I originally saw this posted on the blog site of G6NHU. As they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. This set of guidelines (along with the Amateur’s Code) should be posted in the ham shack of every single amateur on the face of the planet.
Just as Keith pointed out on his blog, the on-air etiquette (or lack of) has continued to become non-existent over the years. Some might want to quickly blame the new, no-code amateurs who have joined the ranks since the code was eliminated as a requirement in 2007, but this simply isn’t the case.
Don’t work DX? Well this exact same code of conduct can and should be applied to every aspect of the radio hobby including contesting, special event stations and just general every day operations. Please join me in supporting and practicing the DX Code of Conduct in your ham shack.
- 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 callsign 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 callsign.
- 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 callsign, not mine.
- I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a callsign 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 callsign 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.
Will you please join me and support the DX Code of Conduct? Please print this certificate and display it proudly in your ham shack.
I support the DX Code of Conduct.