2023 DX Challenge


Paul Blundell
 

I am starting to think about planning a DX Challenge for 2023. 

I want this to be something that anybody can do, so it can't be too focused on any specific stations, more the band in general.

Does that make sense?

Does anybody have any ideas or suggestions?

Paul


Dave Hascall
 

I really liked the two contests that were held in the early days of the ULR craze.  I entered both and had a lot of fun.

73
Dave in Indy


Paul Blundell
 

I suspect this was before my time. The amateur community have a lot of competitions, field days and so on, I would like us to do the same.

Paul

On Mon, 7 Nov 2022, 3:01 am Dave Hascall, <dhinfomedia@...> wrote:
I really liked the two contests that were held in the early days of the ULR craze.  I entered both and had a lot of fun.

73
Dave in Indy


DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

Paul,

What kind of challenges do you have in mind?  I have two that I run through DX Central

1.) A weekly frequency challenge - this is where we focus on a frequency (or range of them) and try to hear as many stations as we can.  There is a Google Form so folks can submit entries from the listening period and we announce who the top dog was (most logs), most states/prov heard, most countries, furthest reception, etc. New frequency every week, I always post the announcement of the new frequency along with previous week results here in the ULDX group.  This is not specific to ultralight DXers/DXing but is absolutely open to anyone who wants to DX using UL gear!
2.) The TIS/HAR challenge - running through spring, to log as many TIS/HAR stations as possible.  Again, a Google Form is there for entries.  Categories for both home and 'rover' receptions.  

You can find more details about both on our Website:  dxcentralonline.com 
On the homepage, scroll down to the blog posts and there is one for the TIS/HAR along with the recent MW Frequency Challenge posts.

If you are looking for something specific to Ultralight, i remember last year or maybe the year before there was a challenge specific to ultralight DXing.  I don't remember the specifics, but if anyone knows where the old posts were, I am sure they have all of the details.  We (DX Central) would absolutely love to help host a challenge for Ultralight DXing!!
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73 and best of DX,

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, LA
Member:  IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter:  @DXCentral


Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Loyd, your website has a lot of good information.

I have taken part in your weekly challenges in the past, they are a great idea. I would love to see something like that in this group, which would generate some discussion and get members to challenge themselves (and each other).

One idea I have had is to run a monthly challenge for each part of the band, for example:
January - 520 - 599kHz
February - 600 - 699kHz
and so on.

I have started adding this to MWDXerDB as a separate option, with its own logging and reporting section.


On Mon, Nov 7, 2022 at 10:21 AM DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) <w4lvhsc@...> wrote:
Paul,

What kind of challenges do you have in mind?  I have two that I run through DX Central

1.) A weekly frequency challenge - this is where we focus on a frequency (or range of them) and try to hear as many stations as we can.  There is a Google Form so folks can submit entries from the listening period and we announce who the top dog was (most logs), most states/prov heard, most countries, furthest reception, etc. New frequency every week, I always post the announcement of the new frequency along with previous week results here in the ULDX group.  This is not specific to ultralight DXers/DXing but is absolutely open to anyone who wants to DX using UL gear!
2.) The TIS/HAR challenge - running through spring, to log as many TIS/HAR stations as possible.  Again, a Google Form is there for entries.  Categories for both home and 'rover' receptions.  

You can find more details about both on our Website:  dxcentralonline.com 
On the homepage, scroll down to the blog posts and there is one for the TIS/HAR along with the recent MW Frequency Challenge posts.

If you are looking for something specific to Ultralight, i remember last year or maybe the year before there was a challenge specific to ultralight DXing.  I don't remember the specifics, but if anyone knows where the old posts were, I am sure they have all of the details.  We (DX Central) would absolutely love to help host a challenge for Ultralight DXing!!
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73 and best of DX,

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, LA
Member:  IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter:  @DXCentral



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Paul


Issac Quincey
 

This sounds like a good idea and an awesome challenge. Will your program do this or are you planning on setting up another program? Could this be web based?

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------- Original Message -------
On Monday, November 7th, 2022 at 10:58 AM, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:

Thanks Loyd, your website has a lot of good information.

I have taken part in your weekly challenges in the past, they are a great idea. I would love to see something like that in this group, which would generate some discussion and get members to challenge themselves (and each other).

One idea I have had is to run a monthly challenge for each part of the band, for example:
January - 520 - 599kHz
February - 600 - 699kHz
and so on.

I have started adding this to MWDXerDB as a separate option, with its own logging and reporting section.


On Mon, Nov 7, 2022 at 10:21 AM DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) <w4lvhsc@...> wrote:
Paul,

What kind of challenges do you have in mind? I have two that I run through DX Central

1.) A weekly frequency challenge - this is where we focus on a frequency (or range of them) and try to hear as many stations as we can. There is a Google Form so folks can submit entries from the listening period and we announce who the top dog was (most logs), most states/prov heard, most countries, furthest reception, etc. New frequency every week, I always post the announcement of the new frequency along with previous week results here in the ULDX group. This is not specific to ultralight DXers/DXing but is absolutely open to anyone who wants to DX using UL gear!
2.) The TIS/HAR challenge - running through spring, to log as many TIS/HAR stations as possible. Again, a Google Form is there for entries. Categories for both home and 'rover' receptions.

