30 Year Flashback: From the April 1st Edition of the Cascade Mtn. DX Club Bulletin

Among SWLing Post readers, I’m sure there are others like myself who, decades ago, listened to the Zzzt…Zzzt…Zzzt! sound of a dot-matrix printer as it spit out copy for “pasting up” a DX club bulletin. In the 1980s I was one of those enterprising DXers, taking over publication of the Cascade Mountain DX Club (CMDXC) when a local hobbyist lost interest in producing it.

For a few years I found that creating a regular bulletin was almost as satisfying as DXing itself, and I went on to publish another local bulletin, DX/Northwest. It was a forum for DXers in the Pacific Northwest USA to share loggings and information. I also hosted occasional gatherings of Seattle area DXers who were members of the club.

I recently came across my collection of all the past bulletins and appropriately found the April 1, 1987 edition of the CMDXC. I had completely forgotten I’d made an effort every April 1st to “spice up” the bulletin content with some April Foolery.

The first item was slipped into the midst of the monthly loggings, just to make sure readers were paying attention:

The fictitious DXer named “Grobe” in the spoof logging was a thinly veiled reference to radio hobby publisher Bob Grove of Grove Enterprises and Monitoring Times magazine. He actually wrote to me after the initial April 1st edition, beginning a running joke of humorous responses to my April Fool’s bulletin content, and always signing his letters “Bob Grobe”. I received similar letters from him after each year’s April edition. I don’t recall Bob ever being a member of the CMDXC, so I’m not sure how he knew of the content. I still have one or more of those letters stashed away somewhere.

Perusing the April 1st, 1987 bulletin again, I note that I was feeling charitable towards a certain down-on-his-luck DXer “M.T. Pockitz” from nearby Vancouver, BC Canada, and wanted other club members to help him in his time of need. I was also in close touch with new developments in radio technology, as I am today:

Who else remembers the old DX club bulletins–from the dot-matrix printer era–with fondness? You may even be senior enough to feel nostalgic over the “ditto machine” or Mimeograph produced publications!

To read more humor that only a DXer could love, I highly recommend Don Moore’s excellent web site BLANDX – Historical DX Humor. This site is the web archive of the classic BLANDX parody bulletins. I was an occasional contributor, and on the receiving end of Don’s wonderfully warped funny bone at times. If you can’t laugh at the BLANDX content, watch out–your WPE Callsign might have expired!

Guy Atkins is a Sr. Graphic Designer for T-Mobile and lives near Seattle, Washington.  He’s a regular contributor to the SWLing Post.

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5 thoughts on “30 Year Flashback: From the April 1st Edition of the Cascade Mtn. DX Club Bulletin

  1. Craig Parsley (ICOM R-70)

    Lost interest? Guy, I handed the CMDXC over to you after starting it and garnering membership from Oregon to Vancouver, BC. It was the to put new officers in charge. You volunteered.

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  2. Mario

    Miss those typed newsletters of yesteryear. Used to get the LIDXA (Long Island DX Assn) bulletin back in the 70’s.

    Doe anyone remember “Ham Trader Yellow Sheets?” It was a list of used ham radio gear printed on yellow paper and mailed to subscribers looking for bargains. I think a ham with a “9” area call was the editor.

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    1. Guy Atkins

      I remember the Ham Trader Yellow Sheets, Mario. It seems that those recipients who lived nearest to the publisher’s address always had the best chance of learning of the “hot” deals and equipment! Nowadays we take the immediacy of the Internet for granted.

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  3. Luke Perry

    I still have a milk case full of the CIDX monthly newsletters around here somewhere. Before the web that was really the only way to stay in touch with other DXers. Maybe they are worth something? I think I have dome of the NASWA newsletters also, not sure?

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