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.

The six frequency lists indicate the DXer who has heard each of the listed stations at the greatest distance. 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.

If you have heard any of the Graveyard stations and think your distance bests the one listed, send me the details:

Frequency, Call, State/Province, City, Your Name and Location sorted by frequency, and in the order you see in the lists.

If you DXed a particular station before January 1, 1960 state that fact, as there is a separate list for pre-1960 records.

If you send multiple listings, please sort by frequency, followed by the format outlined above.

I figure all mileages.  If you do not know your exact geographic coordinates, include your ZIP code (US only). That usually gets pretty close to your location.  Other countries . . . difficult, but usually possible.  I can't figure the distance without knowing where you live (or from where you DXed).

Keep in mind the title of the column(s): "Graveyard DX Achievements" and "Graveyard DX Totals", with the emphasis on "DX".  Recognition in any of the columns must be REAL DX.  DX is defined as hearing a station outside it's normal listening area.  Since most stations on the six GY frequencies are Class C stations that are normally protected to the daytime 0.5 mV/m contour and usually use 1000 Watts, the minimum distance for DX, in this instance, as 60 miles. Some may say that's too far; others will say too close. Driving through a town and hearing a station is not DX, and really not much of an achievement.  Some folks even count stations heard this way among their GY Totals.  That's not the intent of these lists.  "Hearing" and "DXing" are two different things, so consider that when submitting future stations for inclusion in Graveyard DX Achievements.

Editor Notes
The GYDXA lists were all recently updated. Deceased NRC members are noted with (SK). Non-NRC members are purged from the lists as GYDXA are only for National Radio Club members. With the updates it’s time to review the GYDXA lists and perhaps submit station(s) for inclusion.

GYDXA has always been an “on one’s honor” listing. With the recent update and in an attempt to make things fair to everyone, going forward one must prove GYDXA reception for inclusion. Proof includes a brief audio clip including station ID or other clearly identifiable proof, station log including station ID or other clearly identifiable proof or QSL. In other words, simply writing "Hey, I (believe I) heard station wxyz" isn't sufficient.

Ensure an entry qualifies as a record. In other words, please don't dump entries on me without determining they qualify for listening. I will not do the work for you.

The only valid email address for submitting GYDXA is


Records Prior to January 1, 1960

Records After January 1, 1960

1230 kc 1230 kHz
1240 kc 1240 kHz
1340 kc 1340 kHz
1400 kc 1400 kHz
1450 kc 1450 kHz
1490 kc 1490 kHz
Graveyard DX Totals