August 2018: East Harbor State Park, in northern Ohio, is a radio site along the shores of Lake Erie eight miles northwest of Sandusky, home to the popular Cedar Point amusement park. Two scans were performed here at the very end of the radio season – a secondary scan during nighttime enhancement and a primary scan after the lake breeze circulation commenced in the late morning hours.
August 2018: Erie’s Presque Isle State Park is a radio site in northwestern Pennsylvania. The park juts out into Lake Erie across the lake from Long Point, Ontario, just 25 miles away. Erie is the perfect distance between the eastern and western extent of the lake and therefore both Toronto and Detroit are readily audible. However, while the site is great on paper, due to the local radio environment – a city of just 100,000 with nearly 30 locals in town or just outside town – it’s a less than ideal site.
August 2018: Evangola State Park is just 30 miles outside downtown Buffalo and with some of Buffalo’s strongest local stations only 20 miles away. So why include Evangola as a radio site when on paper it’s quite clearly a poor selection for an open band? Well, torrential downpours lead to a sudden change in my original plans which brought me to this site the following morning. It was a lucky break that I haven’t since regretted. Evangola isn’t the most beautiful location, but against all odds, it defined itself as a favourable location for listening.
August & September 2018: Long Point is a 25-mile long (40 km.) sand spit jutting out into Lake Erie on its north shore. It is essentially the nexus of the Great Lakes as far as FM radio is concerned. With its central location away from the shore, Long Point can pull in signals from the circulation of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron. Conditions at night can span from the northern extent of Lake Huron, the eastern extent of Lake Ontario, and all shores of Lake Erie, while Erie’s daytime lake breeze circulation pulls in regular signals from Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Wheeling, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Toronto, even as far as the Maryland panhandle. The provincial park that occupies the sand spit with its multiple campgrounds is great for wildlife sightseeing, camping, relaxing, and playing at the beach.
Future bandscans planned for this lake: Rondeau Park in Chatham-Kent, Ontario is the final Lake Erie bandscan, planned for the summer of 2019.