Overall, I’d say that 2008 was a pretty good year for DXing the FM dial. I figured this week would be a good time to post the IDs that I was able to record during DX openings over the past couple years. These are the ones that were coming in with a decent enough signal to to be up top toppy standards.
I’ll start off with the stations that were logged via tropospheric ducting. Tropo usually brings in stations from just outside your normal reception area to about 500 miles or so. Occasionally tropo can bring in signals from further away, like last year when I was able to hear a couple stations from West Palm Beach, FL. Enjoy the new IDs brought in via tropo from Atlantic City, Bridgeport-Stamford-Danbury, Monmouth-Ocean, Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Richmond, Salisbury-Ocean City, and Trenton (actually received via WWCJ in Cape May).
The rest, more distant IDs are a result of E Skip. E skip propagation is more difficult to predict, and usually does not hold as steady as tropo signals will. Most of the time when you’re receiving a station via e skip, it is around 1000 miles away. Here’s some IDs received via e skip from Clinton, KY, Fort Myers, Louisville, Mobile, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.