[CQ-Contest] The Skimmer Rule Challenge
ac6wi at comcast.net
Fri Jun 20 17:14:08 EDT 2008
Mike Fatchett W0MU wrote:
> Skimmer in the local shack is nothing more than an improved bandscope IMHO.
A bandscope does not alert you to DX as it does not decode the callsigns
for you or highlight that you haven't worked them already. Therefore a
bandscope is not DX alerting assistance.
> You still need to verify the callsign of the stations that are shown. You
> still need to tune to that staion, turn the beam, etc....
> Spots coming in from elsewhere is completely different.
How so? With DXcluster spots you still have to verify the callsign of
the stations that are shown, you still need to tune to that station,
turn the beam etc Sounds very what you have to do with the Skimmer output.
The key phrase (in the CQWW rules at least ) that the pro-skimmer
people seem to be ignoring is "The use of DX alerting assistance of any
kind places the station in the Single Operator Assisted category". It's
nothing to do with whether you have another _person_ finding the DX for
you or not either via packet or locally, it's to do with if you get DX
alerting assistance of _any_ kind. Skimmer is DX alerting assistance as
it decodes the callsigns and tells you what frequency it is on! How is
that not DX alerting assistance?
Andrew AC6WI (a.k.a. GI0NWG)
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