[CQ-Contest] Skimmer for S/O in IARU

Jim George n3bb at mindspring.com
Mon Jun 2 09:24:55 EDT 2008

The current headline from Radio-Sport.net indicated the Skimmer will be 
allowed in the IARU by S/O competitors. Assuming that is correct, that is a 
total game-changer. The WPX was not a contest where packet was going to 
make a huge difference over a good SO2R station and operator. But the IARU 
is different, with access to more multipliers and even simple QSOs making a 
significant difference compared with "normal" SO2R. Personally, I am very 
disappointed in the ARRL for allowing this. It's clear to me that at the 
very least, Skimmer would place the user in the Assisted class. And coming 
at the time when this IARU is important for WRTC qualifying points, it 
could be a difference maker.

I will compete, and will not boycott it, although I disagree with the 
League's position.

Jim George N3BB

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