[aprssig] DX-cluster Messaging?

Matti Aarnio oh2mqk at sral.fi
Tue Oct 6 03:07:37 CDT 2009

On Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 08:16:34PM -0400, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> > By 'spotting' I meant I had sent an email to 
> > a group of QRP-folks... who were... alerted and 
> > watching me on on APRS.fi... Donno any clusters 
> > that'll except an email input/post?? Do you?
> I am not a DX cluster user, but if the DX clusters have a
> message or chat mode, then we should make every effort to get it
> tied to the Universal Ham Radio Text Messaging initiative.  See
> www.aprs.org/aprs-messaging.html

NO!   Do not put that flood on APRS!

I do use DX Cluster myself - with strict filtering of interesting items.
Full feed of those clusters is hundreds of items per hour when nothing
interesting happens, and totally unmanagable even on internet when something
does happen!

You can use DX Clusters over packet radio, but then you want to have the
cluster internet gw very near, and use it via CONS mode so you can set
preferrence filters for yourself.

> We should be able to message any callsign, anywhere, anytime, on
> any system by interconnecting all ham radio message systems.
> Any DX-cluster power users that can tell us if such a capability
> would make sense and how?

I can't say to be power user, I watch VUSHF spots in strictly limited area.
Would these even fit on APRS message?  80 characters per line.. (And really
they are more like beacons, definitely not messages!)

Total HF traffic is magnitudes more volymous than my limited area VUSHF
sample below on day when there are no regional contests.  Furthermore, those
who really want DX Cluster spots do want that global HF flood - to their
computer program, which commands the rig on correct freq by doubleclicking
the mouse, and starts calling the station. 
Where is the fun in that?  No more spinning your VFO around...

DX de DL1YAW:   432183.0  SK7MW        jo65-jo41 55 with dead preamp. 0900Z JO41
DX de HA6W:     432000.0  SK7MW        where are you let us try       0908Z KN08
DX de SK4KO:    432216.0  SK4KO        CQ Beam South                  0913Z JP71
DX de SK6HD:    432187.0  SK6HD        CQ DIR LA NOW                  0921Z JO68
DX de SM3BEI:   432190.0  432/SSB      JP81NG to SM6/OZ SSB           0932Z JP81
DX de SK7MW:    432184.0  DL6MFK       pse info when time :-)         0944Z JO65
DX de SK7MW:    432184.0  OE3JPC       try ???                        1010Z JO65
DX de OE3JPC:   432360.0  SK7MW        ok, pse qsy qrm...             1014Z JN87
DX de DM5D:     432170.0  SK6AW        JO67-JO61 55/57                1024Z JO61
DX de OH8MBN:   145900.0  SN2009L      KP25RA<SAT>JO91RR VO-52 sat    1133Z
DX de OH8MBN:   436800.0  TF/N2YTF     KP25RA<SAT> SO-50 sat          1154Z
DX de SK6AW:    432329.5  OL4A         JO67AQ<>JO60RN 59/59           1155Z

> Bob, Wb4aPR

  73 de Matti, OH2MQK

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