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=== Configuring SpotCollector to Send Email or SMS messages Announcing the Creation of New Spot Database Entries === === Configuring SpotCollector to Send Email or SMS messages Announcing the Creation of New Spot Database Entries for Needed DX Stations ===
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 1. Verify that !SpotCollector's sound files have been installed, and that !SpotCollector can direct the Windows default playback device to produce audible sounds 1. Configure the '''Outgoing Mail Server''' panel with the parameters necessary to send an outgoing email message via your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This information is typically provided on your ISP's web site. Here are the settings for popular ISPs:
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  a. in the '''Audio Alarm''' panel, check the '''Enable''' box  * Gmail
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  a. if the '''Audio Alarm''' panel's '''Sound pathname''' box does not specify the file ''DX!.wave'' in !SpotCollector's ''Sounds'' folder, click the '''Select''' button to the right of the '''Sound pathname''' box to display a standard Windows file selection window; use this window to select the file ''DX!.wave'' in !SpotCollector's ''Sounds'' folder. {{{ }}}||Outgoing Mail Server Address||smtp.gmail.com||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address Server requires authentication||enable||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address User name||your Gmail username||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address Password||your Gmail password||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address Port number||465||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address SSL encryption required||enable||
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   * If !SpotCollector's ''Sounds'' folder does not exist, or does not contain the file ''DX!.wave'', you can obtain a complete set of announcement files by downloading and running [[http://www.dxlabsuite.com/spotcollector/Announcements.exe]]  * Comcast
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  a. click the '''Test''' button to the right of the '''Sound pathname''' box; you should hear the word ''DX'' announced; if you don't hear this announcement, then ||Outgoing Mail Server Address||smtp.comcast.net||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address Server requires authentication||enable||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address User name||your Comcast username||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address Password||your Comcast password||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address Port number||465||
||Outgoing Mail Server Address SSL encryption required||enable||
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   * verify that Windows is configured to use the correct soundcard as its default playback device  1. in the '''From email address''' box, type the email address that should appear in the '''From''' field of messages sent by !SpotCollector
 
 1. in the '''To email address''' box, type the email address to which SpotCollector's messages should be sent.
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   * verify that the default playback device is not muted or set to a low volume level; if you are using Vista or Windows 7, open the '''Windows Volume Mixer''' and make sure the '''Spotcollector''' slider is at maximum (this slider will not appear until !SpotCollector attempts to generate a sound).    * Verizon Wireless customers can send SMS messages to their cellphones by using an email address of the form ''phonenumber@vtext.com''
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   * verify that speakers or headphones are properly connected to the default playback device, and that any external amplifier involved is powered and set to an appropriate volume level  1. in the '''Audio Alarm''' panel, check the '''Enable''' box
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 1. If you want callsigns to be announced phonetically, verify that !SpotCollector's phonetic announcement files have been installed by typing a callsign into the '''Callsign Announcement''' panel's '''Test callsign''' box, and then click the '''Test''' button to the right of this box  1. click the '''Test''' button, and confirm that the tes email message is received
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   * if the callsign is not announced phonetically, you can obtain a complete set of phonetics files by downloading and running [[http://www.dxlabsuite.com/spotcollector/Phonetics.exe]]

 1. Allow the mouse cursor to hover over each of the boxes associated with the settings on the left side of the '''Audio Alarm''' panel below the '''Enable''' setting until a small window explaining the setting's function appears; based on this explanation, decide whether to enable or disable the setting

 1. In the '''Alarm''' trigger panel, select the '''Filtered''' option; as you become more familiar with !SpotCollector's audio announcements, you may wish to modify this setting later.
 1. In the '''Email Alarm trigger''' panel, select the '''Needed''' option and check the '''Needed includes Unconfirmed as well as Unworked''' box; as you become more familiar with !SpotCollector's capabilities, you may wish to modify these settings later.

Configuring SpotCollector to Send Email or SMS messages Announcing the Creation of New Spot Database Entries for Needed DX Stations

On the Configuration window's eMail tab,

1. Configure the Outgoing Mail Server panel with the parameters necessary to send an outgoing email message via your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This information is typically provided on your ISP's web site. Here are the settings for popular ISPs:

  • Gmail

   ||Outgoing Mail Server Address||smtp.gmail.com||

Outgoing Mail Server Address Server requires authentication

enable

Outgoing Mail Server Address User name

your Gmail username

Outgoing Mail Server Address Password

your Gmail password

Outgoing Mail Server Address Port number

465

Outgoing Mail Server Address SSL encryption required

enable

  • Comcast

Outgoing Mail Server Address

smtp.comcast.net

Outgoing Mail Server Address Server requires authentication

enable

Outgoing Mail Server Address User name

your Comcast username

Outgoing Mail Server Address Password

your Comcast password

Outgoing Mail Server Address Port number

465

Outgoing Mail Server Address SSL encryption required

enable

  1. in the From email address box, type the email address that should appear in the From field of messages sent by SpotCollector

  2. in the To email address box, type the email address to which SpotCollector's messages should be sent.

    • Verizon Wireless customers can send SMS messages to their cellphones by using an email address of the form phonenumber@vtext.com

  3. in the Audio Alarm panel, check the Enable box

  4. click the Test button, and confirm that the tes email message is received

  5. In the Email Alarm trigger panel, select the Needed option and check the Needed includes Unconfirmed as well as Unworked box; as you become more familiar with SpotCollector's capabilities, you may wish to modify these settings later.


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