Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Belgian DX Club "DX-Antwerp's" Anniversary program now online

Dear listeners, reception report contributors and co-operators,

Fifty days are gone since DX-Antwerp was airing its shortwave program commemorating our 30th anniversary. It was pretty to compile such a program. Afterwards going through all the reception reports was a huge job, but it was also very interesting, to see how addicted shortwave listeners can be. Even in a decade when there are a lot of other media taking over from shortwave broadcasting.

While it seems the mailbox isn't attracting new mails anymore besides spam, we think it is the right time to put our broadcast online. You can find it here : http://goo.gl/xi0PH

It might be possible that it isn't possible to play it directly in your browser while this is a large file. In that case, please click on the download button in the upper right corner and play it afterwards directly on your computer.

As a result, while the program is now online, it means that we will no longer verify new reception reports. We don't want fake reports.
Besides this audio file, we can also present a few interesting statistics :

We received 146 reports from 36 countries. As expected Germany was leading with 21 reports, but a nice surprise was that we've got 16 reports from India. You can see a diagram with detailed figures at
19 reports were about the DRM transmissions. 11 from Europe, 3 from North America, 2 from Asia (I know there was one more DRM listener in India but he didn't send a report) and 1 from South America. 30 reports were coming via regular mail to the TDP mailbox.

It was also interesting to see how long it took to deliver a priority airmail envelope to the different sides of the globe. We were very pleased to see that a lot of DXers took the effort to inform us that their QSL arrived and send us a of thank you mails. In Europe, most QSLs arrived 2 or 3 days after posting. In North America our envelopes where at their destination at least within a week. But we never thought that it would take that long to deliver a QSL to countries in the Indian subcontinent. The range for these destinations was between 2 and 4 weeks. Although we have to add that some of the QSLs were misrouted by the postal services to Jakarta, Indonesia, instead of to India.

We have also counted the receivers and receiver types.
There were 64 portables, 52 communications receivers, 12 SDR radios, 4 stand alone DRM receivers and there was one self made project. 13 DXers didn't mention what kind of receiver they were using.

The Top 13 of the receivers looks as follows :

Receiver --------------------------Number

Degen DE1103 - Kaito KA-1103 -- 15
ICOM IC-R75 --------------------------7
Perseus -----------------------------------7
Tecsun PL-660 --------------------------7
AOR AR7030 plus ---------------------5
Sangean ATS-909 ----------------------5
Sony ICF 2001 D/2010 ----------------5
Sony ICF SW 7600 GR ----------------5
JRC NRD-525 --------------------------4
JRC NRD-535D ------------------------4
SONY-ICF SW 77 ---------------------3
JRC NRD-545 --------------------------2
SANGEAN ATS 818 ------------------2

All other kind of receivers were only represented by one single type. So, that's about all we can tell about the aftermath of our special anniversary program. We hope you liked it and maybe we'll meet again in 10 years from now.


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