Operating standards have been declining. That is no news to any DXer. Even the IARU took notice and published a resolution encouraging operators to “operate to the highest levels of proficiency, with proper consideration for others using the amateur radio bands.” Read the Full Resolution here.
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.
Source: DX Code of Conduct – http://www.dx-code.org/home.html
If you’re an radio operator be it Amateur, Mariner or other, supporting the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation is a very worthy cause. It’s only $24.00. Chances are you spent more than that on your QSL cards and ARSFi’s main product Winlink is much more useful.
Follow the Winlink link now and register now. You’ll be glad you did because you can send emails via RF. That’s right send and recieve emails using your radio with a little program called RMS Express and your computers soundcard. It’s worth noting the software works without registering but why not just support the project?
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet digipeater system is again operating on VHF — 145.825 MHz. Follow this link to ARRL for the full story.
W5YI – VEC Test Session Scheduled Every 3rd Thursday monthly at the EOC at 7pm Central. 75 S. Davis Ln. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
We now have the ability to submit License applications electronically to expedite the process. New and Upgrades could be issued as quick as Friday by 4pm.
Contact: John Blaisdell by email – email@example.com
This is the new DSTAR Repeater Stack for Walton County ARES located at the EOC Operated by Walton County EARS – N4EMA. We hope to have the new N4EMA DStar Repeaters on the air this weekend. There is still lots to do to complete this project. In the end we’ll have a great system to assist our served agencies with EMComm when needed.
Special thanks to Jeff Goldburg at the Walton County Emergency Management for securing the grant to fund this system.
Special thanks to Sharon Joyce – KJ4TPQ for all the admin work on the gateway, Rebuilding the computer system and rescuing the registrants orphaned by the lightning strike that took out the previous WF4X stack in Freeport.
73 John W4CJB
Just a reminder. Our next ARES meeting is tomorrow night at 7pm at the Walton County EOC. 75 S Davis Ln. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
Please bring your laptop. We’ll be setting up 4 mock deployments using the “Go Boxes”. The plan is to setup and run Drats on the ICOM ID-880H and TX into a dummy load.
All Hams interested in Emergency Service are encouraged and welcome to join us. If you’re not already licensed but interested in becoming licensed you’re welcome to stop by and check out what we’re up to.
73, John W4CJB
The local W5YI-VEC Team has a test session scheduled for 7pm Thursday March 16th at the EOC. That’s 75 S Davis Ln, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.
Please bring a photo ID and a signed copy of your existing license if you’re upgrading. Testing fee is $14.00
We’ll see you there and good luck.