Years ago, before the internet, I subscribed to a newsletter that was snail-mailed to me weekly. I was too inexperienced as a DXer to make use of much of the info it contained but it was fun to read and think, “Some day…”.
A year and a half ago I subscribed to The Daily DX – a timelier version of the old newsletter – but have since let my email subscription lapse.
For those who may not know, The Daily DX is an up-to-the-minute report of all the latest and upcoming DX happenings. It conveniently appears in a subscriber’s email Inbox every morning.
Also included are reports of unusual paths worked, any unexpected appearances of rare DX stations the previous day and QSL info for obscure stations.
At $28 for a 6-month subscription The Daily DX provides a great read with the morning’s coffee.
I know that a lot of work must go into maintaining and compiling all the info that goes into such a newsletter and for $00.20 per issue, the price is right to have such info delivered to you.
But I got into the habit of also reading two DX-related blogs and one DX-related forum – all of which are free – and seldom (if ever) learned of any DX news in the paid newsletter that wasn’t already on one of the blogs.
In the meantime, I also do my own compilation for DX news as it relates specifically to my needs. This customized “report” is in the form of a dry-erase board on the shack wall next to the operating desk.
Dates, callsigns and beam headings are listed with color coding indicating if the entity is new overall or just needed for band fills – all accumulated from various sources
I may re-subscribe to The Daily DX simply for the convenience of not having to go looking for info. The current summer slump will be an evaluation period of doing without.