Lsst week I was listening to VK9CZ, (after working them in the pileup!), and was staggered at the deteriorating standard of behaviour.
They were working split with a reasonable spread in the split, but many were calling on their freq.
The usual band police were there, but one of these idiots calling on their TX freq was persistent. IZ6CLZ called and called. The band cops shouted "up, up", then failing to make an impression, they shouted Su, Su (or something similar). After perhaps 5 mins of preventing anyone from hearing the DX, he went away, and made an entry on the cluster, about how they should follow the DX code of conduct, and a 2nd entry "example for real poor DX operation".
What can be done about this? The DX code of conduct is now widely publicised, and it has confirmed in the minds of the sensible, that we should listen, and be responsible. But it doesn't seem to be getting through to the likes of IZ6CLZ, and about 10 others I noted in the 10 mins I listened. Could this be incorporated into each countries licensing exam syllabus?
In the Tuvalu presentation at GMDX Convention, Tom GM4FDM mentioned how he'd been called a poor operator on 20m, by someone who failed to appreciate what its like at the DX end. There must be more we can do to modify this behaviour of those that call the DX not having listened to get any idea of what's happening, who call on top, who tune on DX freq etc?
Sitting on "fixed" frequencies the DXpeditions don't have a chance to avoid this.
For me it's very easy in a pile-up "with problems" -- I QSY ! ... up or down
The more skilled ones will find me in a few seconds ... and on we go !!
If that QSY doesn't work -- change the mode ...
The poor DXpeditioners are locked on their QRGs ? -- why don't they just QSY a bit ??
cheers from SHETLAND
MM0XAU, MA0XAU, MZ8A