FM Radio signals you've received in the Quad Cities plus an extra ?
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    FM Radio signals you've received in the Quad Cities plus an extra ?

    Have you had a time when you would be scrolling through your radio frequencies and noticed your radio is picking up a station that you thought you would not get in the Quad Cities. I was scrolling through the frequencies and was able to pick up 92.3 from Oelwein Iowa. I did a quick search on Radio Locator but they said I shouldn't be getting the station where I'm at (I'm in the Illinois quad cities) as it cuts out around Iowa City area. Have anyone else received stations they thought they couldn't get here in the Quad Cities such as Des Moines Star 102.5? Also, has anyone received any of the quad cities stations such as B100 (99.7) or Q106.5 in areas such as Des Moines or Chicago?
    Last edited by frankberry; 06-24-2016 at 12:40 PM.

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    Oelwein's 92.3 should be a fairly regular QC visitor in the summertime. Back in the early 70s, when the FM dial was a lot less populated, I'd pick up Oelwein on a regular basis some 90 miles away near Ottumwa. It wasn't a humongo signal like Waterloo's KFMW 107.9, which was some 1800' from it's beginning as a sister to KWWL-TV, but it did well.
    So, this is the season for tropospheric "enhancement" and plenty more stations coming through normally unpopulated cracks on the dial.

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    May be a little off the subject, but I heard a 98.3 in Columbia, MO earlier this week that was simulcasting WQKQ 92.1. I know the latter station is essentially a Burlington station, but I can't find any station matching the 98.3.

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    I heard Des Moines' 100.3 every time I was in the Quad Cities. 92.3 was always a regular too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kent View Post
    May be a little off the subject, but I heard a 98.3 in Columbia, MO earlier this week that was simulcasting WQKQ 92.1. I know the latter station is essentially a Burlington station, but I can't find any station matching the 98.3.
    My hunch was that 98.3 in the Columbia area was a translator getting swamped by skip. Sure enough, the primary for K252FE Columbia MO is to the northeast, KMFC 92.1 Centralia MO. Keep going to the northeast and the next stop on 92.1 is WQKQ. Perhaps KMFC was off-air, because Centralia isn't much more than 20 miles from Columbia.

    For the record, EMF'is moving their 98.3 translator to 106.5, since there is a CP for a new C2 on 98.3 in Columbia.

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    89.3 used to get into Lafayette, IN pretty often when I lived there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimo View Post
    I heard Des Moines' 100.3 every time I was in the Quad Cities. 92.3 was always a regular too.
    I'm surprised 100.3 came in here. What side were you on? The Illinois side or the Iowa side?

    Has anyone been able to pick up Star 102.5 also from Des Moines while in the Quad Cities? Also wondering if 101.1 Jack FM from Peoria is possible to pick up here as well. What kind of antenna would be needed to pick these stations up on a home radio? I'm kind of curious.


    EDIT: The coverage map for KDRB 100.3 shows it will probably cut out when you get through East Amana (It says Iowa City can't receive this station) but this is also similar to what I saw with the 92.3 station and they're around the same distance to get to. Here is the info for both of the stations. http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/patg?id=KDRB-FM http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/patg?id=KKHQ-FM

    P.S. If there is a better site than radio locator then please feel free to list it.
    Last edited by Jakob9999; 06-30-2016 at 06:40 PM.

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    Both sides actually. Radio locator maps should be taken with a grain of salt.
    It's usually a safe bet that an FM from Des Moines wouldn't make it to the Quad Cities, but their high tower, and power level make that happen. It seems that Quad Cities are the cut off point. In Iowa City, their signal is excellent. Star 102.5 has never had that great of a signal. Never heard it in Iowa City, and it seems to die just east of Ottumwa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimo View Post
    Both sides actually. Radio locator maps should be taken with a grain of salt.
    It's usually a safe bet that an FM from Des Moines wouldn't make it to the Quad Cities, but their high tower, and power level make that happen. It seems that Quad Cities are the cut off point. In Iowa City, their signal is excellent. Star 102.5 has never had that great of a signal. Never heard it in Iowa City, and it seems to die just east of Ottumwa.

    If it's receivable here then I assume it should be receivable in Omaha since it's the same distance from there to Des Moines as it is from the Quad Cities to Des Moines. Also, has anyone been able to pick up B100 (99.7) in Des Moines? There coverage range is huge, so huge that Iowa city and Ceader Rapids are considered part of their local listening area (The rest of the Quad City stations are hit or miss there) which is kind of surprising since they are about an hour away.

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    B100 is licensed to Muscatine, previous owners planted an 800+ ft tower near I-80 north of Muscatine. It covers a lot of people, but it isn't quite as strong in the QC as others with transmitters that are closer in. 103.7 WLLR Davenport is the big signal in the QC, 91 kW at 1200 ft from the WOC transmitter site in Bettendorf. http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/loc...req=&sort=freq

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