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Spots Help FAQ

The DX spots page doesn't seem to be working/updating properly. What could be wrong?

Are you a paying subscriber?

Much of the functionality for the DX spots page has been reserved for our paying subscribers. This was necessitated by the sheer amount of bandwidth that the spots pages consume. In approx August 2002, after much consideration, we decided to insist that users would have to be paying subscribers in order to access the full-featured DX spots page (with filtering and auto-reload). For unpaid users, the filter area appears grayed-out; to paid members it appears fully functional.

To become a paying subscriber of eHam, click the "Support the site" link in the left menu area.

If you are unsure if you are actually subscribed, be sure to be logged in, then look in the dark highlight bar across the top of all the eHam pages for "Subscribed since..."

Have you made some changes to the filter settings?

If you are subscribed, and are still having trouble, most likely your settings in the filter area are causing the appearance of reduced or no updates. Be sure there is nothing in the "callsign" field - this is a filter callsign, not your callsign. Clear all the fields with a "reset".

When finished modifying the filter parameters, be sure to click the "update" button - do not use your "ENTER" key.

The network is having problems

Last but not least, it's possible that one or more of the sites feeding us spots, or our system has had difficulty. Feel free to make us aware by contacting the site at the contact email address at the bottom of every page.

How do I filter DX spots?

First, realize that the "Filter Callsign" field is generally NOT for your callsign. It is there to allow you to filter the spots for specific callsigns. You can enter your own callsign there, however, that will have the effect of filtering out all spots except those with your callsign.

Generally, users enter a specific call, such as K5K, in the "Filter Callsign" field of the Customize area, then click "Update". Only exact matches will be found (K5K only).

To view a broader range of callsigns, such as all N2M* stations, use the multiple character symbol, % (percent sign) in the following format: N2M% This would get hits on calls like N2MG, N2MM, N2MFZ, etc.

To filter on a single character, use the _ (underscore) symbol in this format: N2M_ This would find calls like N2MG, N2MM, but not N2MFZ.

You can use multiple symbols as in N%M% or N%M_. Try it out.

Why is the DX spots format so ugly?

The information presented on the DX spots page is done so in a standard format that has existed for many years. Some background information might help...

On a spotting network, the spots might appear in real-time like this:

DX de N2MG:      28430.0  HC8N       CQ                             2114Z
and if you ran the SH/DX command, it might appear like this:
28430.0  HC8N      27-Feb-2004 2114Z  CQ                            <N2MG>

So you can see on the regular spotting networks, the format changes a bit between spots in real-time and spots shown via the "SHOW" command. In real-time, the date is somewhat superfluous - not so when showing historical information.

The same spot on eHam always looks like this:
N2MG             28430.0  HC8N  CQ                   02/27   2114

The first column is the station doing the spotting (the spotter), the next is the frequency (in kilohertz), followed by the station being spotted (the spottee). Next are the comments, then the date and time.