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PacketCluster Logon Tutorial
Today's DX Cluster Nodes are worldwide - a network providing instant DX spots and related information to Ham Radio operators logged onto their local cluster node. Even access via Telnet is possible to some nodes.
The system has many commands to provide DX information, mail, bulletins, and informational databases. As a User you won't need to know all of them to make the network work for you. Following is a introduction to the commands you should know, and how to use.
When you log on you may go through a registration dialogue asking for your name and QTH. If you do not and plan on returning to utilize the DX node again, it is normally asked that you provide your name, QTH, and latitude/longitude of your station. Here's how:
The most important item of the network is the sending and receiving of DX related information. To see what DX has been sent, type SHOW/DX to list the last five DX announcements. If you're interested in one band, say 15 meters, type SHOW/DX 15. To list spots for a particular call, type SHOW/DX <call>:
To send a DX announcement, the format is: DX <freq> <call> [optional comment]:
DX 14223.4 VU2TTC
Other primary commands are:
Commands may be sent in abbreviated format. Examples are:
This Command Summary contains all the important cluster commands.
This logon tutorial was written by Chuck, K6PBT for the Northern California DX Packet Spotting Network and later distributed in a Local Help database file for use by other PacketCluster nodes; therefore, modified versions of this tutorial may be found.
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