DX Spider Quick manual

Read full usermanual here: [ DX Spider usermanual ...]

Lets say you are connected. First time it looks about like this:

Hello SM6EAT, this is SK6LK-6 in Viared, Boras
running DXSpider V1.51 build 59.37
Cluster: 222 nodes, 2 local / 1053 total users Max users 1290 Uptime 5 11:26
Please enter your name, set/name <your name>
Please enter your QTH, set/qth <your qth>
Please enter your location with set/location or set/qra
Please enter your Home Node, set/homenode <your home DX Cluster>
SM6EAT de SK6LK-6 5-Apr-2005 1604Z dxspider >

The cluster asks kindly for your name, qth and so on. Then you must be polite and answer :

set/name Roland
Your name is now Roland
<<< the cluster answers

Continue with:

set/qth Tranemo
set/qra JO67RL
set/homenode SK6LK-6

(You shall of course type your own info ...)

Now you dont have to any more, just look at the spots, looks like this:

From:          khz:     DX:    Info:                     Time Z:
DX de IV3TMT: 14012.0  8Q7EX  via DL2NBH                  1743Z
DX de RA4LW:   1824.5  V73NS  Neil Cqing                  1741Z
DX de HB9DHG: 21289.9  TZ9A   simplex strong              1745Z

Comand to the cluster is mostly divided in two parts divided by a "/" (slash), first part is the command, second part is what the command will do.

Last 10 spots:
show/dx

Last spots about a prefix:
show/dx zd7      ;Shows 10 latest spots from ZD7 (St-Helena)

The command show can be shorted to "sh":
sh/dx zd7

DX-statistic:
sh/hfstats Shows a table with dxspots from the last 30 days sorted on band:

Send your own spots: ( DX <call> <khz> <info>):
You have heard YI1EM on14202khz and want the others on the network to know:
dx yi1em 14202

You have heard HV0A on 18143,1 khz. Big pileup and strong:
dx hv0a 18143.1 Vy strong, big pileup

Databases:

There are also databases you can ask for info. Lets presume you have worked 3B8MM.

What country?
sh/pre 3B8
3B8 DXCC: 273 ITU: 53 CQ: 39 LL: 20 18 S 57 30 E (3B8, Mauritius-3B8)

Search QRZ.COM (SH/QRZ call)?
sh/qrz 3b8mm
Name: MART MOEBIUS
Addr1: KIRCHPLATZ 10
Addr2: 04924 DOBRA
Country: GERMANY
Class: Codes:
Previous: 3B8/DL6U
QSL Mgr: DL6UAA
Email Addr: mart@dl6uaa.de
Home Page: http://WWW.DL6UAA.DE
Updated: 2004-04-12 18:25:01
Server: Lookups provided by http://www.qrz.com

QSL-info (SH/DB0SDX call):
sh/db0sdx 3b8mm
DL6UAA
UPDATED BY DL1SBF 2005-04-20 19:30 (SDXManager)
3B8MM QSL via DL6UAA (see also DL6UAA *) (ON6DP)
(c) www.qslinfo.de


Show who is connected:
sh/u         Shows localy connected
who          Same as sh/u, shows also connected nodes
sh/config  Shows all nodes and users
sh/newc    Same as sh/config but faster

eg:
sh/u
sm6cnn sm6eat sm6ade

Talk to SM6EAT (TALK <call> <text>):
t sm6eat Any DX?

Send a message to all local users (ANNOUNCE <text>):
ann Any DX?

Send a message to all users on all nodes (ANNOUNCE FULL <text>):
Please use this with sense, it shows out over the hole world. Write in english!:
ann full Any qsl-info vr2xmt?

