Background

I have been DXing since 1997. I am presently based in north St. Louis County, Missouri. I have also lived in Nebraska, and have traveled in all 50 US states as well as 10 Canadian provinces & territories, and a few other countries.

FM Dial Guide

FM Dial Guide at my location in north St. Louis County, Missouri, updated 10/27/19:

local = strong signal, minimal or no static, RDS and HD Radio consistently decode if available.
good = good, clearly listenable signal, minimal static, RDS typically decodes.
weak = station comes in except if a distant station overpowers it during DX events; audio quality varies but usually has some static.
very weak = station comes in consistently throughout the day, but can easily be overpowered by other signals; audio levels may be only minimally discernible in the static.
mix = two or more signals typically present, either colliding or fading one to the other. On some days only one or the other may be audible, but typical reception can be either station.

Reception strength is based on typical reception at noon, so as to not be influenced by typical stronger reception in the overnight and morning hours.

88.1 KDHX (local)
88.3 KJAB (weak)
88.5 mix of WGCA and KMST
88.7 WSIE (local)
89.1 KCLC (local)
89.5 KCFV (local)
89.7 KGNX (good)
89.9 WLCA (local)
90.7 KWMU (local)
91.1 WIBI (weak)
91.3 KBIA (very weak)
91.5 KSIV (local)
91.7 KJIR (weak)
91.9 K220HT (weak)
92.3 WIL (local)
92.7 W224DC (weak)
92.9 KGRC (weak)
93.1 KBDZ (good)
93.3 KLUQ (weak) – added 10/27
93.7 KSD (local)
94.1 KPVR (good)
94.3 W232CR (good)
94.7 KSHE (local)
95.1 K236CS (good)
95.5 WFUN (local)
95.7 KWWR (weak)
95.9 K240ES (weak)
96.3 KNOU (local)
96.7 K244FO (weak)
97.1 KFTK (local)
97.5 WBBA (weak)
97.7 KHZR (weak)
98.1 KYKY (local)
98.5 KTJJ (good)
98.7 K254CR (good)
99.1 KLJY (local)
99.5 WCOY (weak)
99.7 mix of WXAJ and KTTR
99.9 KFAV (local)
100.3 KATZ (local)
100.7 KFNS (local)
101.1 WXOS (local)
101.5 KPLA (very weak)
101.7 KWUL (local)
101.9 K270BW (good)
102.1 KJFM (weak)
102.5 KEZK (local)
102.9 K275CI (local)
103.3 KLOU (local)
103.7 W279AQ (good)
103.9 KMCR (very weak)
104.1 WHHL (local)
104.5 KSLQ (local)
104.7 W284DN (weak)
104.9 KLLT (local)
105.3 mix of K287BY and WAOX
105.7 KPNT (local)
106.1 mix of K291CW and WSMI
106.5 WARH (local)
106.9 KWEC-LP (weak)
107.1 mix of K296HA and WEAI
107.3 K297BI (good)
107.7 KSLZ (local)

 

TV Dial Guide

TV Dial Guide at my location in north St. Louis County, Missouri, updated 8/24/19:

14 – KNLC (strong signal)
16 – KDTL-LD (average signal, some loss)
19 – KPTN-LD (average signal, some loss)
23 – KETC (good signal but some errors)
24 – KMOV (strong signal)
25 – K25NG (signal usually present, but never decoded)
26 – KPLR (strong signal)
30 – WODK-LD (signal present, but not consistently viewable)
31 – KDNL (strong signal)
33 – KBGU-LD (good signal but some errors)
35 – KSDK (strong signal)
43 – KTVI (strong signal)
47 – WRBU (strong signal)

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Because of terrain, I do not have line-of-sight to any of the transmitters south of Hwy. 40 (I-64) in St. Louis/St. Louis County. I have no problems receiving most of the full-power stations (though KETC PBS often fades out in inclement weather) but reception of lower powered stations is not guaranteed. I routinely get Hannibal/Quincy TV and FM stations at a distance of about 80-90 miles as the terrain opens up considerably to the northwest over the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

NOAA Weather Radio

All NOAA Weather Radio reception is weak here, although KDO89 162.550 St. Louis is the strongest signal. It is still not strong enough to consistently tone-alert in bad weather.  I can also receive WNG728 162.425 Bellflower and KXI70 162.450 Jerseyville.  Driving around my local area there are places where KXI70 in particular is the strongest signal but does not tone-alert warnings for this county.

DX Records

Some of my farthest DX logs are:

From Omaha, NE circa 2011:  NOAA Weather Radio WWG46, 162.500 MHz, Woodward, OK

From near Pensacola, FL circa 2000:  NOAA Weather Radio WXL41, 162.475 MHz, Buras, LA

From near Charleston, SC May 2019:  WTCE-TV channel 18 (virtual 21), Fort Pierce, FL

From Lincoln, NE circa 2013:  WRVQ 94.5 Richmond, VA.

The farthest away I’ve logged TV at my home is WREG Memphis at about 249 miles, with runner-up KSMO Kansas City (about 225 miles).

My best FM reception with my current setup, by distance, is KLFG-FM Fort Dodge, IA (about 348 miles), a 34kW station. However, the most elusive station logging is probably WHZN-FM 88.3 New Whiteland, IN (about 233 miles) as it transmits with 1 Watt horizontal ERP and 7800 Watts vertical ERP, with a directional antenna not aimed in my direction.

My current translator/LPFM record is K227BK Poplar Bluff, MO at about 140 miles, logged on 9/14/19.

My NWR record at home is WXL64 Keiler, WI logged on 9/17/19.

 

AM Radio?

I do not currently have a setup or location conducive to AM DX. There is too much noise and interference to the point that even local St. Louis signals are not clear. However, over the years I have received plenty of Mexican and Canadian AM stations in rural Nebraska, and stations all over the eastern and southeastern US from a location on the edge of Columbia, MO. At present, AM is not my focus since I would need to modify my setup in order to get reliable AM reception.