DX-tra, news, hype

Thursday January 31,2019
Almost 600 AMDX HOT TIPS were reported in January! BEST JANUARY EVER! 2ND BEST MONTH EVER! This was the 66TH month in a row where the average of AMDX tips were above average. AVERAGE (183) was soundly tripled!!! BEST EVER JANUARY is now 596! WoW! #2:558/2002, #3:454/2018 and this January soundly beat January 2018, with its 454! Too, It's one of DX-midAMerica's TOP 10 MONTHS (AM DX) OF ALL TIME! DX'ers in this past month for AMDX:Axelrod, Berger, Harris, Jackson, Jeff-MO, Kirk, Laskowski, Paszkiewicz, Rieger, Rigas and Sanders. Almost sounds like a law firm, huh? No complaints. No lack of reporters here, as in several other places, or it several that are not around anymore! So was the dx as hot as it was in 2001? The dx was good. It's just there was dx and people who actually reported! All that can be said is a hearty, hearty THANK YOU!

JANUARY 2001. Some nice facts! 558 AM Tips! Thanx to AMong others, (the late) Jeff Ball, (the late) Morris Sorenson, Shawn M. Axelrod, Eric Berger, Eric Loy, Terry Palmersheim (who still sends tons of QSL Tips,) Michael Procop, Christos Rigas, Kent Winrich and John J. Rieger. Format Flipped: 1590 WPVL Platteville,WI was//FM "Cool Oldies WPVL" while 1280 WGLR Lancaster,WI went //FM C&W. Was OLDies. 1580 WKKD Aurora IL was//Classic Hits 95.9 WERV-FM. Had been NewsTALK. The Top Frequency of the month was 1020, with logs of WJEP-GA WCIL-IL WPEO-IL KJJK-MN WNTK-NH (now on 1010) KOTD-NE & WRIX-SC. Tip #19,000 was posted! A few of the NEW were 600 KCOL-CO (JJR-WI) 660 KTNN-AZ (AZ #1 Loy-IL) 1170 WCLN-NC (#800 MP-OH) 1440 WHKW-OH (SMA-MB) 1480 WIOS-MI (MS-MB) 1580 KMIK-AZ (State#39 EB-MI) and 13 Trans-AM reports from Ball. Ball's logs are still at the bottom of the Pan-AM loggings page! Loy, Rigas and John Wilke-WI reported 16 Pan-AM logs! As with many of you, your words are held close to me and mean a lot. The times discussing dx and how to get it or try was discussed more than I can remember with Mssrs. Ball & Sorensen. Good stuff and I learned a lot. May they rest in peace, and may we have many more great years together.

Tip #19,000 was noted in January 2001 and tip #65,000 was recently posted. Thanx all!

January had some big numbers for page views! "Page Views & Traffic Reports" show the date and page views. First off, the month's high: "Page Views & Traffic Reports:928! This on January 1st. There were quite a few days with 300+ 400+ 500+ and 700+. If you think nobody is checking out your tips, etc., these numbers prove differently, and one can be proud of the contributions of 200+ people, beginning back in 1981. Thank you all. More than you could ever, ever know.

Proud to say on many days, there were 2, 3 or 4 reporters with nice updates! On 1/23 1/18 1/4 1/2 four reports were received. Had FIVE come thru, DX-midAMerica hats, tote bags, stamps would have been sent out. Here's where you can see how many reports are added per day.

A few features are in the back of my mind. If anything is added, a NEW! symbol will be added.

This effort (DX-midAMerica.com) is an effort of love for the hobby. This is the culmination of 50 years of dxing, 37+ years of this effort, both the bulletin, begun in 1981 and the website, begun in 1997. It is the best that can be done. Check other sites. Efforts that are not updated and are basically message boards, likes or fights/taunts between people, or someone who hijacks a website. Look at how someone hogs a site or is a total "wise ass" in other regards. No shortcuts here are taken, and one gets sick and tired of listening to the crybabies out there, or even idiots. Here you get the satisfaction of accomplishment (a new log, rare log or one you are proud of,) get value, and will not get let down. In doing this daily, you will not be let down. This is cared for very highly. I will dig, and claw, and scratch, and dig more, and every bit of effort for the dx tips, the breakdown of such, the effort and information herein and put that into this effort. Never, do I do not want to come out looking as there's no effort. Never. That is failure. I am not arrogant but I hold disdain for inefficiency and inadequacy. When did mediocrity become the new norm? Be the best you can. People can dish is out but they can't take it. Often times I have wondered if folks like themselves, because of the ways they treat and have disdain for others. I'd never treat a dog like that!

