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New shortwave contest in November 2023

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Frank, who shares the following information about an SWL contest he is sponsoring in November 2023.

Frank writes:

Hello, Congratulation for your great web site.

I you can you share this SWL contest on your web site ?

 Thank you

73 de Frank SWL F14368

Readers: Check out this link for more information or if you have questions about the contest. Thanks, Frank!

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Top 10 DX of the Year SWL Contest 2022

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Istvan Biliczky, who shares the following announcement:


The TOP DX Radioclub invites you to the annual TOP 10 DX OF THE YEAR contest.
From 1 December 2022, 00:00 UTC to 31 December 2022, 24:00 UTC.

GOOD NEWS: Now you can get higher score! We’ve changed some of the rules from this year. The changes are highlighted in orange.

All details can be found on our website.

Thanks for sharing, Istvan! A number of SWLs here in the SWLing Post community truly enjoyed participating in the past! Click here for all contest details.

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2022-23 Season of the MW Frequency Challenge is underway with Week 1: 1160-1224 kHz

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor Loyd Van Horn at DX Central who shares the following announcement:

We are kicking off the 2022-23 DX season with the return of the MW Frequency Challenge! The MW Frequency Challenge officially started during the season premiere of our DX Central Live! livestream on YouTube on Friday, September 2022.

Our frequency range for this week’s challenge is 1160-1224 kHz!

A reminder of the rules for this season:

    • Submitted loggings must be for receptions made between 0000 UTC Saturday, September 24, 2022 and 0200 UTC Saturday, October 1, 2022. Any station that transmits between 1160-1224 kHz will be accepted for the challenge.
    • Submissions/loggings must be made with your own equipment, NO ONLINE SDRs (unless you own the online SDR). If you are logging receptions away from your home location, be sure to note that location on the submision form.
    • Submissions must be entered on the Google Form using the link below. Logs posted through social media, DX club log submissions, email, etc. will not be accepted.
    • Receptions can be for any station received within the frequency range. It does not need to be “new to you”, relogs are welcome as long as it occurred during the challenge period.

This week’s Google Form link is:

Good luck and best of DX!



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DX Central’s MW Frequency Challenge: Week 9 Results and Week 10 Announcement

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor Loyd Van Horn at DX Central who shares the following announcement:

Another great week in the MW Frequency Challenge, and you all continue to pour the logs in!  Our live streams on Saturday nights have been so much fun getting to interact and hear about what you heard in the previous week.  If you haven’t been able to make it to a livestream yet, you are missing out!  Join us Saturdays at 1945 CST / 0145 UTC (Sunday morning, UTC) on our YouTube channel:

A total of 29 DXers from three countries (Mexico, Canada and the US) and 17 US States brought in 82 logs for Week 9  of our MW Frequency Challenge.    25 unique stations in 18 states and six countries made it to this week’s log.  The number of logged stations was down, because there are fewer stations on 550 than previous weeks.  But look at that jump in countries…an opportunity here for DXers to get some great international DX!

Most Logged Stations: From runner-up last week to the top spot this week, South Carolina’s Rob Keeney hauled in an impressive 9 stations this week.  Right on his heels, was Mark Connelly (MA) and Stephanie Battaglino (CA) with 7 each.

Most Logged States: Rob Keeney once again took the top spot for heard states this week with 7 logged US states:  FL, GA, MO, NC, NY, OH, TX

Most Logged Countries:  Mark Connelly (MA) brought in the most countries (including US) with 4 total countries:  Colombia, Cuba, US, Venezuela.

Furthest Logging: Brent Taylor of Canada’s Prince Edward Island and his log of YVKE-Radio Mundial in Venezuela was our longest reception of the week at 2,477 miles!  This was only 5 miles more than the #2 spot, Mark Connelly’s 2,472 mile reception of HJHF-Radio Nacional de Colombia in Colombia.  Even tighter, Mark’s log was only ONE MILE more than our third place finish from Marc DeLorenzo for his log of HJHF at 2,471 miles!  Talk about a close one!  Rounding out our top 10 was Jim Renfrew (NY) – 2,358 miles for YVKE, Mark Connelly (MA) – 2,163 for YVKE, Rob Keeney (SC) – 2,034 for HJHF, Brent Taylor (PEI) – 1,962 for WPAB, Mark Connelly (MA) 1,531 for Radio Rebelde, and Stephanie Battaglino (CA) – 1,094 for KTSA.

Loyd/DX Central Numbers:

  • 5 stations logged
  • 3 states logged (GA, MO, TX)
  • 3 countries logged (USA, Cuba, Colombia)
  • 1,926 miles for furthest catch (HJHF in Colombia)

Most Logged Station: WGY in Buffalo, NY brought in 10 logs this week for the top spot. Missouri’s KTRS and Cincinnati’s WKRC at 7 logs each were just behind them.

Most Logged State/Province:  As you might imagine, WGR’s logs brought NY to the top spot here with 10 receptions.  NC (9) and TX, MO (8 each) were just behind.

Most Logged Country (outside of US):  Colombia and Mexico each brought in 4 loggings this week.  Cuba and Venezuela (3 each) were just behind.  In all, 15 stations outside of the US were logged this week.

