DX Code Of Conduct

Information for DXpedition OP’s


This DXpeditioners code should help you to have the most fun for all participants. As a DX Operator, you play a crucial role in the dome: you “answer”. It’s not fun with a naughty group of unscrupulous operators who forget about ethical behavior, so it makes sense to plan and train in advance how best to deal with the situation.

Good operators at the end of DX and polite behavior at the other end of QSO can significantly increase the total number of registered QSOs. It has been demonstrated that drives can keep a reasonable amount of control if the DX operator adheres to certain “rules”. Fortunately, some leading operators have provided us with the benefit of their experience. Read these suggestions.

It is important to ask those who want Match to work ethically according to the DX Code of Conduct.

If your DXpedition has a website or just a page on QRZ.com, please consider reporting it on your site.

First consider placing our logo with a link to this site. You can be as creative as you like. You may want to consider placing code on your website, just copy and paste it. Whatever suits you. For more help, click here. For example, what it might look like, click here.

We also hope that you will tell us that this is how you contacted us, and we can publish your DXpedition and site on this site. More importantly, we hope that this initiative will play a positive role in making you enjoy your trip.


If you wish to have your DXpedition added to our list, please send us an e-mail.

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If you would like to incorporate the Code into your DXpedition’s website, we have some help for you. Click here for assistance.

Edison said: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent sweat. In DXpeditioning, success is 90 percent of training.

Before you travel, read “DXpeditioning Basics” by N7NG. This is a freely available edition to be read by every DXpeditioner. Another good resource is “DX-publications behind the scenes” by Neville Chedle, G3NUG & Steve Telenius-Lowe, G4JVG. You can order directly from the author by clicking on the title.

Explore the distribution before your trip. There are three important cities in the world: Europe, North America and Asia . Wherever you are in the world, two of them are likely to be simple. The third is the hardest place to work from your destination, so it becomes your “target region”. Make sure that you are working in the target zone anytime any range is open for that zone.

Train in QSO technique. Choose weaker stations. Provide training for your less experienced operators in the finest points of both SSB and CW.
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The DX community appreciates a well organized website, some of which are works of art. If your activity is small and you do not plan to have a “full-featured” site, at least create a QRZ.com page that will include your location, work dates and QSL information. Even if you have a fully functional website, the QRZ.com page with a link to your main website will make it easier for you to search.

Always check the pure TX frequency and find the pure RX band before starting work in the band. As a DXpeditioner, you have powerful tools to control the frequencies you use. If you have already announced your frequencies, try to stick to them. However, conditions may need to be changed. You may have to choose where your RX group is located, rather than the busiest part of the band.

In order to retain control of the pileup, you must work in such a way that control is possible. It’s easy to lose control of a pileup, and if you do, it could be your fault. Maintain good QSO mechanics. Use the same general scheme for each QSO. Choose a callsign from pileup and stay with it until you get satisfactory QSO results. If you are unable to complete a QSO, ask for a QSO again. NEVER select another callsign without requesting a QSO – QRZ, CQ, etc. See the special discussion “private parties” here.

Issue clear instructions for pileup and stick to them – always. For example, if you only caught a part of someone’s call and gave them a part, do not work with anyone until you are done with this station. If you call “NO EU”, do NOT work with European subscribers. Ignore rude subscribers. Breaking your own rules just creates chaos. Stay in charge, but never shout or lecture to the crowd.

You have to give callsign often enough so no one asks. If you don’t call often enough, some callers will simply register a callsign that was last seen on DXcluster (right or wrong), and some will ask you to call. This is a waste of time, interrupting your flow and charging the energy of the constantly present frequency cops. It doesn’t happen that often once per QSO.

If you have a really long callsign such as SV9/ON4Z35ZZ/d, it is a lot after each QSO, so just be vigilant.

From time to time you should listen to your own frequency to check QRM and comments. This is easier if you have the DUAL WATCH feature. If “police” says “up! Up!”, that’s because you don’t say it often enough. QRM on your transmission frequency makes it difficult for the station you’re calling to know that it was called. That means you have to do it again, it’s a waste of time. It also destroys the rhythm that is so important.

Believe it or not, we have heard – and so have you – that some DXpeditions take five minutes without identifying themselves. It leads to chaos, and they should know better. This is not a way to develop a reputation as a great cameraman.

Assuming that you’ve been to some relatively rare entity, you can start by assuming that you’ll be dealing with pileup. Don’t wait until you’ve got a lot of callers. Start by separating immediately. Once you’re spotted on a DX cluster, the whole world will come crashing down on you, and you might be ready.

As responsible operators, be attentive to other users. This is their group, too. The less QTH DXPedition is, the more likely a pileup is, and it can lead to a pileup that will spread beyond reason. Spreads of 6 to 9 kHz for CW and 11 to 16 kHz for SSB are considered reasonable by many DXPedition operators. It is your responsibility to announce the distribution on pileup. If you say “Up” or “Up 3” for CW or “Listening from 16400 to 15710” for SSB, you will receive a message.

Then make sure that you only adjust up and down in the declared range. You should listen to this from time to time to find out where the actual cluster is. If it is outside of where you want to see it, take steps to get it under YOUR control. Do not reward those outside the range with contact, because this will only encourage a lot of people to spread out even more.