AM and FM DX

Pirate? There is 107.5 Eagle FM in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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This is how strong Sydney can be received in Bungendore with an optimal location and a good setup (3 element Yagi+ preamp on top of the DX hill):

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Is it always like that there, & were all the other Sydney stations just as good?

I noticed on my drive down to work this morning from Newcastle to Sydney, Triple J Taree was coming over or blocking Coast FM in a number of spots at the North end of the Central Coast (down to around Tuggerah where it’s not normally like that unless some enhancement.

Also noticed SEN Track 801 Gosford is back on air, I changed the radio to AM at Turramurra & forgot I left it on 801 last week & it was there, nice & strong. I was listening to 5RM 801 Sunday night at Gosford, so it came back on sometime between then & today.

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53db, that’s pretty good, that’s about what i get them at in normal conditions here with the rabbit ears and with RF gain set to 0, though I’m a lot closer to Sydney.

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A preamp was mentioned, but still good for the distance regardless.

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There was some enhancement about tonight, particularly inland.

Had Mt Dowe ABCs at 15-20db for a little while, except News 101.5, 2GLA too dominant there. Tried for 2GGG and 95.9 HPON too, but couldn’t get them past the Port Stephens stations.

Had Orange quite well too, 2CCB 103.5 in stereo (around 7db) but 2BA Batemans Bay was still present underneath it and prevented RDS reception (though I had the RDS symbol flash up briefly a few times). 2OCW 107.5 was cleaner with no sign of 2EAR, but it was weaker, no RDS there either.

But I did manage to get 2PNN 91.9 here for the first time, thanks to the 1 mhz tuning option, could tell it was perfectly in sync with 90.9 from Wollongong.

Also had better than usual reception from Port Macquarie, 100.7 MMM was had with RDS, 91.5 JJJ Coffs was in stereo briefly too.

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Yes the others were at similar strength. There was some minor enhancement present on this day. I was mainly showing how strong Sydney can be in Bungendore in optimal conditions.

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I reckon you’d get better signals in summer when there is strong tropo about.

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My latest FM bandscan in Sydney on the evening of 15 May 2024:

My guess of the stations I received:
107.9 - 2ICE Lithgow
107.7 - 2GGO Gosford
107.5 - 2OCW Orange
107.3 - 2SER Sydney
107.1 - 2WKT Bowral
106.9 - 2VOX Wollongong
106.7 - HPON Orange
106.5 - 2WFM Sydney
106.3 - 1CBR Canberra
106.1 - 2ABCFM Newcastle
105.9 - 2GZF Orange
105.7 - 2JJJ Sydney
105.5 - 2ABCFM Central West Slopes
105.3 - HPON Wollongong
105.1 - 2OAG Orange
104.9 - 2MMM Sydney
104.7 - 2ROC Canberra
104.5 - 2GOS Gosford
104.3 - 2ABCRN Central Tablelands
104.1 - 2DAY Sydney
103.9 - 2PB Canberra
103.7 - Nothing
103.5 - 2CCB Orange
103.2 - 2CBA Sydney
102.9 - 2ST Bowral
102.7 - 2ABCFM Central Tablelands
102.5 - 2MBS Sydney
102.3 - 2ABCFM Canberra
102.1 - 2JJJ Newcastle
101.9 - 2JJJ Central Tablelands
101.7 - 2UUS Sydney
101.5 - 2JJJ Canberra
101.3 - 2CFM Gosford
101.1 - 2LT Katoomba
100.9 - 2BAC Bankstown
100.7 - 2WOW Penrith
100.5 - 2RPH Eastern Sydney
100.3 - 2MCR Campbelltown
100.1 - 2HHH Hornsby
99.9 - 2SWR Blacktown
99.7 - 2SSR Sutherland
99.5 - 2ICE Katoomba
99.3 - 2NSB Chatswood
99.1 - 2UUS Richmond
98.9 - 2JJJ Illawarra
98.7 - 2ABCFM Manning River
98.5 - 2OOO Sydney
98.3 - 1XXR Canberra
98.1 - 2WIN Wollongong
97.9 - 2ABCRN Goulburn
97.7 - 2SBSFM Sydney
97.5 - Nothing
97.3 - 2ILA Illawarra
97.1 - 2ABCRN Manning River
96.9 - 2SYD Sydney
96.7 - Nothing
96.5 - 2UUL Wollongong
96.3 - 2CCC Gosford
96.1 - 2ONE Katoomba
95.9 - Indistinct
95.7 - 2ABCFM Illawarra
95.5 - Nothing
95.3 - 2PTV Sydney
95.1 - 2BS Bathurst
94.9 - 2GCB Gosford
94.7 - Nothing
94.5 - 2FBI Sydney
94.3 - HPON Goulburn
94.1 - 2CCM Gosford
93.9 - Nothing
93.7 - 2LND Sydney
93.5 - 2SNO Goulburn
93.3 - 2SNR Gosford
93.1 - Mix of 2GEE Mudgee / 2WZD Wagga Wagga?
92.9 - 2ABCFM Sydney
92.7 - 1ART Canberra
92.5 - 2BL Gosford
92.3 - 2MCE Bathurst
92.1 - 2MFM Sydney
91.9 - 1WAY Canberra
91.7 - Nothing
91.5 - 2PNN SW Slopes/E Riverina
91.3 - 2MAC Campbelltown
91.1 - Indistict
90.9 - 2PNN Illawarra
90.7 - 2JJJ SW Slopes/E Riverina
90.5 - 2CCR Parramatta
90.3 - 2MWM Manly South
90.1 - 2NBC Narwee
89.9 - 2HWK Windsor
89.7 - 2RES Waverley
89.5 - Nothing
89.3 - 2GLF Liverpool
89.1 - 2BLU Katoomba
88.9 - 2RSR Marrickville
88.7 - LPON
88.5 - 2RRR Ryde
88.3 - 2ABCFM - SW Slopes/Riverina
88.1 - 2RDJ Burwood
88.0 - LPON
87.8 - LPON
87.6 - LPON

Long-distance reception:

  • Central West Slopes: 347 km
  • South West Slopes / Eastern Riverina: 307 km
  • Manning River: 290 km
  • Canberra: 234 km
  • Orange/Central Tablelands: 203 km
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That’s an impressive list!

