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How to Identify Chinese Radio Stations

CNR logoChina is one of the few countries increasing its presence on the medium wave (AM) radio dial, as DXers have been able to observe. Identifying Chinese stations can however be tricky if you don't understand the language. With this guide you will learn how to identify Chinese stations based on just a few keywords and phrases. Don't let the language barrier intimidate you, because DXing Chinese stations can be extremely exciting and rewarding.
  To the Article (January 1, 2014)


Minimun Highlights

Lemmenjoki cottage With nearly 30 years of AM DXing experience, Jim Solatie reports about the highlights of the 2007-2008 AM DX season, when solar minimum enabled sensational catches from around the world. Complete with photos and sound files, Jim reports what results a dedicated AM DXer can achieve when conditions are ideal.
 To the Article (August 18, 2008)



Introducing Japan's Most Popular Radio Program: All Night Nippon

JOLF logoJapan's most popular radio program, All Night Nippon (ANN), is a long-running and almost inescapable phenomenon in Japan but is virtually unknown outside the country. Learn more from an article (in MS Word format) written by John H. Bryant with Taka Okuda and Hiroo Nakagawa.
 To the Article (February 16, 2006)


DXing and Identifying Japanese NHK Medium Wave Stations

NHK logo Ever heard of "NHK Dai-ichi Hoso" or "NHK Daini Hoso"? When to listen for a station identification and how to decode what you hear. After reading this guide written by John H. Bryant with Dr. Takazi Okuda, you will be able to recognize the NHK local station identifications. Also in MS Word format.
 To the Article (December 17, 2005)


Primer on Using an MP3 Recorder for DXing

What is the best way to record radio programs? Bjarne Mjelde looks at different MP3 players on the market, and what DXers should take into account when shopping for one.
 To the Article (PDF) (April 10, 2005)


European Highlights

Logo of Radio Sud-Est, 1602 kHzThe European mediumwave dial is full of surprises. Jim Solatie gives a presentation (MS Word file) of some of the most exciting low-power stations. Many are newcomers, while some have been on the air for years, and are still relatively unknown to many DXers.
 To the Article (March 28, 2004)



Mediumwave Spectrum Scanning

A new approach to mediumwave DXing. All transmitters leave a signature as unique as your fingerprint - and you can view these on your computer screen. Check out an article by Steve Whitt on how to monitor carriers on mediumwave frequencies using a free Spectrum Laboratory software.
To the Article (MS Word format, May 18, 2003)

Update on the IBOC

AM band turning digital?The mediumwave (AM) band in the United States is gradually turning digital. Currently 19 U.S. AM stations are listed using IBOC technology to broadcast simultaneously in both the analog and digital modes - but few actually do so.
 To the Article (April 22, 2003)


Monitoring Iraq: War of the Airwaves

EC-130E Commando Solo Your guide to monitoring radio stations transmitting to and from Iraq. Frequency and contact information for propaganda stations involved in the conflict.
 To the Article (February 24, 2003)
 Em português: Monitorando o Iraque: A Guerra nas Ondas do Rádio (May 14, 2003)



Emerging Techniques of High-Tech DXpeditioning

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DXing techniques are developing fast. In their article Guy Atkins, John Bryant, Nick Hall-Patch and Don Nelson explain how to use computers and inexpensive software to get the most out of DXpeditioning. Also available as an MS Word file.
 To the Article (January 5, 2003)

RecAll-PRO, the Ultimate Virtual Recording Device for DXing

A follow-up article by Guido Schotmans, featuring a sophisticated recording software. Also as an MS Word file.
 To the Article (January 30, 2003)


New Bolivians on the dial

Radio Yura and Radio Mallku, an introduction to two 60-meter-band stations by Mika Mäkeläinen.
 To the Article (July 4, 2000)


What 4.6 watts can do

Read how the American low-power stations of 1580 kHz reach Finland
 To the Article (February 28, 2000, last update April 23, 2002)



Nailing Tonga

A history of the catch by Mika Mäkeläinen
 To the Article (Sept. 13, 1999, last update March 19, 2001)

