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06-21-2006, 02:43 PM
I write my dreams down as part of a lucid dreaming exercise. It's only natural that DX comes up in them sometimes.

Just last night one involved a CBS/UPN station I never saw before. Reception was good, but it was the only DX stations coming in. Me and my sister watched something on it (I forget the program now), then I rolled tape for the (2 or 3 am) break. The first ID was for UPN 42, then there's a letterman promo with a ch 11 logo supering at the end! When the next program starts, they use a cable network bug in the corner... I forgot which.

http://www.egrabow.com/images/ch42.gifhttp://www.egrabow.com/images/ch11.gif (the 11 logo seemed to have skyscapers behind the 1s, reminds me of WPHL)

There was another a couple of months ago involving an e-skip opening and I had a dozen monitors!!!!!! :D

Imagine my disappointment when I looked for the recordings on my real DX tape! http://www.wtfda.info/images/smilies/eek.gif

06-21-2006, 03:38 PM
It's funny, Ryan, I just had a DXing dream two nights ago about a massive FM opening.

I think I'm DXing too much this spring/summer.

When I still collected regional TV Guides (when there WERE such things) I would constantly dream of hitting the jackpot in some podunk grocery store by finding a "new" edition or two.

Dave Williams

06-23-2006, 02:19 AM
I can think of 3....

The first I remember was around 2000 or so, and consisted of receiving a FOX station from Texas on channel 49, I think.

A few years ago, I had a dream of finding every channel filled with excellent, very strong and in color tropo...I remember one channel was from central KS, I think.

Maybe it was a few nights ago...I dreamt of waking up early in the morning and finding a weak but distant tropo opening on the VHF channels,

I'm sure I've had many others.

06-23-2006, 03:32 AM
I'm sure I've had many others.

Oh yeah, we all have.

Whether we remember them or not, we all dream several times a night, especially in the later REM periods (6+ hours into sleep). Typically the ones we remember are the ones that we're interrupted by the alarm clock or something... before the sleep cycle can obliterate memory of the dream.

Anyway, if we're DXing alot in the summer, with exotic catches going through our heads during the day... then DX is still going through our heads at night, where some interesting catches can manifest themselves.

Robert Grant
09-17-2006, 04:24 PM
Very interesting.
There have been many times I've been DXing in my dreams, but usually nothing notable happens in them
There was one dream about 25 years ago, possibly inspired by the KLEE hoax-come-urban legend:
Keep in mind this was when all local stations signed off for the night. I actually HAD been looking for DX on an empty channel (Ms, perhaps) and fell asleep.
Shortly, a signal became to build up on channel 7, immediately recognized as an episode of "I Love Lucy". This went into a station break, with an ad for a jeweler, also in black-and-white, and ending with the phone number "MArket 5-6200", followed by a primitive KAYS (Hays, KS) ID slide, In the dream, I thought to myself "my, how quaint what a small town station would use for graphics", then, the ID slide was followed by an Edsel ad! I was actually seeing an old signal that "must have bounced off another planet somewhere". I soon woke up to a set that had nothing but snow, and wasn't on channel 7 anyway.

THE BIZZARE COINCIDENCE: Many years later I was passing through Hays, and noticed that all of the businesses had telephone numbers starting with "625" (the equivalent of MA.5)! I had no way at all of knowing this when I had the DX dream!

73 de N8NU

09-20-2006, 04:50 AM
I've had DX in dreams... Everything from stations that don't exist to antennas that don't exist has cropped up at one time or another. One dream I remember that was especially vivid took place outside while using my DX-398. It was during an E-Skip opening when all of a sudden I had on 92.3, "Montana's # Hit Music Station". There is of course no Top 40/CHR in Montana on 92.3, so I donít see that one coming true anytime soon. I'd have to think of others, but more recently was one that happened the other night. I dreamt I had developed an antenna, the size of a large pair of rabbit ears, whose reception rivaled that of a parabolic dish, or maybe even a few. I can remember bringing in Ch 35 in Richmond like a local, and even some in Raleigh, and some to the north. Now that I think of it, the stations in my dream did pretty much parallel what Rick showed me what he could get at the convention, :cool: , so that may have been the base for that.

