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  1. #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kent View Post
    Last time I went to Clingman's Dome, I don’t remember any catches from Atlanta, but I got almost every station from Charlotte that wasn’t covered by a full power Knoxville station. Heading in further into NC toward Cherokee, they continued to come in. Funny thing was that I lost them very quickly after heading back into Tennessee.
    Yes, I noticed the same thing depending on what side of the dome I was on. WGMG 102.1 in Athens was coming in clear as well and WWST 102.1 was only 30 miles away.

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    I'd love to get up to Clingman's Dome with a good portable. I've gotten to Newfound Gap but car trouble didn't make for much of a DX session. 102.5 in Crossville sounded like a local. Made it to Lookout Mountain and got 95.5 and 106.7 from the Atlanta market, 97.5 and 100.3 out of Knoxville.

    Knoxville and the valley portion of Sevier County haven't been good for DXing. I can think of 3 good tropo openings, one of which got me several Savannah stations, another into Jackson Miss and Birmingham (you could see that inversion on the National Park cameras), and Memphis/Eastern Arkansas then into Dayton and Portsmouth Ohio.
    It was strange as we were starting a long trip on I-40 going west I caught one of the Charlotte stations as soon as we hit the Cumberland Plateau. Normally not available in Knoxville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8oldies View Post
    I'd love to get up to Clingman's Dome with a good portable. I've gotten to Newfound Gap but car trouble didn't make for much of a DX session. 102.5 in Crossville sounded like a local. Made it to Lookout Mountain and got 95.5 and 106.7 from the Atlanta market, 97.5 and 100.3 out of Knoxville.

    Knoxville and the valley portion of Sevier County haven't been good for DXing. I can think of 3 good tropo openings, one of which got me several Savannah stations, another into Jackson Miss and Birmingham (you could see that inversion on the National Park cameras), and Memphis/Eastern Arkansas then into Dayton and Portsmouth Ohio.
    It was strange as we were starting a long trip on I-40 going west I caught one of the Charlotte stations as soon as we hit the Cumberland Plateau. Normally not available in Knoxville.
    Growing up in Memphis, I was able to get WCTE PBS 22 in Cookeville, TN one night back in the 80s. That was 300+ miles from home. In 1996, one night the tropo was so heavy it was bleeding into the ingress on the crappy CATV wiring in the house. WDEF 12 in Chattanooga was fighting with CATV 12 (then MediaOne now Comcast). When going to Panama City a few years back, while facing west on the 13th Floor of the condo we stayed in, I could get most of the FMs along the gulf coast up to Biloxi. With no 99.7FMs between here and Memphis, WMC FM100 will come in while fighting with WOOF in Dothan the few times Q100 went off the air. Also I remember getting WMC as far north as the Ozarks in southern Missouri in the 80s. When I was 14, I remember using my radio and TV in the airplane and it was incredible what I could pickup there. The radio would lock onto stations and stay there for several miles. While flying over Memphis, I could receive TV from St. Louis to Jackson, MS. We may get many opportunities to DX with the TV repack if several transmitters go down for maintenance over the next few years.

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    I remember with wsb tv 2 turned off their analog signal in 2009 that I was able to pick up WFMY out of Greensboro NC. Nashville blocked by mountains I guess and Dozier AL may have already been off. Charleston just too low elevation and Orlando just too far away.

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    Probably not spectacular, but a guy from Dalton, GA checked into a 2 meter repeater housed on the Pigeon Forge tower that also is the transmitter site for WIVK.

    TV-DX wise, when I was working in Lafayette IN at WLFI, we had such strong tropo (not huge distances but intense) that we couldnt monitor ourselves off the air due to the channel 18 in Milwaukee.

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    not completely off topic...posted this in June 2007

    DX from Lookout Mountain
    I had a few hours to kill today in Chattanooga...so I drove up to Covenant College atop
    Lookout Mountain...and made a list of what could be heard on FM on a standard Toyota Corolla unit.
    For specifics...12n - 1:30pm eastern...I was parked in the shady lot next to the Covenant private cottages: moving elsewhere on campus provided different results...not reflected below.


