Let's make DXing enjoyable again. Please.

March 2006. Criticism on the pileup and operating practice behavior of Belgian Dxers came to my attention. This criticism resulted in the publication of the Operating Practice article. I would like to encourage Belgian DXers to read 'Operating Practice' with care. In addition, international feedback tells me this document is not only applicable to Belgian DXers, it would be good if it could be read by a large number of worldwide DXers as well. Therefore the original Dutch version has been translated into English, French, Greek, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Danish, Slovenian, Polish, Czech, German, Portuguese, Slovak, Croatian, Japanese, Romanian, Finnish and Brazilian Portuguese. Additional translations will be added to this webpage as they become available. I sincerely thank the translators for a job well done!

The article was originally written with the prime focus on DXing and pileup behavior. Suggestions by proofreaders have been implemented; the document is not as narrowly focused anymore. It contains hints, tips and tricks for newcomers as well as old-timers. Additionally there are VHF/UHF operational matters, DX Cluster ethics, COPS, Conflict Situations and much more.

Ten years ago I suggested to our National Radio Society (UBA, member of IARU) to have some form of 'Operating Practice' included in the ham courses and to try and implement it in the examinations. Today, a first step has been taken, the article is being published as an annex to the ham radio courses of the UBA. In 2008 'Operating Practice' will be implemented in the examination.

This article is far from being perfect and the author doesn't claim he holds all wisdom. However, should you feel parts of it are meaningful, please feel free to use them for publication in your magazines and/or radio courses. Kindly inform me when you do so and please give credit where credit is due, thanks. In Belgium, the rights for publication (in any form or shape) have been granted exclusively to the UBA, in Italy to ARI.

Are you looking for a printable version? Or did you hear someone on the air who you think should be made aware of the Operating Practice article but you are reluctant to tell him/her about it or to send the link of this page to this person? Then please visit this page.

Here's what readers say about the article, thanks!

73 - Mark - ON4WW.

OPERATING PRACTICE (Dutch/Nederlands)

OPERATING PRACTICE (English)

LA PRATIQUE OPERATOIRE (French/Français)

ΚΑΝΟΝΕΣ ΕΠΙΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΑΣ (Greek/Ελληνικα)

PRÁCTICA OPERATIVA (Spanish/Español)

ОПЕРАТОРСКАЯ ПРАКТИКА (Russian/Русский)

PRATICA OPERATIVA (Italian/Italiano)

OPERATIONS TEKNIK (Danish/Dansk)

OPERATERSKE VEŠČINE (Slovenian/Slovenščina)

SZTUKA OPERATORSKA (Polish/Polski)

RADIOAMATÉRSKÝ PROVOZ (Czech/Česky)

BETRIEBSTECHNIK (German/Deutsch)

OPERAÇÃO EM DX: PRÁTICA E ÉTICA (Portuguese-POR/Português-POR)

RÁDIOAMATÉRSKA PREVÁDZKA (Slovak/Slovensky)

OPERATORSKA VJEŠTINA (Croatian/Hrvatski)

運用の手引き (Japanese/日本語)

PRACTICI DE OPERARE (Romanian/Română)

KÄYTÄNNÖN WORKKIMINEN (Finnish/Suomeksi)

PRÁTICA E ÉTICA OPERACIONAL EM DX (Portuguese-BR/Português-BR)

The following people graciously provided the translations, perhaps you can send a note of appreciation when you read and liked a particular translation!

Benoît ON4BEN (with ON4UN/ON4WF/ON7ZZ - French version) - Christos SV1IYG - Luis EA5KY - Gena EW1EA and Victor EW1OM/KC0BYE - Valeria IK1ADH and Mauro I1JQJ - Bo OZ8ABE - Tomu S56G and Urši S59TI - Tomek SP5XO - Jirka OK7DM and Martin OK1FUA - Uli DJ2YA - João CU3AA - Steve OM3JW - Martin 9A2JK - David and Mac Shimamoto JA3USA - Fery YO4PX - Erkki OH2BF - Bert PT7TT/PY4SD.

Don N1DG patiently helped me in altering my Flemish English into American English :)