YEARLY DX LOGS 1996 THROUGH 2018


These are my own handwritten logs going as far back as 1996. If you can put up with my scribbling, there are some interesting things that can be found in them. As I was preparing these sheets to be scanned I came across one tropo log from Tennessee that I never knew I had received and I never entered it into my formal log. There are other entries with question marks next to them that could be new logs. Some things you will find in these logs are stations on frequencies that were used years ago, call letters that don't exist anymore and even stations that have changed frequencies or just plain don't exist anymore. But most importatly, you'll notice how much fun it was to DX before HD radio came on the scene. I lost around 40 frequencies available for DXing when IBOC came on the air. IBOC played a huge part in killing my enthusiasm for the hobby here. And more recently, new LPFMs and those new AM revitalization translators took care of whatever enthusiasm I had left.


1996 Logs

1997 Logs

1998 Logs

1999 Logs

2000 Logs

2001 Logs

2002 Logs

2003 Logs

2004 Logs

2005 Logs

2006 Logs

2007 Logs

2008 Logs

2009 Logs

2010 Logs

2011 Logs

2012 Logs

2013 Logs

2014 Logs

2015 Logs

2016 Logs

2017 Logs

2018 Logs

I've been in this hobby for a long time. Recently I moved my FM log to a mySQL database, which now allows me to analyze data that I couldn't do easily before. So what you see in the graph to your left is the number of new station loggings I've made each year since 1998 (I could have gone back into the 1980s if I wanted to.)

What the graph shows me is that prior to HD radio, I did pretty well here. As more and more stations added HD, the amount of new loggings dropped dramatically. I already knew that, but I didn't realize just how bad it became. But around 2013 my new station total began to climb again, despite the fact that the IBOC sidebands are still there, and I've got LPFM stations now plus a bazillion new FM translators to clog channels. So what am I doing different? Glad you asked.

Two things saved me. One is antenna phasing. I'm able to eliminate, or almost totally eliminate, the HD sidebands that plague me. The last, and most important item, is Software Defined Radio, or SDR for short. I started using SDRs for FM DXing. First was the Elad FDM-S2 followed by the RSP1 and RSP2 from SDRPlay. I've also used an Airspy stick (since sold). I've had little time to DX live this summer so I've recorded most of the skip I've seen and played it back later, digging out every log that I possibly could. If this isn't a ringing endorsement for SDR radios, I don't know what is. If you want to be a serious FM DXer and you live in an area with lots of stations and HD radio, you need this! And you need to look into antenna phasing.


This page updated 3/3/19