I've wondered the same thing about people suddenly "discovering" my rural-county feed (Humboldt Co, CA), though mom nature has helped me. I used to probably average 3 or 4 listeners, sometimes up to 10, and sometimes zero. Heck, I don't even listen to my own feed (or my scanner) most of the time unless I hear sirens.
I got a huge boost two years ago this month when we had a pretty strong earthquake that hit the wire services and cable TV networks, and I registered a 1226 on the "Listener Scale" within a couple hours. Lindsay later reported that at one point I had hit over 1300. Doing a Google search the next day I found that the news mediums were among them, and several of the articles had even included my feed's URL.
Then again last year the Japan earthquake's Tsunami aimed itself toward us and our harbor, and again my numbers took a big leap, but I don't remember how high.
Originally Posted by KJ6HCB
Wow...congrats! My high is only 18 and usually is only 3-5 so having almost 100 is crazy!
How long have you had your feed running? Short of a disaster it just takes time for the word to spread. As you can see above right up til the "58" listeners arrived, my stats were very much like yours for the year or so until that earthquake came to town. My county has just about half the population yours does (134,000 vs 269,000), and the "big city" - Eureka - has 27,000 compared to SLO's 45,000. And both of us are coastal/mountainous and both have CSU campuses.
I'm certainly not wishing any disasters on you of course, but that's probably what it will take to give you a quick boost rather than a slow, steady increase. I still average in the teens, but whenever anything happens I can fairly quickly jump to the 70s, 80s or more. It's gotta be the sirens.
I'll take a look at my stats some mornings and see a big spike, and then I have to go to my archives to find out what all the excitement was (usually a fire, sometimes a lengthy pursuit) that was out of earshot to me here on the fringes of the fringes.
Believe it or not, my workhorse feed scanner is a $29-on-closeout Radio Shack Pro-83 connected to a $15-clearance-sale "bow-tie" looking unity-gain-at-best antenna on my roof at 100' above sea level. Fortunately almost everyone in the county is on VHF high repeaters (except CHP of course), with NOTHING trunked and nothing digital. Yet.