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Welcome to the new home of the WTFDA! We’re glad to see you here. Feel free to browse the site. We hope you will find something here to interest you. We feature original apps such as the WLogger (Prop logger), FM Database and the Radioland app developed by WTFDA members for the DX community. This site is dedicated to TV and FM DXers everywhere!

E SKIP!

E SKIP!

May is the traditional start of Sporadic E in the northern hemisphere. Sometimes it's good; sometimes not so good. This year the 2024 skip season began on May 6th with a fairly decent opening from the northeast down to Florida and Georgia, and even...

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Dominican Republic to Turn Off Analogue TV in July

Dominican Republic to Turn Off Analogue TV in July

The president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, fixed the analog blackout for July and the digital switch on in November. After being postponed to a couple of times, A new date for the analog outage and the start of digital television...

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The Tale of Two K-LUVs

The Tale of Two K-LUVs

For a Few Months There Were Two Legal KLUVs on the Air. Back in early 2023, the Educational Media Foundation, known as EMF, acquired Audacity's stations in Buffalo and Memphis, which also included rights to the KLUV callsign of 98.7 in Dallas. In...

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The Quadrantids

The Quadrantids

Next period of activity: December 26th, 2023 to January 16th, 2024 he Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the strongest and most consistent showers of the year. It is active (and visible) between Dec. 28 and Jan. 12.  The Quadrantids will next...

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The Giveaway is Over!

The Giveaway is Over!

During the month of November, WTFDA ran a giveaway for a brand new Airspy HF+ Discovery SDR. We had about 85 entrants. We're happy to announce that we had a winner and he's a member from Florida. We want to thank all of our WTFDA club members who...

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Thank You!

We’d like to thank Joel Rosenberg of Toronto for being so kind to send us paper copies of the 1971 and 1972 VUDs, plus a few other issues to make our collection as complete as it can possibly get (unless somebody has some 1968 issues stashed away somewhere). So, if you are a VUD collector, go get them in the VUD Archives.

Where’s The Es?

A great place to check to see if skip is nearby is the WTFDA logger called the ‘W-Logger’. If one of our posters notices it, word spreads and the first to know are those who watch the logger. You need to be a WTFDA member to use it.

Another place to check is the FM List Visual Logbook where users post their logs and the logs are plotted on a map of the United States. Very cool. You need to be registered there to use that feature.

DX maps has been around for years. It plots 50mhz amateur radio contacts on a map of the world.  Some say it’s not as reliable as it used to be, but it still can be used as a skip indicator. No registration is needed to watch the maps.

There are other sites similar to DX Maps that will plot 6m contacts on a map. G7IZU and N3TUK  are two of them.

If you know of other sites, let us know. Happy hunting!

TRIAX

We’ve read a report recently that Danish satellite/OTA antenna maker Triax has begun winding down their operation and that the company will soon be history. Antenna  manufacturing is most definitely not a flourishing industry in 2023.

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