Update: KU6J, author of RBNGate passed away. I do not know the current status of RBNGate. It may not be functional any longer.
RBNGate is wonderful, if you are a CW activator. All you have to do to get spotted is to post an alert at http://sotawatch.org/alerts.php, and then go on the air within a couple of hours of your alerted time. RBN will do its magic and spot you as a CW QSO. RBNGate will notice that RBN spotted you and it will check SOTAwatch and see that you’re alerted for a summit. It will assume that you’re on the summit you said you’d activate, and it will post a spot to http://sotawatch.org/spots.php.
Once you’re spotted on SOTAwatch, you’ll get a pile-up.
RBNGate FAQ: http://www.grizzlyguy.tv/RBNGate.htm
Here are instructions(modified slightly) from the NASota mailing list regarding how to get spotted via RBNGate:
You will be tracked beginning one hour before your alert's ETA and ending 3 hours after it (4 hours total). If you ever want to change that period, you can enter a comment that includes something like S-2 S+5. That would cause you to be tracked beginning 2 hours before your ETA until 5 hours after it. The key to getting spotted by RBN is to: 1) Send "CQ" at least twice. If there is a "SOTA" in there after the second one, that's OK too. 2) Follow those by "DE" 3) Follow "DE" by your callsign at least once, twice is better. 4) Send with a good fist, *at a constant speed*. That last part is important. To make sure you get #4 right, program the following into my your auto-keyer: CQ CQ SOTA DE K4KPK K4KPK K Send that as the first CQ, get auto-spotted, keep sending it until the first chaser arrives (usually within 60 seconds), then later shorten it up to CQ SOTA DE K4KPK K if need to send CQ again after working down the pile. Can also program the shorter one into auto-keyer as well. You can check your RBN spots by clicking this link: http://www.reversebeacon.net/dxsd1/dxsd1.php?f=0&c=k4kpk&t=dx That is the URL you'd get if you browse to http://www.reversebeacon.net, choose Spot Search from the DX Spots menu, and enter your callsign in the box. For more info on RBN and RBNGate, see the link http://www.ku6j.com