[CQ-Contest] Reverse Beacon Network - too much success?

Felipe Ceglia - PY1NB felipeceglia2 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 4 07:12:31 PST 2010


As webmaster of a webcluster site(www.dxwatch.com), I take my word.

In my webcluster I implemented a simple user/password scheme that is in fact 
much more secure than the vast majority of telnet clusters worldwide.

A couple of years ago, I raised a topic here on cq-contest about the security of 
  dxclusters: how easy it is to fake spots, abuse etc, as you can see on every 
K1TTT reports. Unfortunately or not, the topic died quickly.

I would dare to say that more than 95% of dxcluster accesses come from internet, 
so, why not to have user/passwords? There are a couple of "open id" systems 
around. We could develop our own, or maybe elect an existing one. That would not 
be that hard to implement.


Felipe Ceglia - PY1NB
PR1T team member /// Rio DX Group member /// Araucaria DX Group member
http://www.dxwatch.com /// http://reversebeacon.net /// 

Neal Campbell wrote:
> The junk comes from the DX Summit/internet sites, not the dxcluster sites as
> we monitor and prohibit abusers. Those that allow the Summit to feed spots
> are responsible for monitoring that and turning them off when it gets out of
> hand (and I know some that do).
> Neal Campbell
> Abroham Neal Software
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> On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM, David Kopacz <
> david.kopacz at aspwebhosting.com> wrote:
>>> I hope it wouldn't take another 20 years until freely adopted
>>> as with DX Cluster.
>> -The contesters who have freely adopted DX Cluster are those
>> -who don't know, or don't care, about the difference between
>> -the internet and amateur radio.
>> Incidentally, I think this has had a big impact on DX'ing as well.
>> At least for me, it has taken the spark out of DX hunting. Gone are the
>> days of tuning the band and finding that rare DX station calling CQ or
>> just finishing a QSO with someone else and you get to work him before
>> the crowd.
>> Sure, it still happens, but far less than days gone past.
>> Now, it's almost certain some noob is going to spot the DX and cause a
>> massive pileup thereby preventing his/her peanut whistle and wire from
>> having a chance to work the DX him/her self. I always wonder why people
>> spot DX before they have worked the DX themselves. I guess some simply
>> can't help themselves.
>> With all of the crap being posted on the DX cluster it's really time the
>> cluster is made a closed system, requiring proof of a license and a
>> login for accountability in order to gain access.
>> David ~ KY1V
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