POWER POLLS #1-#150
Do you ever try a new band to dx? UTEs, Weather Band, Ham? WINNER:"NO" "I use my energies for AM/FM", "too little time to even think of that", "I would never keep the interest that I have had in AM/FM. No!"
Do you ever have a time when you know you've dx'ed too much? Get physically tired? WINNER:YES! "Sometimes during a hot FMDX season, I must pause" "Absolutely. If Es is coming in for hours and hours, I must take a 5-10 minute break!" "Sometimes in my search for a new log, after sitting on a GY channel for 1-2 hours of hoping, yes, I take a needed break!"
Christmas time and Santa time: any new gifts/toys for you/the shack? WINNER:"Nothing" "What I want, Santa cannot bring: no IBOC, no line noise", "nothing really. After you buy a radio, you're pretty well set" and "a few more new logs would be nice!"
It's November. Do you ever check FM for November FMDX? WINNER:YES. "without a doubt" "I still remember that nice opening from 2006" "Black Friday 2004" "We've had some warm temps/Hot even, with tropo that followed!"
Has anything on DX-midAMerica site (dx logging, format flip, qsl tip, other) ever helped you?
WINNER: "Yes" "without a doubt" "I make target lists from recent loggings and try for them" "with all the hits DX-midAMerica has, I think a lot of people get something" "I always come back!"
What font size would you prefer? 3 4 or 5 WINNER: 3 "what you have is fine" "all is ok" "basically nothing needs to be done."
Are you looking forward to AMDX? WINNER"YES" "without a doubt", "you're kidding...right ;)", "the HSFB action brings me back to AM", "YES!"
We've had two months of FMDX drought. Do you still look for FMDX as much? "not so much," "really looking forward to AM," "two bad years in a row makes me look to good old AM."
Have you ever had a dx catch you couldn't explain or just couldn't figure out? Good UNIDs? WINNER:"YES" "Without a doubt", "I think everyone has a bunch of stuff they have never figured out" and "with so much cross-ownership, you'll have a station promoing an FM or AM elsewhere in the cluster, and it's just more difficult."
Is dx'ing better now or was it better years ago? 50/50 SPLIT! "Even ten years back, we didn't have all the added interference from translators, IBOC, cable modems, etc." "there have been a couple of move-ins, which have added to the already over-crowded dial" "I guess you go with the flow. It's worse a bit, but look at our totals" "we're still doing this years later, though it is more of a challenge!"
FM captures attention now-August. Will you check AM once in a while? WINNER:"YES" "Absoluetly!" "if FM is dead, I'll check AM" "some of my best catches through the years have been in the summer months" "early May and late Augst get the most attention here."
While dx'ing I hear a song or topic I like, I'll... WINNER:listen for a few minutes "you cannot imagine how many new stations I've logged because I stayed to listen to the song!" "in my own case, once in a while I listen to the song to just take a break" or "with most stations politics or sports, intelligent talk or music is a very nice diversion, then back to the dials."
It a so/so night on AM. For dx'I'll... WINNER: "give it 15 mins or so". Answers: "why try and try and try?" "when the fishing is bad, you know when to quit!" "dx has good and bad days, weeks, cycles. Know when to quit!"
Have you ever stopped dx'ing any band? EXAMPLES: SW, TV WINNER: YES. "Gave TV DX'ing the boot after conversion", "Quit SW, as the number of countries boasting an outlet is way down from years ago", "TV is toast here."
Any new toys (radios, electronics) for Christmas? WINNER:NO "I bought a new rx earlier in year. Headphones once in a while", "pretty cheap hobby after initial investment. No", "I go in streaks with radios and such. Answer though is nothing new. I just want new logs!"
Have you increased anything? QSLing, recording of dx, dx time, etc? -explain WINNER:NO "who has the time?", "time is so precious, it's tight", and "basically limited to dx'ing. QSL responses are awful!"
Have you reduced anything? QSLing, recording of dx, dx time, etc? -explain
time with other dx'ers, online or personal, less QSLing: horrible return rate, due to work, really less dx time
Are you a seasonal dx'er or all-year dx'er?
WINNER: Seasonal "there are months where there's little on AM," "you get to the point where you've heard so much, there's little left to hear," "there is a point when a hobby becomes an obsession," and "we all need a break once in a while."
How would you rate the Summer FMDX season?
WINNER: Poor: 93%! "that was a stupid question", "horrid could have been a possibility", "while I still got ne stations, this was way off the mark!"
Storms near. Do you unplug radios, other equipment? 50/50 SPLIT! "depends on severity of storms," 'YES, I not only unplug the radios when storms come in the area...but I also disconnect the antenna as well," "I have never unplugged and had lightnight hit tree in fron of house and everything still works," "Yes, I always unplug."
How would you rate this past Fall'-Winter'12 AMDX season? WINNER:"Good" "cannot complain," "a few tests helped," "usually a slow start, a lull, but still good vs bad, like this FM season has been to now!"
