what? What is this site about? I think the name "DX-midAMerica" says it all. It is based in midAMerica and is geared towards the dx'er. The dx'er likes the latest dx, of course, but format changes, station data (ie: slogans, formats) and qsl info is also important. We have over 500 pages of information to help you get dx!
who? Who does this site? The "webmaster" (I don't like that term) or whatever is John J. Rieger. I've never been in radio but have always liked listening to far away stations. I discovered the hobby in 1967 when two grade school friends were listening to this "noise" that I heard on my grandfather's porch. I went to investigate and saw these big radios and QSL pennants and maps with stars on the wall. The stars were where stations were logged. I thought, "if they can do this with shortwave, I can listen on AM." I was already listening to the top 40 sounds of Big Jack Armstrong on 1100-WKYC (now WTAM) in Cleveland Ohio. I discovered this hobby by accident. I wasn't the only one doing this! I was hooked!
no dues. right? Never. I have always enjoyed this hobby. I do this because I like it. I don't think I could get rich doing this, hi!
how often is the site updated? Daily. This site has been updated every day since it went on the internet on September 3rd, 1997. By the site being updated daily, I hope to hold your interest, so you might come back and visit again. DX tips are added daily and at least one column is also added daily. DX Tips can be added more than once a day, depending on frequency of reports, activity on the bands and my work schedule. Before that, there was a DX-midAMerica bulletin published 15 times a year beginning on November 15, 1981.
what happens with the tips? Your DX tips are posted within 24 hours. They are posted on our longform page and with all the other tips received that month and then the real magic happens! Here's an example of a logging and what happens!
who can send in dx tips? We are lucky enough to have had good reporters in the following areas: AL CO FL GA IL IN IA KS MB MI MN MO NE NY OH ON PA TX WI plus England, Finland and Sweden! We'd really like to specialize in mid-AMerica, yet I know that the dx tip from this or that place will help others! Certainly the tip from the guy in MANITOBA helps the guy from MONTANA and the tip from TEXAS helps the guy in COLORADO. I'd be stupid to think otherwise. We are focused though, on midAMerica, but "mid-AMerica" has a new definition quite often around here! Your dx tips, format flips, etc are welcomed from anywhere!
what bands do you cover?AM, FM TV and Other (PSB, LW). On the DX-midAMerica.com homepage, you'll see a column at the left. It shows AM FM TV and Other bands and the loggings added on what day.
anything else? I am not a technical person, and certainly not an authority on anything and do not claim to be. This site isn't MY catches or MY longest catch or MY anything. It is really a meeting place, if you will, of people who have the same interest: DX. 40 years ago, you might call the other dx'er in town or down the block. Now, that just doesn't happen, I guess. This is a nice alternative. That's it, plain and simple. It is a privilege to be your guest.
73! John J. Rieger