When I first tried CT, K1EA's groundbreaking contest software, in 1988, I don't
recall it being a big deal to get running on my powerful PC XT confuser. CT
kept my log for me and sent CW out through an LPT port to a key jack. CT did
two things I could do myself; keeping a log and dupe sheet, and doubling as a
memory keyer. I published a 4-page QST article on the subject, "The Mind of the
I don't see how a (local) skimmer can do anything I can't do myself, ie, tune
the band. It can't copy, er, decode, CW any better than I. Actually, it
apparently isn't close.
If somebody is so sensorily deprived that he needs a skimmer for his single op
effort, and is willing to do all the hookups, and the skimmer is entirely local
to his station and antennas, I congratulate him on his efforts, and good luck.
The log checking, UBN or LCR or whatever, will render the verdict.
This hobby is about radio, not confusers. I get enough of that at work....
Jim Cain, K1TN
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