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Mission: Retired now for years, let's see: should I watch TV (duh!) or fine tune this effort, travel and dx more? Hello! My hope is this effort is of some help to you. It takes very, very little time/effort. All content is original. I get a kick out of the newer rules of some: you can only report a dx catch ONCE A YEAR! Huh? So if I hear a station in September and then again in April, I'm a bad boy? This has happened to me! Another is where one uses an abbreviation. I was lambasted by an editor once in the pub I paid to subscribe to! He could not write to me in private, but had to lambaste me in a column. Sorry! Good bye! "YL" is "offensive" and so I asked a 44 year old woman if I called her a "young lady" if that was offensive. Of course, the answer was "no, of course not!" These are time honored, non threatening terms. Was also yelled at for using "nx" for news! Good God, these people are editors, not Jesus Christ! If you report as "NEW", you're called "a bean counter." If you write your log in one simple line, you might get ripped for not writing War & Peace about your logging! If all you heard was calls popping out on a graveyard channel, should you write a 3 sentence diatribe? Another is where the editor will print "what time" by the log. I know the editor is "too busy" to write the contributor, ask the time, then publish the end result. Another, as mentioned is the lack of a simple "thank you." I have send in thousands of tips, contributed format flips and dx, ad nauseam! To never get a thank you? See ya! I can put my efforts where they are appreciated. One might wonder if there are 200-500 paying members and the same 6 contribute, something might be wrong! I've written and completed surveys, again, with no thanks, so..... cue the music! I would never treat anyone like that! Never! Ever! Never. Treat others as you wish to be treated. "Karma is a bitch!" "The devil you know might not be as bad as the one you don't!" I swear I am grateful for the true friends I have:Mark, Ed, Chuck, Jimmy, Janet & Barb. That's all I need! We're OMs & YLs! Sorry. "How should I live my life to make you happy?" Too, I thank God for family!
History: Originally published: Nov'99
I can honestly say this came about by accident! 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
Milwaukee area. In
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? There are thiongs I could never figure out (understanding/building a loop) but I could write. Put information on a page. 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
ok... On September
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! Will the
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. 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. Wasn't TV going to kill radio? Wasn't FM going to
kill AM? Quad didn't kill stereo! God gave us TWO
ears, not four. Stereo didn't save am. Pssa's didn't.
Talk did! Cable hasn't killed free tv, and DSS hasn't
killed cable! ALL are still here, in smaller
percentages, I guess.
example, in the living room,
there's a recliner, couch, sectional, TV, FM/AM receiver(s), media
players. The couch is there if
it, tapes if I want to listen,...you get the
don't use everything
everyday! Every and I mean every room has a radio! Friends/visiots have noticed this!
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? "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 believe 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.
Updates: Obviously I'm on a computer now. The website has been welcomed into 70+ countries, DX-midAMerica has arranged dx tests, 200+ people have sent in their dx tips, 2 DX-midAMerica GTGs in Urbana,IL and Kalamazoo,MI. QSL tips, format flips through the past 34+ 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. May we all 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! You'll never, ever be berated, slammed or ostracized here. Ever!! --John