[CQ-Contest] Skimmer and NA CW sprints

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Fri Feb 13 22:06:46 EST 2009

I believe that what had been banished was the pro-and-con rules discussion 
about Skimmer as the destruction of all we contesters hold near and 
dear.  The question was asked here, so I chose to respond here, and the 
moderators appear to have thought that was appropriate.  I would be happy 
to see any further discussion moved to skimmertalk at contesting.com.

73, Pete N4ZR

At 06:46 PM 2/13/2009, K1TN wrote:
>See below. Wow, I have no idea what this is about. I earn my living, such 
>as it is, as a technical editor, translating geekspeak into English for 
>civilians, so I'd like to think I'm not exactly brain dead. But what on 
>earth does this have to do with radio contesting?
>(I thought Skimmer had been banished from this reflector, to some geek 
>At 09:00 PM 2/12/2009, W0MU Mike Fatchett wrote:
> >I just received my LP-PAN.  You do need a professional grade type sound card
> >to get the full use of this device.
> >
> > >From what I understand you can save each session.  I wonder if you can 
> save
> >Skimmer outputs?  A few K3's with this and skimmer would produce some
> >interesting data if there was an easy way to digest it all.
>I use a $50 PCI card (an M-Audio Revolution, the cheapest thing I could
>find with 96-KHz bandwidth).  The noise response is flat within a couple of
>dB.  More to the point, I hope you LP-PAN users will keep asking Alex to
>remove the 24-KHz limitation when using this combination, because it is
>As for saving, you can do an I/Q recording of the 24-KHz swath, which will
>allow you to "relisten" the session.  You can also log the callsigns that
>Skimmer identifies by connecting to its Telnet server with the Windows
>Telnet client, using its -f command-line switch to create a text log
>file.  I have done this with entire contests, and then imported the
>information into Excel - makes it easy to compare the signal strength of
>stations, see who opens the band from Europe (for example), and lots of
>other interesting things.
>73, Pete N4ZR
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