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    A great place for a good mix

    I *may be* coming to Seattle for vacation later this summer, and since I'm into the "recording bandscans" sorta thing, where can I pull in a good mix of Seattle/Vancouver/Victoria stations (while trying to avoid the recent LPFMs and tx's), as well as Seattle/Portland?

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    The Edmonds waterfront is a great place for a scan. Also try Yost Park (access off Walnut Street). When I was last there in 2012 I heard many interesting stations from BC and northwest Washington that I wouldn't otherwise get elsewhere. I found a sweet spot where KPTZ was nulled out on 91.9 - and in came 100w KSJU Friday Harbor, never heard that station anywhere else in the Puget Sound area. Little community radio station that's only been on the past 6-7 years. KVIX mixes with KAOS on 89.3, even heard KUGS one time at only 100w. On 104.7 it wasn't uncommon to hear the Mountain FM translator out of Sechelt, BC (think their calls now are CFUN), at only 350 watts. Having the big hills blocking Seattle IBOC helps, when Portland tropo is hot I can hear 105.9, 107.5 and others in spots. Of course there are more LPs and new stations nowadays, so you wouldn't be able to null out KMCQ-103.3 I think, to try for KKCW.
    Another good place is North Bend. Victoria stations are quite clear in that area, especially around 468th. I can also hear Aberdeen stations but they are weaker.
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    I’ll also add downtown Everett to that mix as well. Get above the second floor in a building and you’ll find all of the Victoria stations (including CJZN 91.3) come in like locals, you get a very usable signal from most of the Mount Seymour stations in Vancouver, plus OK signals from most of the Seattle stations (except KBCS). There is a brand new hotel on Colby St that appears to be an excellent DX spot on the crest of the hill headed down to the waterfront

    Another surprising spot is near Snoqualmie Casino. Extremely strong Vancouver signals there. I hiked the nearby Alpine Lakes trail and got a lot of Portland and SW Washington stations at the trail head parking lot.

    While you’re not getting the summertime deluge of tropo and E-skip that the Southeast gets, having mountainous and hilly terrain to work with makes DXing fun out here. Heck I rented my last apartment and bought my first house out here based on what I could pick up on the back porch with a Tecsun portable — not entirely true but not too far from it!
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    Well, Snoqualmie Casino is up several hundred feet, so I'm not surprised. We filled up and had breakfast for dinner once at the TA restaurant off 468th and I-90 (exit 34) and a bandscan had loud signals from Vancouver (CFMI was one), Victoria and Bellingham, plus KSWW and KDUX from Aberdeen albeit kind of weak. Most were gone by the Denny Creek exit heading east, but I did get the KYYO-HD2 translator on 95.3 for a couple miles around Bandera until it faded, that's the one with 'KGY'. KXLE starts faintly coming in as you climb the hill to get to Snoqualmie Pass, and it's usually strong from the pass eastward.
    If you can get into downtown Shelton (like near the Mason County PUD office), the knife-edge refraction is hot out there, with Mt. Rainier right in the middle of SE WA transmitters. You'll know what I mean when 106.5 reveals 'The Eagle' from Richland, or 98.3 'The Key' from Pasco. Olympia has a KRXY translator on 92.9, 'Feel Good Country' but you may still be able to get KDBL 'The Bull' Yakima out there. I did back in June 2013.
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    You got KGY on 95.3 east of North Bend? Nice catch! I psted this on another thread, but will post here as well. I was coming back from Levinworth last summer, and we were listening to KXLE, when suddenly just over the pass, CKZZ cut in like a local. Within less than half a mile, both were gone. KXXO is also surprisingly strong from up there.

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    Alki Beach gets FM from Canada sometimes -- at least it used to. Plus, it's a touristy spot. Great views of Downtown once you 'round the bend.

    There's a hill south of downtown Issaquah that has a terrain shadow (weakening Cougar Mtn FM transmitters) that used to pull in Canada as well.

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    Yes, I got K237FR east of North Bend along I-90, in between exit 38 (fire training exit) and exit 42 (Tinkham). I couldn't get KXLE until halfway climbing the hill where I-90 EB and WB separate between Denny Creek.
    Chinook Pass is also an awesome spot for a scan, you're likely to hear many Oregon and BC stations along with Seattle, Yakima, Tri-Cities and of course KPQ Wenatchee. Last time I was up there in August 2017, I confirmed three Eugene stations (KLCC / KMGE / KNRQ), a couple of Spokane stations (KISC / KBBD) and even one Pullman station (KZZL). Also listened to 89.7 CJSU from Duncan BC at over 160 miles at a local like signal.
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    San Juan Islands. Both AM and FM are SUPER good for bandscanning Western WA and Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island radio and there's something (sometimes two) on nearly every frequency
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    OK, I’m actually changing my answer to Bongwater’s. The San Juans are a phenomenal place to visit, there excellent signals from Vancouver, Victoria, and Bellingham, plus most of the Seattle FMs do OK out there.

    On top of that, if you’re in a group, it’ll be easier to convince folks to take a boat ride to the islands, maybe see a whale or two, and tool around the islands rather than compelling folks to take a trip to Everett or Shelton.

    Even though...the best Mexican food I have ever had in the Estados Unidos came from a restaurant in Shelton!

    Lastly, as a cabbie in those parts once told me: “You’re in the 3-6-0 (area code)! Come on vacation, leave on probation, return on violation! The circle of life!”
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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    How is reception up in Oak Harbor for all 4 markets? Seems fairly equidistant to all. And from Mt. Constitution?

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