AM DX'ing, the hobby of listening to radio signals from far away...

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In this instructable we'll teach you the basics of AM broadcast DX'ing and provide some basics on choosing a radio.

DX'ing is a radio term for looking for radio signals from far away. AM broadcast DX'ing is the hobby of trying to "catch" as many far away AM radio stations as you can. AM broadcast signals by nature can carry for hundreds, if not thousands of miles at night. Radio hobbyist have been DX'ing since radio was first invented over 100 years ago. Many DX'ers keep journals of all the stations they have heard.

This is probably the most rewarding low dollar radio related hobby there is. The stuff you need to get started is probably already in your home. Even if you have none of the items required, you can pick up everything you need to get started for under $10 at the local thrift store. How's that for low buck hobby?

You might be saying...
"I can listen to whatever I want on the internet."

Yes you can. Listening to far away stations via radio though requires skill, some understanding of radio waves, luck, and no dependency on a middle man (the internet). It's just you and the broadcaster with nothing but air between the two of you.

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andy.knote18 days ago

Cool. As a kid I scrolled through the AM stations at night listening to far away stations. My favorite was KOMA out of Oklahoma City, 780 miles away! They played Golden Age programming a couple hours every night.

Ranie-K1 year ago
These are other people's' copyrighted pictures. Please use only your own pictures.
ke4mcl (author)  Ranie-K1 year ago
some pics did indeed come from google however none had any copyright marks or watermarks.
Phil B1 year ago
This is very interesting. I have been a little dismayed, though, that nighttime programming is largely the same nationwide with things like Art Bell's Coast to Coast AM or Gary McNamara's and Eric Harley's Midnight Trucking. Although it is fun to hear that you got a signal from a station across the continent, some of the appeal is lost when the programming is the same as what is playing on a local station. Thanks for all of the technical detail.
ke4mcl (author)  Phil B1 year ago
Syndication can work to your advantage. Say you hear Coast to Coast radio followed up by an ad for a restaurant in Philly but you never catch the station's call letters. You look on the Coast to Coast website and see what stations carry their show. This can help you figure out what station you heard.

This type of detective work is sometimes required when you're using a vintage radio with an inaccurate dial.