Multimedia AR-Cluster Sysop Manual

The multi-media menu is used to control the multi-media sounds used in AR-Cluster. Sounds are available for operations such as: announce alerts, DX alerts full, DX alerts tone, mail alert, ping returns, ping echo, talk alert and WX alert. Dropping the multi-media menu and selecting a function will toggle the multi-media sound for that function on and off. Functions shown in the menu with a check mark are in the on state. Each function when active plays a wav file when its trigger event occurs.


Wave files are stored in the WavFiles folder located in the default AR-Cluster main folder. Wave files can be substituted with other wav files as needed.




WAV File

Announce Alerts

Sounds on announce spots


DX Alerts CW ID

If you play the DX alerts over the air, the CW ID can be used to ID your station. You can set up AR-Cluster to key your radio in Cfg>IoDevices>ComX>RadioKey


DX Alerts Full

Announce DX spots in full - Once

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0.wav to 9.wav




On. wav



DX Alerts Full Twice

Announce DX spots in full - Twice

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0.wav to 9.wav




On. wav



DX Announce Origination

Announces the state or CTY of the spotter. Great to see what spots are happening in your state especially on six.

002_a.wav to 002_z.wav. Samples on request

DX Alerts Tone

Sounds a tone on DX spots


Connection Alert

Sounds an alert when you lose the connects defined in the Connection Alert (Cfg>ConnectionAlert)


Mail Alert

Sounds when mail arrives addressed to your station


Ping Echo

Sounds when another node pings your node


Ping Return

Sounds when a ping is returned to your node


Talk Alert

Sounds when a talk message arrives addressed to your station


WX Alert

Sounds when a WX spot arrives





Cfg Filters

Set up a filter for the Multimedia sounds






































The Cfg Filters option allows you to configure a special filter for the Multimedia sounds separate from your station filter. This can also be programmed by Cfg>LocalUser>MULTIMEDIA. Now you can set the multimedia to its own set of filters like: DX Needs, 6 Meter spots, P5, etc.


In addition to the drop menu, the multi-media can also be controlled by line commands, which can also be programmed in the scheduler. The SET/MM command is used to turn the AR-Cluster multi-media sounds on and off. The SET/MM-ALL can be used to turn off all multi-media sounds.


set/mmall on (effects all sounds except for the full DX alerts)

set/mmall off

set/mmannounce on

set/mmannounce off

set/mmdxfull on

set/mmdxfull off

set/mmdxtone on

set/mmdxtone off

set/mmmail on

set/mmmail off

set/mmpingecho on

set/mmpingecho off

set/mmpingreturn on

set/mmpingreturn off

set/mmtalk on

set/mmtalk off

set/mmwx on

set/mmwx off

The DX-Full multimedia options talks each letter and number of the DX spot, once or twice. Multimedia WAV files for the DX-Full function are not included in the distribution. As this function becomes popular, it is hopeful that someone with good recording skills will record one or more sets of WAV files for release. The WAV files included with the AEA Logging program have been tested and work well with AR-Cluster. The sysop can easily substitute multimedia WAV files as needed to suit personal taste. Note: The DX-Full function can take a few seconds to announce the WAV files. During heavy contest periods, this feature should be turned off as it may consume a lot of the Windows system resources. Those wishing to create or edit wav files might want to investigate Cool Edit at


Serial Port TX Key - AR-Cluster can be used to convert DX spots for repeater or DX beacon use. An external keying circuit for a serial port can be constructed allowing AR-Cluster to key a transmitter during voice spot announcements. In the Cfg> I/O devices menu select Radio Key on one of the communication ports. Make sure one of the Voice DX Alerts Full check options are activated. Wire a keying transistor to the selected communication port DTR pin. See April 99 QST page 51 for a details. Connect the audio from the computer sound card into the radio and pad and adjust the audio level as necessary for proper deviation. A station ID can be accomplished by selecting the DX Alerts CW ID option and recording a CwId.wav file for your station.


Parallel Port TX Key - AR-Cluster can also key a transmitter through the parallel port. This feature is activated in the Cfg>IoDevices>Misc>DxSpotParallelPortKey>Port. If you operate Windows 2000 or NT, you will need to install the

DLPORTIO.DLL. You can download the installation EXE for DLPORTIO.DLL from the FTP site as port95nt.exe. To install, follow the instructions in section 3.2, Automatically Installing the DriverLINX Driver, of the file DLPORTIO.PDF. The interface uses the standard pin 17 of the parallel port so most existing parallel port CW keys should work. The interface looks like:

2N4401 or equiv


DB25M pin1 O---------E\___/C----------O (+)

npn |

| B

DB25M pin17 O---/\/\/\---| XMIT Key



DB25M pin 18 O----------------------------O (-)