Busiest Time of Day: Overnight hours (67% of logs) continued to be the busiest period for DX.  Surprisingly, sunrise was in the second spot with 14.6% of all logs.  Sunset (11%) and Daytime (7.3%) rounded out the rest of the day.

Most Used Receiver:  While portable use is still going strong, SDRs once again were the king of DX this week with 56 of 82 logs (69%).  Portables brought in 20 logs (24%) of all loggings.  Among SDRs, we actually had a new brand at the top of the hill as Airspy SDRs brought in a total of 22 loggings (40% of all SDR logs).  SDRPlay’s 18 logs (32% of SDR logs) and Perseus’s 13 receptions (23% of SDR logs) were also very popular this week.  For portables, Tecsun’s came out of nowhere this week to take the top spot with 9 loggings (45% of portable logs).  C. Crane radios (4 loggings, 20% of portable logs) took the #2 spot.

Most Used Antenna: Magnetic Loops were once again the most popular option for DXers this week, with 32 logs (40% of all logs).  The Wellbrook loop’s 21 loggings (65% of all mag loop logs) were the most popular used mag loop, with both the W6LVP and YouLoop (9 logs each, at 28%) also bringing in DX.  Termed loops proved to continue to be a popular option as well, with 17 loggings (21% of all loggings).  This week, other loops (such as the AN-200 or Tecun loops) also brought in 17 loggings this week as a popular option.

See the full export of data at our Google Sheet:

With week 9 now under wraps, we look ahead to week 10 and for this week, we have a rather unique challenge.  Rather than focus on a single frequency, we are going to explore the ENTIRE expanded band!  1610-1710 kHz – any licensed station (including broadcast and TIS) count as a valid log.  No pirates, no NDBs, etc.  So the NJ TIS station on 1710?  Counts.  1630 Radio Elohim in El Salvador?  Counts.  The “TVS” NDB on 1650?  Does not count.

With 11 frequencies to contend with – even with much fewer stations per frequency – this should be our largest week yet!

Our Google Form for Week 10 can be found here:


Logs for Week 10 will only be accepted for stations received between 0300 UTC Sunday, January 23, 2022 and 0300 UTC Sunday, January 30th (will be announcing the closing during our live stream of DX Central Live!).  Logs must be for licensed stations received between 1610 and 1710 kHz.  This includes all standard broadcast stations in the US and internationally, as well as any TIS stations received.  Logs must be from your own equipment using WebSDRs is allowed for reference, but will not be counted towards the challenge (unless it is YOUR WebSDR).  If you do log from a WebSDR, be sure to mark your location as from the location of the WebSDR itself, not your home location.  All loggings must be submitted using our Google Form at  Submissions by any other form including social media, email, etc. will not be accepted.

An eCertificate will be sent to the DXer with the most logged stations during the challenge time period.  Additional eCertificates may be presented at the discretion of DX Central.

Have fun, 73 and best of DX!

Loyd – W4LVH

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DX Central’s MW Frequency Challenge: Week 8 Results and Week 9 Announcement

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor Loyd Van Horn at DX Central who shares the following announcement:

Another great week of loggings in our MW Frequency Challenge is in the rear view mirror, with week 8/1460 kHz closing out last night during our DX Central Live! livestream.

We now turn our attention to a new frequency for week 9: 550 kHz.

This will be a challenging frequency, as there are not as many stations here. There are opportunities though for both domestic and international DX, and US stations have a decent amount of space between them and a good smattering of 5kw stations to make this week one that should be a lot of fun!

We are already getting in some good logs from those that were on the livestream last night, be sure to get your logs in as well using the Google Form linked in the blog post, below.

Good luck to all!
Loyd Van Horn

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DX Central’s MW Frequency Challenge: Week 1 results & Week 2 announcement

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor Loyd Van Horn at DX Central who shares the following announcement:

Week 1 of the DX Central MW Frequency Challenge is in the books and with nearly 75 entries on a short week, it was a great success! You can read a full recap of the results at the blog post link, below including the announcement of the overall winner and leaders in various categories. Feel free to publish as much or as little of that as you would like, with credit of course.

For Week 2, we turn our attention to 1430 kHz. The official Google Forms link to submit loggings can be found at

Loggings must be for receptions between 0500 UTC on Sunday, November 28, 2021 and the closing announcement during our next livestream, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Loggings must be for stations on 1430 kHz only and must be received using a DXers own equipment. WebSDR loggings are welcome for reference purposes but will not be counted towards the challenge competition. Full rules can be found at the above blog post.

73 and best of DX! Good luck to you all!

Loyd – W4LVH
Mandeville, LA

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Top 10 DX of the Year SWL Contest 2021

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Istvan Biliczky, who shares the following announcement:

The annual TOP 10 DX OF THE YEAR contest will start soon.

From 1 December 2021. 00:00 UTC to 31 December 2021 24:00 UTC.
The contest is open for all shortwave listeners and free of charge.

All the information is available on our website:

Thanks for sharing, Istvan! A number of SWLs here in the SWLing Post community truly enjoyed participating in the past! Click here for all contest details.

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