Pete, et al:
I thank you for "keeping us in the loop" on the various progressions for
it has been very enlightening for all readers.
First, I would like to say that the comments which follow are my own and should
be interpreted as anything other than my own comments.
With respect to CQWW, the language (IMHO) is very clear. Check the rules
"The use of DX alerting assistance of any kind places the station in the Single
Operator Assisted category."
Use of skimmer is certainly DX Alerting Assistance. Are YOU finding the DX and
yourself? No. You are getting assistance both in identifying the callsign and
So for me, there is zero doubt that Skimmer in CQWW is assisted. I will say
opinion is biased, based on my decades of experience with how the CQWWCC thinks
(but no guarantee).
Next, I am not entirely happy that you basically are posting (what your opinion
is on) how
to CHEAT and not get caught when using Skimmer (and I agree with everybody
substituting the word Packet or Spotting Nets for "skimmer" works VFB).
The methods you outline have been known since day one of packetcluster. All I
is that I have personal knowledge that it is possible to find "that kind" of
even one QSO. This was done successfully well over a decade ago - maybe two.
I'll leave it at that.
I haven't reviewed the ARRL rules (or others) so I won't comment on that aspect
Finally, I also agree with Randy (and others) in that Top Tier Contesters have
incentive to not cheat. Perhaps "other tier" contesters may have the desire to
which becomes overwhelming (or somehow justifiable to them) and hence they fall
grace. Once you cheat on one QSO, how hard is it to justify, "just one more?"
This is a
very, very slippery slope.
For me, there is nothing like finishing the contest and knowing that I have
earned every point which I am claiming.
I fully expect Skimmer will be a mandatory tool for all multi-op and assisted
de Doug KR2Q
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