for Working DX
listening to the latest Dxpediton we thought it
was time to reissue the DX Rules from 1997.
for DXing or How to have more FUN on the Bands:
If you come upon a pileup, find the exact DX frequency
and slowly tune up your KW right on his frequency.
Take your time doing this as it has maximum effect
this way. The longer you take, the better. It lets
others know that YOU are going to call the DX.
If you cannot wait to find out the DX call sign,
ask, "What is the DX call sign?" On CW
send “DX?” Call?" Do NOT listen, this takes
time. DO this repeatedly until someone gives you
the DX call. This will show all others on frequency
that you are serious about wanting to work this
DX. This is called sharing.
When you find out the DX call, repeat your call
over and over again on the DX frequency. Even if
he is working split there is a chance he may be
listening on his transmit
When the DX says "ABC only"- Don't believe
him. If he says " Europe only" - Don't
believe him. If he says, "2's only" -
Don't believe him. Keep giving your call "XYZ”
!!...XYZ !! ...XYZ !! How Copy MARIO?" Make
sure you use his name when you call him, he may
think you are someone he knows. It must work as
we hear it on bands all the time so it has to be
effective. Don't pay attention to directional calls.
When did any DX know what they wanted ? What matters
most is what YOU want.
To get the DX to work other modes tell him you want
to set up a schedule later which is convenient to
you. You should wait until the pileup has built
up to several hundred and just
before the band is about to go out, then ask him
to meet you on CW, PSK31, RTTY or SSB at a set time
and frequency. Above all, make sure you tell him
that YOU need him on these modes. This will endear
you in the hearts of all on frequency, it shows
that you can work more than one mode and are a
If you have worked the DX previously make sure you
call him and tell him that he is stronger than the
last 6 times you worked him this week. The DX station
will want to know this. Others on frequency will
respect you more, you will be recognized as a Big
When you find a DX pileup, to bring your operating
skills to a higher level and impress all those on
frequency - Zero beat the DX send "QRL? Is
this frequency in use?" This shows character
and that you are truly a caring person.
When finally making the DX contact, give the DX
some background about yourself, TX, RX, ANT, WX,
how many children and grandchildren you have, where
they went to college, what size bedroom slipper
you wear, or any other items of interest to the
DX. This shows that you are not just a 59 kind of
is most effective when the band is just about to
After you have worked the DX you will need the QSL
route. Although this will be listed on the DX packet
cluster, in ARRL & DX News Letters, and on the
Internet, there is no reason for you to go to all
the bother of reading these sources. You can just
keep calling on the DX frequency..."What is
the QSL Information?" If you don't get a reply
with the information after 8 or 10 calls, keep it
up, your persistence will payoff. There are plenty
of other stations on frequency who are
to work the DX who have read these publications
and they willing and ready to help you.
for THE FUN MODE
For a split operation, spend most of your day listening
and transmitting on the DX sending frequency. On
CW, if someone calls on the DX transmitting frequency,
right away using your J-38 at 4 WPM, send VP...UG...NP
...UP. until you get it right. If the station continues
to call on the DX frequency, then
send LSD .. LIB ..LED... LID..until you get it right.
has three benefits.
Others waiting to work the DX will be forever indebted
to you for informing the offending station that
the DX is working split.
The offending station will be grateful.
You will get some needed code practice to get you
over that 5 WPM hump.
For those with CW and voice memory keyers this will
be easy. All you have to do is program in "UP"
and "LID". For the more advanced operators
you can add "SPLIT" "YOU IDIOT, WORKING
SPLIT " ...Using the memory keyers for your
day's activity will save your voice. Should you
happen by chance to have a QSO you will need it.
always … Work'em First….. Confirm Later ….WFCL
Whitey, K1VV … “ UP UP UP ! “