DX-LIST Frequently Asked Questions

WHY WAS DX-LIST CREATED ?

DX-LIST was created to temporarily fill a void when one of the popular ham radio email lists on the internet went out of business. The decision to make DX-LIST permanent was made when it was realized that people enjoyed participating in a forum where the subscribers determine the content of the discussions as opposed to a 'moderator' deciding what people should or should not talk about on the list.

HOW CAN I READ MESSAGES ON DX-LIST ?

By subscribing to DX-LIST, you can have messages delivered to you via your regular email. If you don't wish to subscribe, or if you wish to subscribe and you'd rather read mail with your web browser, you can read messages via the web interface at:

http://www.eGroups.com/list/dx-list

Other options are available to you via the web interface, such as receiving a 'digest' format email message daily.

Please remember that if you want to post messages to the list, you must be a subscriber.

HOW CAN I SEND MESSAGES TO THE LIST ?

Once you are subscribed, you may send messages to DX-LIST by using your email program and simply addressing them to:

dx-list@egroups.com

Subscribers may also use the web interface to post messages to the list.

Messages sent to the list are usually distributed to all subscribers in a few minutes.

WHAT ARE THE LIST COMMANDS ?

There are no list 'commands'. The list is not Majordomo format. Anything sent to the list address (dx-list@egroups.com) will be resent as an email message to everyone on the list.

I SENT A MESSAGE BUT IT DIDN'T SHOW UP ON THE LIST. WHY NOT ?

The list server recognizes you by your email address. You must post messages with the EXACT same email address you used when you subscribed to the list. If you post with a different address than the one you are subscribed with, or if you post and you are not subscribed, your messages will not be redistributed to everyone on the list, and will not appear in the archives on the web site. You may receive a message from the server stating "You message has been sent to the moderator for approval.....". This is a definite indication that you are posting with the wrong email address or that you are not subscribed to the list.

WHAT TYPE OF MESSAGES SHOULD I SEND TO THE LIST ?

People who are subscribed to this list are primarily interested in DX'ing and DX related subjects. Almost anything DX/ham radio related is acceptable to the users on this list. Some examples are: information relating to current/future DXpeditions, QSL information for DX stations, propagation information, discussions pertaining to DX packet clusters, antennas, radios, amplifiers, and other equipment used by amateur radio operators. So almost anything that is amateur radio related is OK for the list.

WHAT TYPE OF MESSAGES SHOULD NOT BE SENT TO THE LIST ?

Commercial advertising is the only 'forbidden' type of message which will not be tolerated on this list. If you'd like to advertise a product or service, please do it elsewhere and please do not do it on this list. Feel free to add your web page URL in your message signature, but please don't discuss commercial products in your messages. If you are an amateur radio operator and would like to sell an old radio, or have other ham radio items for sale, that's fine as long as you are not in business selling radio equipment.

Although we all use computers to send email, and some of us use computers in relation to our ham radio activities, this list is not a discussion forum for computer software, operating systems, or computer related problems. Microsoft Windows, Linux, computer virus hoaxes, etc. should be discussed elsewhere.

Be considerate of the other people who are subscribed to the list, usually a thousand or more, and remember that each message you send winds up in a many inboxes all over the world. If in doubt about your message content, go ahead and send it - if it's considered 'off topic' by the list users, you will quickly find that out.

DX-LIST is NOT moderated. No list manager will ever slap you on the knuckles for posting something that he doesn't want to see (with the exception of previously mentioned commercial messages). So please feel free to post, and discuss whatever you and the other subscribers feel is appropriate for discussion. Be your own judge as to the difference between a discussion and an argument.

Most users of this list seem to tolerate 'heated' discussions fairly well, as long as they are DX/ham radio related. The success of the list is based on participation, and for participation, the list need subscribers. Heated discussions don't usually make subscribers go away - boring, off topic messages usually do make people unsubscribe.

Although the list is not moderated, the management reserves the right to:

1. Remove anyone from the list who is participating for the sole purpose of disrupting normal operation of the list.

2. Stop mail delivery if out of control discussions turn into violent arguments.

Fortunately the management has never had to exercise either of those two options.

CAN I VIEW A LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS ?

No. EGroups, the service which hosts the list, and the list manager (me) do everything possible to protect subscribers email addresses from junk mailers, so the list of subscribers is not available. EGroups does not sell, give away, or distribute email addresses. Your email address is much safer on this list than it is on one of the Majordomo format lists.

HOW CAN I CHANGE MY EMAIL ADDRESS ?

If you are going to change your email address, simply UNSUBSCRIBE the old one, and SUBSCRIBE the new one. In the event you changed email addresses and didn't remove the old one, or your ISP changed email server names, simply send me an email with the old address and the new address and I will manually change it for you.

I DON'T SEEM TO BE RECEIVING EMAIL FROM THE LIST ANYMORE. WHY NOT ?

Email messages become undeliverable for various reasons. ISP's have temporary interruptions in service, email server names change, domain names change, etc. The server for DX-LIST will attempt to deliver mail to any particular email address for a period of time, and after a number of failed attempts it will 'quit' and place that particular email address on an 'inactive' list. The inactive list for DX-LIST is checked regularly, and any email address found there is noted and reactivated. If you suspect mail delivery problems with your ISP and are not receiving messages from the list, please email me and I will check the inactive list for your address.

Any address that appears for the second time on the inactive list is unsubscribed. This is to prevent the list from becoming saturated with abandoned or unused email addresses, which cause unnecessary work for the server.

If you have subscribed with one of the 'free' internet email addresses (JUNO.COM, USA.NET, etc.) and you decide to no longer use that email address, please unsubscribe it before you abandon it.

I NEED MORE HELP. WHAT SHOULD I DO ?

Send me an email and I will attempt to help you as best I can. Please don't send requests for help to the list.

73, Jim KH2D

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