When not dx'ing, traveling or walking with the dog, a few pages have seen major additions. You might want to check out what life has to offer. If there's no dx, and that happens, there's always something to add here here and here. This really beats watching TV where upwards of 20 minutes per hour is commercials! BTW, Babygirl (the AMerican Fox Hound) and I have now walked 2600+ miles in the 30 months we have been together! Walking has been curtailed by the recent RECORD BREAKING cold temperatures. God love the absolute true friends of mine who always go out for l o n g walks or to the dog park! Janet put Babygirl & me together and is certainly a friend for life! We've gone through a lot, but friends are friends. Ups, downs, period. Now too, with summer and warmer weather, there's a ton more walking, and the weeks of cold will be made up. She loves to walk! On this end, I've been blessed with good, decent friendships. Aside, in Milwaukee, the remote was lost several months ago and I haven't watched the crud, called TV since. There's way more to life than watching that pollution invade my space. In the UP, there's TV for the guests that make their way up here. Basically, for me, it's good for the few baseball games watched, I guess. End of editorial, hi.

The DX on the DX-midAMerica.com website basically goes back to 2014. The site has been up since 1997 and to be honest, there have been pages wiped out, things/pages or parts of pages are, and have been lost in cyberspace, etc. Days where the provider has been down and slight and major changes in HTML coding, and really, there's only so much space. Angelfire gets knocked down about 3-4 times a year: hackers usually. Things happen and really, nothing is ever guaranteed. That's in the Terms of Service. On this end, the UP MICHIGAN page was mostly wiped out, the miscellaneous page was mostly obliterated also, and the Services pages. They have all been rebuilt and seem better than ever. There's no guarantee that things/copies/etc cannot be wiped out. Nothing is really guaranteed. That, too, is in the regulations of the provider. From this end, one can go years with nothing happening, then things can/might happen. Cars break, so does plumbing as do websites/pages, and even people wear out. Still, after all this time, this effort is still truckin'!

Again, a very, very sincere thank you to the folks who have made this possible for going on four decades, from that first bulletin in November 1981, and the transformation to the internet in 1997, way ahead of quite a few/most others. Others too started and dropped their efforts. Certainly keeping up with so many changes has been to say the least, interesting. In 1981, there was so post/pre-sunrise authority, as everything was a daytimer or a full time outlet. There was no AM or FM IBOC, AM stereo never caught on, nor did FM Quad. Remember that? Then FM translators, TV channel reconfiguration, a few times, multiple station ownership, ownership breakdowns, station clusters are a few examples of the changes that come to mind. In 1981, there was no satellite feeding of formats. In 2001 there were almost no live dj's! All voice tracking or satellite! In 1981, there were still AM Top 40's though they were dying. FM Hot Hits was a few years away. AoR was big on FM. There was 24/7 live radio, believe it or not. No internet, etc. Now, sadly, the local disc jockey is like the do-do bird, save morning drive. The ability of the internet to stream or possibly reshape or redefine radio was something not even dreamed of in 1981. Social media, or so it's called, was not dreamed of yet. A few clubs the editor (me) was in: The San Diego DX club and Speedex, have folded. I have dropped out of (quit) two of the clubs I was in. Loggings sent in over & over were never used, or being told I "reported too much!" Do you really need someone to "like" your dx or tell you it was a good catch? If it was good to you and you liked it, that was good enough! Or, when a prominent dx'er passes away, "(fill in the blank) likes this!" Huh? Other clubs/organizations/sites have died too, and that is sad. There were some good ones! There might be reasons for this. Things might be over my head or things not understood, but that's life...or death. Sad. Still, these are 'the good old days' as they say. There's nobody in this effort named Debbie Downer. The best is ahead! Take it to the bank!