My first FM ULR DX

Rick Robinson <w4dst@...>

Yesterday, 8/29/10, I got my first FM DX in years on my new PL-310 and a $2 set of rabbit ears from Goodwill. I wish I could say it was the result of planning and diligent listening, but it was just shear luck. While tuning around for something good to listen to, I came across the song Reason by Hoobastank. Being at 94.9 I thought it was Electric 94.9 in the Tri-Cities area of northeast TN/VA, a regular here. After the song finished the ID was Magic 94.9. I decided to listen some more but during the following commercial, it faded out and Electric 94.9 came up.

Going online to Google, I found Magic 94.9 in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL, and their on-line play list. Sure enough at about 1:15PM they were playing Reason by Hoobastank. So as they say even a blind squirrel will eventually find an acorn. It looks like it is roughly 700 miles to the west coast of Florida from here in SW NC. . Being at an elevation of 2500' helps me I'm sure. My last FM DX was about 5 years ago on a DE1102 barefoot with local like reception of WLOW 107.9 in Hilton Head, SC, about 350 miles or so away.

Thanks especially go to Byron, WA8LCZ, for his tips and encouragement to pursue FM DX. I wish AM stations would ID as regularly as FM, it sure would make DXing MW a lot easier.

Rick W4DST
Hendersonville, NC

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