Los 40 Principales

XEMO 860 AM logo A presentation of dozens of Mexican AM stations by Mika Mäkeläinen
(Sept. 10, 1999, last update April 25, 2002)
 Divided into six parts:
- Introduction
- 540-790 kHz
- 800-990 kHz
- 1000-1190 kHz
- 1200-1390 kHz
- 1400-1600 kHz



Photo tour of radio stations in Bogotá and Barranquilla

Radio Mar CaribeColombia is a treasure trove for every DXer, and over the years both Mika Mäkeläinen and Jim Solatie have heard around 120-130 AM and shortwave stations from there. Not all of them are however overly enthusiastic about responding to reception reports, so when Mika and Jim got a chance to travel to Colombia in November 2011, they needed to visit a few radio stations in Bogotá and Barranquilla.
 To the Article (November 30, 2011)


Bandscan in Madeira and Portugal

Map of MadeiraJim Renfrew takes a look at the local AM and FM dial on his visit to Madeira and mainland Portugal in August 2005. A report on a DXer's honeymoon in MS Word format.
 To the Article (September 17, 2005)


Touring Radio Stations Around the World

Visiting EritreaWouldn't it be great to not only receive mail from some of the distant radio stations that you have heard? Get ready for a true DXer's vacation. Join Jim Solatie on his tour visiting radio stations on three continents, with stops in the Philippines, Italy, Eritrea and Norway.
 To the Article (January 8, 2004)



Radio Broadcasting in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar

Map of CambodiaAs part of his around-the-world trip, Bob Padula spent three weeks in South East Asia, closely monitoring the broadcasting scene in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. A detailed review of what stations are actually on the air from these countries. (Sept. 12, 2002)

Peruvian elections - Radio round
Journalist Mika Mäkeläinen visited eight radio stations during a hectic electoral campaign in Peru.
 To the Article (April 22, 2000, last update April 2002)




Organizing Your Digital DX

Folders and filesCheap digital storage space has revolutionized the way we DXers can save, organize and access our recordings and QSL collection. Creating a digital DXing archive however requires many decisions concerning formats and file names, with long lasting consequences.
 To the Article (November 20, 2007)


A Renewed interest in DXing

Miitary antennas in UkraineTired of noise and poor DXing conditions at home? Try DXing on a vacation trip. Canadian DXer Walt Salmaniw traveled to Europe, and listed a bunch of shortwave catches made in the United Kingdom, Poland and Ukraine. His extensive log offers something for everyone interested in hearing shortwave stations.
 To the Article (July 19, 2007)


Meeting Japanese DXers

Hideki WatanabeJim Solatie traveled to Tokyo to get to know Japanese DXers. What do DXers listen to and what equipment do they use? Can sake give boost to DX meetings and a bottle of Asahi yield new stations on a DXpedition?
 To the Article (August 4, 2002)


DXing and Broadcasting in China

DXing in ChinaAn inside look at DXing and Broadcasting in China. In Danny Wu's article you can read about how the Internet has united Chinese DXers, and what the economic realities for DXers and radio stations are in today's China.
 To the Article (June 28, 2002)




EDXC 2003 in Königstein, Germany

EDXC 2003"DXing in the digital future" was the theme of the 37th annual conference of the European DX Council (EDXC), held in mid-August in Germany. About 55 DXers, broadcasters and DRM-specialists from 15 countries in Europe, North America and Asia took part.
 To the Article (February 15, 2004)


EDXC 2002 in Pori, Finland

EDXC 2002 conference venueThe biggest gathering of DXers in Europe took place in Finland in August. 130 people took part in the DX Odyssey 2002. What did you miss? What is happening to the EDXC? See and read it all. (September 2, 2002)


Winter SWL Fest 2002 in Kulpsville, USA

Frans Vossen of RVI in Kulpsville
The largest gathering of DXers and shortwave listeners in North America, held annually in March in Kulpsville, Pennsylvania. Photos by Mika Mäkeläinen (Sept. 11, 2002)


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Nailing Tonga
What 4.6 watts can do


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