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Offline Pirate_Hunter

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What is the farthest station heard
« on: August 26, 2016, 1501 UTC »
What is the farthest station on FM that anyone has heard?
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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2016, 2031 UTC »
There was a DX'er by the name of Bruce Elving near Duluth, MN who was rumored to have heard commercial FM stations from Germany.

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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2016, 2119 UTC »
Good grief never would of thought that far
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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2016, 2302 UTC »
Thanks alot guys.. I find that very interesting..
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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2016, 0218 UTC »
My furthest is a little over 1000 miles. Delaware to Arkansas.

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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2016, 0223 UTC »
A friend of mine here in Wisconsin got Claire FM from Ireland, multi-hop E-skip, and he's got the audio to prove it.  It's up on youtube if anyone wants to search it.  I nearly fell over when I heard it! 

The farthest I've ever gotten is either KIXY FM in San Angelo, Texas to Wisconsin, just a brief snippet but an ID was part of what I heard, or New Hampshire Public Radio also to Wisconsin.  That one was clear as a local for at least an hour, including local sports scores - the team name the Rock Cats was a new one on me, I can tell you. 
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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2016, 0108 UTC »
jFarley, thanks for posting that link about Bruce Elving. Did not know of him. Most interesting.
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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2016, 0348 UTC »
About 1100 miles when I wasn't much more than a kid a station from a in Shreveport, Louisiana. These days I probably wouldn't have noticed it, but in those days there were so few FM stations, if an odd one showed up, it stood out. Ducting along the front of what are now known as an "Alberta Clipper" is my best guess? It went from mild and gusty where I lived to "thundersnow" in about an hour that afternoon.

I was trying to catch a regional HS basketball tourney game that had been bumped due to NFL football to FM. The Shreveport station stood out like a sore thumb in the days of the near empty FM dial. It lasted maybe 20 minutes, tops. I couldn't figure out why I was hearing LSU basketball, as they weren't playing Kentucky? UK could have played a HS team and it would have been on every radio and TV station in the region, the NFL be damned. I got a partial id on the Shreveport station on a time out. A few minutes later it was gone.
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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2016, 1944 UTC »
There was a DX'er by the name of Bruce Elving near Duluth, MN who was rumored to have heard commercial FM stations from Germany.

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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2016, 1528 UTC »
Back in the late 80's or early 90's , I was receiving KMGN 93.9 from Flagstaff, AZ on portable with just the whip when I lived in North East, PA.  This was the strongest and most stable Es opening I have ever come across. This was an intense mid morning opening that lasted for several hours because I remember listening to their morning show until about noon local time. I figured the distance was close to 1800 miles and it remains my all time record.

I would love to have an opening like that again today on the SDR where you can record a large section of the band. You can see where the stations fade in and out on the waterfall and be able to catch all of them within the chunk you were able to sample. It's pretty cool. ;D

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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2016, 0816 UTC »
Hello from Jyväskylä, Finland!

Here is my all time TOP5 farthest stations I've heard:

1. RUS: Radio Rossii, Ishim/Gagarino 66.89MHZ (OIRT) - 2539km (1578 miles)
2. I: Kiss Kiss Italia, Putignano 98.70MHz - 2444km (1519 miles)
3. I: Radionorba, Bari - 105.5MHz - 2423km (1506 miles)
4. F: France Bleu Breizh Izel, Lorient - 2412km (1498 miles)
5. TUR: Lalegül FM, Istanbul -88.40MHz - 2387km (1483 miles)

Here in Finland official record is: QAT: QBS Doha 90.3MHz, 19.7.2003 - 4699 km (2920miles) - Sporadic E

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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2016, 0150 UTC »
Hi Pirate Hunter. Seen your post on farthest station heard and living up here in Central Mn, back in my FM DX days in the 1980's, had a Carver TX-11 hooked to a Channel Master Stereo Probe 9 FM antenna. RX'ed stations all over the lower states including Mexico but the one that was confirmed was WBJW in Orlando at 105.1. Call the station and got on air and shocked the heck out of all of them at the station! Got all sorts of stuff from them including a QSL and a WBJW license plate. Still have the antenna but the Carver was stolen. Thinking next summer putting the old antenna and finding a Carver tuner again and start back up the FM dx'ing. ;D
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Re: What is the farthest station heard? How about this one?
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2017, 1623 UTC »
        When FM station WJQZ Wellsville, NY received their construction permit for 93.5FM, on-air testing started right during the 1985 summer Sporadic "E" season. And two of the DJ's and one of the station's co-owners said that they had a QSL request from Egypt! No, not Egypt, NY either. I certainly remember them doing this testing. I'd be driving around and they would play a Top 40 tune, then live announce, "Conducting tests, conducting tests only. WJQZ Wellsville.", after every tune. They did this for a few months before officially going on-air January 1986. But anyway, with them doing an actual legal ID after every test song, during a Sporadic "E" condition, that QSL claim from Egypt is certainly plausible. Pity, that stations don't do tests like that anymore. They just come on-air, feed satellite programing and roll with that.
        And, Bruce Elving FM books are still invaluable. I'm keeping mine. I'd buy up his Toko 110KHz IF filters and put them in AM / FM walkmans, car stereos, home receivers, etc. I still have them in a GE Super Radio, a Sangean ATS-803A, my Bose Accoustic Wave System, and a 1990 Radio Crap headphone radio. When you did that to car stereos, they were a FM DX machine. That headphone radio was unreal and I could walk around listening to FM stations from Toronto, ON, Canada near the PA border. Sadly, that was ripped-off from me.  Ahhhhh, the DX memories.     
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Re: What is the farthest station heard
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2017, 2140 UTC »
There is a guy from Northern Ireland who lives towards the atlantic side who has picked up stations from the Boston area! Stupidly long hops with sporadic e. He has the QSL letters and audio on youtube!

I was watching his logs during the summer he was getting St Petersburg!


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