Some advices for working in a pileup!
Those of us who have been in the piles for the recent operations from various
rare places have surely noticed that not all operators behaved very well.
If You are in the pile to work the DX please follow these simple advices:
- First listen on the frequency to find out the callsign and where and how
the dx station listens. Never never never ask on the stations frequency. Do
not tune on or near the DX frequency
- When the DX have finished a contact give Your full callsign once and
quickly. Avoid calling a second time – always give the DX plenty of time to
come back – he will call again if he wants people to come calling.
- If the station has copied part of a call don’t call again if that is not
100% obvious that what he has copied is a part of Your call. Your interest
must be for the DX station to finish that contact ASAP and pick up the next
- If the DX calls for a specific area or number don’t call if You are not in
that group. Use the time to try to find out how the DX listens – if he listens
on the same frequency for several contacts or if he always moves to a new
frequency and if so in what direction – that is much more useful than
complaining on the DX frequency.
- If the DX frequency is jammed try to locate the jammer but never any
comment on the frequency.
- I would like to suggest that comments be made on a frequency on the
opposit side of the DX listening frequency say 5 to 10 kHz away. Dont blame
any specific country even if all the trouble comes in the same language and
remember that the worst jammers don’t use there own call.
If You are in the pile to make it difficult for us, remember
that we will find You