The DX-midAMerica story
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Originally published: Nov'99
This is the story
of what you are looking
at today, and how it got to where it is. In
had earlier in the month of September, been
in an auto accident. A gentleman ran a red
while I was on my way to work. I would be out
for six weeks eventually. I remember the
saying "If he hit you one second later, you
be here!" While dx'ing, not going to work for
weeks, and having a demolished car that took
to fix, I was bored! I was under doctors
to do much. While sitting one thinks a lot.
then that I thought up the idea of a
all, Chicago had CADX, there was a GWDXA
and I remember the Int'l DX Club of San Diego
bulletins put out by the late Larry
It was out of this
that "HOT TIPS" was
thought up. It was a double sided 8 1/2"" by
sheet, double sided, sent out to seven people
Milwaukee area. After an excellent reception,
copies to other people in the area. In issue
dated November 15th, 1981, I had
written:"I don't know what you think about
To me, it was just something I thought of
might help my fellow dx'ers. I'm not trying
to form a
group of dx'ers or have get-togethers, etc.,
to form a money making venture. I'd just like
some type of fresh, up to date
1982, The bulletin, now 12-24 pages, colored
reduced print, folded over, looking like an
NRC bulletin, was now going to people outside
1984, #41 the bulletin was
called DX mid-AMerica and by #48 it was
mid-AMerica's Hot Tips & Targets!" Though the
the 15-18 times per year bulletin had gone
out to a
"whopping" 24 members in IA, IL, KY, MN, MB
In 1988, I was
totally burned out. I still
liked the hobby, but there was no growth.
membership only went so high and was
stagnant. I had
gone through several hobby cycles myself,
infamous "dx bug" to "who cares!" Publication
at #106. The hobby I had since 1967 had
obsession. It wasn't fun anymore. What was
pleasure of dx'ing, now was a task of putting
bulletin and it was a lot of work. All of
easy, but it isn't, and it takes time! I have
respect for anyone in this hobby who has
edited, requested dx tests, submitted
contributed tips or
put up their own web-sites. It looks easy,
must be a labor of love!
This is a solitary
hobby, and I didn't do this all by myself!
way there was help, assistance and there were
good ears! I must thank Jim Albrecht, Shawn
Axelrod, Tom Steele,
Craig Cook, Rick Dau, Karl Forth, Earl
Lentz, Paul Kowalski, Mike Knitter, Robert
Bob Mielcarek, Mike Piering, Tim Noonan and
JD Stephens. I hope I didn't leave anyone
people will never know how much you
Whether it was typing columns, having gtgs,
suggesting something! The 8 million heard is
the qsls are too, but the people in this
the best! Take a bow!
Years later, Rick Dau would hold DX-midAMerica GTGs. Here's a listing of such: 1.Dubuque,IA October 30-31, 1993, #2.Appleton,WI May 12-14,1995, #3.Lafyette,IN October 12-13,1996 and #4 Shawnee Mission,KS November 21-22, 1998. Between these GTGs held by Rick and Jim Albrecht in Milwaukee saying "you ought to do DX-midAMerica again" to me, the spark was ignited. I was after all, dx'ing again in 1992. Why not? A lot of times it's the right person saying the right thing at the right time. You never, never know who or when you can touch someone either with goodness or a kind word. These two people are whether they know it or not, a kinda glue, that held this thing or the idea of it together. Thanx to both!
Fast forward to
I bought a Web-TV unit. I am computer
guess I could learn, but this does what I
for a lot less. Those who have seen the unit
impressed with the speed. I don't have to buy
upgrades. Everything is sent downline. It's
September of this
year (1997), there was an offer by Web-TV for
web pages. After 10 years of people telling
ought to get Hot Tips going again!", I
3, 1997, HT&T (Hot Tips &
Targets) went on the internet! I never would
dreamed of this years ago. Never! Response
good and I have a printer so I can download
Target Lists), and keep it in front of me
trying to get the latest dx!
clubs die as some have suggested? Will the
kill radio? NO! I am one person. If I die
lose interest this is dead. The clubs will
here. They might be in a different form, but
needed! I could never even get close to what
and NRC have done! This is much more
lot of times we never appreciate what is
around us. I appreciate a
lot. I should apprecite
more! This is a labor of love! The clubs are
different! There are here and should be
forward to the future! I've
read the internet will kill radio! I don't
so. For all the hype, only 10% of the
internet access and only 30% has a computer!
