[CQ-Contest] IF SKIMMER INTERESTS YOU - READ THIS ONE
k5go at cox.net
Fri Jun 6 09:58:24 EDT 2008
I am going to spell this out as simply as I can. I am going
to try to answer my own questions. Let me know if I answer
any of my questions incorrectly.
1. Is there anything in the rules that says I have to use
your packet cluster or any other specific ones? NO
2. Is there anything that prevents anyone who wants from
setting up a network that either includes some packet spots
or not but does include Skimmer spots from a SDR (REMOTE
RECEIVER) in Europe? NO
3. Is there a difference in rules, that have been discussed
or are currently in place, between running the Skimmer
software in the mode that only gives callsigns of stations
calling CQ versus the mode that gives all within the
4. Is there any specification as to how wide the passband
has to be for the REMOTE RECEIVER in Europe or what
frequency the "spotter" puts his SDR on? NO
5. Does an operator who is using the assistance of a
"packet" network have control over what spots are fed into
that network? NO
If I answered all the questions correctly, Skimmer will be
used to provide callsigns of stations calling, copied by
that SDR/Skimmer (REMOTE RECEIVER) on run frequencies
without any rules violations taking place.
If there are questions that I got wrong, let me know which
ones. I believe I can easily work around it.
The fact is that Skimmer does not work without a receiver.
The fact is that if the receiver is located on another
continent or even outside the 500M circle it is a REMOTE
RECEIVER regardless of which mode Skimmer may be running.
Whether callsigns are copied by listening to the audio or
whether you attach a code reader to it and have a printed
list of callsigns that are copied, it is a remote receiving
Don't get sidetracked by this. It is just an aside.
Although wrong in either instance, most CW operators would
have more respect for someone who fed the audio from a
remote receiver in Europe and actually did something that
the average guy on the street could not do as opposed to
looking at the information appear on the computer screen
from a code reader Skimmer) attached to that REMOTE RECEIVER
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