DX-Code of Conduct

“DX-Code of Conduct”, the vademecum for active operators

The “Vademecum of Conduct” is an official recommendation for correct behavior when operating on the amateur radio bands. These guidelines help to optimize your own DX etiquette. The USKA and many other organizations fully support the Vademecum of Conduct.

Bad behavior on the operating bands harms the perception of all radio amateurs and the image of Amateur Radio in general. All radio amateurs have an obligation to perform their duties at the highest possible level.

DX Code of Conduct

  1. I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
  2. I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
  3. I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station’s call sign before calling.
  4. 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.
  5. I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
  6. I will always send my full call sign.
  7. I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
  8. I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
  9. I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
  10. I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
  11. When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
  12. I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
  13. I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.

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