Then thereís the real life openings that are so good it feels like you must be dreaming, but thatís another thread. :laughing:

11-04-2006, 12:35 AM
I've had some DX in dreams too, especially this past summer when all afternoon & evening Es came in most nights. Although I primarily DX the FM band, most of my dreams involve TV for some strange reason. I've had dreams where every channel has clear (almost cable-like) reception of distant (and nonexistant) stations, and I've had other situations where every channel (even way past channel 10) were experiencing Es-like reception. I also have had other dreams where I'd watch the station's on-air bug change channels, network affiliations, channel numbers mirror-imaging and turning upside-down, moving its screen placement, etc. in front of my eyes. Of course I rarely realize I am dreaming, most of the time I think "Well of course the logo changes, the "2" should be backwards and upside down!" :rolleyes:

I have two funny FM-related DX dreams I can remember off the top of my head. The first was right after I really started to get into radio and DXing in 1999, before I knew Es existed. I dreamed that my local 98.7 (WMZQ, a country station) was relaying Tampa's 98.7 WLLD, which has an urban format. The station had "Wild 98.7 is brought to you by 98.7 WMZQ Country" type liners as if WMZQ relayed WLLD. Since I didn't know Es existed yet, I thought it was absurd to receive a station so far away.

The second dream is a recurring dream I've had recently ... I record from the radio 24/7 to check for Ms, and I sometimes dream that I wake up to some exotic RDS info being displayed on my Denon tuner's screen from a Ms ping, such as from the west coast or the Carribbean (long shot from where I am!) One night it was so bad that (in the dream) I woke up at least 2-3 times, each with a far, far away station's RDS readout on my screen. I'd write down what the screen said, or tried to remember it somehow, but I'd then 'wake up' again in the dream and find something else new on the screen. Needless to say, I woke up (for real) with no RDS on my screen, and was frustrated since I knew it was all a dream.

06-01-2007, 01:51 PM
When I start to dream dx I know I am over doing it! Take a break.

06-01-2007, 02:11 PM
I dream I catch Mexico, Guatemala, and many of the stations I can typically catch, and although many people do not dream in color, I know I see color in my DX dreams!

I dream I am in the FL Keys a lot, trying for Cuba....

But also, I have a dream every now and then, where every channel (especially UHF) is now taken and carrying a local signal, be it full power or LPTV...kinda like a typical cable system over my TV. And then I think "I can't DX anymore!"

Does anyone have a dream like that?


07-06-2008, 02:54 AM
I thought you all were whacko when this was posted 2 years ago :D
Then it happened to me. I think it's from too much DXing.
This dream, or nightmare would be a better description, involved being on a trip to some location that was in the US that I have never been. I was out taking care of some things with a friend and discovered intense E skip was in progress. It was early in the day and we had so many things to do and people to visit. The skip continued and continued but I had to do all these other things, all day long and could not take any time to catch this sporadic E. It got worse... I noticed there were European language DX coming in on the FM radio! And I could not stop to DX and could not identify anything in the few seconds I had at the car radio.
Finally towards the end of the day we got back to the hotel where I had some equipment set up including two meter ham gear. Tuning across the two meter ham band there were many foreign FM broadcast stations all over 144-146MHz and up, which of course, do not really exist. I vividly remember in the dream finding a broadcast station in the 173MHz range. They were in Russian and other European languages. Nothing was identifyable and this was reminescent of when I went to England in 1995 and had Es in the 65-74 MHz OIRT FM band in real life. Nothing was ever ID'ed, and there were so many of them.
Back to this weird dream..
Finally I found a station that IDed and it was on 145 MHz in the two meter band... and it was a Cuban.... After that the band folded and it was all over and I had the feeling of missing the sporadic E of the century. Then I woke up. The "sporadic E alarm" in the other room was starting to make noise from TV video on Es.
To add to the weirdness I heard an actual Cuban FM station last month that was similar to the dream. I made this short video and dubbed in the audio from that which resembles my vision. The weird tunes are fitting.
I think I need a new hobby.

07-18-2008, 11:07 PM
I've dreamt at least once of the entire UHF band loaded with tropo catches on every channel, with stations running Saturday morning kids shows. Most of the stations were southern or Mexican. For the most part, tuning from one station to another was seemless, without evidence of a channel being changed, as most on the dial belonged to the same network :)

08-14-2008, 03:09 PM
I had a dream yesterday. Went sumpn like this.....

