'60s AM Radio DX

FM Logs




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.

Here are my raw logs:
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 2019 Logs
2020 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 (I sold it and later bought it back from the person I sold it to). Currently I am using an RSPDuo for my FM DXing which has two tuners and two antenna inputs and is perfect for antenna phasing.

The graph on the left shows how the month of May fares for E-skip, at least here in New England. In the past it has been good but in recent years the amount of Es I've seen here has decreased drastically and it is to the point where I don't even consider May to be the start of skip season anymore.

The graph on the left runs from 1996 through 2019.

This page updated 06/25/20