In reply to G4MD:
Whose going to be the first to look for their own signals?
This was the first thing I tried when the site first started up, but 80/40m crashed my broadband so that did not work and since the 20m addition I have never been able to hear myself.
This is a great tool for determining propagation and I have used it to follow an interesting conversation on 80m. One station was 5/9 on my TRX and I could not hear the other but he was 5/9 on the RX in the Netherlands.
You may have noticed that it is not covering the best sections of band for cheating at SOTA chasing due to the band coverage. eg It doesn’t go down to 7.032 or over 7.7ish on 40m, similarly on 20 & 80m, So it doesn’t cover the parts of the band we tend to use, however there are many on line scanners that do if you are willing to pay for access. These scanners do not however allow multi-user control of the frequency and are on a first come first serve basis.
I know of at least one station in Southern England who has a remote station in GM at his parents house linked by computer and when he is visiting them he can listen via his home station the same way. If you have the means and the contacts to do it the technology is there for remote receiver sharing on a massive scale, imagine what would that do for contesting? Where SDR makes thing interesting is the band spread and on this site the ability for multi-user access and control.
The band spread thing makes for other interesting ideas, because if you have a software defined RX (like the SoftRock) and a powerful enough computer you can record the whole band at once. So you could be working one station on say 40m SSB for the chaser point and simultaneously record 30 CW conversations for the SWL points. How about that one?
73 Steve GW7AAV