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Prompted by a legitimate complaint on the CDXC email reflector, Gary ZL2IFB penned the following Code of Conduct for using DXCluster in ways that won’t make other cluster users spit feathers.

DX Code Of Conduct

  • Spot DX stations that are ‘lonely’ but don’t spot those that are already very busy or struggling to control their pileups - give them a break!  Real DXers will probably be in the pileup, if not in the log already.  Repeatedly spotting huge pileups is showing off and merely encourages yet more QRM from those who are too lazy or incompetent to find DX for themselves.
  • Avoid spotting stations that have just been spotted by someone else, unless you have useful additional information to pass on.  Don’t bother spotting a station that has just been spotted by a million others, no matter how excited you are to work them (we don’t care).
  • It is impolite to self-spot (spot your own callsign) unless you are desperately trying to drum up activity on an open but quiet band - and even then it is preferable to spot a real DX station with a comment to the effect that the band is open.  Never self-spot in a contest: that is definitely cheating.  Posting the spot under a friend’s callsign or a fake call doesn’t make it any more ethical.
  • Please don’t spot the exact QSX frequency for DX stations operating split - it just makes the pileup on that frequency even more difficult for them to handle.  It’s also unnecessary: "UP" or "DOWN" is reminder enough because real DXers will of course LISTEN FIRST!!!!
  • Get the DX call and frequency right, double-check the info before spotting, and treble-check after spotting.  Correct your own mistakes promptly and apologetically, and learn the lesson.
  • Respect the DX station’s wishes: if they indicate that they do not want to be spotted, don’t spot them.
  • Use your own call (remembering that your IP address is logged automatically) and always be polite.  Never insult anyone via DXcluster: it is only a hobby ... and we know your IP address.
  • Don’t post pseudo-spots begging for QSOs.  DXcluster is not email.  Assume the DX is either not monitoring the cluster, or is too busy to respond.  Spotting a current DXpedition on a new band or mode with a note asking them to QSY for you is very annoying to anyone watching the cluster and waiting for them to appear.  In other words, only spot stuff you actually hear, not wish for.
  • Don’t post lame non-spots saying you can't hear someone.  Nobody but you really cares.  [Telling us that you can’t hear the DX on your 18 element topband Yagi at 200m is fine though because we will all be laughing at you for playing chequebook radio.]
  • Don’t post brag spots (“Worked with 3mW!”, “Yipeee!!”, “Easy on my 24 ele quad” and “Thanks for DXCC#678”).  DXing is not a pissing contest.
  • Don’t create and spot fake callsigns just to test your software: spot the station TE1ST as the DXcluster network doesn’t circulate spots with that call.  [Definitely avoid spotting fake calls starting with exotic prefixes (such as P5) as that is guaranteed to wind-up those who have DXcluster alarms set for their last few DXCC countries.]
  • Don’t try to make, complete or arrange DX QSOs via DXcluster.  It’s unsporting, cheating even, and annoys everyone else.
  • Do post helpful comments e.g. IOTA reference, QSL info, LP/SP etc.
  • Configure your DXcluster filters appropriately.  If you get annoyed at VHF spots, facile ANN/ALL announcements or beacon spots, just cut out the QRM using the DXcluster filtering facilities [Hint: while you may enjoy the challenge of mastering the DXcluster’s somewhat obscure and limited filtering commands, software such as VE7CC’s CC User and logging programs such as Logger32 make spot filtering much easier and more flexible.]

DX Code Of Conduct