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    We had a strong sporadic E opening July 14 of which I've just now finished reviewing the SDR recordings. Dozens of transmitters 250 watts and under from British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Several under 100 watts. The lowest being 1 watt 95.1 K236AH translator for 92.7 KNCW Omak, WA. The audio file is included to compare. This was a fun opening, and has been a great Es season and hopefully will continue for a couple more weeks.
    My location is on a hill overlooking the historic town of Goldfield, Nevada. Most of the entire FM band is open for DX with only 3 locals and a couple distant translators. Using an Airspy SDR with a 6 element log-yagi antenna 20 ft high.

    95.1 K236AH SYNAREP WA 755 1 19:59 "Best Country, Okanogan Country", partial full ID identical to 92.7 KNCW DN08
    107.3 KBFG-LP SEATTLE WA 735 9 19:45 "KBFG-LP Seattle" ball game? CN87
    97.9 K250BL BREWSTER WA 725 10 19:59 Spanish religion, multi station full ID DN08
    98.1 K251AZ MALAGA WA 681 10 20:08 Wenatchee ad, Applesox baseball game CN97
    90.5 K213DU GOLDENDALE / THE DALLES WA 587 16 19:59 "Northwest Public Radio" multi station full ID CN95
    96.7 CKGF-FM-2 GREENWOOD BC 789 40 19:57 "102.3 Juice FM" - classic hits, hot AC DN09
    105.3 K287CI BLAINE WA 825 45 19:50 Radio India programming CN88
    95.3 K237AW CHELAN WA 711 53 20:12 Wenatchee Applesox baseball, area ads CN97
    99.5 K258BJ EVERETT WA 750 90 19:42 "Centro Familia Cristiano", Spanish religion, area mentions CN87
    100.9 K265DP ABERDEEN WA 717 90 19:13 "88-5 KNKX" - jazz, NPR CN86
    92.7 K224DL PORTLAND OR 609 99 19:31 "Air 1", strong Es to Portland , again 20:05 CN85
    93.5 K228EU PORTLAND OR 610 99 20:04 "La Gran D" - Spanish, PI 52A3 CN85
    93.5 K228FA LONGVIEW WA 654 100 19:26 "KBAM Real Country" CN86
    94.9 KZAX-LP BELLINGHAM WA 806 100 20:19 alternative, RDS KZAX 949 Make Shift Radio 521B CN88
    99.1 KSFL-LP PORTLAND OR 608 100 19:32 "99.1 FM PRP" "Portland Radio Project" again 20:06 CN85
    99.1 KORE-LP ENTIAT WA 703 100 19:55 "Core" - AC CN97
    106.5 KAHS-LP ABERDEEN WA 722 100 19:09 Aberdeen High School radio, variety music CN86
    107.1 KVSG-LP TWISP WA 750 100 19:54 "EWTN Catholic Radio" CN98
    107.7 K299BB THE DALLES OR 580 125 19:42 "Radio Tierra" - Spanish CN95
    95.5 CBUF-FM-4 PRINCE GEORGE BC 1148 130 19:59 French ID CO83
    94.9 CFFM-FM-2 QUESNEL BC 1076 175 20:23 "The Goat", area ads CO82
    93.5 CBUZ-FM CHETWYND BC 1256 180 20:30 "CBC Radio One" , area Es, Buffalo program, in 19:55-20:35 mix with few others CO95
    99.5 CIMM-FM UCLUELET BC 879 180 19:15 "Tuff City Radio CHMZ 90.1" CN78
    104.5 CJSB-FM SWAN RIVER MB 1259 210 18:11 "Swan Valley Community Radio" DO92
    95.3 K237FR TUMWATER WA 704 220 19:00 Olympia's Greatest Hits 95.3 KGY" again 20:59 9957 CN87
    106.3 KCSY TWISP WA 747 220 19:51 Wenatchee Applesox baseball CN98
    91.3 KACW SOUTH BEND WA 704 225 20:01 "KACS Studio… KACW" , lucky fade in CN86
    93.1 K226AN MONTESANO WA 716 250 19:19 "105-7 The Jet" CN86
    96.5 K243BX BELLINGHAM WA 807 250 19:56 "KGMI News", RDS KGMI 2118 CN88
    97.9 K250BW BELLINGHAM WA 807 250 19:55 "ESPN Radio, KPUG 1170 AM", RDS in most of 30 min file KPUG 39AA CN88
    98.9 K255DC BELLINGHAM WA 807 250 19:56 "98-9 K-Bay" - classic hits, RDS KBAY 12AC CN88
    99.1 K256CQ LONGVIEW WA 654 250 19:28 "KEDO", baseball, local ads CN86
    99.7 K259BG CHEHALIS WA 689 250 19:25 "Komo News 1000 FM 97-7" CN86
    100.5 K263BS CENTRALIA WA 684 250 19:07 "KITI FM 100.5 and 1420" CN86
    101.3 K267CT SEQUIM WA 778 250 19:04 "KONT News" CN88
    101.9 K270CJ OLYMPIA WA 717 250 19:07 "Budd Bay's KYA 101.9" - classic hits CN87
    102.1 K271AH MOUNT VERNON WA 784 250 19:53 "KAPS" - country CN88
    102.9 K275CV MOUNT VERNON WA 784 250 19:44 classic rock, area ads CN88
    103.3 K277CZ SHELTON WA 717 250 19:05 "KMAS", news / talk, RDS KMAS-FM FFFF CN87
    103.5 K278CU ABERDEEN WA 717 250 19:10 news / talk, RDS NEWSTALK STATION 1450 AM KBKW 13BE CN86
    104.5 CBYT-FM CAMBELL RIVER BC 941 250 19:04 CBC, area weather report CO70
    105.1 K286CA EAST WENATCHEE WA 692 250 19:50 country, RDS KKRV, songs 2C37 CN97
    106.9 K295BT WAPATO WA 631 250 19:53 "Cruisin 106-9 KTCR" - oldies CN96
    Attached Files
    Randy KW4RZ Goldfield, Nevada DM17