    for simplicity...I have not always listed COL, but primary market served

    92.3 Chattanooga
    92.7 WAFN Arab, AL & WBZH Harriman, TN
    92.9 Atlanta
    93.1 Benton, TN
    93.3 Chatt LPFM
    93.5 Ellijay, GA
    93.7 Ringgold, GA
    93.9 Spring City, TN
    94.1 Atlanta
    94.3 Chattanooga
    94.5 Birmingham
    94.7 Boynton, GA LPFM
    94.9 Atlanta
    95.1 Wildwood, GA LPFM
    95.3 Cleveland, TN
    95.5 Atlanta
    95.7 Trion, GA
    95.9 Guntersville, AL
    96.1 Rossville, GA & Piedmont, AL
    96.5 Chattanooga
    96.9 Huntsville, AL
    97.1 Atlanta
    97.3 Chattanooga
    97.5 Knoxville
    97.7 Rome, GA
    97.9 Calhoun, GA LPFM & Nashville, TN
    98.1 Chattanooga
    98.3 Scottsboro, AL
    98.5 Atlanta
    98.7 Trenton, GA LPFM
    98.9 Chatsworth, GA
    99.1 Huntsville, AL
    99.3 Lookout Mtn LPFM
    99.5 Birmingham
    99.7 Atlanta
    99.9 Ellijay, GA
    100.3 Talking Rock, GA & Knoxville, TN
    100.5 Atlanta
    100.7 Chattanooga
    100.9 West Point, GA
    101.1 Cullman, AL
    101.3 Wartburg, TN
    101.5 Atlanta
    101.7 Athens, TN & Scottsboro, AL
    101.9 Chattanooga
    102.3 Chattanooga
    102.5 Atlanta
    102.7 Chattanooga
    103.1 Etowah, TN
    103.3 Atlanta
    103.5 Walden, TN LPFM
    103.7 Boynton, GA LPFM
    103.9 Blue Ridge, GA
    104.1 Calhoun, TN
    104.3 Huntsville
    104.5 Dalton, GA
    104.9 Dayton, TN
    105.1 Albertsville, AL
    105.3 Atlanta
    105.5 Chattanooga
    105.9 Anniston, AL (?) heard WHMA calls
    106.1 Decatur, AL
    106.5 Chattanooga
    106.7 Atlanta
    106.9 Birmingham
    107.1 Rockmart, GA
    107.3 Florence, AL
    107.5 Atlanta
    107.7 Knoxville
    107.9 Chattanooga

    frequencies not listed were covered by locals/splatter
    not trying to be the smartest person in the room...maybe later

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    The tropo activity has been more consistent the past 4 months than I can ever remember.

    Seems like every morning before 10 AM the band is really causing problems for the lower power stations.

    Here is a good link to see the tropo activity in the 144 MHz band:

    http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/

    Another one is for the 50 MHz band:

    https://www.dxmaps.com/spots/mapg.php

    Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by romer979fm View Post
    not completely off topic...posted this in June 2007

    DX from Lookout Mountain
    I had a few hours to kill today in Chattanooga...so I drove up to Covenant College atop
    Lookout Mountain...and made a list of what could be heard on FM on a standard Toyota Corolla unit.
    For specifics...12n - 1:30pm eastern...I was parked in the shady lot next to the Covenant private cottages: moving elsewhere on campus provided different results...not reflected below.


    for simplicity...I have not always listed COL, but primary market served

    92.3 Chattanooga
    92.7 WAFN Arab, AL & WBZH Harriman, TN
    92.9 Atlanta
    93.1 Benton, TN
    93.3 Chatt LPFM
    93.5 Ellijay, GA
    93.7 Ringgold, GA
    93.9 Spring City, TN
    94.1 Atlanta
    94.3 Chattanooga
    94.5 Birmingham
    94.7 Boynton, GA LPFM
    94.9 Atlanta
    95.1 Wildwood, GA LPFM
    95.3 Cleveland, TN
    95.5 Atlanta
    95.7 Trion, GA
    95.9 Guntersville, AL
    96.1 Rossville, GA & Piedmont, AL
    96.5 Chattanooga
    96.9 Huntsville, AL
    97.1 Atlanta
    97.3 Chattanooga
    97.5 Knoxville
    97.7 Rome, GA
    97.9 Calhoun, GA LPFM & Nashville, TN
    98.1 Chattanooga
    98.3 Scottsboro, AL
    98.5 Atlanta
    98.7 Trenton, GA LPFM
    98.9 Chatsworth, GA
    99.1 Huntsville, AL
    99.3 Lookout Mtn LPFM
    99.5 Birmingham
    99.7 Atlanta
    99.9 Ellijay, GA
    100.3 Talking Rock, GA & Knoxville, TN
    100.5 Atlanta
    100.7 Chattanooga
    100.9 West Point, GA
    101.1 Cullman, AL
    101.3 Wartburg, TN
    101.5 Atlanta
    101.7 Athens, TN & Scottsboro, AL
    101.9 Chattanooga
    102.3 Chattanooga
    102.5 Atlanta
    102.7 Chattanooga
    103.1 Etowah, TN
    103.3 Atlanta
    103.5 Walden, TN LPFM
    103.7 Boynton, GA LPFM
    103.9 Blue Ridge, GA
    104.1 Calhoun, TN
    104.3 Huntsville
    104.5 Dalton, GA
    104.9 Dayton, TN
    105.1 Albertsville, AL
    105.3 Atlanta
    105.5 Chattanooga
    105.9 Anniston, AL (?) heard WHMA calls
    106.1 Decatur, AL
    106.5 Chattanooga
    106.7 Atlanta
    106.9 Birmingham
    107.1 Rockmart, GA
    107.3 Florence, AL
    107.5 Atlanta
    107.7 Knoxville
    107.9 Chattanooga

    frequencies not listed were covered by locals/splatter
    Not to nit pick but 93.5 was most likely WMPZ Harrison (Chattanooga) They forced WLJA to move to 101.1 several years ago. And Talking Rock’s WNSY is suppose to be on 100.1. They could have had a bad technical day. Pretty soon the FM band will be like the old local AM channels 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450, and 1490.

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    probably a mix of typos...sheer number of stations...and the fact that I was
    jotting them down on paper in the car: my handwriting sucks
    not trying to be the smartest person in the room...maybe later

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