Graveyard DX Achievements

What are the Graveyard Frequencies???
They are 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450 and 1490 kHz

Originally called ‘Local Channels’, due to the fact the stations on these frequencies were intended to serve only small communities, and were allowed to operate non-directional with a maximum power of 250 watts, they were dubbed “Graveyard” by those who DXed the channels. DXers found these channels extremely challenging, due to the fact each was filled with about 200 stations, and picking out any particular station was very difficult.

These lists are divided into two categories: pre-1960 and post-1960. On January 1, 1960 the FCC acknowledged the fact that some of these ‘small’¬† communities had outgrown the coverage area of their ‘local’ station. So, they allowed all stations on the six aforementioned frequencies to increase their daytime power to 1000 watts. Then in the early 1980s, authority was granted to allow the stations to operate 24 hours at the higher power. Thinking was, ‘they will only interfere with each other’, which they do. Canadian and Mexican stations soon followed both plans.

Now, most stations on the six GY frequencies operate with 1000  watts day and night. Just a handful employ directional patterns to suppress  interference to another station.

Records for each individual station reflect the call letters that were in use at the time the DXer in question heard the station. Totals heard on each frequency should not count the same station more than once under different call letters. In a few cases where it makes sense, the “same” station may be listed (or counted) more than once due to a major move. An example would be KIKO, which moved its transmitter over 30 miles as it changed its city of license from Miami, AZ to Apache Junction, AZ, thereby moving from the Globe-Miami market to the greater Phoenix market.

In some cases, there are multiple records on file for the same station. Many years ago it was decided that listeners in Alaska/Hawaii, outside the US and Canada, or even within Canada (due to the mass migration of Canadian AM stations to FM) were listening under such different conditions than DXers within the continental US that a separate record would be kept for DXers in each of these regions. Thus, there may be 2, 3, or potentially even 4 records on file for a single station, reflecting the 4 different listening areas that have been identified to date.

The six frequency lists indicate the DXer who has heard each of the listed stations at the greatest distance in each category listed above. The “Totals” file shows all DXers who have submitted their totals, whether or not they have any individual records. Only National Radio Club members are eligible to be listed in the GYDXA records.

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