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Disembodied Voices and Dislocated Signals: The World of Modern-Day DXing

Autor: Michael Nevradakis
Revista: Journal of Radio and Audio Media Nº 20 (1)
Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19376529.2013.777339

DXing is a hobby which historically has been associated with amateur radio enthusiasts, though there are subcategories of DXing which focus on shortwave, AM, FM, and other communications. DXing features many interesting characteristics, including its own jargon, intercultural communication, a competitive, gendered orientation, eavesdropping, and a strong sense of community. This article examines an understudied aspect of radio listening: the DXing community.There is a dearth of scholarly research focusing on this community of radio listeners, but DXing remains a popular and widely practiced hobby and aspect of radio listening to this day. Based on 17 interviews that were conducted with active, present-day DXers (including ham radio DXers and broadcast band DXers), as well as a textual analysis of articles and other materials pertaining to DXing, this article examines the hobby, the particular aspects which appeal to its participants, and some of its notable characteristics, such as the jargon that has developed within the community, and its social networking aspect.Furthermore, the response of the DXing community to the growth and increased prevalence of new media technologies is also examined.