Many CW Skimmer or Skimmer Server users are probably aware of the
Reverse Beacon Network. The RBN uses a small piece of software called
the Aggregator to collect spots from CW Skimmers and Skimmer Servers all over the world and forward them to the RBN's database server.
Since the inception of the RBN, we have been using an effective
bare-bones version of the Aggregator written by Felipe, PY1NB, founder
of the RBN. Now, thanks to the programming skills of Dick, W3OA, we
have a new, Windows Aggregator in a near-final beta form, available for download and use. In addition to being much easier to configure and use, the new Aggregator has some important new features.
* It adds the option of a master.dta check to Skimmer Server (like the
Paranoid validation mode in CW Skimmer).
* It also allows users to send spots to the Aggregator without first
filtering them to remove the non-CQ spots. The Aggregator then forwards only those spots the RBN requests. For now, that will be CQ spots for
HF and all spots for 50 MHz and up. In the near future this will allow
us to experiment with spotting the NCDXA HF beacons, and probably other
tricks that have not been possible up till now.
* And finally, the new Aggregator permits RBN contributors to connect
locally to it with their logging programs, either taking advantage of
the new filtering capability or not, as they wish.
For the full story and a download link, see the Reverse Beacon Network
blog at http://reversebeacon.blogspot.com/.
73, Pete N4ZR