[CQ-Contest] Cluster Network Improvement

Sat Mar 6 05:36:44 PST 2010

There are several of them around already.  Some clubs have limited access to
some of their nodes and implemented their own filtering.  That does not
solve the packet pileup or enable stations to opt out of being spotted
obviously since there is still the wide open big network.  

David Robbins K1TTT
e-mail: mailto:k1ttt at arrl.net
web: http://www.k1ttt.net
AR-Cluster node: 145.69MHz or telnet://dxc.k1ttt.net

> -----Original Message-----
> From: jpescatore at aol.com [mailto:jpescatore at aol.com]
> Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2010 11:37
> To: CQ-Contest at CONTESTING.COM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Cluster Network Improvement
> K1TTT said: "Same answer to all 3... the existing software and network
> implementation won't
> handle it.  Remember, the existing network was derived from the rf
> packetcluster network
> where by law encryption and security were prohibited. So all the existing
> software has an
> open text backbone structure that allows easy connection of net nodes to
> the network."
> The entire network doesn't need to be fixed, there just needs to be an
> alternate subset of clusters that implement user
> registration and limited connectivity, leaving the large, chaotic cluster
> network for those who want to use that, and a more
> sane alternative for those who would choose to use that. For example, if
> the major contest clubs all agreed to do so, then
> there would be a closed cluster network they could use and a wide open one
> anyone else could use. This is how Facebook
> and many other things today work - it does not require fixing the problems
> of the world.
> This will not solve G3SXW's complaint - that technological horse is out of
> the barn as far as that goes. But for the daily DXers
> who would like not to see the malicious, inaccurate and just plain stupid
> things that go on every day in the open cluster
> network, and for the contesters who want to operate assisted without
> feeding the nonsense, a closed alternative would fit
> the bill quite nicely.
> John K3TN
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