Don't send any instructions/criticism to DX stations and portable stations
Keep in mind that you can't be aware of their situation and conditions on site. Every operator often has a variety of tasks to complete.
<QSY 80m?>, <pse EU>, <pse QRS> are unnecessary and mostly egoistic requests.
Never ask DX or portable stations to QRS! You should be able to copy your own call at any speed, and other information is seldom exchanged. Don't make any public criticism of others!
Adjust your speed to match that of the other station.
Don't transmit any faster than you can copy.
It's preferable to be somewhat slower but more fluid.
CW QRP frequencies are generally at the lower end of the band + 60 kHz (e.g. 14.060 MHz).
One SOTA frequency is located at 7.032 MHz.
There are frequencies from operations and networks in other countries and many other sked frequencies.
Many organizations set up frequency recommendations that we generally observe. Even so, these frequencies are not "holy" and nobody has an absolute claim to them. We should be flexible enough and move up or down a few kHz depending on the situation.
Attempt to give accurate signal reports. This is especially important when making QSOs with QRP stations. Avoid RST 599 if you can barely hear the other station.
In major contests there is generally a different practice, and a report of 599 is virtually always given.
Tuning your transmitter
Tune your transmitter into a dummy load.
If you need to tune the antenna on the frequency, use QRP! Reduce the output power and make sure that the QRG being used is actually free! Keep the tune-up procedure as short as possible.
When using an automatic antenna tuner, you try to store the settings that are found for various frequencies.
If you want to make a QSO interesting, try to end a handover with a suitable question.
Avoid calling a long series such as CQ CQ CQ... Instead call CQ in a form suited to the situation. Make sure to listen frequently between CQ calls. Propagation conditions, band usage and the current situation on the band all help determine whether shorter or longer CQ calls make sense.
Anonymous question marks on the frequency - ? -
Recently there have been a lot of "?" heard on the ham bands, but unfortunately without the operator giving his callsign. Such people seem not to have time to listen on the frequency. With a "?" they want to incite some sort of activity without revealing their own identity. Sometimes it even becomes a game going back and forth. Asking for additional information with a "?" can be reasonable, but never in connection with somewhat aggressiveness! - It's always better to say right away who you are!
Personal beacon stations
In this day and age where it is possible to use Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) stations to see how well your own signal is getting out, person beacon station transmissions are no longer sensible or needed!
Why should someone want to create extra QRM on the ham bands in this way? In case some radio amateurs nonetheless would like to experiment with a beacon station, they should absolutely follow the IARU bandplan. In addition, the best choice for them to use is a high-frequency band that offers a sufficiently large frequency segment (not 30m or 40m). Unsupervised transmissions are considered remotely operated radio stations and in Switzerland require permission from BAKOM.
Our tip – make plenty of space for your Morse Code key!
At the last Ham Radio convention in Friedrichshafen people could drop by the SDXF/HST booth and try out their keying skills on various Morse Code keys. To allow operators to check the quality of their sending, there was a computer with a HST Morse Code decoder. The following photos show what we observed.