You may have just stumbled upon this website for the first time. You may never even heard of us before, but we’ve been around for a long, long time. We’re the Worldwide TV-FM DX association but almost everyone calls us by our abbreviated name: namely, the WTFDA. We publish a monthly bulletin called the VHF-UHF Digest, but people just call it the Vud (which rhymes with Elmer Fudd).
Our club was started back in the late 1960s by some TV DXers from another club (the AIPA, which stands for something too long to write) and another radio club called the WMRC. If DXing in general is a niche hobby, TV and FM DXing is in an even bigger niche. You won’t find that many other TV or FM DXers in your town, or probably even in your state. TV and FM DXers are scattered all over the North American continent. The WTFDA exists to bring all of these far-flung DXers together through our publication and the various loggers and forums we maintain.
Over the years we’ve done it all: TV DXing with an analog TV, 50 foot tower and a Channel Master or Winegard fringe TV antenna, FM DXing with a fringe FM antenna, high end FM tuner and a cassette deck, then changing with the times to SDRs and recorded audio and IQ files for the FM people, and DTV boxes or flatscreen DTVs with outdoor antennas and rotors. Many of our members, both TV and FM DXers, are now using autologgers for DXing. Many of them can now log stations without even being near their equipment. A few members have their receiving antennas a hundred miles away from their receivers! It’s a whole new ballgame that the old timers of the 60s would never have imagined and as time goes on we’re going to see more changes in the way people log new stations.
The WTFDA is a non-profit club. None of the staff is paid for what they do. They do what they do because they love what they do.
So take a look around the site. Then, when you’re done, check out our WTFDA Forums. Go to our WTFDA FM Database which we maintain specifically for FM DXers. If you like what you see, join the WTFDA for $10 and gain access to our real-time logger called the wLogger and our Mewe group, which are groups for our members only. We offer quite a bit for DXers, so take advantage of it. And once you pay your $10, you never have to pay anything ever again!