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Author Topic: 107.7 FM Virginia House Radio - Richmond VA 8 August 2019  (Read 1282 times)

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107.7 FM Virginia House Radio - Richmond VA 8 August 2019
« on: August 08, 2019, 2147 UTC »
NOAA Weather Radio audio loop from tune-in (at 2015 UTC) until 2130ish UTC, OM DJ came on with Happy House Radio Richmond Virginny ID, a couple false starts, banjo music, then more DJ talk about good ol’ mountain music...music continuing at 2138 UTC.

Received on the car radio.  “Patty On The Turnpike” at 2139 UTC. 

Driving around downtown and the signal is jumping up and down but it’s still sounding quite nice at 2146 UTC. 

SIO 555 downtown!

ID as “Commercial Free Virginia House Radio...relics from the past, country and non-country” at 2148 UTC.
107.7 FM downtown Richmond.

“That Knotty Old Cane” at 2153 UTC.

more old style country/bluegrass to 2203 UTC.

Checked again at 2300 UTC and bluegrass was still going strong.
« Last Edit: August 08, 2019, 2312 UTC by R4002 »
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Re: 107.7 FM Virginia House Radio - Richmond VA 8 August 2019
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 1150 UTC »
Nice catch!
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Re: 107.7 FM Virginia House Radio - Richmond VA 8 August 2019
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 1305 UTC »
They were still going strong with some Johnny Cash "One Piece At A Time" this morning at 1050 UTC / 0650 local time tune in.  No call letters heard at TOH or BOH.  I listened to them for a bit on my PL-606 portable in the backyard last night and they are transmitting in mono.  Overall a good sounding signal, pretty wide though.   There was a translator for WLES-AM on 107.9 that recently changed frequencies, so the closest in-market station is now WBBT-FM on 107.3 MHz.   Tuning around this morning revealed a dead carrier on 107.9 MHz, or the 107.7 station is wide enough to quiet the receiver on 107.9 MHz (this is on the car AM/FM radio).  On the PL-606, 107.8 and 107.9 are quiet like there's a dead carrier there.
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Re: 107.7 FM Virginia House Radio - Richmond VA 8 August 2019
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 1717 UTC »
Virginia House Radio 107.7 FM pirate station Richmond, VA

Tuned back in around 1710 UTC, they were relaying the local NOAA Weather Radio station...several seconds of silence then a DJ ID around 1711 UTC or 1712 UTC - Virginia House Radio Richmond Virginny, a slight pause and into more good ol’ time music.

Still sounding good in downtown Richmond at 1717 UTC.  107.7 FM on the factory Chevrolet car radio and antenna. 
« Last Edit: August 09, 2019, 1724 UTC by R4002 »
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Re: 107.7 FM Virginia House Radio - Richmond VA 8 August 2019
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2019, 2021 UTC »
Virginia House Radio 107.7 FM still going strong this afternoon local time in Richmond, VA.
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Re: 107.7 FM Virginia House Radio - Richmond VA 8 August 2019
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2019, 1257 UTC »
Heard them again this morning (0640 local time, 1040 UTC) on 107.7 MHz FM.  Noted that 107.9 MHz is quieted on my radio, they might be closer to 107.75 MHz or even 107.8 MHz. 

They appear to be switching back and forth from relaying the local NOAA Weather Radio station (WXK65 on 162.475 MHz) and playing both pre-recorded programming and what appears to be a live DJ. 

There was a translator for a local Class-D religious AM station (WLES on 590 kHz AM) on 107.9 MHz (W300DK) but they recently moved down to 97.7 MHz (W249CI), making 107.9 MHz clear again.  The closest legal station in this market is on 107.3 MHz (WBBT-FM), making 107.7 MHz a pretty good choice considering how congested the FM band has become with all the translators and repeaters on the air now.  Would-be clear frequencies (for example, 106.9 MHz) are occupied by powerhouse stations just outside the market area - in this case, its WAFX out of Suffolk, VA doing 100,000 watts 980 feet above average terrain, even though they're about 65 miles away from Richmond you can still hear them quite nicely with a halfway decent radio/antenna. 

The FM band is pretty busy, even in a medium city sized market like Richmond.  I can't imagine what the pirates in the northeast (Boston, NYC, etc.) are dealing with in terms of interference. 
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