[CQ-Contest] New Aggregator and RBN Callsign Pattern list
Pete Smith N4ZR
n4zr at comcast.net
Fri Jan 27 09:31:27 EST 2017
Thanks to Dick, W3OA and Felipe, PY1NB, we've just made some
improvements to the RBN, mostly revolving around the patt3ch.lst file,
which is used to determine how "skeptical" a Skimmer should be about
whether a given string of characters is a callsign.
First, Aggregator 4.3 is now available on the RBN web site. The big
change is the addition of a patt3ch.lst tab, though there are a number
of less visible improvements and bug fixes. Download Aggregator 4.3, and
install it. Go to the new tab and tell Aggregator which folder holds
your Patt3ch.lst file (typically, it will be in
C:\Users\[username]\appdata\roaming\Afreet\Reference\). If you are not
using the latest pattern file, which was releasedon Wednesday, the
Aggregator's status page will warn you of the need to update. You can
then go the the Patt3ch.lst tab, where you can download the latest.
A word about the pattern file. In March 2015, we released a revised
pattern file that had been 3 months in the painful process of
mostly-manual revision. This time around, Dick took over, and generated
the revised file in less than two weeks. To do that, he wrote code to
extract callsign patterns from 366 daily RBN archives created in 2016,
comprising over 108 million spots, and to cull out the most common
busts. 584 new patterns were added.
You will have noticed that pattern files are retrospective. That's
really the only way to generate fact-based pattern files, but what about
brand new patterns? What if you got yourself a new prefix for WPX, or
some special purpose? Now that it's relatively easy to produce updated
pattern files, you can e-mail meto ask for an addition. If you have
access to a current pattern file, you can check yourself, or I will
check them against the existing pattern file and every month or so, and
a week before major CW contests, I'll update the file on the RBN server.
We hope you'll find this a worthwhile improvement.
73, for the RBN team
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