Worldwide TV-FM DX Association

 

Who We Are  

 

KNBC antenna site, Los Angeles

 

The Worldwide TV-FM DX Association is dedicated to the observation, study, and enjoyment of long distance propagation of television and FM broadcast signals.  

As a niche radio hobby, TV-FM DX'ing ties into many other interests, such as amateur radio, pirate radio, TV & radio nostalgia, aircheck & promotional item collecting, geography, and probably many others.  Some of our members are already in the broadcast industry or are engineering professionals.  

DX'ing is an intense form of entertainment.  DX'ers inherently develop expertise that greatly expands their range of available stations.  For example, you can't find a station locally that plays the kind of jazz you want to hear?  The techniques that make for successful DX'ing can bring an exciting station within your reach.  Plus, you learn about other places and get news and sports not available locally.  You'll be the first on your block who is ready for Digital TV broadcasts.  You'll notice that DX'ing serves you well even when Nature is not providing "DX."

Is DX'ing relevant in an era of satellites and the Internet? Yes!  In fact, the new Digital TV (aka HDTV) broadcasts will require an entire generation to re-learn antennas and equipment selection.  

TV and FM stations exist in a broad spectrum that ranges from 54 to 806MHz.  Across this range, there's a variety of ways a signal can travel to distant, unintended receivers: reflection from ionized layers, meteors, aurorae, even lightning; refraction through the troposphere associated with the weather; waveguide modes; scatter.  This makes the hobby even more intriguing.

Our monthly bulletin, the VHF-UHF Digest, contains DX loggings, TV and FM news (including actions of the FCC and CRTC), changes in station ownership and network affiliation, technical articles, club news, and other items of interest to the TV/FM DX'er.

One thing that makes the VUD special is its emphasis on individual reception reports and anecdotes.  Readers of our reports learn what equipment works for DX'ing, gain an appreciation of the effects of the Earth on radio, and develop expectations of how far things really can be heard.  Those outside the broadcast industry can gain insight as to how it works, and pick up some of the jargon.

There is an annual convention, and groups of DX'ers host local social events outside the official club get-together.

We invite you to join WTFDA!  This is a one-of-a-kind club that will literally expand your horizons.  

Membership Dues: 

  • $24 per year to U.S. addresses
  • $26 per year to Canadian addresses
  • $15 for fulltime students (proof of eligibility required)
  • $10 for electronic VUD (eVUD)

A good DX antenna system

Some people are not shy about DX'ing.

A vintage cover from Harry Hayes

This VUD was historic.

 

Using PayPal is convenient For your convenience, WTFDA accepts payments by PayPal!  Click on the link to join, or to renew.

To request more information from a real, actual human being, please send e-mail to Mike Bugaj at the address on the left.  (Note:  this is an anti-spam graphic; it will not launch your e-mail client if you click on it.)  Or write to:

           Worldwide TV-FM DX Association
           PO Box 501
           Somersville, CT 06072

 

Club members web pages

Your contributions to this site are welcome.  Please e-mail your material or feedback to the webmaster, at the address on the left. 

Association of North American Radio Clubs

WTFDA is a member of the Association of North American Radio Clubs (ANARC).

Photos (top to bottom): KNBC-4 and part of Los Angeles TV/Radio antenna farm; an exemplary DX antenna setup (Bill Kretschmer's house in Syracuse, NY); VUD from 9/74 featuring one of Harry Hayes' artful covers; VUD from 10/99 reports the first ever HDTV DX; Dave Whatmough's famous van (all pix by Tim McVey).