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the customary code of polite behavior while operating within a particular context (mode, band, net, etc)

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How do you make a HF contact?

I asked google, but I had no luck. It didn't say anything about what you should say in a contact. It only said how you should start a contact. Also, I have heard that you are supposed to give a RST ...
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What's the protocol when making a call on the ISS repeater?

I have mostly only used non-crowded 2 meter repeaters, but recently I tuned my radio to the downlink frequency: 437.8 mhz while the ISS was passing overhead - just to listen. What I heard was people ...
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2m FM: where do I actually QSY to after establishing contact on 145.500?

I am new to amateur VHF, coming from HF and marine. Online advice says after establishing contact on 145.500 then QSY. What is the range of channels/frequencies most folks use? ie that they are ...
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Calling in to a contest

Being new to this, am I allowed to call in when hearing a contest? I tx an Italy contact on HF and they asked for my serial number?
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Any way to get LOTW "credit" for a paper QSL card?

I have some QSOs with hams who will send paper QSL cards but do not use LOTW. I know that if I manage to get a paper card from them I can submit it to ARRL for DXCC credit. But will that QSL show up ...
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FT8 etiquette when no reply after responding to CQ?

When you respond to an FT8 CQ and the other side doesn't respond after a couple of your transmissions, what is proper etiquette? (Assuming you're working split and not transmitting on his receive ...
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How to do physical QSL when not operating from your home QTH?

If you have preprinted QSL cards that have your home address and grid square on them, what's considered the most proper way to do a physical QSL exchange for a contact that was made while you were ...
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What is the etiquette for answering real world, non-contest HF SSB calls?

I'm a new ham (licensed back in the spring) and very new to HF (only a couple of weeks). One thing I've noticed in the phone bands is that things seem to rarely go the way all the articles aimed at ...
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HF SSB etiquette when someone is working quick but not contesting and you're not sure they got you?

When someone is working quickly -- clearly trying to work a lot of stations -- but pretty clearly isn't contesting, what's the etiquette when they 73 you and end the contact but you're not sure they ...
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Why do people say, "get a nickel," on repeaters?

Sometimes, I'll hear someone say "wait a moment, I'm getting a nickel," and then drop the carrier only to resume talking. Why?
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Do FCC obscenity regulations apply to ham radio transmissions?

In particular when ham-sters are using the VHF or UHF bands and talking to each other through repeaters(as well as local radio nets). But also what about DXing? Do FCC obscenity regulations apply ...
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What are the differences of ham radio procedures compared to military or public safety procedures?

After reading the commentary in this question and its answer, it's apparent that ham procedures/norms/protocols/etiquette are substantially different than military and public safety radio procedures. ...
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Why say "break" and "over" on walkie-talkies instead of an automatic chirp?

My understanding of why movie characters say "break" and "over" during radio conversations is based on this answer, which says that people using half-duplex devices often will want to let others on ...
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Getting permission from the master of the vessel

I'm crossing the English channel on a ferry soon and I'd like to do some radio while on it. According to my license (full British Ofcom amateur radio license), to be able to do this, I need ...
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Expected practices for one ham operating under another's privileges?

I understand that in the United States, amateur operators and even non-licensed persons may participate in domestic (and approved international) communications on bands they wouldn't normally be ...
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What happens if a station did not submit a contest log?

What is the result of a contest station not submitting a log for the contest? Are all the contacts nullified for the other stations that contacted him? Is it bad form for a non-participating station ...
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What's the difference between saying “CQ” or “QRZ” in a contest?

I'm listening to (or let's say I'm trying to participate in) a contest (or perhaps Field Day), using SSB. I noticed that a station would, after completing a contact, sometimes say “CQ” and sometimes ...
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Is calling the Palmer Station (Antarctica) via IRLP without prior arrangements acceptable practice?

Until I can get an HF rig, I've been using my HT through a local repeater IRLP node. I've successfully made a few contacts doing that, but I recently noticed that Palmer Station in Antartica has an ...
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Is "just listening" on EchoLink considered bad etiquette?

I was reading about EchoLink and came across this rule under "Access Policies": 2. No "SWL" (listen-only) access is permitted. EchoLink is a two-way system by design, and there is no mechanism ...
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What is the definition of DX?

I always believed that DX meant out of one’s own country, and in the continental US that can be pretty far. However, tooling around on the bands I’ll often hear people calling DX inside the US receive ...
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