G’day. I thought it was time to send
something in. I am a 65 year old retired Electrical Engineer. Most of my
designs went in to sonar… and all of them are now obsolete (by the time
electronics get to manufacturing, they are obsolete!) My design legacy is the
“W” on the University of Washington Husky football helmet. While I was in
college, I “worked” as a football manager (with the equipment) and when Don
James became head coach, he wanted a new helmet design. I did the “W” which
apparently caught on big time (too bad I didn’t get royalties, hi). For those
watching the Rose Bowl today!
I started DXing in 1968 when I entered a
contest in Jr High to see who could hear the most stations over a week’s time.
I used an old console radio my parents had retired and heard a few stations, but
I was hooked! The fellow running the contest told me about writing stations for
verifications, so I started doing that. My verification request to KOB was
“canvassed” by Don Erickson and I received a sample “DX Monitor”. Naturally, I
joined and discovered other DXers, some of whom lived near me! As of now, I
have heard 2157 stations (I count call changes – most of my new stations these
I have used many different radios and antennas
and have a modest collection of them. My first DX radio was the “original”
Radio Shack TRF along with a Worcester Space Magnet ferrite loop antenna. I
have used many communication receivers; my favorite being a Drake R-7 and R-392
as well as several loop antennas (built a few too).
Recently, I have started DXing again (I
listen on our car radio while my wife is thrift shopping – some parking lots
are better than others, hi). I have noticed a few things that have changed
since I was active. Almost all stations have network programs during most of
the hour, and there even more sports stations than before. Station IDs are very
hard to get… not everyone IDs at the top of the hour (especially ESPN!) and
most do not ID during the hour (bottom of the hour IDs are almost
non-existent). Several stations use an FM frequency and slogan in their pseudo
IDs (the NRC log lists FM parallels now). A lot of spots are not local, which
makes me wonder if they are logged by the station?
One positive thing that has happened… the
internet. Most stations have webcasts, which sometimes makes it possible to
decide whether to stay on a frequency to wait for an ID, or move on. I can note
parts of spots and then look up the business on-line to verify spelling and
those few words that I missed. Recently, I managed to get an Email verification
(1 day turn around). Graveyard frequencies are a mess (well they became that
way when most stations went to 1000 watts and are even worse now).
I’ve helped out IRCA in several ways over
the years. Currently, I am Editor-in-Chief of “DX Monitor” and run the Goodie
Factory (have you purchased your Mexican Log yet?) Please send me any ideas for
improving the bulletin.
In addition to AM DXing, I collect radio
stickers. I have over 45000 US and Canadian in my collection (and even more to
trade). I am actively seeking stickers and will purchase collections, or extras, from other collectors. I trade
with a few folks as well.
Best of DX to y’all from pb