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    Glad I could help you with many of these IDs. The 95.3 Chelan may be 53 watts but they get out very well, being on top of a high butte. If I head east on I-90, starting around exit 151 they swap and then take over KXLE most of the way past Moses Lake (and no KPND either). They are solid up near Waterville and to the east of Waterville. Their 101.3 in Brewster also gets out very well.
    99.1 repeats on a 105.9 in Wenatchee (K290CH) and 105.5 in Chelan (K288GN), the latter only 2 watts. Interesting mix of pop music and adult hits fare.
    The 98.1 in Malaga, same as KEYG and KCSY, has a pattern that completely avoids my area, even up high in the hills. I can't receive them until I get up the hill from the Columbia River bridge on I-90, and then they are solid for miles.

    What's amazing to me is that you heard Crusin' KTCR and NOTHING from 104.5 (KBBO Sports) and 106.1 (Big 106.1 Hot AC)...on the same tower and same ERP!! I'm guessing K-LOVE and KBKS were too strong?
    The 103.5 KBKW is not the first translator they've had. 94.7, now Timber Country, was the first KBKW translator, about 10 years ago.
    And finally, I've mentioned the 106.5 won't even make it to Ocean Shores. 100.9 does on much less power. Both of those are amazing catches.

    Job well done, Randy.
    FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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    • #3
      WATT in the world?!/cd

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      • #4
        Originally posted by crainbebo View Post
        Glad I could help you with many of these IDs. The 95.3 Chelan may be 53 watts but they get out very well, being on top of a high butte. If I head east on I-90, starting around exit 151 they swap and then take over KXLE most of the way past Moses Lake (and no KPND either). They are solid up near Waterville and to the east of Waterville. Their 101.3 in Brewster also gets out very well.
        99.1 repeats on a 105.9 in Wenatchee (K290CH) and 105.5 in Chelan (K288GN), the latter only 2 watts. Interesting mix of pop music and adult hits fare.
        The 98.1 in Malaga, same as KEYG and KCSY, has a pattern that completely avoids my area, even up high in the hills. I can't receive them until I get up the hill from the Columbia River bridge on I-90, and then they are solid for miles.

