Wish I had said that!
I spent a year on Diego Garcia, operating as WB6EWH/VQ9, and have been on the
other end of DX pileups. Occasionally I would get so frustrated that I would
just walk away from the rig.
One time, because the roar of callsigns coming out of the speaker (I could not
determine a single callsign), I got up, went and got a cup of coffee, came back
to the rig, and the roar was still going. Repeated requests on how to speed up
the contact rate were ignored. There were some hams in the U.S. that I just
would not work because of their rude, aggressive behavior.
What was neat for me was an afternoon get-together of stations in Pago-Pago,
Diego Garcia, Guam, Northwest Cape, and occasionally some other rare dx for a
rag chew net among us.
Please be courteous, listen to the dx station, and follow HIS rules. Unless you
have been on the other end, you have no concept of how difficult it is to work
pileups when no one listens to your requests.
Just my .02
From: melachri <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Mon, April 23, 2012 7:42:19 AM
Subject:  Tips on how to work DX from a DX station
After a week of being semi-rare DX, I offer the following suggestions, with
tongue firmly planted in cheek.
1. When you are responding to my CQ, repeat MY callsign at least 2 or 3 times,
so I know you're responding to me.
2. If I respond to someone else, go ahead and call me again, because I probably
didn't hear you correctly and surely I MEANT to call YOU.
3. Feel free to give me your name, QTH and signal report when you first call me,
instead of waiting to see if I respond to you. After all, it might save YOU a
few seconds; it doesn't matter if you waste my time or QRM other stations.
4. When I give you a quick signal report only, make sure you use your regular
"response" macro that welcomes me to your screen, tells me all your QTH details
(like your county), your equipment information (OS version, how much RAM in your
computer, what microphone and headset you use), and your license history. After
all, I probably want to know all that even if I just want a short QSO.
5. Ignore me if I ask you to work split. That's really so everyone ELSE will get
out of YOUR way.
6. You can also ignore me if I ask you to repeat just your callsign. Just use
your 3x3 macro.
7. When the QSO is over, please use your usual macro that not only thanks me but
hopes to see me again, wishes me good luck and good DX, and sends greetings to
my family, my cats, my neighbors and the mailman. After all, courtesy is
8. Don't forget to tell me YOUR QSL policy, because I will surely want YOUR
9. Once I say 73 to you and move on to another CQ or QRZ?, make sure you send
your own 73, bye bye, and greetings to me. I really want to hear that, not the
next guy calling me.
Seriously, all these things happened to me at least once this week. And it's
frustrating as can be when my objective is to put as many callsigns in my log as
I can. So here's the real list:
1. Don't use your regular ragchewing macros to work a DXpedition. What, you
don't have any others? Either make some, or skip the macros completely.
2. Emphasize using your own call, not the DX station's. He already knows his
call; he needs to hear yours.
3. Don't give him more info than he gives you. If he wants a quickie QSO, oblige
him. If you don't like quickie QSOs, then skip it completely instead of forcing
your protocols on him. Or wait until you find a DX station that WANTS to
4. Once he moves on, don't transmit any more UNLESS he logged you incorrectly.
5. Follow his instructions. Exactly, to the best of your ability. Because he'll
expect you to if you want to get in his log.
W3HF/KH2 (for 6 more days)
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