it's true. This site has been online since 1999. No kidding. Back then
I had no gray hair and was ten years away from retirement. IF
YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
THE ORIGINAL MIKE'S TV AND FM DX PAGE WITH ARTICLES, TUNER REVIEWS,
changed things. If you've come here looking for any of my tuner mods,
equipment reports, D100 info or just about anything that you've seen
the past, you can still find it here. Everything is here, just use this link
to get transported back to the past.
the title of this page does say "TV and FM" DX. However, the focus of
this page does favor TV Dxing over FM. The reason for that is because the
FM band in this location (Northern CT along the MA state line) is
almost totally saturated with HD radio sidebands, translators and low
stations (LPFM). With that in mind, I have moved away from
radios and FM tuners we all used to love so much and switched to
known as SDRs. I have the Elad FDM-S2 and the SDRPlay. I use
SDRPlay unit more than the Elad. I love the 8mhz of spectrum it will
cover. It keeps me
interested in the FM FX hobby. Without it
I'd probably be done with FM DXing. See my logs for 2016 below. My
antenna is an APS-13. I also have a Bolin phase
box with a CM Probe 9 on a tripod outside to phase down my locals. Now
that skip season is over, phasing has been disconnected for the year.
years I used a DTV converter box plugged into an analog TV Card in my
computer and took screenshots with it. That ended when I upgraded the
computer and the card no longer fit. So
I found another way. For
all of these photos I use the camera on an otherwise worthless Android
phone with auto focus. It's quick and it takes great pics. I
resize them all with Irfanview.
---------- Winter TV & FM
E Skip comes to CT on December 26, 2015. The best in years. See my
loggings . READ ---------- It was one of my
favorite pieces of TV DX equipment, but I'm not finished with it yet, or am I? READ
---------- Yard Sales and dirt
cheap DX related equipment. Good stuff CHEAP. READ
is a review I did of the SDRPlay RSP a while ago. Much of this is dated
now. SDR# gave way to SDRUno although HDSDR is still my favorite
interface. But the RSP itself is still solid. READ.
---------- My FM DX Logs for 2015HERE
On July 2nd I was able to
record 3 hours of E skip spectrum using my SDRPlay RSP because I wasn't
able to do live DXing. Eventually I DXed the spectrum a little
day until I finally finished to find that I had logged over 50 new
stations. I'd say that the last time I logged that many in
one opening was way before
IBOC was born (2000 or so). Thank
TV loggings for 2016: Zero, nada, none. New translators on the air
locally since January 2016: Too many.
---------- More DTV Tropo
pictures down the coast HERE
---------- Comparing my
handwritten 1998 FM log with my scribbled 2015 FM Log READ
2015 TV DX Two
stations here; Left is a WNYW on-channel repeater in Poughkeepsie, NY
on ch32 and the other is WNJJ-LD, a low power DTV station in Paterson
both seen on August 18th between 10:00 and 10:30pm.
SEPTEMBER 2015 TV DX
we have four pics from September. September 2 brought in W30DM 30 in
Manchester, VT (~70miles). I consider this a pretty good catch
considering all of the hills between my home and Manchester, VT. The
"ION" on ch14 (Virtual 16) is WGPX in Burlington, NC, heard on
September 6th at 8:15am and this
is my farthest DTV logging at about 550 miles. The next
two are WHRO 16 Norfolk (400mi) and
WWSI 49 in Atlantic City (200mi). You can count on WHRO to come in at
least 2-3 times every summer.
OCTOBER 2015 TVDX Here's
another sample of WHRO from the 11th and another "regular" here...WPTZ
14 Burlington, VT. This station must have huge coverage.
see traces of it here all the time.
DECEMBER 2015 TV DX
best tropo of the year arrived here on the evening of December 5th into
the morning of December 6th. The evening of the 5th brought tropo from
Albany NY, Utica, NY and Syracuse NY (190 miles). The next morning, the
6th, brought in WNEP 50 again, WYOU 13 and WVIA 41. All about 150
miles. WCNY,WNYS,WSPX(IonLife),WSYR, WNYS are all Syracuse. WKTV is
Utica. WMHT is Schenectady.