The club covers all aspects of broadcast DXing - from searching out distant or difficult-to-hear radio stations to listening to the major international broadcasters - on the shortwave, mediumwave and VHF/FM bands. We also have in-depth coverage of UK domestic radio developments as well as reports on alternative ways of listening to the radio including internet, WorldSpace and digital radio (DRM/DAB).
An interest in radio is the only qualification. We welcome members of all ages, newcomers to the hobby and professional monitors alike.
The club was founded in 1974 as the Twickenham DX Club. From local roots came rapid expansion to become one of the major radio clubs in the United Kingdom. The more appropriate title of British DX Club was adopted in 1979. We now have a large UK-based membership as well as a substantial number of overseas members.
BDXC-UK is a non-profit making club and is run by a board and editorial team, all of whom are unpaid volunteers.
"Communication" is BDXC's monthly publication, typically of around 60 pages. The club is proud of the quick turnround of "Communication" which is normally sent to memmbers within a week of the contribution deadline each month. It is available by post as a handy A5 booklet, or by e-mail as a pdf file. Regular sections include:
Members with access to an e-mail address can take advantage of our free e-mail news service. Launched in 1997 this service is proving very popular with members for exchanging hot dx news and listening tips.
Published biennally by the club, 'Radio Stations in the United Kingdom' is a comprehensive directory of British mediumwave and FM radio radio stations including BBC, commercial, Low Power AM/FM and long term RSL stations. It gives frequencies, contact details and web sites, transmitter powers and site, etc. Stations are listed both by frequency and name and cross-referenced to show all parallel channels. For full information on the latest edition please click here.
For many decades, in addition to Communication, the club has produced a monthly audio programme for members. A dedicated team takes it in turn to present each month around 70 minutes of audio material. This includes audio contributions from club members and usually features a variety of interesting DX catches, radio-related conversation and archive material – in fact, the club’s very own interactive DX programme. The mp3 version is now available to club members completely free of charge. It is also available by post on CD or audio cassette for a small supplementary subscription. Full details are sent to new members.
BDXC operates a Sound Archive, which aims to collect and preserve audio recordings of general and historic interest. It concentrates mainly on international broadcasting, but also has recordings from offshore and domestic radio. There are a wide range of recordings in the archive. If you would like a list of the current archive recordings, or would like to contribute any of your own recordings, please email editor[at]bdxc.org.uk**
Want to meet fellow enthusiasts? Regular, regional meetings are held in an informal setting such as a local pub or even a beach hut! Trips to radio stations and DXpeditions have also been arranged. Events are publicised on the web site and in 'Communication'.
If you would like further information about the British DX Club or any of our services please send an e-mail to bdxc[at]bdxc.org.uk ** or write (including return postage) to:
British DX Club, 10 Hemdean Hill, Caversham, Reading RG4 7SB, United Kingdom.
A recent sample copy of 'Communication' is available on request by post or to see a sample copy in pdf format please click here.
To download an application form please click here.
We hope to be welcoming you to BDXC soon!
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