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Friday, November 20, 2015

We're Amateurs, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be professional.

I finally got around to putting my 20m double bazooka back up after we used it for Field Day. Needless to say, it's been a while since I chased DX. So once the antenna was up, I had to spin the knob a while. Right away I saw a Ghana station on the DX Cluster and went right there.

I was appalled at the stations tuning up, using partial call signs, calling when the DX station didn't call them and calling while another station was talking to the DX station.  It made me wonder if they took the same exam I did to get my ticket? I could have sworn that was covered in the material.

 In the end, I left the circus and snagged S79C running a DXpedition in Seychelles instead. 

So, here's the link for the DX Code of Conduct. Please pass this along so that others will remember that just because they call us Amateurs, doesn't mean that we shouldn't be professional.





DX Code Of Conduct

  • I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
  • I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
  • I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
  • I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
  • I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
  • I will always send my full call sign.
  • I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
  • I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
  • I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
  • I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
  • When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
  • I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
  • I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect. 

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