Configuring SpotCollector's Email Alarm Settings

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Controls on the Email Alarm tab govern SpotCollector's Email Alarm and Station Propagation Monitor functions, and provide the ability to generate an outgoing test message.

Enable when checked, SpotCollector will send an email message from the specified From email address to the specified To email address when the conditions specified in the Email Alarm Trigger panel are satisfied
From email address the email address from which notification email messages will be sent
To email address the email address to which notification email messages will be sent
Include spot notes in message when checked with the Record individual spot information option disabled, notes from the spot that triggered the alarm are included in the message body

when checked with the Record individual spot information option enabled, spots (with notes) of the station that triggered the alarm are included in the message body

Include SQL expression in message when checked with the Email Alarm Trigger panel's SQL expression option selected, includes the SQL expression in the generated email message
SMS-optimized message when checked, a concise email message is generated; if the Include spot notes in message option is enabled, notes from the spot that triggered the alarm are included whether or not Record individual spot information is enabled
Test button If Email notification is disabled, clicking this button will generate an outgoing test notification message that you can use to verify that email settings are correct

 

Controls on the Outgoing Mail Server panel specify the parameters used to send an email message via your email server. Settings for popular email servers are shown below.

Outgoing Mail Server Address the outgoing email server's address
Outgoing Mail Server Address Server requires authentication check if the outgoing email server requires authentication with a user name and password
Outgoing Mail Server Address User name the user name to be used when authenticating with the outgoing email server
Outgoing Mail Server Address Password the password to be used when authenticating with the outgoing email server
Outgoing Mail Server Address Port number the outgoing email server's port number
Outgoing Mail Server Address SSL encryption required check if the outgoing email server requires the use of SSL encryption

 

Controls on the Station Propagation Monitor panel enable you to specify a callsign for which actual propagation on the 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, and 6m bands is recorded on the hour and on the half-hour to a text file, and optionally sent to a specified email address. The name of the text file is the callsign being monitored combined with the date and time at which monitoring was initiated; the file is saved in the Spotcollector folder.

Enable when checked, SpotCollector will on the hour and on the half-hour record actual propagation reports for the specified callsign to a file in your SpotCollector folder; if From email and To email addresses are specified, and if the Outgoing Mail Server panel is correctly configured, actual propagation reports will be sent to the specified address from the specified address
Callsign the callsign for which actual propagation reports are generated; the contents of this textbox can only be modified when DXpedition propagation monitoring is disabled
From email the email address from which hourly actual propagation report email messages will be sent; the contents of this textbox can only be modified when DXpedition propagation monitoring is disabled
To email the email address to which hourly actual propagation report  email messages will be sent; the contents of this textbox can only be modified when DXpedition propagation monitoring is disabled
Stats clicking this button will display the file to which actual propagation reports are being recorded

The text file is created in your SpotCollector folder with a name composed of the specified callsign and the date and time at which monitoring was initiated; unique spots by band and spotting station location are reported:

2018-05-22 18:00 NA-E  NA-M  NA-W  SA    EU    AF    AS    OC
160m             0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
80m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0 
40m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
30m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
20m              2     0     1     0     3     0     0     0
17m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
15m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
12m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
10m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
6m               0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

2018-05-22 19:00 NA-E  NA-M  NA-W  SA    EU    AF    AS    OC
160m             0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
80m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
40m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
30m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
20m              0     0     0     1     4     0     0     0
17m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
15m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
12m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
10m              0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
6m               0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

To enable the delivery of email messages via SMS systems limited to 160 characters, email messages employ a compressed 144-character format where a period indicates 1 or 2 spots, and an asterisk indicates 3 or more spots:

1 NNNSEAAO

9 EMWAUFSC

TB       

80       

40       

30       

20   .*  

17       

15       

12       

10       

 6       

Controls on the Email Alarm Trigger panel determine under what conditions an Email message will be sent.

Needed when checked, SpotCollector will send an email message when a Spot Database entry is created or updated and
  • a QSO with the entry's station would advance award progress

  • the entry has not previously triggered an email message

Needed & Filtered when checked, SpotCollector will send an email message when a Spot Database entry is created or updated and
Needed includes Unconfirmed as well as Unworked determines whether the Needed and Needed & Filtered settings apply to Spot Database entries that are Unworked, or Spot Database entries that are Unworked or Worked but Unconfirmed
Email special callsigns when checked with the Needed or Needed & Filtered setting selected, the creation or update of a Spot Database entry for a special callsign will generate an email message indicating whether or not a QSO with the callsign is needed to advance award progress
SQL expression when checked, SpotCollector will send an Email message when a Spot Database entry is created or updated and matches the specified SQL expression, which may include wildcards and substitutions.
Test clicking this button filters the Spot Database Display with the SQL expression to quickly verify that it is correct SQL and functions as expected

 

If an error occurs when SpotCollector attempts to send an email notification message in response to the creation of a "needed" Spot Database entry, 

 

Settings for popular outgoing email servers