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NTSC (Analog) TV DX

Dipole on balcony
Dipole used. (Rabbit ears mounted on 10' PVC pipe.)

This page covers my analog TV DX from Fort Myers, Florida. After moving in 2005 I rekindled my love of DXing 1,800 km from where it started . 2006 was one of my most active years, discovering the stations around Florida, and getting tropo to Cuba for two days in April. I played with the idea of getting a yagi antenna, but made due with a pair of rabbit ears and PVC pipe. It probably cost me some tropo catches, but e-skip is pretty much the same. It helped that I had fewer locals than on Long Island.

Numbers stations were also sought out after TV DX waned that fall, but they were disappearing just like everything else on shortwave. After two months of hearing Cuba's "V2" and nothing else, I let that part of the hobby go. Even V2 would be gone within a couple years.

Tropo was a whole new world, but some of the e-skip targets were familiar, being as far from Fort Myers as they had been from Patchogue. Texas was now common where it had been rare, and most of Canada was now out of range. Mexico and other countries were surprisingly absent, until 2008, when I also logged Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. These clips are now available on YouTube .

After three years in Fort Myers, with the analog TV shutoff looming, I decided to close out the hobby with 2008's e-skip season (which did not disappoint). I would return to the hobby in 2012, a hobby which now focused on digital TV and the FM band. A few of the analog low-power stations were still around, as well as foreign stations. The only likely new loggings post-2015 will come from Cuba (by tropo) and Central America (by e-skip). New loggings from 2012 and later have their call letters in blue. Antennas are now the same as my digital catches.

Statistics

1,500 Mile Map 95 Analog TV stations logged from 2005 to 2008 (+5 since 2012)
     includes 14 locals and 1 semi-local
     does not include 31 tentatives

48 by tropo
     6 over 500 km (WFSG 56 most logged)
     farthest is WAPT 16 in Jackson, MS @ 1,033 km
     States/Countries: AL, CUB, FL, LA, MS

 

32 by e-skip
     1 over 2,000 km, and 8 under 1,400 km
     farthest is KACV 2 in Amarillo, TX @ 2,136 km
     shortest is XHY 2 in Mérida, YUC @ 1,006 km
     States/Countries: DC, DOM, IL, KS, LA, MD, MI, MO, NC,
       OK, OH, NY, ON, PA, PR, TAM, TN, TX, YUC

Local Stations

ChCallsCitykm (mi)kWVideoTimes Logged (first)Notes
2WUVF-LPNaples, FL29 (18)0.023 (semi-local)Univision
4WEVU-CAFort Myers, FL9 (6)0.027(local) 
11WINKFort Myers, FL28 (17)316.0(local)CBS
14WTPH-LPFort Myers, FL20 (12)55.2(local)Azteca America
18WTLE-LPFort Myers, FL26 (16)46.0(local) 
20WBBHFort Myers, FL31 (19)5,000.0(local)NBC
22W22CLFort Myers, FL7 (4)15.0(local)MTV2
26WZVNNaples, FL30 (19)5,000.0(local)ABC
30WGCUFort Myers, FL30 (19)1,320.0(local)PBS
36WFTXCape Coral, FL26 (16)5,000.0(local)FOX
38W38COFort Myers, FL20 (12)30.1(local)TBN
43WWDT-CANaples, FL7 (4)25.0(local)Telemundo
46WXCWNaples, FL30 (19)5,000.0(local)CW; originally WTVK
49WRXYTice, FL26 (16)5,000.0(local)CTN
65WLZE-LPFort Myers, FL20 (12)6.2(local) 