You can find more details about both on our Website: dxcentralonline.com
On the homepage, scroll down to the blog posts and there is one for the TIS/HAR along with the recent MW Frequency Challenge posts.

If you are looking for something specific to Ultralight, i remember last year or maybe the year before there was a challenge specific to ultralight DXing. I don't remember the specifics, but if anyone knows where the old posts were, I am sure they have all of the details. We (DX Central) would absolutely love to help host a challenge for Ultralight DXing!!
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73 and best of DX,

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, LA
Member: IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter: @DXCentral



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Paul



Paul Blundell
 

I am happy to look at a few ideas and options. 

We don't need to do only one challenge and can have more than one running at the same time. I have already started adding some code to MWDxerDB to allow these challenges to be easily added and reports generated.


On Tue, Nov 8, 2022 at 9:40 AM Issac Quincey via groups.io <IssacQuincey=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
This sounds like a good idea and an awesome challenge. Will your program do this or are you planning on setting up another program? Could this be web based?

Sent with Proton Mail secure email.

------- Original Message -------
On Monday, November 7th, 2022 at 10:58 AM, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:

Thanks Loyd, your website has a lot of good information.

I have taken part in your weekly challenges in the past, they are a great idea. I would love to see something like that in this group, which would generate some discussion and get members to challenge themselves (and each other).

One idea I have had is to run a monthly challenge for each part of the band, for example:
January - 520 - 599kHz
February - 600 - 699kHz
and so on.

I have started adding this to MWDXerDB as a separate option, with its own logging and reporting section.


On Mon, Nov 7, 2022 at 10:21 AM DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) <w4lvhsc@...> wrote:
Paul,

What kind of challenges do you have in mind? I have two that I run through DX Central

1.) A weekly frequency challenge - this is where we focus on a frequency (or range of them) and try to hear as many stations as we can. There is a Google Form so folks can submit entries from the listening period and we announce who the top dog was (most logs), most states/prov heard, most countries, furthest reception, etc. New frequency every week, I always post the announcement of the new frequency along with previous week results here in the ULDX group. This is not specific to ultralight DXers/DXing but is absolutely open to anyone who wants to DX using UL gear!
2.) The TIS/HAR challenge - running through spring, to log as many TIS/HAR stations as possible. Again, a Google Form is there for entries. Categories for both home and 'rover' receptions.

You can find more details about both on our Website: dxcentralonline.com
On the homepage, scroll down to the blog posts and there is one for the TIS/HAR along with the recent MW Frequency Challenge posts.

If you are looking for something specific to Ultralight, i remember last year or maybe the year before there was a challenge specific to ultralight DXing. I don't remember the specifics, but if anyone knows where the old posts were, I am sure they have all of the details. We (DX Central) would absolutely love to help host a challenge for Ultralight DXing!!
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73 and best of DX,

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, LA
Member: IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter: @DXCentral



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Paul




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Paul


Johnny
 

Don't know if there would be any interest in an FM challenge to go with it?

Maybe not!  I like the TIS challenge idea also... Heck, I like all the ideas so far, LOL!

Was just thinking....


JR


Paul Blundell
 

FM might also be good.


DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

oooooo, I like the idea of an FM challenge.  Maybe a mileage challenge?  Broken into categories by propagation?  Maybe a challenge to hear something on every frequency?  That would be a tough one.  What do ya'll think?  I don't want to just push AM/MW stuff, we do FM DX here, too at DX Central....it is just harder to live stream cause the band really has to be open for it to be exciting and livestream worthy.
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73 and best of DX,

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, LA
Member:  IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter:  @DXCentral


Andre
 

On Sat, Nov 26, 2022 at 05:36 AM, DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) wrote:
oooooo, I like the idea of an FM challenge.  Maybe a mileage challenge?  Broken into categories by propagation?  Maybe a challenge to hear something on every frequency?  That would be a tough one.  What do ya'll think?  I don't want to just push AM/MW stuff, we do FM DX here, too at DX Central....it is just harder to live stream cause the band really has to be open for it to be exciting and livestream worthy.
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73 and best of DX,

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, LA
Member:  IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter:  @DXCentral

I'm just wondering, could those of us who do not live in the US also take part in the MW DX challenge? How will it be evaluated? We will obviously receive quite different stations and in some ways it would be unfair towards US-based participants because our MW band in South Africa is pretty much devoid of local signals, there are about four in daytime where I am,  and around seven to ten local signals (broadcasting from SA) at night. Many from Botswana and a Mozambique at night though. I think picking up distant signals is easier for us. But we have fewer signals in total, I think. Mostly from the rest of Africa, the Middle East and Europe, in my experience. So its a whole different scenario.


Johnny
 

I'm in on an FM challenge BIG-TIME!!!

JR


Johnny
 

Looking forward to January!!!


Paul Blundell
 

I am going to strat documenting a couple of different challenges over the next two weeks, while I am on leave.


DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

Andre,

My weekly challenges that I run through DX Central always include frequencies for our non-US friends.  This past week, we have been running a range between 576-600 kHz, as an example. Some weeks, we may only do a single frequency, but I always do both a 10kHz and 9kHz split frequency at the minimum.

Keep an eye out later tonight as I will be posting the next challenge that is announced during my weekly Friday night livestream!

73 and best of DX!

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, LA
Member:  IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter:  @DXCentral

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73 and best of DX,

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, LA
Member:  IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter:  @DXCentral