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Automatic Aurora Warnings via Email
How does it work?
- Every 5 minutes, the DXrobot retrieves the
latest DX spots from the world wide DX Cluster. After that the robot scans all the spots for any aurora related text (for example the
word "aurora" or signal reports such as "599A", etc.).
If the number of aurora related spots per time interval exceeds a certain
threshold, then the DXrobot will immediately post a short warning email to
the aurora warning mailinglist. In this way, all persons on the mailinglist are immediately
informed about aurora openings on the VHF bands!
That's cool! Now how can I subscribe to the mailinglist?
- Click here to start the mailing list manager. Then select the list named "aurora".
Note: When you are located at middle latitude and you only want to be alerted once the aurora has reached middle latitudes, then subscribe to 'midlat-aurora' instead of 'aurora'. Click here for more information about the 'midlat-aurora' list.
Will I receive any other email via this mailinglist?
- No. Only the DXrobot can post warning messages to the
mailinglist, and no one
else. So you won't receive any spam either.
Can I use my mobile phone to receive the aurora warnings?
- The warning message that is sent is very short. This makes it possible to
be handled as a SMS message. Most modern mobile phones can receive short
emails via SMS. In this way you can receive the aurora warnings at any
time, even when your
computer is off-line! Contact your telephone network provider for details on
setting up your mobile phone's email account. Then subscribe your phone's emailaddress
the mailinglist as described above.
Note: The DXrobot itself is free, but your telephone provider may charge you
a small amount for each email received on your mobile phone.
What happens to the emailaddress(es) I supply?
- Almost nothing, they will only be placed on the
mailinglist. Your emailaddress will not be given away to anybody. Even other
DXrobot users have no access to the list.