On a hill, I turned my car radio to 880 AM and I can pick up WCBS Newsradio 880 out of Lower Manhattan. How do I tell if I am picking up the transmitter or some repeater? That is more than 60miles away from me.
I get all those stations listed in Toronto.. lots of NYC, Chicago, Detroit, Boston etc.. even Atlanta on occasion.AM Radio carries (depending on the power, location, antenna, orientation etc) quite a distance. 1010 WINS is easily heard here in Boston in the Car.
WBZ 1030 can be heard in 38 States and a good portion of Canada
Haven't tried 880 in years, tho
Lots of scanners have had AM coverage in the past.
Uniden 346 comes to mind.
Icom IC R2 and R5
ICOM R3 (yes, I know the Icoms are technically not scanners, but they do scan).
Welcome to AM BCB DX'ing! You've discovered a hobby enjoyed by many over the years. That's how I became interested in chasing elusive radio signals when I was young. If you're bitten by the bug, check out the GE (RCA) Superadio in various versions, probably mostly available on ebay now. It's AM band is very sensitive, and the radio has connections for an external antenna if you want to go that route.On a hill, I turned my car radio to 880 AM and I can pick up WCBS Newsradio 880 out of Lower Manhattan. How do I tell if I am picking up the transmitter or some repeater? That is more than 60miles away from me.
As Mike stated, there is no way your scanner can receive freqs anywhere near the AM broadcast band. Generally, lower range scanners receive about 25 MHz (millions of cycles per second); the AM band runs from 520-1710 khz (thousands of cycles per second).just my old radio shack pro-60 with a base station antenna on it.