[CQ-Contest] What Skimmer is!

Zack Widup w9sz at prairienet.org
Wed Jun 4 09:20:29 EDT 2008

That's something to sit back and think about - where is contesting headed 
in the next couple decades? I can envision an almost totally automated 
station that finds the stations, QSY's to their frequencies and logs them, 
etc. My only requirement would be that each QSO had a live operator 
somehow participating, even if it's just punching an "OK" button.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Tue, 3 Jun 2008, Leigh S. Jones, KR6X wrote:

> Richard, nothing against your thought processes expressed below, but skimmer
> is just a receiver.  Look back on skimmer a decade or two from now and
> you'll have to admit it's a crude receiver at that by 2020 standards.
> Because the technology is available, skimmer is the direction that receivers
> are moving.  You didn't think that the rig manufacturers were going to stay
> out of this market, did you?
> W4KFC's 1964 CQSS machine was a robot.  CT, NA, Writelog, TR, etc., now
> those are robots.  Those are immense breakthroughs that changed the way we
> contest.  It's just because the pool of ham radio operators is aging and
> fixed in their ways, so they are fearful of new things, that so many see
> skimmer as a big deal.
> You ain't seen nothin' yet.
> KR6X
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard L. King" <k5na at ecpi.com>
> To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 8:10 AM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] What Skimmer is!
>> Hello all.
>> Blah, blah, blah (lead-in stuff).  i.e., snip
>> But Skimmer is a robot!
>> Not a complete robot yet, but the first step of what could eventually
>> be be a totally robotic contesting station.
>> Blah, blah, blah (obfuscation).   i.e., snip
>> 73 to you all.
>> Richard - K5NA
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