[CQ-Contest] When is Skimmer not a Skimmer?
rt_clay at bellsouth.net
Sun Feb 21 14:44:42 PST 2010
I see nothing wrong with just displaying signals on a bandscope. It's been available to owners of fancy Icom rigs for years.
The CQ160 rules even say
"Passive spotting does NOT include band scopes, SDR receivers, or the like, which provide no information about the signal other than its presence, which is allowed in all categories."
I suspect pretty soon it will get integrated into contest program bandmaps.
--- On Sun, 2/21/10, Pete Smith <n4zr at contesting.com> wrote:
> From: Pete Smith <n4zr at contesting.com>
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] When is Skimmer not a Skimmer?
> To: "Kenneth Silverman" <kenny.k2kw at gmail.com>
> Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 3:21 PM
> I think so. CT1BOH thought it
> up - called "blind mode", and it was
> announced over a year ago - I haven't heard any
> objection. Should it be
> legal? I have my doubts, unless the waterfall is
> turned off too, and
> then what's the point?
> 73, Pete N4ZR
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> On 2/21/2010 3:19 PM, Kenneth Silverman wrote:
> > N6TR writes on 3830:
> >> During the second morning, I hooked up my SDR-IQ
> and CW Skimmer with the
> >> decoding off the screen. This is a very
> effective way to keep an eye on
> > the
> >> rest of the band while CQing. You can even
> "read" code of most of the
> > stations
> >> by looking at the waterfall display. This is
> considered "single-op" as it
> > is
> >> basically a panadapter with waterfall display (no
> CW decoding). (snip)
> > This sure is a fine line, and to me goes against the
> spirit of the rules.
> > Is this really accepted under the ARRL, CQ etc rules?
> > Kenny K2KW
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