Are you a "bean counter" or casual listener/dx'er, not keeping records? WINNER: "bean counter" "what's the use of dx'ing without keeping a record of it?" "why not document the hours and hours of chasing dx?" "of course. I don't know anyone who is that casual!"
Do you keep notes, lists or records on UNIDS to later possibly look up to add to your loggings, as id'ed? WINNER: "YES" "I keep old notebooks and once in a while something jogs something, and what was once an UNID is solved!," "yes, I DO have logs and logs on unIDs. If a station's coming across, I take notes so if it fades, then I have my notes to fall back on later to either figure out from ads, or to determine from checking my resources," "You've seen a number of my unIDs, though my logbook has even more than that -- lots of times, especially on the graveyarders, I'll only have one or two records before losing it," "Some, like my log of WMOA, do eventually get solved after doing a little detective work, but most sadly go unIDed," "this is something I didn't do until several years ago, but now, as stations are getting harder to hear, any little edge ads up. I do report my UNIDS and later sometime, not always, will see a call change or format change that now, did make sense and a new logging!"
Should we still use CENTRAL time for dx reports or EASTERN or UTC? WINNER: Central. "leave it alone," "leave as is," "not been a problem."
Do you listen or try for dx tests?
WINNER:YES "without a doubt", "without the tests, my totals would be lower", "code and sirens seem to cut through", "even a woman's voice vs a man's will enhance the test."
Any extra stuff for the dx shack this past year? WINNER: no "usually this is at beginning of season," "with me it's always impluse buying," and "what other guys use, I might look into."
Font size. Which is better?
BBB No clearcut winner. Fonts stay the same.
A station goes off the air for good. Do you check out the frequency a little more?
Examples: 580-CKY-MB, 1550 CBE-ON, 1590 WAWA-WI WINNER:"YES" "A while, then go elsewhere", "I have most of what I'd hear anyway, but will look", "will check, of course!"
Do you know anyone, in your area, who has left the dx hobby? WINNER:"Yes" "used to be many more dx'ers locally", "sadly, several have passed away", "I know a few who just seemed to drop off the face of the earth."
How would you rate the summer 2011 FMDX season? WINNER:"OK" "Not much Es, but a few tropo sessions were ok", "a few good days, though not a barnbuster", "I added quite a few, so I guess that's an OK."
Not when you began, but 5 or 10 years ago, did you think you would still be dx'ing today? WINNER: YES. "I think if you get this far, you don't quit", "it's in your blood", "I have left, but is was always nice to come back."
It's trop/Es season. How do you discover dx? WINNER: check bands "I can check dx sites, but mostly I'm reading about other dx", "it's best to check the dial myself", "to/from work is all I'll check as net or calls are less common."
How would you rate the 2010-2011 AMDX season just ended? WINNER:GOOD "Anytime I end up with moe than last year, I'm ok", "very good openings to Europe, tho I never logged what others have", "while a person could complain, I won't. It's a hobby where one really learn patience."
Should we list LPFM stations, TIS stations on our HOT LISTS? WINNER: NO. "don't need that stuff", "there's enough", "not needed."
Should use Central or Eastern time for AMDX logs. FM and TV are all local times. Most people/clubs use Eastern. We began in 1981 in Milwaukee, in the Central Time Zone. Well, now the reach is way beyond that. Would it be better with Eastern or should we just stay as is? NO WINNER STAYS AS IS "As for your use of CLT I don't see a problem with it.", "You could switch to those time zones to keep your material the same as they do our you could stay unique to your readers.", "you're talking to someone who's used 24 hour time since 1987."
Do you dx differently in March than you might in November, for example? WINNER:YES. "sadly...less", "less, because you don't have the whole season ahead of you", "it's less - best part of season seems over", "no different approach."
It's February or November. A non FMDX month. Will you check FM once in a while anyway? WINNER:YES "if there's FM activity, I will check", "if nothing's on AM, I'll go to FM out of habit", "yes. I've heard some excellent catches in non-FM dx months!"
We all dx one or two bands. Any chance of getting into or re-entering the TVDX world? WINNER: NO "not a chance", "I have thought of it, but wonder if TV and the net will merge down the road", "I'm too old to start on a new band", "I am thinking of it, tho a new digital TV and antenna for a few days/hours in the summer, where that same time on FM would bring in 20-50 stations, maybe."
Have you in the past few years met any dx'ers new to the hobby? WINNER:NO "this is a hobby with a lot of solitude", "no, mostly folks I've known for years", "I do see new names once in a while on different lists/sites, but have never met anyone", "no, but local dx'ers used to be quite common!"
While dx'ing, are you checking the net or a dx bulletin? WINNER:100% YES! "Yes", "several tabs open in my browser -- one for Google, one to Wikipedia, and one to Radio-Locator. Then, I'll often plug in local ads I hear on Google, figure out where said advertisers are, check Radio-Locator, then check Wikipedia for information on the station that comes back.", "there's a lot of stuff to access", "I'll make my own 'target list' from recent reports to DX-midAMerica."
How many sources of dx/information do you SUBSCRIBE to? WINNER:1-3 "1-3" "1-3 is all that's left? Right" "get it all of the net, message boards, etc"