Thursday, February 28, 2013

AM Station #1,400...and Goals for 2013

How many of you ever get excited when you reach a milestone in your DX career? Whether it be your first, 100th or even 1,000th station on any band, reaching a milestone in a DX career is a moment to be remembered.

On January 7, 2013 at 4:18 p.m. CST (2218 UTC), I hit another milestone in my logbook from my present location. I was outdoors in the driveway on a 50-degree afternoon when I pulled in WINK 1200 Pine Island Center, FL (a suburb of Fort Myers). The program material aired on the station included advertisements for businesses in southwestern Florida and national news. WINK is not only my 1,400th AM station from my present location since I started my present log in 1992, but also my 30th station from the Sunshine State. I've logged eight new stations since that time, bringing my present total to 1,408.

With one goal already met for 2013, I'm within reach of two other goals in my logbook. The first one of note is the 1,200th FM station. I have logged 1,178 FM stations at my location since I started my present logbook in 1992. Another goal for 2013 is my 150th digital TV station. I've logged 149 DTV stations since I began TV DXing in digital format in September 2005. Two more difficult goals for me that are within striking distance are my 100th Missouri AM station and 200th Illinois FM station logged at my location. As of February 28, 2013, my Missouri AM log stands at 97 (the most recent log being KMAM 1530 Butler on January 26, 2013), while my Illinois FM logbook now stands at 187 (most recent being WJEZ 98.9 Dwight on July 11, 2012). Illinois is also the only state where I've logged more than 100 AM stations (the count as of 2/28/2013 stands at 113).

What the FM/TV DX season holds for 2013 is unknown; I hope it's just as good (if not better) than 2012.

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