Re: DX Cluster in the area, plus a 2nd question
- What frequency and location for a local 2 metre packet accessible
DxCluster? I haven't fired up my 2 metre packet station since
moving up to Rockford because I haven't heard much of anything about
packet activity around here.
A side question: I'm going to a "four county corner" in Illinois
about 20 miles SW of Champaign, Illinois. How would I find a
DxCluster in that area? I'll be setting up a portable station, and
could bring along a 4 element beam to mount on 20' or so mast, if
there's any possibility of working into a packet cluster on 2 metres.
It appears from the coverage areas of Altell and Spring (two
cellular services of which I could borrow a PC card for access to
the internet) that this area is outside their normal coverage
range. The fellow who set up at this place last year used satellite
linkage for his internet access, which would co$t me a bundle to set
--- In WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com, Bill Fries <bill_fries@...>
> Do you use packet spotting? You will often find the station's
> call sign listed. There are frequent mistakes, especially on cw,
> but this is oftentimes a good place to start looking. Or verify.
> My logging program will also alert to dx being spotted. Handy!
> Or disappointing when tons of spots are already confirmed. I'm
> not bragging, just mentioning. And there is a new twist to
> spotting nets where dx post that they are on the air and where.
> Kinda like self spotting but different. I don't use this WoTA
> stuff, yet.
> Bill, AB8SC
I use the internet for dx spots. I once saw a two meter packet cluster,
live, from Holland. I'd guess if you need a two meter cluster you're
going to have to search the web. They must be out there somewhere.
There are folks who county hunt, lots. Maybe they can help answer your
question. Or you could hook into one of them and ask them to feed you
the packet spotting stuff when you are on location.