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Thanks for looking me up,
Tnx for the Qso,
Name is Robert my Qth is Hull, a city in the North East of England.
My interest in radio started in the early 1980s as a Shortwave listener tuning around for the furthest commercial broadcast station possible using a analogue 0-30mhz shortwave receiver and a WRTH handbook.
My favourite shortwave broadcasters are Radio Australia - Radio New Zealand - and the VOA to mention a few.
Working conditions are Kenwood TS850SAT my transmit power is no more than 100 watts and monoband dipoles for 20-17Mtrs and a vertical antenna for 15-12-10Mtrs.
I am using pro audio equipment which includes a Behringer MIC2200 microphone tube pre-amp and Behringer DEQ2496 digital mastering processor and a modified Fame studio C05 microphone .and i enjoy building and retrofitting cheap studio grade microphones.
Rules for Working DX
1. If you come upon a pileup, find the exact 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 will lets others know that you are going to call the DX station,This will gain you respect from others.
2. If you cannot wait to find out the DX callsign, ask, "What is your call sign?" 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.
3. When you find out the DX call, repeat your callsign over and over again on the frequency. Even if he is working split there is a chance he may be listening on his transmit frequency.
4. When the DX station 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. 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. What matters most is what YOU want.
5. 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 well-rounded amateur.
6. 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 Gun DXer.
7. When you find a pileup,bring your operating skills to a higher level and impress all those on frequency - Zero beat the DX and send QRL? Is this frequency in use? This shows character and that you are truly a caring person.
8. 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 guy.This is most effective when the band is just about to fold.And then spot him on the DX cluster where he has already been spotted many many times before.this is especially useful as this egospot will encourage others to re-spot too.
9. After you have worked the DX you will need the QSL card 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 waiting to work the DX who have read these publications and they willing and ready to help you.
Rules for THE FUN MODE
1. For 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.
This has three benefits.
A. Others waiting to work the DX will be forever indebted to you for informing the offending station that the DX is working split.
B. The offending station will be grateful.
C. You will get some needed code practice to get you over that 5 WPM hump.
2. 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.
Work'em First….. Confirm Later ….WFCL
THE 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.
Goodbye and 73