My aunt & her 2 daughters (my cousins) came to my house to visit. I was watching a baseball game on ch 42 (which in reality is a local PBS). I suddenly saw a ghost-image with the word "cubavision" (just like Cubavision's logo in Cuba). So I started flipping around channels. Ch 15 seemed the best (there is a ch 15 in Havana, Canal Educativo 2).

I called them over to show them what I was seeing. Ch 15 actually improved in reception. I think I was explaining how DX works.

My aunt said to her daughters, "Come on, I think it's time to go."


11-15-2014, 10:09 PM
I had four dreams on four separate occasions early in the 2010s.
One was where I was seeing a UnID CBS station on analog channel 5.
Another was when I received an UnID Canadian station.
Next, I received a translator station of KSNV channel 3 Las Vegas, NV, on analog channel 39.
After that one, I received KATV 7.1, Little Rock, AR.
It would be interesting if I actually catch the station here, as KATV and Tulsa, OK station KOKI virtual channel 23 both use RF 22.


12-14-2014, 11:45 PM
I remember a few DX dreams myself. Hardly any involved TV DX, but the one from Rob Grant about getting KAYS-7 30 years in the future was very odd. Which, ahem, means one of my dreams...
Dream #1. I was tuning around on my OLD Sangean ATS-909, and stumbled across a 94.3 over the KMPS IBOC, playing adult hits. Suddenly, there was an ID, clear as day for "Northern Colorado's 94.3 Max FM", which was KMAX-FM Wellington, CO. Never have I picked that station up in Seattle or Yakima (KMPS IBOC former, major KATS 94.5 splatter here!) But it's so weird how a dream can have a "realistic" ID to it. I don't remember getting any other stations in that dream.
Dream #2. Picking up every Los Angeles FM, like a local (KLOS and KCBS come to mind) as well as multiple Mexicans on channel 5. Probably a few 2xEs as well on 5. This was also Dream #3, but without the channel 5 and had top of dial Los Angeles (about a year ago).
Dream #4. Picking up MUF 104 from AZ with loads of Portland tropo in and out. This was in 2012 when the skip would never, ever come until 7/18...


12-15-2014, 02:38 PM
I read that KAYS-7 became KBSH-7 in 1989.


11-30-2016, 09:49 AM
This is kinda bump-worthy I think.

Had an odd dream a few hours ago....was getting a beautiful color DX image on ch 3 in SS I guess, but there was no logo bug at all to help. (Also was living at my childhood home I think!)....anyway I swung the antenna different points south, but nothing "favoring" although it had to be south.

I saw whatever text onscreen that I figured would help. (I did see "TA" but it didn't quite resemble the Dominican Republic one.) Went online to Google the text....as I remember, the first "hit" was a DX image which was exactly what I saw on TV!

Funny thing, dreams.


11-30-2016, 04:50 PM
I haven't done the lucid dreaming thing in a while. But reading things in dreams is always a treat. (Or checking a watch... a common technique.) I wonder what a full screen of text on your channel 3 would've rambled on about... probably a bunch of random spanish words you vaguely recognize.

12-01-2016, 02:10 PM
I'm having a nightmare...

I move to the wide open spaces and have the run of channels 2 through 83 with only one 24/7 local. 500 mile tropo is a daily occurrence. DX antennas are plentiful. I have the keys to the TV DX candy store. And then...

Channels 70 through 83 are swiped for cell phones.

New local TV stations begin operation.

100 KW FM (4 miles from the house) goes on air.

A Cell Site is built less than a mile from the house.

More local stations are running 24/7.

Lightning strikes wipe out pre-amps, VCRs, TVs, etc.

Channels 52 through 69 are swiped for cell phones, etc.

Format change-over to DTV.

Ice storm wipes out antennas.

All local stations now running 24/7.

Several battles with local power company over noisy power lines.

Local cell site begins 4G LTE (700+ MHz) operation. (Big QRM)

Canadian and Mexican analogs are going or gone.

Good DX antennas are getting hard to find.

I'm not an FM DXer but even I notice the FM band is getting over-crowded

FCC proposes taking channels 30? through 51 for more cell / data expansion.

FCC proposes repacking all of OTA TV into channels 2 through 30?

Oh, and let's switch to another DTV format while we're at it.

... The sad part is, my nightmare is real.

73, Ed NN2E
Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds

12-01-2016, 05:25 PM
I'm having a nightmare...

