Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NCDXF Beacon Spotting Redux

Today, VE3NEA released Version 1.40 of Skimmer Server, which incorporates the Watch List feature.  Why do we care?  Because with this feature, any listed call is automatically treated as valid.  This means that If you take the other steps mentioned in my previous post, Skimmer Server will now spot the NCDXF beacons reliably.

Unlike in CW Skimmer, the Watch List feature of Skimserv is invisible.  You can use the Watch List editor in CW Skimmer, since both programs use the same Watch List, or you can put the list together yourself and put it in the right place.  Here's how:

Create a plain text file in Notepad, titled Watch.lst, in the Afreet\UserData folder on your machine.  Typically, in Windows 7 and 8 this means C:\Users\[Username}\Appdata\Roaming\Afreet\User Data.

The file needs to have the following content.  Of course, you can add calls to your heart's content, but this will do for the NCDXF beacons.  Also please remember that you will need to set the band segments and CW decoding segments to include the beacon frequencies, as explained in my last post:

4U1UN   
VE8AT
W6WX
KH6WO
ZL6B
VK6RBP
JA2IGY
RR9O
VR2B
4S7B
ZS6DN
5Z4B
4X6TU
OH2B
CS3B
LU4AA
OA4B
YV5B


73, Pete N4ZR

1 comment:

  1. Hey Pete, that is a nice addition Alex has made. Now that the beacons can be added to anyone's watch list, we strongly encourage everyone to do that.

    I have added a link for each beacon station to the IBP Web site.

    Peter VE3SUN
    IBP Webmaster

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