[CQ-Contest] The damn robot won

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Wed May 27 13:34:52 PDT 2009

As one of those who worked on improving Skimmer's spotting accuracy 
last summer, after the first pileup competition showed Skimmer 
finishing tied for 67th, winning by 10 QSOs in a competition normally 
settled by one or 2 Qs is sweet vindication.  We didn't do anything 
to speed up how fast Skimmer recognizes calls (in fact we slowed it 
down), concentrating instead on avoiding busted calls.  I guess (but 
don't know) that busted calls are subtracted from good calls to 
arrive at a score, which would explain why last year was so bad.

It would be interesting to hear more from the organizers, and 
also/particularly from the person who drove Skimmer to this win.  I'm 
especially curious which validation level was used - I'm betting on "Paranoid."

73, Pete N4ZR
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