The Kenwood APRS line of radios have the ability to decode standard DX Cluster reports which are sent via packet radio. DX Clusters are normally used to share HF band openings through the local community. HF enthusiasts can set up their Kenwood VHF radio, and tune into the local DX Cluster. When stations that are spotted by other users are entered into the local DX Cluster software, DX Spot announcements are sent out from the DX Cluster using Spot announcements using a very specific format. The Kenwood radios upon hearing those packets will beep and display the DX announcement on screen. Up to the last 10 DX Spots are saved in volatile memory, and can be scrolled through to review. With the appropriate cabling, a DX Spot can be sent selected, and tuning commands issued to an attached HF radio, switching bands and frequencies to match the selected DX Spot.
URCALL>RESORC:DX de YOURCALL.>11111111112222222222*33333333334444444444*55555
URCALL>RESORC:DX de YOURCALL.>FIELD-ONE.ITEMNAME*FIELD-TWOFIELD-3333*FORTH
URCALL>RESORC:DX de VE6SLP-10>144390.0 PIGEON 203 dg frm VE6SLP-10 74km
Leveraging this built in "database" that can be found in these radios, one can send information out to suitably equipped users for display and subsequent retrieval.
There is no correlation between the purpose of a true DX Cluster and the implementation and use of these packet types in APRS. By squeezing non-DX Cluster information into packets that "look like a DX Spot" to a Kenwood, we can eek more utility out of the radios that the designers never thought about.