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Some Old-Fashioned DX Fun

Wavescan looks for a few good QSL cards

In today’s rapidly changing media environment, Adrian Peterson and his Wavescan program stand out. Airing on the Adventist World Radio operation, hosted by Jeff White and produced by WRMI in Miami, the show is a throwback to a much earlier time when teasing a voice out of the ether was a cause for celebration.

The program focuses on radio things shortwave, international station comings and goings, along with bits of information on countries around the world and their local radio stations. Where else can you hear the national anthem of Yemen or learn of its shortwave past when it was called Aden?

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Adventist World Radio, Peterson and company are holding a “Choose a Channel DX Contest.” Basically, the idea is for Wavescan listeners to collect QSL cards and other reception reports. The limitation is that participants are required to choose a specific shortwave frequency to monitor and seek the cards or reports from whatever programs air on that particular frequency.

Card collections should then be forwarded to Peterson in Indianapolis. Peterson claims the largest QSL card collection in the world, numbering over 35,000 (at last count, he says).

Prizes will include the 2012 edition of the World Radio TV Handbook and “one of the Jerry Berg radio history books,” according to Peterson. Other awards such as AWR souvenirs and curios will be handed out as well.

The contest will run into 2012 though the postmark deadline for submissions is the end of June, 2011.

“Return postage in the form of currency notes in an international currency, mint postage stamps or IRC coupons would be welcome,” Peterson told us. “Where possible, a self-addressed return envelope, business size or half-quarto size would also be welcome.”

Entries should be sent to “Choose a Channel DX Contest,” P.O. Box 29235, Indianapolis, IN, 46229 USA.

QSLs Are a Portal to the Past” (March 2011)