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Thu Mar 8 9:25 am  #1


Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

Here's a few FM DX logs from Northwest Pennsylvania in the last little while. This isn't everything I've logged but what I find interesting for one reason or another and is presented in no particular order. 

Details: Ridgway PA (NW corner of the state halfway between Olean NY and State College, PA). 2000 feet elevation free of nearby terrain obstructions, one of the highest residential points in this part of the state. Equipment: Sony XDRF1HD radio, Kathrein Scala YA7 Yagi antenna and Zoom H1 handheld digital recorder. 

Now for the actual logs: 

NEW!! NEW!! CJDL 107.3 Tillsonburg, Ontario 7.8KW at 738 feet, 155 miles NW of me. This was possible since 50KW local blowtorch WCOH Du Bois was off the air due to a power outage on Friday March 2nd. Reception happened in the 8 and 9am hours and the fade ups didn't last long when they occured., The signal on fade ups was FAIR, I'd say. Here some audio:

 "Anywhere With You" by The Dungarees:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jvMUSa-5ABjGgveopauCjpMqWWrVNCZ7/view?usp=sharing "Are You Sure Hank Done It This way" by Waylon Jennings followed by Country 107.3 liner and then followed by another song:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xYseKFnp3DMxqelMOAkYLbhL2DtBs7aB/view?usp=sharing 

Here's a Country 107.3 weather forecast with temperatures and Country 107.3 jinglehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1kVROqj7Ah31qSHgqYARfX1BFI8K_vXFy/view?usp=sharing 

(The picture in this post is the tower holding the CJDL antennas on Plank Line at the Union Road intersection in Ingersoll, Ontario.) 


NEW!! "Country 89" CKYY 89.1 Welland, Ontario 4.5KW/428 feet at about 120 miles. YES! I've been trying for this one for MONTHS well, JUST because. I have to get past WKSV Thompson, OH, WCOV Friendship/Olean, NY and CBLA-FM-2 Kitchener, Ont to hear CKYY... all of them with alot more power and height and more potent signals. Heck, WKSV lights up RDS here regularly and has even locked on HD. 

Well, on Monday March 5pm I *FINALLY" heard a country song on 89.1, Chris Young's "Aw Naw" followed by a "Country 89" liner then "When you call my name" by Paul Brandt. The station was gone after about a minute, but it COUNTS as a logging in my book! Here's the audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sof-cx77ZjLtXEo-__4g46-PhIJKwlLW/view?usp=sharing 


"105.1 The River" CJED Niagara Falls, Ontario. 15KW/420 feet , 120 miles. A recent format flip from Top 40/pop music to Adult Hits type stuff. I've heard it as 2DAY FM before but this was the first time with the new format. It produced a pretty good signal on and off for several hours on Monday March 5th. Here's two audio clips: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nw4v6OncSSJKpzBjdq7ATF2fTSkWntP2/view?usp=sharing anf this one: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JqQvXJgM3-p78mmvEAg7j3cUaCAnyz6N/view?usp=sharing


 "KFun 99.5" CKKW Kitchener, Ontario. 4.3KW at 364 feet, about 160 miles. Heard with music and KFun 99.5 liners. This station is not new but rare, as WGAR Cleveland and WDCX Buffalo are more often heard here, usually WDCX. I have heard CKKW before but usually fairly weak and not lasting long. This day, KFun 99.5 produced a really good signal for about 5 minutes. Here's the audio:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nBYlqpERSz87yB_UnTshmJaa8uU9SXHC/view?usp=sharing

"Country 105" CFDC 104.9 Shelburne, Ontario. 38.5KW at 316 feet at 211 miles. This isn't new, but rare here because of WRKT North East, PA and another nearby translator. It produced a fairly decent signal at times on Saturday March 3 in the 9pm. The bursts of signal weren't super long but overall ok.

Here's some audio:
 

A song then dj Casey Clark talking https://drive.google.com/file/d/1901ogB4bGP3a1skq8eOK0SDiRNNL1KKN/view?usp=sharing  

Weather forecasthttps://drive.google.com/file/d/17MjbU-ikwu4wMdIglML-5ljAUsEABpnw/view?usp=sharing 

More music, Eric Church's "Creepin"https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z09RZvL-xaOKeObNWEH9Euky8vVDO4Qw/view?usp=sharing 


"KX94.7" CHKX Hamilton, Ontario 100kw Max ERP/40KW minimum ERP, 458 feet at 135 miles NW of me (I don't think i'm in the main lobe of CHKX, but im not in a huge null, either) I am 1 1/2 miles from W233BS 94.5 with 250 watts so hearing stuff on 94.3 and 94.7 isnt too hard but CHKX while not new and not rare, isnt heard terribly often. Ir produced a good signal on Monday March 5th for about 5 minutes at 1025.

Here's the audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13ZDbR9Ef90rvsFjnQSQRHAfCR11l-5oa/view?usp=sharing
 


CKNC-FM 99.7 Simcoe, Ontario. 18kw at 85 feet, about 120 miles. This one is usually fairly weak if it's heard. Not rare but not too regular. I got a good signal out of it for a few minutes Monday March 5pm in the 10pm hour. Here's some audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11YwyOU98ls94ED9y6S8V2HDm7PW6qHNY/view?usp=sharing 


"Country 106.7" CIKZ Kitchener, Ontario. 5KW at 650 feet, 170 miles NW of me. This one is somewhat kinda regular, but often not too strong. Monday March 5th produced a pretty good signal with some music and spots. Here's audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-HNIlhs7ClP3qA_52FYG1To_bmq6wX0a/view?usp=sharing 


