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use your equipment so you don’t transmit on the DX
frequency inadvertently. This only slows things down for
everyone and wastes precious opening time on 160 meters.
Rule #5: If you have limited resources on 160,
focus on your receive-antenna capability. You will
work far more 160 DX with good ears than with a big
mouth. Being an “alligator” that cannot hear anything
is not productive on Top Band.
Rule #6: Send your full call. Partial calls only slow
things down on Top Band. (From Rolf, SM5MX,
XV7SW)
Rule #7: Use proper and consistent spacing when
sending your call on CW. There are some very well
known DXers who don’t understand this. They will
break the cadence of their calls with pregnant pauses—

this can confuse the DX station trying to decipher your
call through 160-meter QSB and QRN.
Rule #8: Send the DX station’s call if you are in
doubt whom you are working. You will not be happy if
you log a DX station while you actually worked another
station! This is especially important if more than one DX
station is listening QSX in the same general area of the
band. (From 4S7RPG)
Rule #9: Listen to the DX station’s reports and
match his sending speed. If he is giving 459 at 18 WPM,
don’t reply at 35 WPM! If the DX station is missing part
of your call, or if he has incorrectly copied part of your
call, repeat only that part of the call several times, at a
constant pace. (From 4S7RPG)
Rule #10: Listen, ... listen, ... listen!

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