You can send and receive both personal mail and bulletins with DXSpider quite easily.
To list mail you would use the DIRECTORY command. On its own, this command will
output the last ten messages received by the node, either to or from yourself or bulletins
such as "DX" and "ALL". As with other commands you can display more by
specifying a number with the command. You should be aware that Spider will accept these
commands by separating with either a slash or a space, so dir new and
work in the same way.
Of course most of the time you will only want to list new mail sent to you personally
since your last login. However you might also like to check for general mail received by
the node. In fact if there is new mail for you, the cluster will tell you when you login.
You will also be informed if new mail arrives for you during the time you are logged in.
Mail is not only sent to callsigns though. Mail can also be sent to subjects like
"all" or "local" or "dx" etc. You can treat these bulletins
in the same way as personal mail with the directory command.
The last option will only show mail from a callsign if it was sent to you personally or
was sent as a bulletin. There are some additional commands and these can be found in the
DXSpider Command Reference section.
The output of the DIRECTORY command could be something like this.
20735 2 ALL GW7SMV 21-Feb 1204Z REC 9E1S QSL TDY 50Mhz....
20823 308 UK G0HDB 22-Feb 2334Z Help - which district code?
20824 105 ALL W9AE 23-Feb 0349Z S0NY QSL address?
20825 2 UK G0LRJ 23-Feb 0806Z QSL REC LZ2CJ/1.CARD NO-750.
20858 2 ALL GW7SMV 24-Feb 0905Z REC S92DX QSL CARD TDY 50Mhz
20921 200 ALL GM4FDM 27-Feb 2203Z Trip to VP8
20949 375 ALL K0MN 27-Feb 0428Z ST0P cards are gd @ ARRL
20950 2 UK G0LRJ 28-Feb 0835Z QSL REC SV9/IZ0CKJ/P EU-187.
20987 569 ALL GD0TEP 1-Mar 1733Z Portable contests
21076 2 ALL G4AFJ 3-Mar 1743Z kh6nd/kh5 qsl received
21184-p 599 GW4HAT G0VGS 4-Mar 1518Z Re: Time
The first column is the actual message number. If the message is a personal one to you,
you will see a letter 'p' after this number. If the message has been read, there will be a
'-' between the message number and the 'p'. This only works for personal messages. The
next column shows the file size of the message. The third column shows the address the
message was sent to and the next column shows who sent it. The rest is fairly
Reading a message is as simple as typing read, followed by the message number that you
wish to read.
will read message number 25. However the mail will be displayed in it's entirety unless
you specify a page length. You can set your page length to any number you like and when
the message reaches that number of lines you will get a prompt giving you options.
Sending mail is done in the time honoured way. First you specify a recipient for the
message, then you will be prompted for a subject. Once you have done this you will be
asked to type your message. Please remember that there is no automatic word wrap, so
unless you are using a client that wraps lines automatically, remember to hit return at
the end of each line.
Enter Subject (30 characters):
See you Thursday
Enter Message /EX to send or /ABORT to exit
Just a quick note to say that I can make Thursday after all. The
appointment I had has cancelled so we are go!
At this point you can either hit return and enter /ex to send the message or use /abort
at any time to abort it. You can now display the message in the normal way. There are
several send options and these are listed in the Command Set section. These include
sending mail to several recipients and asking for a return receipt.
If mail is addressed to you or to a bulletin address, you can use the REPLY
command to reply to it. Using this command, the subject will be automatically set for you
as "Re: subject", whatever the subject was.
To delete a message, you use the delete command. You can only delete messages
sent to or received by yourself. Bulletins are dealt with automatically or by the sysop.