... The sad part is, my nightmare is real.

73, Ed NN2E

As Alice once sang, "Welcome to my Nightmare!"

This location was always crowded but I had holes in many places and got some great FM Dx over the years. Now it's completely trashed. There really isn't any point to any serious dxing, so I don't. The only excitement I have is when I take my laptop and SDRplay out on vacation, once or twice a year.

TV is pretty much clogged with useless Spanish channels with terrible quality or blasting audio. Hardly anything open here and repacking will make it worse.

When I was young I thought that DXing would be a lifelong hobby. It's not turning out that way. But that's okay.

It's what they call "progress" Ed. Embrace change. Ha! LOL!

DX Grrl
12-01-2016, 07:43 PM
My waking DX nightmare, here, is the proliferation of pirates, and K-Love-style christian broadcasters popping up like mushrooms, as LPs or on translators on frequencies that already have stations I listen to. Some of the stations I listen to are out of market, but, come in like locals consistantly, and they get obliterated. So far, I haven't actually had an actual DX nightmare, though.

Robert Grant
12-01-2016, 08:52 PM
After wanting a modern multimode/multiband amateur transceiver for decades, XYL encourages me to get one, and I do. After installing it, she complains that the talking while Sooz is sleeping is keeping the baby awake. I go to CW, and XYL says the dots and dashes might wake Sooz up. I wear headphones - now the clicking of the key is too much noise.

So I ham in the short time between getting home and dinner. XYL demands I turn radio off immediately while the other is talking (she can't conceive of the idea that a ham QSO is something like a phone call).

So I get a mag mount and keep the radio in the car. For about a year, I'm chatting on 17m mobile or listening to SW BCB stations. Then the
price of gasoline quadruples, and my commute is 60 miles each way, so we buy a hybrid. Before we buy, I check the radio to see if the hybrid electronics affects the radio - to my delight, there is no effect at all, AM broadcast stations with only a 0.1 mV/m signal sound fine. But when I try it on HF at home - there is a horrible wall of noise when driving, especially when slowing down (when the wheels are generating power for the battery), allowing through some frequencies (80m, 25m), but destroying 40, 31, 20, 17, 10, 6 and 2(!) meters.

So I go to DX FM bcb. While a very weak signal sounds fine when parked, it takes about .3 mv/m for an FM signal to get over the hybrid system.

After 332,600 miles, a software problem destroys the hybrid. We get another one used. On the replacement, AM signals weaker than about 10 mV/m are whacked, unless I am either parked, or there is a heavy rain (which oddly provides a measure of relief from the noise - sometimes).

12-02-2016, 10:33 AM
Last night, dreaming I was at my folks former house in Texas scanning their TV. As the scan completes I realize every single channel has programmed. Next thing I know I'm flipping through the channels and they're all coming up as WSIL, so I text Jim Thomas to tell him what I see, the phone goes beep as he replies.......he tells me I'm Foxtrot Oscar Sierra......and I wake up.

Funny......I never dreamed of tropo until I saw this thread for the first time yesterday!

Jim Thomas
12-03-2016, 11:19 AM
....and I think this topic thread has been embedded with a subliminal virus that conjures DX dreams. IF you read this thread, you have been infected.

Two nights ago, I had a dream I was getting Mexico FM Es. My use of Spanish in real life is marginal, at best. In my dream, I understood fluently the Spanish I was hearing, just like speaking English. Although now, being awake, I can't remember a single thing about the context of that Es reception.

12-03-2016, 12:25 PM
The human mind is a deep ocean of what the.......

12-03-2016, 03:23 PM
The human mind is a deep ocean of what the.......

The Oliver character on "Green Acres" woulda been a great DXer in his off-hours; he said that a lot!


12-22-2016, 01:04 PM
I had a dream sometime between last night and today, that I received an UnID channel 7 ABC station with CCI.
And a possible one about an UnID station on channel 10.


01-09-2017, 05:00 PM
Had a dream the other night/morning, kinda realistic, where I stayed at a motel in Las Vegas, with my small TV/VCR combo in the room....

I knew about DT 2 there, and I guess I got a decode or at least a subdecode. I switched off the box and tried analog 3, but nothing---I figured 2 was too close and QRMed it...went to 4 and got lines of something trying.

That *would* be realistic, if not for the fact that Mexico switched off analog. Canada? Who knows... :)