[CQ-Contest] Skimmer - What shall we do?

Robert Naumann w5ov at w5ov.com
Tue Jun 3 01:16:56 EDT 2008

I thought Skimmer discussion was banned from CQ Contest?

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[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Bob Davis
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 8:20 PM
To: Paul O'Kane; CQ-Contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Skimmer - What shall we do?

Paul O'Kane wrote:

>> ... isn't skimmer just another technology that really
>>only benefits those with significantly more means to build
>>a contest station?  This is certainly true of SO2R.
>Not true.  SO2R benefits those who, through self-training,
>acquire the necessary skills.

While I normally have a high level of respect for your opinion, this is, 
simply and respectfully put, bollocks. 

Not true?  Do not radios, amplifiers, switchboxes and filters cost 
money?  Do not towers and antennas cost money?  Quite the opposite of 
being 'not true', it's self-evident to any reasonable person.  That is 
to say, if you know of a way for me to build a SO2R station without 
these things, please forward the information at once so I can get started!

Sure, SO2R also requires skill.  But if you don't have the dosh to build 
what is essentially a second station, all the skill in the world isn't 
worth a bucket of warm spit.


Bob NQ3X
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