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OMG, found another item that will not work? SPOTS. The list gets longer.
Settings> Spot box ok. But nothing doing. 
Using Log4OM and 6400M. Found nothing in either manual about Spots.

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The spots feature on my 6700 works fine with Slice Master, CW Skimmer and Spot Collector. They're a great combination.

Slice Master launches CW Skimmer and sends the spots to DX Labs Spot Collector. Then I use Spot Collector's excellent filtering options to select the spots I want. Then the filtered spots are sent back to Slice Master which sends them to the 6700 where they are displayed on the appropriate panadapter.

Works great

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Thank you Pat for the prompt but disappointing reply. No where in the manual is the word Spot even used let alone tell folks that the must have Slice Master, CW Skimmer and Spot collector on board to make Spots work. Yet again the manual is full of errors and omissions. 
Thank God my logging program has spots and is connected to the 6400M via Cat control.
I have got to get it out of my head that the radio is just a radio and that everything else is extra.
At least with Smart SDR I can use my Flex Control, mouse and keyboard to run the radio and that is all.
Thank you agn,,Andy...W3LI
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Brian Denley

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Spots is mentioned in the SmartSDR and the Maestro manual
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Hi Andy

Thinking you may be looking in your hardware manual rather than checking the SmartSDR manual where there is an extensive amount of information on setting up spots. Starting around page 111

There is also a good explanation of how the spots from third party software is displayed.

I’m guessing but a lot of other SmartSDR things puzzling if you only peruse the hardware manual may make sense after checking the SmartSDR manual.

GL and 73


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Neal - K3NC, Elmer

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The philosophy is that the radio is a client that displays spots sent to it from compatible programs. These programs dictate what is shown and when they are removed. Its not very complicated when you understand its role.
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Dave AA6YQ

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Here's the introductory text from the SmartSDR manual:

"SmartSDR v2.3 for Windows introduced a feature that allows Spots, supplied by third party programs, to be displayed directly in the Panadapter window. Some of these programs include N1MM, FRStack, Slicemaster, DXLabs, and Logger32. While there is no capability in SmartSDR to directly connect to a cluster server via telnet, spots can be provided using these programs as well as any other third-party program that uses the Spot API commands in the radio. This section explains the various Spot controls that are available in SmartSDR."

DXLab is free. Step-by-step instructions for using it to display active DX station callsigns color-coded by "award need" and eQSL/LoTW participation are here:

The font color indicates award need (note P5DX in red font), and the background color indicates online QSL participation (magenta for eQSL, yellow for LoTW, light blue for both):

If the logging application you're using doesn't yet support this capability, point its developers at the Ethernet API's spot command:

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Thank You!