"97.7 Hitz FM" CHTZ SAint Catharines, Ontario 50KW/392 feet at about 120 miles. This one is surprisingly rare, due in large part to WLER 97.7 Butler, PA which is a 6KW Equivalent about 60 miles away thats heard fairly well. CHTZ showed up Monday March 5th about 730 pm with a pretty good signal for about 10 minutes. Here's the audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-HNIlhs7ClP3qA_52FYG1To_bmq6wX0a/view?usp=sharing 



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Last edited by RadioPaulPA (Thu Mar 8 10:21 am)

 

Thu Mar 8 12:29 pm  #2


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

I didn't know WRKT Erie PA, formerly 100.9, was on the air on 104.9 yet. Shelburne ON station is also fairly new. Wasn't long ago the channel was totally wide open and, as a DXer, I was able to log stations from as far away as Texas and Saskatchewan. I have some 70 stations logged on 104.9 from the Toronto area. Including quite a few pirates (which liked the channel because it was so open).

 

Thu Mar 8 1:05 pm  #3


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

Saul wrote:

I didn't know WRKT Erie PA, formerly 100.9, was on the air on 104.9 yet. Shelburne ON station is also fairly new. Wasn't long ago the channel was totally wide open and, as a DXer, I was able to log stations from as far away as Texas and Saskatchewan. I have some 70 stations logged on 104.9 from the Toronto area. Including quite a few pirates (which liked the channel because it was so open).

It looks like the license to cover on the 100.9 to 104.9 was granted in November 2017, so there was probably some testing in late October and they got the permanent license in November 2017

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Thu Mar 8 2:09 pm  #4


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

Hey NW PA, is it just your antenna and unbelievable height that gets you great DX? Or do you have a reasonably uncluttered FM dial in your area to help as well.

 

Thu Mar 8 2:41 pm  #5


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

mace wrote:

Hey NW PA, is it just your antenna and unbelievable height that gets you great DX? Or do you have a reasonably uncluttered FM dial in your area to help as well.

ALL of the above.... not only do i have the extreme elevation, to my North and WEST I am the highest thing for 100 or more miles (Erie PA and London Ontario are only at 700-800 feet in elevation)

The antenna, which i'm upgrading to an even bigger one this summer is pretty directional and picks up very little off the back.

PLUS, with three exceptions (93.9 25kw, 100.5 6kw, 94.5 250 watts and 91.1 250 Watts) I'm at least 15 miles from any radio transmitter.. 93.9/100.5/94.5 are 1 1/2 miles away. .and i've picked up stuff on 93.7/94.1/94.3/94.7/100.3/100.7 no problem and i've even heard stuff on 91.3 with fair amount of ease)

Add to that, several Erie PA stations are only 80 miles away and like locals. Whats between me and London/Kitchener/Waterloo? A big ole' lake Signals just SAIL right across there

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Thu Mar 8 8:01 pm  #6


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

I sent out two reception reports today, one to Conestoga College's CJIQ 88.3 Paris, Ontario and another to Country 89 CKYY (89.1) Welland, Ontario.CJIQ/Conestoga College Manager of Broadcast and Educational Technology Brian Clemens replied in 2 hours.Country 89/91.7 Giant FM Operations Manager/Brand Manager Peter Morena replied in 19 minutes!

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Thu Mar 8 11:14 pm  #7


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

You might be hearing more of CKKW if the CRTC grants their signal upgrade request. Many years ago, I remember this station fading out by Guelph in the car, only 15 or so miles away from KW, by WDCX.

 

Fri Mar 9 5:50 pm  #8


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

As a side note, the first two stations to show up when there's some lift/skip are 105.3 Virgin Radio and Jewel 92.. 105.3 usually showing up even in average conditions.

CJBX 92.7 shows up somewhat regularly, a few times a month, as with Country 104 CKDK 103.9

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Fri Mar 9 11:39 pm  #9


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

RadioPaulPA wrote:

mace wrote:

Hey NW PA, is it just your antenna and unbelievable height that gets you great DX? Or do you have a reasonably uncluttered FM dial in your area to help as well.

ALL of the above.... not only do i have the extreme elevation, to my North and WEST I am the highest thing for 100 or more miles (Erie PA and London Ontario are only at 700-800 feet in elevation)

The antenna, which i'm upgrading to an even bigger one this summer is pretty directional and picks up very little off the back.

PLUS, with three exceptions (93.9 25kw, 100.5 6kw, 94.5 250 watts and 91.1 250 Watts) I'm at least 15 miles from any radio transmitter.. 93.9/100.5/94.5 are 1 1/2 miles away. .and i've picked up stuff on 93.7/94.1/94.3/94.7/100.3/100.7 no problem and i've even heard stuff on 91.3 with fair amount of ease)

Add to that, several Erie PA stations are only 80 miles away and like locals. Whats between me and London/Kitchener/Waterloo? A big ole' lake Signals just SAIL right across there

  105.1 CJED was granted a power increase and allowed to relocated its transmitter about ten years ago to combat interference from a French language station that uses the same frequency on the other side of Lake Ontario in Toronto.  It resolved the issue in the St. Catharines area, but there is still some interference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is closer to Toronto (as the crow flies) and further away from the Thorold transmitter.
 

 

Sat Mar 10 11:00 am  #10


Re: Canadian FM's heard in NW PA including the "New" 105.1 The River CJED

mace wrote:

It resolved the issue in the St. Catharines area, but there is still some interference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is closer to Toronto (as the crow flies) and further away from the Thorold transmitter.

Perhaps most significant, the co-channel antenna from Toronto is line-of-site from the Niagara on the Lake shore. CHQQ-FM, the Toronto station, moved to First Canadian Place a few years back.

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Last edited by Tim Brown 2016 (Sat Mar 10 11:01 am)