[CQ-Contest] Opting Out of FT8 Spots

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Wed Feb 14 10:24:10 EST 2018

Right now to get the spots from VE7CC you have to log in to a separate 
server and connect to a different port and and use the set Skimmer 
option.  There is no way that Lee is going to put all those spots on the 
clusters as it would kill them.  The spot rate is 200k to 400k ,  that 
is 400, 000 per hour.

Right now you have to opt in to get them not opt out.  It is also in 
Beta testing and it is currently down as of last night.


On 2/14/2018 5:29 AM, Pete Smith N4ZR wrote:
> Recent publicity surrounding VE7CC's beginning to carry FT8 spots 
> suggests to me that it is time for "retail" DX clusters to provide an 
> "opt-out" option similar to the one that many now provide for RBN 
> spots.This could easily be done with a "set FT8" option similar to the 
> "set Skimmer" command now in wide use.
> Sorry if this seems OT, but it doesn't appear that there is a 
> cluster-centric reflector with sufficient reach and besides, an 
> unavoidable glut of FT8 spots would not be in contesters' interest.

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