Announcements  AR-Cluster V6 User Manual [Stored by DL9GTB]

 

Announcements contain general information that may be important to all users connected on the network.   By being connected into a DX Cluster you will get announcements in real-time as they are made.  You can also query for past announcements.  Additionally, you can post announcements to the network.   Announcements can be made to the whole network, to just the node you are connected to.

 

Making Announcements

The  Announce  command is used to make a general broadcast to users connected to your local node. 

Example:

ann  Ten meters is open to the Pacific

 

To make an announcement to all users across the network use the FULL operator.

Example:

announce/full anyone know the QSL info for DX0DX?

announce/full Six meters is open to Europe

 

 

Real-Time Announcements

As soon as you connect into a DX Cluster you will automatically start receiving announcements.  The display of real-time announcements can be controlled with the Set/Ann commands.  To display past announcements, use the Show/Ann command.

 

Show Announcement

 

The  SHow Announce  command can be used to output the latest announcement spots.   

Example:

show/ann

 

The Show/Ann/nn command allows you to specify the number of announcement spots displayed. 

Examples:

show/ann/10

show ann 30

 

The Show/Ann command can be used to display past announcements while disabling Ann Filters.  See Set/Ann/Filter for announce filter options.

Examples:

show/ann -

show ann 30

 

The Show/Ann ann command can be used to filter announcement on the announce message.  The command executes using an exact match.   You can use the wildcard character "*" to do wildcard matches. 

Examples:

show/ann  msg=RTTY

show/ann  spotter=cyoa

show/ann  msg=*qsl*
show/ann  msg=*qsl* or msg=*via*

 

The Show/Ann Spotter command can be used to display announcement spots filtered by spotter.  

Examples:

show/ann  Spotter=k5xh
 

The Show/Ann SpotterNode command can be used to display announcement spots filtered by the spotting node.  

Examples:

show ann  SpotterNode=w9zrx
 

The Show/Ann SpotterCty command can be used to display announcement spots filtered by spotter CTY country.   The country list is based off the wpxloc.dat file.

Examples:

show/ann  SpotterCty=k
 

The Show/Ann SpotterState command can be used to display announcement spots filtered by spotter state.  

Examples:

show/ann  spotterstate=tx
show/ann  spotterstate=tx or spotterstate=nm
 

The Show/Ann SpotterCont command can be used to display announcement spots filtered by spotter continent.  

Examples:

show/ann  spottercont=na
show/ann  spottercont=na or spottercont=sa
 

The Show/Ann DTS command can be used to display announcement spots filtered by date-time stamp.  

Examples:

show/ann  dts>2011-12-17 03:04:55 and dts<2011-12-18 03:04:55
show/ann dts>2011-12-11 03:04:55

 

Show Announce Options

The  SHow Announce Options  command is used to display the Announce spot options.   The following options are displayed: 

Ann/Count The default number of displayed Announce spots.

Ann/Filter The Announce filter parameters

Ann/ChatRooms Chat rooms that you are subscribed to.

Ann/Mode The filter mode for announce spots.  Valid modes are: Open, Filter and Debug

Ann/Output The output mode for announce spots.  Valid modes are: Off, and User.  Normally set to user.

Ann/Wrap Turns on the wrap for announcement spots.  Valid modes are: Off, and On.  Defaults to off.

 

 

Examples:

show/announce/options

Output:

 

 

 

Set Announce Options

The following options can be set using the SET/ANN command: 

Set/Ann/Count Set the default number of displayed announce spots

Set/Ann/Filter Sets the announce filter

Set/Ann/Mode Sets the filter mode for announce spots.  Valid modes are: Open, Filter and Debug

Set/Ann/Output Sets the output mode for announce spots.  Valid modes are: Off and User.

Set/Ann/ChatRooms Sets the chat rooms.

Set/Ann/Wrap Sets the announcement wrap on and off.

Set/Ann/Default Sets announce options back to their default factory settings.

 

 

Set Announce Count

The  SEt Announce Count  command is used to set the default number of spots displayed for real-time and past announcements.

Examples:

set/ann/count 10        

 

Set Announce Default

The  SEt Announce Default  command is used to set the announcement options back to the default settings.  Default factory settings are:

Count 20

Filter Cleared

Mode Filter

Wrap - Off

Output User

 

 

 

 

Set Announce Filter

The  SEt Announce Filter  command is used to set the filters for the real-time and playback of past announce spots.  Advanced filter validation logic is used to verify filter changes and bad filter settings are rejected back to the user.

Examples:

set/ann/filter SpotterCont=na          

set/ann/filter SpotterCty=k

set/ann/filter Spotterstate=tx  or Spotterstate=ok 

 

The fields available for the Announce Spot Filter are:

 

To

Distribution or group

Msg

Announcement text

Spotter

Spotter callsign

SpotterNode

Callsign of the spotting node

SpotterCty

Country of the spotter follows the wpxloc.dat file

SpotterState

Spotter state if US or VE

SpotterCont

Spotter continent

SysopFlag

SysopFlag

DTS

Date-Time-Stamp

 

 

Set Announce Mode

The  SEt Announce Mode  command is used to set filter mode for real-time announcements.  Valid modes are:  Open, Filter and Debug.  Settings are defined as:

OPEN Turn off the announce filter and display all spots.

FILTER Activate the announce filter based on the SET/ANN/FILTER settings

DEBUG Activate the announce filter based on the SET/ANN/FILTER settings.  Show filtered spots with a - and unfiltered spots with a +.  Used for filter debug.

Examples:

set/ann/mode open         

set/ann/mode filter         

set/ann/mode debug         

 

 

Set Announce Output

The  SEt Announce Output  command is used to set output mode for real-time announce spots.  Valid modes are:  Off and User.  Set settings are defined as:

OFF Turn off real-time announcements spots.

User Display the normal user spot format.

Examples:

set/ann/output on         

set/ann/output off         

 

 

Set Announce Wrap

The  SEt Announce Wrap  command is used to wrap long announce messages 

Examples:

set/ann/wrap on

set/ann/wrap off