quality
_76.1 JODW-FM / Tokyo Tower / InterFM / 11.5kw / 37 mi. WSW / very good
*77.1 JOUD-FM / Tokyo Tower / Open Univ. of Japan / 38kw / 37 mi. WSW / perfect
*78.0 JOGV-FM / Chiba / Bay FM 78 / 23kw / 19 mi. WSW / perfect
_78.6 JOCV-FM / Mt. Mitutouge / FM-FUJI / 2.6kw / 90 mi. W / good to v. good
*79.5 JODV-FM / Saitama / FM Nack5 / 37kw / 44 mi. W / perfect
*80.0 JOAU-FM / Tokyo Tower / 80.Love Tokyo FM / 44kw WSW / perfect
*80.7 JOMP-FM / Chiba / NHK Chiba / 25kw / 19 mi. WSW / perfect
*81.3 JOAV-FM / Tokyo Tower / J-Wave / 44kw / 37 mi. WSW / perfect
_81.9 JOGP-FM / Yokohama / NHK Yokohama / 19kw / 52 mi. WSW / good to v. good
*82.5 JOAK-FM / Tokyo Tower / NHK Tokyo / 44kw / 37 mi. WSW / perfect
*83.2 JOEP-FM / Mito / NHK Ibaraki / 5.8kw / 40 mi. NNW / perfect
_84.7 JOTU-FM / Yokohama / FM Yokohama / 21kw / 52 mi. WSW / very good
* Station was received on seek. 78.6 FM-FUJI was occasionally received on seek as well, albeit weaker.
[ NOTES ]
- NHK stations are generally parallel to each other, aside from any local programming.
- FM-FUJI regular broadcast hours: Monday-Friday 0500-0214, Saturday 0500-0130, Sunday 0430-0000
- Both 81.3 and 82.5 have been approved to move from their current Tokyo Tower (1,093 ft.) site to Tokyo Sky Tree (2,080 ft.) in 2012.
[ TRANSMITTER SITE INFORMATION ]
Click the coordinate links to view the location in Google Maps or cut and paste the coordinates into Google Earth. Be sure to click the "Satellite" option - if not already selected - to view the tower. This area has some impressive towers. If anyone would like me to link to photos of these towers, just say the words!!
Tower Site Name / Exact Coordinates
Chiba Tower Site / 35°42'30.79"N 140°03'10.79"E
Mito Mount Kaba Tower Site / 36°18'20.38"N 140°08'37.29"E
Mount Mitutouge (5,856 ft) / 35°32'57.84"N 138°48'33.12"E
Saitama Tower Site / 35°51'09.67"N 139°36'54.17"E
Tokyo Tower (1,093 ft) / 35°39'30.50"N 139°44'43.66"E
Tokyo Sky Tree (2,080 ft) / 35°42'35.78"N 139°48'39.03"E
Yokohama Isogo Tower Site / 35°21'36.85"N 139°35'45.91"E
[ STATION AUDIO ]
Clips are cut to no more than 3 1/2 minutes each due to the forum size limit. The original audio recordings totalled 90 minutes, later cut down to 60 minutes. Anyone who wants the 39 individual files (60 minutes), just let me know and I can upload them elsewhere. There's some interesting stuff.
Kanto Region FM Clip 1 (3:32) includes 76.1, 77.1, 78.0, 78.6, 79.5, and 80.0.
Kanto Region FM Clip 2 (3:17) includes 80.7, 81.3, 81.9, and 82.5.
Kanto Region FM Clip 3 (3:28) includes 83.2 and 84.7.
Some stations include two clips. Stations are separated by a static sound and are in order.