"By the numbers" is the worst way to manage a pileup.

By geographical area WITH PROPAGATION is much better.

VP6DX was by far one of the best examples I've seen of doing this.
They called for EU, worked only EU. Called for NA, worked only NA.

You can break it up into areas - EMEA (mostly EU), NA E, NA W, SA,
JA/AS, VK/ZL etc.

But doing "by the numbers" is just silly, and the folks I've heard
doing this were usually floundering around trying to control the
pileup.

By working with propagation:

You work the most contacts
You have less QRM
You are FAIR to everyone
You don't waste people's time
You make the best use of available propagation
Your operation appears polished and well organized

Better overall for everyone, IMO.

73
Ryan, N2RJ

On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 8:00 AM, BILL KIRK <wk9...@verizon.net> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I would like to suggest that another "Best Practice" would be to continue to
> use the call districts
>
> when asking for US stations so as to minimize some of the chaos.
>
> Bill, NJ1X
> ________________________________
> From: ragnar otterstad <la...@yahoo.no>
> To: DX-EU <dx...@yahoogroups.com>; [DX-NEWS] <dx-n...@jerseycape.net>;
> "dx-n...@njdxa.org" <dx-n...@njdxa.org>; "d...@dxhf.darc.de"
> <d...@dxhf.darc.de>
> Cc: dx-chat <dx-chat@njdxa.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:04 AM
> Subject: [DX-NEWS] Best Practices for DXpedition Operating
>
>
> Hello,
> We believe that much of the chaos on the bands during DXpeditions is caused
> by the operating tactics of the DXpedition operator – this leads to poor
> operating by DX-Chasers, and therefore to chaos. At a meeting of RSGB, CDXC
> and GM-DX on October 13th we agreed to strengthen the ‘DX Code of Conduct’
> and to prioritise the DXpedition side. This has now been completed, thanks
> to Wayne N7NG and ‘DX University’, and has been renamed ‘Best Practices for
> DXpedition Operating’. Please see:
>
> http://www.dxuniversity.com/showpage.php?id=20&title=Best_Practices_for_DXpedition_Operating
>
> or go to www.dxuniversity.com click on DXpeditioning Tools, then Basic
> Practices. Each of the 13 points is hyper-linked to some explanatory text.
>
> We would hope that DX organisations will adopt it as a  condition of
> funding. This would hopefully spread to become the normal requirement for
> all DXpedition funding: DXpeditions would not only ‘support’ it, but would
> also implement it on-air. In this way we expect that chaos on DX bands can
> be reduced somewhat whenever a DXpedition is under way.
>
> I look forward to seeing your comments,
> 73 de Roger/G3SXW.
>
>
>
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