Just for something different, I’ve been using my second callsign lately. I have been doing mostly digital modes, especially JT-65, between 10 and 30 watts depending on conditions.
Despite the solar conditions (K-index between 4 and 6 for the last few days) there has been some DX on all bands from 80m to 10m.
It’s the end of June and that means ARRL Field Day 2015. Squidette (VA3CEW) and I deployed to the Outlet Beach (FN13jv, right beside Sandbanks Provincial Park) to operate a Field Day station as VE3EEE.
We went out with the standard VE3EEE portable pack:
Cold and miserable with drizzle for basically the entire time. That was not fun at all. Nevertheless, we did have shelter, so it wasn’t the end of the world.
There were geomagnetic storms earlier in the week, but they had pretty much abated. K-index bounced between 1 and 3. 15m down to 80m seemed to be open. I listened on 10 and didn’t hear anything, so I didn’t bother with 6m.
We made 72 contacts between 40m, 20m, and 15m, almost all digital although we threw in a few CW and Phone contacts just for good measure.
We also took the time to drive across the county to visit the Quinte ARC Field Day site in Ameliasburg. It was rainy and miserable there too, but they had a great setup with 4 radios going!
I see a lot of people on QRZ and elsewhere who subscribe to the DX Code of Conduct. It’s not a bad document by any measure, but it doesn’t work for me. Instead, I prefer to subscribe to a much simple code of conduct. This code is lifted directly from the pre-internet days of computer networking and is so applicable to amateur radio that I am duty-bound to share it with you all. Here it is, in all its glory:
Those two simple rules encompass everything in the DX Code of Conduct. The first line of the code encompasses the first 10 points of the DX Code of Conduct. The second line of the code covers the last three points of the DXCoC.
And better still, this code covers things that the DXCoC does not… Are you the kind of amateur who has to tattle to the national organization/federal regulator when someone makes a little mistake? Maybe you’re being excessively annoyed. Do you tune up on top of other people, “just for a sec”? Maybe you’re excessively annoying.
There it is… a simple code of conduct that everyone can follow – and not just in your amateur radio activities!