TV going to kill radio? Wasn't FM going to
Quad didn't kill stereo! God gave us TWO
four. Stereo didn't save am. Pssa's didn't.
Cable hasn't killed free tv, and DSS hasn't
cable! ALL are still here, in smaller
example, in the living room,
there's a recliner, couch, sectional, TV,
and Beta!), FM/AM receiver, record player,
player, and CD player. The couch is there if
it, tapes if I want to listen,...you get the
don't use everything
more information at our hands in the future!
Everything is still here and will be, but in
portions! Why would anyone want to go back?
I'm having a few salisbury steaks, having a
beer, have the SW8 blaring on 1450, and the
taping 1490. I have call-waiting, and with
you call, you get through. (The WebTV
disconnects, to let calls in.) I have a fax
and a cell phone (with "free" weekends.) and
typing "THE FUTURE IS GOING TO BE FANTASTIC!"
In March 2010, the layout of the homepage was changed to the 5 column page you see today. Column 1)DX tips, news, targets, GY targets, 2)Weekly updates, Hot Lists(US), 3)Monthly updates, Hot Lists (Canada), 4)Monthly updates con't, other, 5)other pages on site not updated that much, but there. I belive the discipline, formatting and strictness in putting this out daily have garnered the many hits we get daily, a good list of contributors and the strive to continue past the current 32+ years. Something didn't get slapped up only to lose interest 4 months later.
November 15th, 2013 update: Obviously I'm on a computer now. The website has been welcomed into 60+ countries, Rick Dau hosted another GTG in Urbana this past fall, DX-midAMerica has arranged dx tests, 200+ people have sent in their dx tips, QSL tips, format flips through the past 32+ years. I'd match this effort against many others. You've done well and I thank you all. In AMDX season, 200-300 people check this website daily!
I've learned from my mistakes and the mistakes of others. To rip a contributor/reporter for this or that, to tell a reporter they reported too much or tell someone "you never heard that" is something you'll never hear from me. The stupid comments, wise remarks or stupidity I see that passes in some venues is uncalled for. It's sopohmoric. I'm not an adolescent anymore and I never liked "cliques." A congrats on a new state or province is fine. Congrats on #1000. Don't rip the contributor and then complain that nobody reports. It gets old. Hello! Infight amongst yourselves and pull others down. One thing: an editor is an editor. A few I've encountered think they are God Almighty. We are all expendable and in 50 years how much of this will matter? Another thing the editor might want to learn: how to say "thank you". A please and a thank you can take you pretty far in life! When was the last time you've gotten one of those? I know: they're "too busy!"
Common courtesy has seemingly been replaced with impatience. We, as human beings, are sadly disrespected and inconvenienced on a daily basis and it doesn't seem to matter. Ignored is the new "we care" model, seemingly. The "golden rule?" Well, that's I guess a nice "old" suggestion. Well, I have valued each and every person who has sent in a dx tip, format flip, QSL tip or just a nice comment/concern here and there. If you're here, it probably because something struck you about this effort: it's being updated daily, latest dx tips, updated, accurate information, lists and lists of dx, wish lists (targets) and the fact that other people (dx'ers, radio geeks, disc jockeys, station owners, engineers, hobbyists), people just like you, are here!
You are not alone. Believe me, you're not alone.
The best is ahead of us. May we have a long time together! You have touched me more than you will ever know. I am grateful, humbled and as long as you're here, heck, send in a DX TIP! It's easy and fun! We're AMong other radio geeks! C'mon!! --John