        What's amazing to me is that you heard Crusin' KTCR and NOTHING from 104.5 (KBBO Sports) and 106.1 (Big 106.1 Hot AC)...on the same tower and same ERP!! I'm guessing K-LOVE and KBKS were too strong?
        The 103.5 KBKW is not the first translator they've had. 94.7, now Timber Country, was the first KBKW translator, about 10 years ago.
        And finally, I've mentioned the 106.5 won't even make it to Ocean Shores. 100.9 does on much less power. Both of those are amazing catches.

        Job well done, Randy.
        All those station in the region of an identified signal are probably in there, but I don't log them unless I hear the ID, area specific ads or content, or get RDS / PI decode. I don't bother with playlist matches, syndicated shows, or anything that does not indicate for sure the identity. Many of them will know who they are but every ID gets botched in a fade or clobbered by another station. Save for the next opening.
        Randy KW4RZ Goldfield, Nevada DM17

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cd637299 View Post
          WATT in the world?!/cd
          No kidding Chris, and I can even get that 95.1 1-watter if I go up in the hills above 5000'. It's on a mountain 2384 ft HAAT NE of Omak, so 1 watt sounds like 250. I get them 130 miles away at Manastash Lake (20mi W of Ellensburg) with just the 909X and whip at any of the campsites next to the lake. I also get 130 mosquito bites if I don't pour Off and Deet all over myself - ouch!
          FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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          • #6
            Very nice collection of logs, Randy!

            I can't say I'm too surprised these low power stations get out by Es so well. I did a bit of amateur radio satellite, and that would only take one watt to complete a contact across the country using UHF/VHF. I'm pretty sure my lowest power FM Es log is 92.7 WZOP-LP Fort Lauderdale, FL with a whopping 22 watts. I've received it several times.

            I was in northwest Washington last September, and I recall that the translator on 96.5 in Bellingham (for 790 KGMI) doesn't get out very well at all. My uncle lives in Lynden, and I heard the 96.5 from Seattle often wipe it out.

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            • #7
              Northwest Washington? Worst place in the Northwest to FM DX from. Equidistant from Vancouver and Victoria, plus Seattle stations at 70 mi (multipathed but still not easy to defeat) and translators on top of Seattle stations. Good luck getting any Portland tropo there let alone Es of any kind. Mike Cherry on Saltspring Island BC was a long-time WTFDA member, but he's gone totally to AM DX because FM has gotten so packed since the '90s, plus IBOC hash. There are Vancouver 1st-adjacents (35 miles away) that are wiped out or spotty in Bellingham because of IBOC.
              That, and off-the-charts housing prices, rainstorms, and a commute in Seattle-Tacoma that looks more like the 405 in LA nowadays, keeps me away from western WA for good. I don't have to worry about new translators being built all around here, and I have actual open channels I can monitor for meteor scatter
              FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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              • #8
                I spend a lot of time in Washington. Summer 2019 Es season set up at my father's estate southeast of Seattle. There werent many DXable frequencies. I've also travelled through the Yakima valley many times, even spent a few days camped with the RV near Liberty, WA in fall 2019 and it does seem that the whole state is packed with stations.
                Randy KW4RZ Goldfield, Nevada DM17

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                • #9
                  When I first got bitten by the six meter bug and got the feel of how Es behaves I recall a contact when I was living in Louisiana and had a contact with a ham in Iowa who was running a two watt walkie talkie in his living room. My setup was a 4 element yagi and 10 watts. He gave me a 5x9 plus and I turned my power down to just a watt or so, the needle barely moved on the meter. We were able to keep talking for a few minutes.
                  Randy KW4RZ Goldfield, Nevada DM17

