I’ve updated the SMS spot software to accept a deliberately malformed frequency. There is a good reason for this however.
The system used to reject any frequency that didn’t contain a ‘.’ or contained more than 1x ‘.’ or contained any characters which weren’t digits. Seemed a good idea to me. But if you have a Nokia E71 (E72, E61, E63) and you can guess who may have one of those, then when you hit the number lock function the ‘.’ key sends ‘:’ by default.
Some of my own spots to my own spotting system were rejected because I had typed 7:145 not 7.145 which is a little embarrassing to say the least. Number lock makes typing the numbers easy but as I can’t see the display without glasses I kept typing a ‘:’ not a ‘.’ but that is fixed. Now you can enter a ‘:’ as a valid separator in a frequency.
So… 145:500 is just as valid as 145.500, 5:3985 for 5.3985 etc. etc.
Both servers have been updated, the one that sits in the shack and the one for W/VE users running in Cailfornia.