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 Servier 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:

Outgoing Mail Server Address

Outgoing Mail Server Address Server requires authentication


Outgoing Mail Server Address User name

your Gmail username

Outgoing Mail Server Address Password

your Gmail password

Outgoing Mail Server Address Port number


Outgoing Mail Server Address SSL encryption required


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    • verify that Windows is configured to use the correct soundcard as its default playback device
    • 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).

    • 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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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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