Posting DX Spots

Configuration

If you've never configured SpotCollector to post a DX Spot,

  1. click the Main window's Config button

  2. in the Configuration window

    1. select the General tab

      1. in the General panel, specify your operator callsign

      2. in the General panel's Operator location sub-panel, select your geographic region

    2. select the Spot Sources tab, and choose one of your enabled Telnet DXClusters, PacketCluster, or IRC to convey your outgoing spots by clicking its Spots button on the extreme right of its sub-panel

Operation

Controls in the Spot Database window's Outgoing spot panel enable you to generate both local and DXCluster spots. In either case, enter the callsign of the DX station to be spotted in the panel's Call textbox, and information to accompany your spot in the panel's Notes textbox; the Notes textbox will not accept more than 29 characters, consistent with limits imposed by DXCluster software. Clicking the panel's X button will clear the Notes textbox. If Commander is running, the transceiver frequency will be used as the outgoing spot frequency, and is displayed in the panel; if Commander is not running, type the spot frequency in kilohertz into the freq textbox.

Clicking the Cluster button will compose and forward a spot to the DXCluster whose Spot radio button is selected in the Telnet panel on the Configuration window's Spot Sources tab. If you are spotting via the CQDX IRC Channel, your spot will be handled by that channel's spotting robot, which is normally DXS. If DXS is unavailable, however, you must specify the DDX backup spotting robot. If the Cluster button is disabled ("grayed out"), you must specify the DXCluster that will convey your outgoing spots by selecting a Spot radio button.

Clicking the Local button will enter the spot in your Spot Database as if it had been received by a spot source, with your callsign shown as the Network.

Striking Ctrl-Enter in the panel's Call or Notes textboxes is equivalent to clicking the Cluster button. Striking Ctrl-Del in either of these textboxes will clear their contents.


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