I DXed on the same evening at home with the TEF and the ones I got that were different to yours were

107.9 2ABCRN CW Slopes (and 2ICE Lithgow)
107.3 2MVB Taree (mixed in with 2SER Sydney)
107.1 2WPR CW Slopes (and 2WKT Bowral)
106.9 2XXX Newcastle (no 2VOX Wollongong)
106.3 2PNN CW Slopes (and 1MIX Canberra)
105.5 2SBS Canberra (and 2ABC CW Slopes)
105.3 2NEW Newcastle (no HPON Wollonging)
105.1 2ABCRN Batemans Bay (2OAG was weak)
104.7 2BOB Taree (and 2ROC Canberra)
103.7 2NUR Newcastle
103.5 2BA Batemans Bay (and 2CCB Orange)
103.1 nothing
102.9 2KKO Newcastle (no 2ST)
102.3 2JJJ CW Slopes (and 2ABC Canberra and brief 2ROX Port Macquarie no RDS)
101.9 2ABC Batemans Bay (and 2JJJ).
101.5 2GLA Forster (no 2JJJ)
100.9 2PSR Port Stephens (no 2BAC)
100.7 2PQQ Port Macquarie with brief RDS mixed in 2ABCRN Upper Namoi (no 2WOW)
100.5 2RPH Newcastle (no 2RPH East Sydney)
99.9 2JJJ Upper Namoi (and 2SWR)
99.7 2RFM Newcastle (no 2SSR)
99.1 2NWR Upper Namoi (and 2UUS)
98.3 2ABCRN Port Stephens (no 1XXR)
98.1 2PNN Gosford mixed in with 2VLY Muswellbrook (2WIN would have been buried underneath both).
97.9 2ABC Coffs Harbour (and 2ABCRN Goulburn)
97.5 2HD Port Stephens RDS
96.7 2ABC Upper Namoi
96.5 2CHR Cessnock (and 2UUL Wollongong)
95.9 2NC Port Stephens
95.5 2MRR Taree
94.7 2PNN Taree
93.9 2ABCRN Tamworth
93.1 2GEE Mudgee only
92.7 HPON Port Macquarie (and 1ART Canberra)
92.3 2MRR Coffs Harbour (and 2MCE Barhurst)
91.9 2PNN Orange (and 1WAY Canberra)
91.7 2ST Nowra and 2PNN Tamworth
91.5 2JJJ Coffs Harbour (and 2PNN SW Slopes)
91.1 1CMS Canberra
90.7 2PNN Coffs Harbour (and 2JJJ SW Slopes)
90.5 2HD Belmont North (no 2CCR)
90.3 nothing
90.1 2HVR Bulga Mine (and 2NBC)
89.9 2RVR SW Slopes (and 2HWK)
89.5 2ABC Goulburn (brief)
89.3 2VLY Bulga Mine (and 2GLF)
89.1 2ABCRN SW Slopes (and 2BLU)
88.9 2RE Taree
88.7 2MWM Bilgola Plateau

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Absolutely. I got 102.7 Orange at 70+ dB, so near optimal reception for that site:

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All ABC from Mount Dowe stronger then -95dBm into Toowoomba this morning
Also managed to catch NOW FM with reasonable strength this morning, not rare for me to hear ABC from Dowe but bit more rare to hear NOW FM

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Nice to see there’s a DeLorean available in Toowoomba.

Great Scott, what a good catch from 2025. Make sure you’re DXing at the same time next year.

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Haha quickly took the video out the front of work and uploaded the video before the Teams Meetings fired up for the morning, guess I was so fast I went into next year lol :joy:

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No forecasted tropo dx with coo-ee of Sydney for this evening, but Canberra FM radio stations are in at the moment.

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Whilst in the Illawarra for a day trip this afternoon, I managed to find a spot where GNFM dominates over MMM Central Coast on the 107.7 MHz frequency. This particular location is at Windang on its foreshore park (along the channel that connects the Tasman Sea & Lake Illawarra), where it has a good take-off to the south west (ie. towards Goulburn), and where its take-off to the north (ie. towards the Central Coast) is pretty poor. This is the same location where I could get a heardable signal of Braidwood FM (2BRW) on my previous visits there (I forgot to check 88.9, d’oh! :frowning: ), as well as getting a bit of Canberra FM services there.

GNFM was received on both the TEF and the car radio in that particular location. :slight_smile:

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My New Tef Server is a GO for anyone wanting to try it out. No Audio cause the two usb sound cards I have dont seem to load up in it. Will fix when I next get to Jaycar.

EDIT: offline while I work out the audio bug

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I’m getting a 401 error when trying to access mine in another device

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Wiping out the country HPON?

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certainly was

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