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Offline Token

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Spy Numbers database, a resource you should use
« on: March 11, 2018, 2121 UTC »
For those of you not familiar, Chris has a long standing searchable database you can log your numbers station reports in.  The link is here:
http://www.spynumbers.com/numbersDB/

It is a great resource for historical numbers station activity.  When people log to it regularly it can be used to predict schedules.  In the past that was a huge plus, today with several groups keeping good, and current, schedules online this feature is not quite as important as it was.

And if you log to the DB you can select to have your logs submitted to the Spooks mailing list, sharing with other listeners interested in numbers stations.

This DB really only works if users populate it, so give it a look, give it a try.  The more people who use it the better it will be.

And so there is no misunderstanding, I love seeing the activity on this forum, the recent increase in reports is awesome.  I am not suggesting reporting to the DB instead of here, rather it would be great to see them both used.  The DB is awesome and searchable, while the forums promote discussion.

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Re: Spy Numbers database, a resource you should use
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 0432 UTC »
Thanks for the link Token, however, I looked at two of the data bases and the loggings are pretty much dated, nothing logged for 2017 or 2018, one list doesn't go beyond 2012. 

Maybe it needs some new blood DXers to provide input?

Appreciated... ;)
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Re: Spy Numbers database, a resource you should use
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2018, 1352 UTC »
Thanks for the link Token, however, I looked at two of the data bases and the loggings are pretty much dated, nothing logged for 2017 or 2018, one list doesn't go beyond 2012. 

Maybe it needs some new blood DXers to provide input?

Appreciated... ;)

Yes, the DB has not been used in the past couple of years, and that is a shame.

As I said in my post about it, the DB is only as good as the information people (listeners) put in it.  If no one puts any data in it then it will have no use, but if listeners report receptions to it it will have multiple uses.  It will serve as an indicator of activity levels, and can be used to predict future activities.  However that only works if people contribute information to it.

That was the purpose of my post, to try and drum up activity in the DB.

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Re: Spy Numbers database, a resource you should use
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2018, 2100 UTC »
I just recently spiffed up the database website software in fact, so this thread is good timing.

As Token pointed out, the database needs loggings to be useful. There's also a critical mass factor - once enough people submit logs and use it, then use grows (as was the case in the past, when there were not as many other resources).

I am open to suggestions as to how to make it easier to submit loggings to the database, so it is more likely to be used.
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Re: Spy Numbers database, a resource you should use
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2018, 0508 UTC »
It might be of interest to know that the these logs are also published in Numbers & Oddties since ca 1997. N&O still has a logs database online that includes well over 281,000 logs. It is updated each month and includes the logs posted to UDXF, Spooks mailing list, HFU (with permission of Chris) and privately sent to me. You can find it on my website http://numbersoddities.nl/files.html

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