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[CQ-Contest] Skimmer

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Skimmer
From: "James Cain" <cainjim@mindspring.com>
Reply-to: James Cain <cainjim@mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2008 09:47:21 -0400
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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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