Tom, I think maybe you misunderstood where I'm coming from. Unlike Joe,
W4TV, I believe that using Skimmer is just like using a cluster, only
more powerful. I have never argued for Skimmer use *not* putting
someone in the assisted category.
I think it is more powerful too, especially when the skimmer is good and
local. The problem is having the skimmer hear as well as a receiver and the
I was simply trying to refute
Charly's argument that it takes all the skill out of operating.
Well, it does remove some of the skill requirements. It can be like a second
One of the interesting things about CW Skimmer is that it is cumulative.
For a single op, that means that you can mute the Skimmer SDR while
you're transmitting, and it will pick up with spotting as soon as you
stop. I see this happen all the time here - Skimmer will spot a station
or two as soon as I am not transmitting any longer.
I'm a performance perfectionist, so I think it should decode all the time.
Plus some people have two transmitters running without gaps. Besides, who
ever stops sending to listen?? :-)
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