I am pleased to report that our second objective has been achieved, to get DXpeditions to ally with us with a common objective of increasing ethical conduct. All of the DXpeditions are pleased to tell the world that they support the DX Code of Conduct. They all link to our website. We post them on our DXpeditions page. http://dx-code.org/DXendorse.html
I am also encouraged by the fact that many do so as they assemble their website. It’s already up when I hear about it. I don’t even have to ask. We are all pleased that those guys, whom we are trying to benefit, all seem to quite pleased at our effort. I have also heard from some returning DXpeditions that they think that we are making a difference. Great news!
We continue to get new visitors to our website. Every time I check in and click on the globe at the bottom of the 2nd page, I find that 3 or 4 others who are also be in the site at the same time. I am not about to fool myself and think that we are QRZ.COM or something like that. But it is clear that we have achieved our goal of having our mission universally recognized in the ham community. I believe that all active HF operators are aware of the Code.
I am sad to report that our “shop” has not been successful. It turns out that almost no one 0seems to want a DX Code T-shirt or coffee mug. I own them and like them. It doesn’t hurt to keep it open but I would have thought that there would be more interest among our community of subscribers – YOU. So check it out. http://shop.cafepress.com/dx-code-of-conduct and imagine how handsome you would look in that T-shirt!
Finally, our next goal is to get your national society to support the Code publicly and put a link at their website. DARC and RSGB have joined us in promoting it but for U.S. hams, I continue to be embarrassed that the ARRL is still just ignoring our existence. Take a minute to write or e-mail to your Section and Division Leaders and the management at Newington.
For our supporters in other countries, urge your leaders to join us in supporting the program. All of us have a duty to be sure that the next generation of operators learn how to operate ethically and responsibly.
There are lots of DXpeditions in the Pacific coming up very soon. They ought to be a lot of fun and they are all well run professional teams that endorse the Code. Let’s hope that the pileups are orderly.