[CQ-Contest] Skimmer spots

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Sun Feb 5 11:07:50 PST 2012

I sure wish Frank had explained what he's been doing.  

All I know is that my cluster monitor used to be cluttered & virtually
overwhelmed with W3LPL "spots" to the point of making it effectively
useless; blocking W3LPL "spots" alleviated the issue.

Previous polite requests to Frank have never been answered, so I don't
bother him anymore.  I just block him.

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Pete Smith N4ZR
Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2012 11:12 AM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Skimmer spots

I'm afraid that this would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  
The spots that W3LPL provides on the traditional cluster network are 
*derived from* the Reverse Beacon Network, but then filtered in several 
ways to try to ensure that only 'desirable' spots are posted.  I'm sure 
Frank will explain further if he pleases.

Meanwhile, what DXSpider (and other cluster software) need is an option 
similar to those provided by VE7CC and ARC6, to permit each individual 
user to decide whether he wishes to receive Skimmer spots or not.  This 
should be easy to implement, because all Skimmer spots have "-#" as an 
SSID, and all have CW speed and SNR in the comment field.

73, Pete N4ZR
The World Contest Station Database, updated daily at www.conteststations.com
The Reverse Beacon Network at http://reversebeacon.net, blog at
spots at telnet.reversebeacon.net, port 7000 and
arcluster.reversebeacon.net, port 7000

On 2/5/2012 8:09 AM, Mike McCarthy, W1NR wrote:
> It used to be that putting skimmer spots on the net was taboo but a few
> don't listen. However, there is an answer.
> On a DX Spider node set a filter:
> reject/spots by w3lpl
> This will stop you from seeing spots from the W3LPL skimmer. Add calls
> separated by commas. Is there a list of other skimmers somewhere?
> Mike McCarthy
> dx.w1nr.net spider cluster
> On 02/04/2012 10:07 PM, Tom W8JI wrote:
>> Help!!!
>> Is there any way to stop the stream of spots from skimmers? They just
>> watching the packet cluster for DX! All I see is a constat steady stream
>> spots from every skimmer in the world!
>> Did something change here, or did the cluster system change?
>> 73 Tom
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