Tropo Catches

ChCallsCitykmkWVideoTimes Logged (first)Notes
2WPBTMiami, FL179 (111)100.011 (2006) TrPBS
2WESHDaytona Beach, FL269 (167)100.01 (2006) TrNBC
3WEDUTampa, FL145 (90)100.012 (2006) TrPBS
3CMHSanta Clara, Cuba488 (303)  0 (tentative) Trdistance to city
4WFORMiami, FL177 (110)100.06 (2006) TrCBS
5WPTVWest Palm Beach, FL164 (102)100.013 (2005) TrNBC
5CMRASanta Clara, Cuba488 (303) 0 (tentative) Trdistance to city
6WTVJMiami, FL180 (112)100.010 (2006) TrNBC
6WKMGOrlando, FL238 (148)100.0 2 (2006) TrCBS
6WEYS-LPMiami, FL179 (111)3.0 0 (tentative) Tr 
7WSVNMiami, FL179 (111)316.016 (2006) TrFOX
7WJHGPanama City, FL552 (343)316.0 0 (tentative) Tr 
8WFLATampa, FL146 (91)316.012 (2005) TrNBC
9WFTVOrlando, FL238 (148)316.04 (2006) TrABC
9CMG (SFN)Matanzas, Cuba385 (239) 1 (2006) TrCubavision; distance to city
10WPLGMiami, FL179 (111)316.06 (2005) TrABC
10WTSPSt. Petersburg, FL200 (124)316.09 (2005) TrCBS
12WPECWest Palm Beach, FL166 (103)316.09 (2006) TrCBS
13WTVTTampa, FL143 (89)316.0 16 (2005) TrFOX
13CMGQMatanzas, Cuba385 (239)  0 (tentative) Trdistance to city
13WMBBPanama City, FL544 (338)316.02 (2006) Tr 
16WUSFTampa, FL148 (92)1,620.0 3 (2005) TrPBS
16WAPTJackson, MS1,033 (642)4,790.01 (2006) TrABC; farthest tropo
17WLRNMiami, FL179 (111)2,880.0 4 (2006) TrPBS
17WHRT-CASebring, FL113 (70)27.5 2 (2012) TrAMG
20CMAx (SFN)Pinar del Río, Cuba497 (309)631.0 1 (2014) TrCE2; distance to city
21WTCEWest Palm Beach, FL177 (110)5,000.0 0 (tentative) Tr 
21WDLP-CAMarathon Key, FL220 (137) 0 (tentative) Trspanish; "Gen TV"
21CMBLHavana, Cuba386 (240)3.2 1 (2014) TrMultivisión; distance to city
22WCLFClearwater, FL145 (90)5,000.0 1 (2007) TrCTN
23WLTVMiami, FL177 (110)4,470.0 1 (2006) TrUnivision
24WMFEOrlando, FL238 (148)1,350.0 0 (tentative) Tr 
25WPBFTequesta, FL159 (99)5,000.06 (2006) TrABC
26WXAX-CATampa, FL147 (91)  3 (2012) TrAzteca America
27WRDQOrlando, FL208 (129)5,000.04 (2006) Tr 
27CMBWHavana, Cuba386 (240)25.1 1 (2014) TrCanal Habana; distance to city
28WFTSTampa, FL146 (91)3,980.06 (2005) TrABC
29WFLXWest Palm Beach, FL163 (101)5,000.07 (2006) TrFOX
32WMORLakeland, FL142 (88)5,000.03 (2006) Tr 
33WBFSMiami, FL179 (111)5,000.01 (2006) Tr 
34WTVXWest Palm Beach, FL159 (99)5,000.011 (2006) TrCW
38WTTATampa, FL146 (91)5,000.0 1 (2006) Tr 
39WSFLMiami, FL177 (110)5,000.08 (2006) TrCW; originally WBZL
40WWSBSarasota, FL121 (75)2,880.09 (2005) TrABC
40CMxxCuba   (no matching) TrCanal Habana
41WJAN-CAMiami, FL169 (105)101.0 0 (tentative) Tr 
42WXELWest Palm Beach, FL163 (101)2,140.03 (2006) TrPBS
44WTOGTampa, FL145 (90)5,000.06 (2006) Tr 
48W48CNSarasota, FL105 (65)26.0 0 (tentative) Tr 
48WFUN-LPMiami, FL179 (111)50.00 (tentative) Tr 
48WWHB-CAStuart, FL 2.1 0 (tentative) Tr 
50WFTTTampa, FL146 (91)5,000.0 1 (2006) Tr 
50WSBS-CAMiami, FL179 (111)  0 (tentative) Tr 
51WSCVMiami, FL179 (111)5,000.0 6 (2006) Tr 
51WOGXOcala, FL312 (194)2,750.03 (2006) TrFOX
52WTGLCocoa, FL237 (147)5,000.0 0 (tentative) Tr 
53WLMF-LPMiami, FL177 (110)50.0 2 (2006) Tr 
54WUPLSlidell, LA888 (552)4,370.0 1 (2006) Tr 
55WBPGGulf Shores, AL718 (446)3,750.0 1 (2006) TrWB
56W56AZMiami, FL179 (111)  1 (2006) Tr 
56WOPXMelbourne, FL185 (115)5,000.0 1 (2006) TrION
56WFSGPanama City, FL579 (360)1,150.03 (2006) TrPBS
58W58BUHallandale, FL179 (111)78.3 2 (2006) TrNBC // WTVJ 6
62WVEATampa, FL145 (90)5,000.0 2 (2006) TrUnivision
63WPPBBoca Raton, FL179 (111)5,000.0 2 (2007) Tr 
65WRBWOrlando, FL240 (149)5,000.01 (2008) TrMy Network
66WXPXBradenton, FL95 (59)5,000.0 3 (2006) TrION
67WPXPLake Worth, FL167 (104)5,000.0 0 (tentative) TrION
69WAMIHollywood, FL179 (111)5,000.0 1 (2006) Tr 