Command Para Help
ACCEPT   Set a filter to accept something
ACCEPT/ANNOUNCE [0-9] <pattern> Set an 'accept' filter line for announce
ACCEPT/SPOTS [0-9] <pattern> Set an 'accept' filter line for spots
ACCEPT/WCY [0-9] <pattern> set an 'accept' WCY filter
ACCEPT/WWV [0-9] <pattern> set an 'accept' WWV filter
ANNOUNCE <text>
Send an announcement to LOCAL users only
ANNOUNCE FULL <text>
Send an announcement cluster wide
BYE   Logout from cluster
DBAVAIL   Show a list of all the Databases in the system
DBSHOW <dbname> <key>
Display an entry, if it exists, in a database
REJECT   Set a filter to reject something
REJECT/ANNOUNCE [0-9] <pattern> Set a 'reject' filter line for announce
REJECT/SPOTS [0-9] <pattern> Set a 'reject' filter line for spots
REJECT/WCY [0-9] <pattern> set a 'reject' WCY filter
REJECT/WWV [0-9] <pattern> set a 'reject' WWV filter
SET/ADDRESS <adress> Record your postal address
SET/ANNOUNCE   Allow announce messages to come out on your terminal
SET/ANNTALK   Allow talk like announce messages on your terminal
SET/DX   Allow DX messages to come out on your terminal
SET/DXCQ   Show CQ Zones on the end of DX announcements
SET/DXGRID   Allow QRA Grid Squares on the end of DX announcements
SET/DXITU   Show ITU Zones on the end of DX announcements
SET/ECHO   Make the cluster echo your input
SET/EMAIL <email> Set email address(es) and forward your personals
SET/HERE   Tell the system you are present at your terminal
SET/HOMENODE <clusternode> Set your normal cluster callsign
SET/LANGUAGE <lang>
Set the language you want to use
SET/LOCATION <lat & long>
Set your latitude and longitude
SET/LOGININFO   Inform when a station logs in locally
SET/NAME <name> Set your name
SET/PAGE <lines per page> Set the lines per page
SET/QRA <locator> Set your QRA Grid locator
SET/QTH <your qth> Set your QTH
SET/TALK   Allow TALK messages to come out on your terminal
SET/USSTATE   Allow US State info on the end of DX announcements
SET/WCY   Allow WCY messages to come out on your terminal
SET/WWV   Allow WWV messages to come out on your terminal
SET/WX   Allow WX messages to come out on your terminal
SHOW/CHAT   Show any chat or conferencing
SHOW/CONFIGURATION   Show all the nodes and users visible
SHOW/CONTEST <year and month> Show all the contests for a month
SHOW/DATE [<prefix>|<callsign>] Show the local time
SHOW/DB0SDX <callsign> Show QSL infomation from DB0SDX database
SHOW/DX <callsign> or <prefix> Interrogate the spot database
SHOW/DXCC <prefix> Interrogate the spot database by country
SHOW/DXQSL <callsign> Show any QSL info gathered from spots
SHOW/DXSTATS [days] [date] Show the DX Statistics
SHOW/FILES [<filearea> [<string>]]
List the contents of a filearea
SHOW/FILTER   Show the contents of all the filters you have set
SHOW/FILTER   Show the contents of all the filters you have set
SHOW/HFSTATS [days] [date] Show the HF DX Statistics
SHOW/HFTABLE [days] [date] [prefix ...] Show the HF DX Spotter Table
SHOW/MOON [ndays] [<prefix>|<callsign>]
Show Moon rise and set times
SHOW/MUF <prefix> [<hours>][long]
Show the likely propagation to a prefix
SHOW/NEWCONFIGURATION [<node>]
Show all the nodes and users visible
SHOW/PREFIX <callsign>
Interrogate the prefix database
SHOW/PROGRAM   Show the locations of all the included program modules
SHOW/QRA <lat> <long>
Convert lat/long to a QRA Grid locator
SHOW/QRA <locator> [<locator>]
Show distance between QRA Grid locators
SHOW/QRZ <callsign> Show any callbook details on a callsign
SHOW/SATELLITE <name> [<hours> <interval>]
Show tracking data
SHOW/STATION <callsign> Show information about a callsign
SHOW/SUN [ndays] [<prefix>|<callsign>]
Show sun rise and set times
SHOW/TIME [<prefix>|<callsign>]
Show the local time
SHOW/USERS   Show local users
SHOW/USDB [call ..] Show information held on the FCC Call database
SHOW/WCY   Show last 10 WCY broadcasts
SHOW/WCY <n> Show last <n> WCY broadcasts
SHOW/VHFSTATS [days] [date] Show the VHF DX Statistics
SHOW/VHFTABLE [days] [date] [prefix ...] Show the VHF DX Spotter Table
SHOW/WM7D <call> Show callbook details on a US callsigns
SHOW/WWV   Show last 10 WWV broadcasts
SHOW/WWV <n> Show last <n> WWV broadcasts
TALK <call> <text>
Send a text message to another station
TALK <call>
Talk mode. /EX to end
UNSET/ANNOUNCE   Stop announce messages coming out on your terminal
UNSET/ANNTALK   Stop talk like announce messages on your terminal
UNSET/DX   Stop DX messages coming out on your terminal
UNSET/DXCQ   Stop CQ Zones on the end of DX announcements
UNSET/DXGRID   Stop QRA Grid Squares on the end of DX announcements
UNSET/DXITU   Stop ITU Zones on the end of DX announcements
UNSET/ECHO   Stop the cluster echoing your input
UNSET/EMAIL   Stop personal msgs being forwarded by email
UNSET/HERE   Tell the system you are absent from your terminal
UNSET/LOGININFO   Inform when a station logs out locally
UNSET/PROMPT   Set your prompt back to default
UNSET/TALK   Stop TALK messages coming out on your terminal
UNSET/USSTATE   Stop US State info on the end of DX announcements
UNSET/WCY   Stop WCY messages coming out on your terminal
UNSET/WWV   Stop WWV messages coming out on your terminal
UNSET/WX   Stop WX messages coming out on your terminal
WHO   Show who is physically connected


BYE
- At last if want to disconnect, type:

b

For more info please read the DXSpider user manual ...

Good luck, hope this will bring you many new DX!