Discarding Spots From Remote Skimmers

Spot Sources that convey spots identified by remote CW Skimmers can generate a large volume of information that some users always find useful, some users occasionally find useful, and some users never find useful. If you are in the latter camp, you can minimize the performance impact on SpotCollector by configuring your spot sources to not convey Skimmer spots, as described below. If you are in the always useful or sometimes useful camps, then leave your spot sources configured to convey Skimmer spots; you can direct SpotCollector to ignore them en masse by checking the Discard spots from spotting stations callsigns ending in -# option on the Configuration window's Special Callsigns tab (SpotCollector 6.3.5 and later).

Configuring Spot Sources to Not Convey Skimmer Spots (de Paul VE1DX)

  1. open the spot source's window by unchecking the Hide and Ann/Talk boxes on the Spot Sources tab of SpotCollector's Configuration window.

  2. Determine the type of cluster software being run on the spot source by striking the Enter key:

Response

Cluster Software

CCC

CC Cluster

arc

AR Cluster

dxspider

DX Spider

  1. type the appropriate command into the spot source window's Transmit Pane, and strike the Enter key

    1. CC Cluster:
      • disable Skimmer spots: set/noskimmer

      • enable Skimmer spots: set/skimmer

    2. AR Cluster (version 6)
      • disable Skimmer spots: Set Dx Filter Not Skimmer

      • enable Skimmer spots: Set Dx Filter Skimmer

    3. DX Spider does not convey Skimmer spots
  2. close the spot source's window by checking the Hide and Ann/Talk boxes on the Spot Sources tab of SpotCollector's Configuration window.


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