DX Tips

In pursuit of ……DX

Jack’s “Top 30” DX Tips:

  1. If you hear a lone DX station calling CQ – Work it!
  2. Learn how to “Zero Beat” to the DX station’s listening frequency on CW.
  3. If there is a pileup (a lot of stations trying to work the same station) don’t jump right in. LISTEN for five or six contacts so you can figure out how the DX station is handling the pileup.
  4. LISTEN to the DX station and if SPLIT, LISTEN up the band to the callers.
  5. Keep your calls short and don’t continue to call the DX station after he has gone back to someone else….”Duhhh!”
  6. In a “pileup”, don’t call the DX station’s callsign… He knows who he is! And… he knows why you’re calling him too.
  7. If he is working “tail-enders”, try it. If he isn’t… DON’T! (More apt to work when few are calling the DX station).
  8. If you notice that the DX station is only working stations in a particular part of the country other than your own, perhaps conditions aren’t quite right for you yet.
  9. LISTEN, and follow the DX station’s instructions explicitly.
  10. Be courteous to the DX station and to other stations trying to work him.
  11. Be sure you log the DX station accurately and log him in Zulu (GMT) time ONLY!
  12. Check DX publications and ARRL on-the-air bulletins, etc… For announced DX operations, callsigns, frequencies and times.
  13. Join a DX club like the Mile High DX Association and learn from the “pros”. Check their web page at http://www.mhdxa.com for many helpful DX information links.
  14. Practice setting up “SPLIT” operation on your XCVR both on SSB and CW so it becomes second nature.
  15. Know how to use all of your XCVR’s features, especially the PBT and Notch filters.
  16. Good operating skills will overcome a deficient operating station.
  17. Learn to pick the right band at the right time of day or night. The DX will be there!
  18. Become knowledgeable of DX countries prefixes (including the ITU prefixes) and a student of geography – know exactly where the DX is located just by hearing his prefix.
  19. Pick up books and read up on DXing and DX operations, equipment and procedures – I suggest “The ARRL Operating Manual” and “Low Band DXing” by ON4UN.
  20. Make sure your antennas are as efficient as they can be on the bands you intend to work.
  21. Get a GOOD set of headphones and if possible, a combination headset with mike and either a hand or foot PTT switch. If operating VOX, make sure it isn’t “tripping”.
  22. Become a really good CW operator… work DX at HIS speed! Whether it’s 5 or 35 wpm.
  23. Know the Q signals used in DXing: QRZ, QSL, QSY, QRV, QSX, QRX, etc.
  24. Know where the DX is “lurking” on each band. Know the DX allocations on each band.
  25. Know the CW procedural signals: QRL?, AR, K, BK, R, AS, SK,
  26. On SSB know your International Phonetic Alphabet! DO NOT use a “cutesy” callsign as is sometimes heard on FM repeaters and on CB.
  27. Speak clearly, and not too quickly, if the DX station does not speak fluent English – do not use “jargon-speak” like: “My twenty is… and my personal is”…etc.
  28. Jack’s DX Rule: Be WHERE they are WHEN they are! You can’t work them if you’re not listening at the right time AND in the right place for them (see rules 17 & 24).
  29. Understand radio propagation, at least what the SF, the K and the A indexes mean.
  30. Last, but not least, don’t forget to always LISTEN – LISTEN – LISTEN !!!

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One Response to DX Tips

  1. John says:

    Excellent DX tips!

    73 de KC5NGX

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