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Re: [CQ-Contest] polishing my English re Skimmer

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] polishing my English re Skimmer
From: David Gilbert <xdavid@cis-broadband.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:03:38 -0700
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That's really pretty funny considering that you cannot in the least tell on the air whether the person you are working is using CW Skimmer or not.

Your English may be fine but your logic definitely is not. You can think of CW Skimmer as simply the combination of a few other things that have been in existence (and legal for contesting) for many years:

a.  CW decoders

b.  spotting networks (when claiming an assisted category)

c.  bandmaps

Your rant is sadly misplaced. I can think of other things like Super Check Partial and "History" Files generated by others that have contributed far more to the lessening of skill in radiosport than does CW Skimmer, and I can almost guarantee that you use your logger or a memory keyer to actually send CW instead of using a hand key dit-by-dah as did those "founding users" (whatever that means). And you do know that hams, including those who use CW Skimmer, are pretty much the only ones keeping this elegant communication mode alive, right?? All those other users simply abandoned it long ago in favor of modes requiring even less operator skill.

For the record, I have never used CW Skimmer in text decode mode during a contest ... but I see absolutely no difference between it and other forms of assistance when following the rules of the contest. Please explain to me how I am wrong ... but try using logic this time.

Dave   AB7E

On 11/29/2012 2:05 AM, Charles Harpole wrote:
I enjoy trying to use the English language to be specific and expressive.
Here is my latest effort..............

The CW Skimmer is an obscene perversity of ham radio.  All the art and
skill of this elegant communication mode, CW, is destroyed.  The founding
users of Morse Code, who saved ships and passed millions of messages vital
and mundane, are dishonored.  The joy of doing a difficult activity well is
lost.  Ham radio in general and contesting specifically is changed forever
for the worse by this abomination.

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