The latest issue (May 2009) of the 425 ARI DX Magazine is now available for free download in .pdf format at www.425dxn.org monthly - the official web site of 425 Dx News.
This is an absolutely fabulous publication, 15 pages packed with the latest DX news, Good to know-items, QSL routes and addresses. The colour pictures in this bulletin for serious DXers add to its attraction. It is highly recommended.
Many SWL's find it interesting to send reception reports and to receive QSL's from radio amateurs. But it is far from easy to have success. I think many SWL's should consider some basic facts to improve the quality of their reports. It all depends on the time and effort you are ready to spend on your hobby, but of course success gives more satisfaction!
How I found this great hobby called radio back in the 1970's when I still followed hockey. I wanted to get a score of a Leaf game. I knew I needed 1430 C K F H but on the way to 1430 I heard many other stations. So a few nights later I started my first list of stations 25 to 30 that first try. This has grown to 1050 stations as of 1-12-04 I wish I had kept a date by date running log ,no such luck.. As I logged a new one it just went on a log sheet for that frequency. There are also many mobile loggings in the 1190 ,as of 1-2 -05.
1430 CHFH Toronto Ontario
800 PJB Bon Air Netherlands Antilles
1000 WCFL Chicago Illinois
760 XEABC Mexico City Mexico
750 YVES Radio Caracas Venezuela
710 R. Rebeldse Havana Cuba
1620 WDHP Fredricksted U S Virgin Is
1341 B B C Belfast Northern Ireland
790 LRE R. Marte Buenos Aries Argentina
Then my next steps in the hobby came in 1975 when I went on the C.B .radio as Marshall Dillon talking local and DX'ing as unit 101 working many stations in the U. S .A. Then in 1996 finding that my TS450 had free band open ,I was able to work 92 countries and confirm 71 on 11M, including Morocco, Gibraltar Greenland Ukraine Zimbabwe and many more.
All Continents SWARL Award is issued for hearing and confirming QSO's with following continents:
- NA - North America
- SA - South America
- OC - Oceania
- EU - Europe
- AS - Asia
- AF - Africa
QSO's with these continents must be heard and confirmed on five different amateur radio bands, with at least one QSO with any continent on any one band.
14200 - NA
14300 - OC
1840 - EU
7100 - AF
3800 - SA
The ITU Zone SWL Award is issued for hearing and confirming QSO's on five amateur radio bands with in one ITU zone. One Award is issued for one ITU zone and dependent on type of modulation as: SSB, CW, RTTY, etc. It can be issued as "General" (mixed modulation type).
The SWARL SWL Unique Prefix Award is issued for hearing and confirming 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 etc. unique prefixes. The prefix is the first part of the call sign, defining the area of location of the operationing station. Usually this is the first three characters of the call sign.
1A4 in 1A4A
2E0 in 2E0IMS
RA6 in RA6LO
K5 in K5D
Note That in prefixes like Russian (eg RA6LO) letter "L" also defines region of location but it is NOT part of the prefix but the part of suffix. The suffix will not be cosidered to be a different prefix and RA6LO and RA6NOK are one same prefix.
Prefix award can be modulation type dependant or General (mixed mode).
The SWARL SWL DXCC Award is issued for hearing and confirming 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, etc. DXCC entities. Award can be dependent on modulation type or "General"
The SWARL SWL IOTA Award is issued for hearing and confirming QSO's with 10, 25, 50, 100, 150, etc. IOTA registered IOTA entities. Award can be dependent on modulation type or "General"
The Maidenhead Locator Award is issued for hearing and confirming QSO's with 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, etc. locations according to Maidenhead Grid Locator. Only the first four characters of the locator will be taken into consideration for this award.
JJ00 from JJ00hh
IL28 from IL28bs
This award can be dependent on mode type or "General".