DX University™

  A Guide for DXers and DXpeditioners

Best Practices for DXpedition Operating

"The pileup accurately mirrors the DXpedition operator who runs the show" - OH2BH. A carefully managed pileup will run with little disruption to the band and lots of fun for the DXers. Here are some suggestions that will help you make the most of the pileups. (Click the link for more information.)

 1. Check transmit and receive frequencies before starting.


2. Use split operation from the beginning.


3. Maintain a rhythm of regular transmissions – no long silences – and maintain a consistent QSO format.


4. Do not use excessive speed on CW. Slow down when signals are weak.


5. Reduce speed further on CW to pass information to the pileup.


6. Sign our call sign at least every minute.


7. Issue calling instructions after every QSO, for example 'UP5 EU' on CW or 'NA UP 5-10' on SSB.


8. Minimize Pileup Width: Suggest Max 5-8 kHz CW and 10-15 kHz SSB.


9. Move receive frequency in a generally regular pattern.


10. Repeat corrected call signs so everyone is confident of being correctly logged.


11. Work and log dupes, it’s quicker.


12. Don't leave the pile-up hanging. Keep the callers informed about QRT/QSY, etc.


13. Maintain a moderate, but “in-charge” attitude.