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  1. What is the Internet DX CHAT Mailing List
  2. How do I subscribe to or unsubscribe from the list?
  3. What are the general guidelines?
  4. What happens if I break the rules?
  5. What postings are allowed?
  6. How do I send a message to the list?
  7. What about duplicate messages?
  8. Why are my postings rejected?
  9. May I send postings from other sources?
  10. What about contesting?
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1. What is the Internet DX CHAT Mailing List

It is an electronic mailing list dedicated to the discussion of Amateur Radio DXing. This is the place to exchange tips and techniques, discuss hardware (rigs, antennas, DSP add-ons), awards, DX related software, announce upcoming DXpeditions, etc. Anything and everything pertaining to DX is fair game, with the following exceptions:


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2. How do I subscribe to or unsubscribe from the list?

A robot maintains the mailing list subscriptions. There are two ways to subscribe or unsubscribe from the list. The easiest way is to use the form at the top of this page.

If you're a purists, you may also send a message to:

listserv@njdxa.org

in the body insert:

subscribe dx-chat your-first-name your-last-name

or

unsubscribe dx-chat

One of the problems using this approach is the e-mail address is taken from the message header. If you try and unsubscribe from an address other than your header address the request will bounce.

If you get stuck you can send a message to listserv@njdxa.org with only the word HELP in the body. This will tell the robot to send you help about the commands it understands.

Mail from the list might not cease immediately after you unsubscribe. Due to the way mail is handled, you will receive any messages in the delivery queue (but not yet delivered to you specifically) at the time you unsubscribe. This should only ammount to two or three messages.


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3. What are the general guidelines?

Here are a few things to keep in mind when sending a message to the list. Adherence to these guidelines is mandatory! If you fail to follow them you will immediately, and permanently, be removed from the list. Make sure your subject line is appropriate. If a conversation wanders off the original topic, change the subject line to reflect the new line of discussion. Proofread your message before sending it! Spelling mistakes and poor formatting do nothing to help you get your message across. If replying to an existing message, repeat only as much as necessary. We all read it once. Don't include 100 lines of the message you're replying to and then say "I agree." Watch your language! Don't say anything that you wouldn't (or shouldn't) say over the air. Profanity will not be tolerated. If someone asks a question, send your answer to them directly. The person asking the question should collect the responses, then send a summary to the list. This helps cut down on unnecessary list traffic. Absolutely no flaming. If someone sends a flame to the list and you can't bite your tongue, send your flaming reply directly back to the flaming individual, not back to the list. No one wants to read flames. Make sure there is something of value in each message you send to the list.


- Last Update: April 11, 2004 which is 3850 days ago. - Top

4. What happens if I break the rules?

The first rule is, NO PROFANITY. This is a family oriented list. The first breach of this rule and you will be permanently removed from the list. If you post something that is non-dx related you will receive a private gentle reminder. If you repeat, you will receive a not so gentle reminder. Third time and your history. Our software allows blocked e-mail address. We can add prohibited addresses faster that you can change them! The people subscribing to this list have done so because we limit postings to DX and an occasional admistrivia post. We take this seriously.


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5. What postings are allowed?

Park your flames (inflammatory remarks) and egos at home. This list is for constructive commentary. DON'T send problems, unsubscribe, or bitches to the list. If you don't like the way someone sends a message using the feedback from below. DON'T post non-dx opinions to the list. We don't want to hear about it unless you have a positive and constructive solution or alternative. (Perpetual whiners will be banished to 160 KHz with a 10 mW transmitter, and will not be admitted back to the list until they achieve DXCC honor roll on that band.)


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6. How do I send a message to the list?

It's easy! Just send an e-mail message to: dx-chat@njdxa.org Your message will be automatically resent to all the mailing list subscribers. Depending on the load on our mail system this could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. If you don't see your message within a day or so, send a message to wa3vaw@njdxa.org (NOT the general submission address) and Ron will look into the problem.


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7. What about duplicate messages?

Before you panic, check the mail headers. Many complaints about duplicates are really messages sent to more than one list. If you are subscribed to both lists (for example, the DX-NEWS list and the DX-CHAT list) you will receive two copies of the message - one from each mailing list. This is not a bug. Unfortunately, duplicate messages can also be caused by mailers at the receiving end of the mailing list. Precautions are taken to prevent error messages and the like from escaping back to the mailing list, but you would not believe the amount of totally broken mail software out there on the Internet these days. If you receive one or two duplicate messages, ignore them. If you always receive duplicate messages you may be subscribed to the list from two different address. If you can extract the Received: headers from the message, you can forward copies of the message with the Received: headers intact to wn3vaw@njdxa.org If you cannot include the Received: headers DON'T forward the messages. I can't debug the problem without them. AGAIN, DO NOT send mail about the problem to the entire mailing list! The list subscribers cannot do anything to fix the problem, and have probably figured out for themselves that something is wrong.


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8. Why are my postings rejected?

The most common reason for rejection is e-mail aliases or forwarding. Only subscribers can post to the list. (You don't even want to think about non-subscriber postings.) You may have an e-mail alias such as W2DX@qsl.net which automatically forwards your mail to W2DX@bellatlantic.net. If you subscribe as W2DX@qsl.net, you cannot post as W2DX@bellatlantic.net. Most mail program, including Netscape, will let you mail with any return address. Go to your configuration options. If you send mail from Bill@whitehouse.gov, don't tell the FBI where you picked up this tidbit.


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9. May I send postings from other sources?

No compilation copyright is asserted over this mailing list. The individual submissions to the mailing list may be (and probably are) covered by national copyright law, and international copyright conventions. When in doubt, consult a lawyer. If you do reproduce information obtained from the list in a published newsletter please give credit to the message author and the mailing list.


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10. What about contesting?

Discussion about contests and contesting should be kept to minimum. The CQ-Contest list already provides an excellent forum for contest related discussions. To subscribe to CQ-Contest, send an e-mail request to cq-contest-request@tgv.com


- Last Update: April 11, 2004 which is 3850 days ago. - Top

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