[OhQP-mail] Reverse Beacon Network and OhQP

Hank Greeb n8xx at arrl.org
Tue Aug 23 10:09:21 EDT 2011

Yup, Jim:

Thanks for the clarification.  It seems a bit strange that the operator 
of a station may NOT determine if his/her station is actually being 
heard by checking for his/her call (and his/her call only) in the RBN. 
Note, even for a LID like n8xx, entering one's call in the "find" how 
his call is being heard is quite easy to figure out.

BTW, the Michigan gang allows any (yes any - single or multi-) operator 
to SPOT people on the DXclusters as long as he/she turns off INCOMING 
info for other stations, even though using the clusters to FIND other 
station (via incoming info) is not permitted..

The rules committee for the Ohio event might, just might, consider 
something like "Use of a local or Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) skimmer 
to FIND other stations is not permitted.  Use of the RBN to determine 
how one's own signal is doing is permitted."

BTW, I make the suggestion with trepidation, because I've found in the 
past that, it seems to me, "Rules are rules, and which 'mere peon 
participant' would question the rules?"

72/73 de n8xx Hg
Operating N1L/BROWn during OQP 2011

On 8/23/2011 9:25 AM, Jimk8mr at aol.com wrote:
> To clarify the rule about spotting assistance, use of the Reverse Beacon Network is permitted by multi operator stations only, as is the case for the "skimmer" (which is any software, hardware or other device capable of decoding  multiple signals at one time.)
> For those of you wondering "what the heck  is that?", the RBN (_www.reversebeacon.net_ (http://www.reversebeacon.net) ) is an online tool  for monitoring CW stations as received by various connected "skimmer" stations  around the world, showing the station, frequency, code speed, and signal  strength. It is a fascinating tool for monitoring band openings, doing signal comparisons, and the like.
> Note that while use of Skimmers and the Reverse Beacon Network is permitted for mulitoperator stations only, single operators may use the traditional  "packet" cluster spotting.
> 73   -   Jim  K8MR
> OhQP Chairman

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