E-Skip Catches

ChCallsCitykm (mi)kWVideoTimes Logged (first)Notes
2XHYMérida, YUC1,006 (625)76.51 (2008) Es"SIPSE"; shortest Es
2WFMYGreensboro, NC1,049 (652)100.00 (tentative) Es 
2WUNDEdenton, NC1,073 (667)100.01 (2008) Es"UNC TV" (PBS)
2WETPSneedville, TN1,096 (681)100.01 (2006) Es 
2WKRNNashville, TN1,152 (716)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
2KPRCHouston, TX1,379 (857)100.01 (2008) Es 
2WMARBaltimore, MD1,497 (930)100.01 (2008) Es 
2HIJBSanto Domingo, DR (SFN)1,526 (948)  1 (2008) EsTele Antillas
2XHRIOMatamoros, TAM1,563 (971)98.562 (2008) EsFOX
2KDTNDenton, TX1,606 (998)100.0 1 (2008) Es 
2KJRHTulsa, OK1,679 (1,043)100.04 (2006) EsNBC
2KCWXSan Antonio, TX1,687 (1,048)100.02 (2006) EsCW
2WCBSNew York, NY1,733 (1,077)21.4 0 (tentative) EsCBS
2WGRZBuffalo, NY1,817 (1,129)93.31 (2008) Es 
2WKAQSan Juan, PR1,876 (1,166)55.01 (2008) Es 
2XHHHNHuajuapan, OAX1,904 (1,183)35.890 (tentative) EsCanal 5 Net
2KGANCedar Rapids, IA1,970 (1,224)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
2KMIDMidland, TX2,071 (1,287)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
2KACVAmarillo, TX2,136 (1,327)100.01 (2006) EsPBS; farthest Es
2XEFBMonterrey, NLE1,844 (1,143)  0 (tentative) Esdistance to city
3WRCBChattanooga, TN1,007 (626)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
3WREGMemphis, TN1,220 (758)100.01 (2006) Es 
3WTKRNorfolk, VA1,246 (774)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
3WSAZHuntington, WV1,324 (823)42.7 0 (tentative) Es 
3KTBSShreveport, LA1,350 (839)100.04 (2006) Es 
3WSILHarrisburg, IL1,390 (864)100.01 (2006) Es 
3KBTXBryan, TX1,453 (903)69.20 (tentative) EsCBS
3KIIICorpus Christi, TX1,564 (972)100.03 (2006) EsABC
3KYTVSpringfield, MO1,572 (977)95.52 (2008) EsNBC
3KOETEufaula, OK1,601 (995)100.02 (2006) Es"OETA" (PBS)
3KYWPhiladelphia, PA1,616 (1,004)100.01 (2006) EsCBS
3WCIAChampaign, IL1,621 (1,007)100.01 (2008) EsCBS
3WKYCCleveland, OH1,643 (1,021)93.3 1 (2005) Es 
3WPSUClearfield, PA1,645 (1,022)42.41 (2008) EsPBS
3KFDXWichita Falls, TX1,798 (1,117)100.02 (2006) EsNBC
3WWMTKalamazoo, MI1,814 (1,127)100.01 (2006) Es 
3XHVSTCiudad Valles, SLP1,815 (1,128)11.760 (tentative) Es 
3KTVOKirksville, MO1,830 (1,137)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
3XHCVTCiudad Victoria, TAM1,831 (1,138)20.01 (2008) EsAzteca-13
3KSNWWichita, KS1,925 (1,196)100.01 (2008) Es"KSN" (NBC)
3CKVRBarrie, ON1,983 (1,232)100.02 (2005) Es"A-Channel"
4KGBTHarlingen, TX1,592 (989)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
4KDFWDallas, TX1,606 (998)100.00 (tentative) Es 
5WRALRaleigh, NC1,059 (658)100.01 (2008) Es 
5WTTGWashington, DC1,445 (898)100.0 1 (2007) Es 
5KXASFort Worth, TX1,606 (998)100.01 (2007) Es 
5KENSSan Antonio, TX1,640 (1,019)100.01 (2006) Es 
5WEWSCleveland, OH1,643 (1,021)93.3 0 (tentative) Es 
5CBLTToronto, ON1,907 (1,185)100.00 (tentative) EsCBC
5XHAESaltillo, COA1,916 (1,188)  0 (tentative) Esdistance to city
6KRISCorpus Christi, TX1,564 (972)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
6KAUZWichita Falls, TX1,796 (1,116)100.0 0 (tentative) Es 
6XETMonterrey, NLE1,843 (1,145)  0 (tentative) EsCanal 5 Net

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