DX-tra, news, hype

Saturday March 31,2018
MARCH 2018 was the 3RD BEST MONTH for MARCH HOT TIPS going back to the humble beginning of this effort in 1981. 300+ HOT TIPS were reported! Best March was 409 HOT TIPS in 2005. Too, this was the 56TH month in a row where the average of AMDX tips was above average and this MAR beat all FEBRUARY's back to 2005, AND the AVERAGE (114) was, obviously, more than doubled! In 2005, there were 409 HOT TIPS! Still, not bad! All reporters in this effort have always reported dx and not the same station weak after week after week. That gets old, quick. A sincere thank you to the folks who are kind enough to send in their DX TIPS.

On MARCH 13/15/18TH, the TIPS were updated 3 times.. not bad. Check that against some other dx outlets with one reporter or better yet, no column or the usual complaining and moaning and no dx related stuff creeping into the columns: if you want a debate on politics, religion or non-dx stuff, there's a ton of places to go! This effort is DX-midAMerica ---get it? Many days had 2 different dx reports! Your comments are always welcomed, read and a reply is always sent thanking you for reporting. The 2 words, thank you, can take one pretty far in life. You want a dx site to be about dx. Period. This one is. Remember too, that any day there are 5 different sets of loggings (IE: New reports at 9:40, 11:40, 12:40, 13:40 & 14:40) each reporter will get a brand new DX-midAMereica.com t-shirt.

Quite happy to note that, for whatever reason, on March 14/30th, a huge uptick in pages viewed per day. Days with 600+ hits both days. Must have a lot of interest in this dying medium of radio, hi. Still, quite thankful for those who have checked out the effort.

Thank you to the following for reporting your AMDX/FMDX HOT TIPS in MARCH 2018:James Beer, Eric Berger, Neil Kazaross, Tom Kirk, John J Rieger and Tom Sanders. Lotta folks were logging NEW stuff! Want new? It's up to you! Reporters from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin this past month. Thank you all! Sincerely!

A few new DX-midAMerica pages have been added: Latest Logs:States/Provinces, Latest OWL loggings, the 12 month Tracker where a different AM frequency is tracked for one year back. You can see what was logged/reported as NEW on one page, one frequency. Too, the miscellaneous and services" pages have had a few additions. There is always a way to improve, fix and make things better. In all, over 60 pages were added in the last month! Almost FOUR DECADES of DX is contained through the many pages of DX-midAMerica. It is a true labor of love!

Last month, a few reporters were noted who passed away. Got word of another. He was a ham radio operator and also an avid AMDX'er. Herb Scarpelli reported his AMDX HOT TIPS in the early-mid 1980's. Here's a few from Feb'82: 1190 CHTN-PEI, 1070 CBA-NB, 690 CBU-BC & 750 CBGY-NF. Herb passed away at 73, late last year. Left Milwaukee for Chicago. Always enjoyed our talks. Easy going. May he rest in peace.

With the time change in March, the
Latest DX reports and 7 days of dx pages were cleaned to reflect the change to daylight savings time. These will be up through the November time change.

The May listing fo targets was slapped up on March 28th! That is the earliest ever! 560-1660/the 60's 89 mHz FM's heard from WV and the Target States of MO and VA! So now that that's done, there is more time to dx and travel!!!!

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 1500+ miles in the 19 months we have been together! God love Janet, a friend of mine for 50 years, who brought us together! Janet is certainly a friend for life! We've gone through a lot, but friends are friends. Period.

After sitting thru the CUBS winning the pennant in 2016, the baseball season for 2018 has begun. The TIGERS home opener went 13 innings yesterday. They lost the opener, thus no beer sales this year. Old joke. Sorry. It is pitching, and seriously, in Chris Bosio, you have an excellent pitching coach! My grandpa loved baseball, my parents loved baseball and I love the absolute science of the game! Play ball!

Now tthat March is done, will not miss the miss pronunciation of the following words: Xavier, tournament and etcetera! Unreal! And these people are college educated. Geez! Hint: it's not X-avier, it's not Tour-nament. It's not Ecks-cetera.

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!