The Worldwide TV-FM DX Association Website
Posted by Admin | May 4, 2012
WTFDA is the only Radio hobby club in North America that caters to the TV and FM DXer, as well as the amateur radio operator who looks for DX on 6 meters. The term "DX" means "distant reception", and those who "DX" look for weak, distant radio and television signals, with an eye to logging as many of these distant signals as possible or obtaining the most distant reception of a given station. TV and FM signals normally travel in line-of-sight mode, no more than 50 to 100 miles from their transmitter towers. DXers love to push the reception boundaries of stations by hundreds or thousands of miles using their skills, better antennas and equipment, and knowing when conditions are ripe for it.
DXing is a hobby that one can do by himself, but many of us like to share our logs and catches with others, and this is where the WTFDA comes in. WTFDA is a group of around 200 folks who share the same hobby. When you join the WTFDA, you immediately know that you are with others who understand you. If you're just starting out, we'll guide you along. If you're an old timer, we'll help you get back into the groove. Our mission is to hear and see new distant stations and above all, have fun doing it!
The WTFDA publishes a club magazine every month for our members. It's called the VHF-UHF Digest and is available online. The VUD, as it is called, is a pdf document viewed with Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader or any pdf viewer. Our digest is formatted like our paper VUD was in the past, however graphics are in color and the magazine takes up less space than the old paper digest. The size of the VUD pdf document is letter size (8 1/2" x 11") which makes printing out portions of the VUD for your own use very easy.
The WTFDA also operates two mailing lists; one is the WTFDA list for our TV/6m and FM DXers and the other is our mwdx list for those of us who do AM radio DXing in the winter. Our members post loggings, tips, DX alerts, FCC news, format and facility changes and plain old DX gab.
The WTFDA maintains a Facebook grop called "TV and FM Dxing". This group is a closed group but open to any Facebook users. It also operates the WTFDA Forums. It is open to the public but you must be registered to participate.