[CQ-Contest] Skimmer and NA CW sprints

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Sat Feb 14 11:06:14 EST 2009

The original post was about a non participant using skimmer to learn and
watch what he could see in a contest.  

"A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may
never get over." Ben Franklin
-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Pete Smith
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 8:07 PM
To: James Cain; CQ-Contest
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Skimmer and NA CW sprints

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 unnecessary.
>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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