Yes, you can set the window by adding stuff to your alert comment. See the RBN-Hole documentation for the full information. Hint, it’s linked from many posts here on the reflector - try searching for it.
There is a user guide and I can’t find the link for that now, typical.
You must place an alert on Sotawatch.
RBNhole listens to the CW Skimmer traffic. It sees all the “spots” from RBN CW Skimmers and tries to match what has just been heard via RBN with what it has seen in the Sotawatch alerts. When it finds a match, it posts the spot with the frequency the Skimmer reported.
RBNhole looks at your alert time and applies a window of -1 hour to +3 hours on that. If you alert for 1100Z then RBNhole will spot you if it sees you on RBN from 1000Z to 1400Z.
You can extend the time by putting S- or S+ and numbers in the comment. S-2 extends the window to 2 hours before the alert. S+8 extends to 8 hours after the alert time. Must be a capital S not s.
If you spot yourself then RBNhole wont spot for another 10mins. Every time something else spots you the window is reset. If you change band or move a few kHz you will be spotted by RBNhole when it hears you.
If you are doing multiple summits then you can screw up RBNhole’s view of what is happening by being on the wrong summit according to alerts. So use the wildcard feature. Place your alert for something like GM/SS-??? and extend the window to cover all activations. Then when RBNhole hears you it spots that, the chasers will ask for the ref and always one of them spots the real ref.
I do wish I could find that link but my reflector search-fu is poor today.
Oh, and nothing works if the Skimmers don’t hear you. Send good CW or it wont decode you.
There’s only a single inter-character space between the A and /, so 3 dits.
I noticed that hand sending CQ CQ SOTA DE MS0TA/P was not being picked up. I started using the memory keyer and it I was picked up every time. ergo my sending has become poor/sloppy because I used to picked up all the time when hand sending.
That’s one of the main cons of using memorized messages: the hand sending gets quickly rusty.
Another problem is the operator’s attention decreases and may even start doing other things while the automatic keyer keeps sending CQ calls, thus missing or even ignoring some possible very weak incoming calls.
It’s comfortable, but there are associated risks, like driving a car using the cruise control…