The most comprehensive solution is probably to use WintelnetX by K1TTT to merge the spot stream from the RBN with those from one or more of the more prolific individual RBN stations' Telnet servers that are relatively close to you. for example, I might use WZ7I plus the RBN. A downside is that the Skimmer Telnet server does not filter spots, so you must contend with everything the local server sends you and rely on your logging software to cull out the ones you do not want. Of course, you can filter the RBN Telnet server's output, as described in the previous article.
Another, much simpler solution is to configure your logging program for the RBN server and a nearby RBN station's Telnet feed, and keep an eye on the spot flow. It will be easy to tell, at >5 spots/second, when or if the RBN server goes down, and an easy matter to switch.
How do you get the IP address of your nearby RBN station? Most of them are on
Again, we hope none of this is necessary. See you on the bands!
73, Pete N4ZR