SK3GK-6 DX CLUSTER NODE
DX cluster is an information network using amateur packet radio. It has been around for about 10 years now and it's main purpose is to announce DX spots among radio amateurs. Lets say if I hear some rare signals on the bands I can use the DX Cluster to let the world know... You can also use it to send talks (chat) or mail messages, information services etc. If you are an active radio amatuer this might be something for you!
SK3GK-6 is a local DX cluster node located at SM3OSM in Storvik, covering the Sandviken and Gävle area. We are part of a cluster network within SM (Sweden) and sometimes parts of OH (Finland) and LA (Norway) are linked. We usually have about 10-20 local users connected to SK3GK-6 and something like 100-200 total users.
The cluster node software runs here on an old 386-40 PC with 2 DRSI PCPA-2 TNC cards. The user frequency is 144550 kHz in the 2m amateur radio band. The output RF power is about 40-50 Watts to the ARX-2B antenna. We also have a couple of frequencies in the 430 Mhz band for network connecting.
To connect to a cluster node you need to be QRV on VHF packet radio. What you need is a 2m FM radio, a TNC (its a packet radio modem) and a nearby DX cluster node (like SK3GK-6).
Click here for a list of commands at SK3GK-6!
View the SK3GK-6 DX Spot statistics
A list of DX Clusters in Sweden
There are also some worldwide DX Clusters that you can access through internet, try:
the OH2BUA WEB-CLUSTER
More links and general information at:
The Packet Cluster home page
Click here for more information about Packet Radio!
Some of the users at SK3GK-6 and neighbour nodes. Maybe some familiar calls?
Node Connected stations
SK3GK-6 (SM3OSM) SM3KOR SM3HJN SM3RPK SM3GUE
SM3WIS SM3LBN SM3MXR SM3UFF SM3KIF
SK3GW SM3SGP SM3OKC SM3CBR (SM3ULC)
(SK3BG-6) (SM3OAU) SM3JOS SM3EVR SM3GQP SM3ESX
SM3UQS (SM3CXS) SM3AFR SM3DXC
SK3AH-6 SM3DMP SM3DTR SM3VES SM3IQN SM3AFT
(SK2DR-6) SM2EKM SM2JKZ SM2CEW
SK2AT-6 (SM2AQT) SM2SUM SM2CKR SM2LIY SM2VHD
SM3ESS-6 SM3VEE SM3JGG
SK4BW-6 SM4HCM (SM4VZN)
(SK0AR-6) (SM0FWW) SM0BKZ (SM5CZY) (SM5AHK) SM0AJU
SM5JE SM5EIT (SM5BXP) SM0BHT SM0DJZ
SM5CZK SM0CCM SM5BDA SL0ZG (SM5DXB)
(SK0VF-6) SM0OEK (SM0OEK-1) SM0RUX
(SM3BDZ-6) LA3WAA-1 SM3CVM
This is what my screen looks like when I´m monitoring the cluster computer. It is located down in the
basement here and is connected through the COM ports to my own computer upstairs. So this DOS
window is just a replica of the cluster screen down there...
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