Can I put a test spot into the system without it being echoed to other users
A: Yes, just spot the callsign TE1ST and it will not
be propagated throughout the network.
Q: How can I execute a specific set of commands when logging into the cluster?
A: You need to set up a USER/PROFILE. The USER/PROFILE commands will be executed
upon each login.
Q: How can I limit the coverage of spots being sent to my station?
A: See the Filter
section for details on setting user filters.
Q: Do the commands have to be in the same case
as listed in the manual?
A: No, they
can be in upper or lower case.
Q: When using DX-Telnet with AR-Cluster,
Announcements do not show up in the DX-Telnet Announcements Window?
DX-Telnet program needs a Beep character at the end of each line. Do a Set/Beep
on the node and DX-Telnet will work.
Q: How can I
filter DX spots with obvious typos like 280005.5?
A: You can
apply a Band-Mode filter for each ham band that you would like to see spots
on. However, be careful as this might keep you from interesting DX or SWL
information. For example what if that P5 that you needed was spotted on
280005.5. The typo would not stop most hams from the chase. Another
example was that a few years ago, Air-Force One was spotted just below the 40
meter ham band. I tuned down and heard some very interesting phone
patches. It seems that the high dollar military satellite phone system
was down and they had resorted to using their HF backup.
Q: When I use
the telnet client on my machine and telnet into my local DX-Cluster I cannot
see any of the information that I type?
your telnet client supports local echo, turn it on. If it does not, there are several free telnet
programs available off the Internet. If
you are running a windows operating system you can use the built in
HyperTerminal program. Start it by doing
Start>Programs>Accessories>Communications>HyperTerm. Enter a name for the connection (like AB5K
Cluster), select connect using Tcpip(Winsock), Enter the host address or domain
name for the telnet connection (dxc.ab5k.net) and press the OK button. Sign into the cluster using your call. To activate the local echo do a File>Properties>Settings>ASCII
Setup and check the box Echo typed characters locally. When you exit if you save your session, you
will see an icon (AB5K Cluster) that you can run the next time for a quick
access with the local echo parameter and telnet connection already setup.