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                  • #10
                    At least with a place like Liberty (and the nearby Kittitas Valley), many stations are multipathed enough due to Manastash Ridge to wipe out in E-skip. I've seen it happen several times now with Yakima locals/semi-locals, but not with 104.1, 103.1, 107.3, and 94.5 (it did get wiped one opening for a few seconds). All except 103.1 are 100KW blasters. 105.7 KVAY Lamar CO wiped out KRSE on 7/7/20's huge Es opening where Kyle had NWR skip. The kicker was my location, being 19 miles W of Ellensburg off the hiking trail that leads to Lost Lake and Manastash Lake. No RFI for miles around, and I think the 4800' elevation really helped with my reception anyways because of the wider horizon and stronger signals. KRSE was 14 miles away and GONE, replaced with country music, eventually got a commercial for a restaurant in Lamar. I nearly fell into the grass when that happened And all of this was unexpected, I thought I was only going there to hike, not DX. Turned the radio on at a corner 1 mi or so from the car (no other cars were parked at the trailhead), and had a country station on 107.9 (whaaa?), realizing 94.1 was KZRR and Cortez CO was in on 98.7, it was top-of-band Es...went on from there.
                    You would love to DX along the North Cascades Hwy east of Diablo and west of Mazama, albeit it's all closed due to a massive fire now. FMFool has very little coming in between Diablo and Mazama on Hwy 20. Meteor paradise. Sit in a campground (when there isn't a fire) at night, and look at all the stars and maybe meteors going by. I'm sure you can do that in Goldfield too, but at least you'd be near me...
                    FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by crainbebo View Post
                      At least with a place like Liberty (and the nearby Kittitas Valley), many stations are multipathed enough due to Manastash Ridge to wipe out in E-skip. I've seen it happen several times now with Yakima locals/semi-locals, but not with 104.1, 103.1, 107.3, and 94.5 (it did get wiped one opening for a few seconds). All except 103.1 are 100KW blasters. 105.7 KVAY Lamar CO wiped out KRSE on 7/7/20's huge Es opening where Kyle had NWR skip. The kicker was my location, being 19 miles W of Ellensburg off the hiking trail that leads to Lost Lake and Manastash Lake. No RFI for miles around, and I think the 4800' elevation really helped with my reception anyways because of the wider horizon and stronger signals. KRSE was 14 miles away and GONE, replaced with country music, eventually got a commercial for a restaurant in Lamar. I nearly fell into the grass when that happened And all of this was unexpected, I thought I was only going there to hike, not DX. Turned the radio on at a corner 1 mi or so from the car (no other cars were parked at the trailhead), and had a country station on 107.9 (whaaa?), realizing 94.1 was KZRR and Cortez CO was in on 98.7, it was top-of-band Es...went on from there.
                      You would love to DX along the North Cascades Hwy east of Diablo and west of Mazama, albeit it's all closed due to a massive fire now. FMFool has very little coming in between Diablo and Mazama on Hwy 20. Meteor paradise. Sit in a campground (when there isn't a fire) at night, and look at all the stars and maybe meteors going by. I'm sure you can do that in Goldfield too, but at least you'd be near me...
                      This location you're referring to is very beautiful. When I visited in September, I took a hike at the Blue Lake Trailhead and spent the day enjoying the hiking there. I live in Ohio where I'm not used to scenery like it. It was so peaceful.

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                      • #12
                        I haven't been into the North Cascades myself yet, but of course the fires have screwed that whole area up. Most hikes I do are in between Keechelus/Kachess Lake on I-90 and the Teanaway, and south into the White and Chinook Pass areas. Amazing the difference between S of I-90 and N of I-90. Portland, Corvallis, and SW WA stations are stronger in the White Pass area than they are in the Teanaway.
                        Next time you come, you might find mountain goats, elk, deer, and even bears in our beautiful woods. But I don't wish to see any bears, no thank you! The mountain goats are majestic, on the other hand. The mosquitoes, not so much.
                        FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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