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

To post a DX spot on the cluster network,

  1. in the Main window's Outgoing spot panel

    1. type the callsign of the DX station to be spotted into the Call textbox

      • striking CTRL-DEL in the Call textbox will clear its contents
    2. type 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 X button will clear the Notes textbox

      • striking CTRL-DEL in the Notes textbox will clear its contents
    3. type the spot frequency in kilohertz into the Freq textbox

      • if Commander is running, the Freq textbox is replaced by a display of the current transceiver frequency, which will be used as the outgoing spot frequency
    4. click the Cluster button to post the spot via the selected cluster

Striking Ctrl-Enter in the panel's Call or Notes textboxes is equivalent to clicking the Cluster button, allowing you to post a spot without removing your hands from the keyboard.

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 Outgoing spot 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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