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How are your ethics and operating procedures on the air?

September 30, 2008

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The ARRL is hosting on their website an ‘Americanized’ (as they call it) version of the IARU booklet Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur by John Devoldere, ON4UN and Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW. This is a very useful booklet for both new and experienced amateurs.  We all should re-examine our operating practices and general on air behaviour regularly.  This 67 page booklet has some nice reminders starting with the radio amateur’s code and general conduct, going through operating procedures to advanced operating procedures.

The booklet is in three parts:

  • Introduction: including conduct and on-air conflict.
  • General operating: good tips for CW operation as well as RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV.
  • Advanced operating: mostly about pile-ups (including split operation), DXing procedures as well as ‘frequency cops’.

The authors are highly experienced. John Devoldere, ON4UN needs little introduction to DXers who favour 160m, 80m and 40m, as his book Low Band DXing is in its fourth edition from the ARRL. Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW is an experienced DXpeditioner and the author of the on-line article Operating Practice.  These are top class DXers who have produced some excellent resources and there is benefit to us all in reading their new publication.

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