[CQ-Contest] Speed Change Prevents Skimmer Spot

Richard Hill rehill at ix.netcom.com
Wed Jul 21 06:41:24 PDT 2010

Jim, this does not make sense to me.  You may be making the best use of 
your time in the contest, but it seems that lightning speed exchanges 
encourage operators to depend on spot or skimmer data--at their and your 
risk--or increase repeat requests (apparently not in your case) and may 
well discourage operators who are working to improve their code 
reading.  I believe that part of N6TJ's code includes reasonable 
Elmering and ham spirit, as long as it does not impede overall contest rate.

Of course, I understand that "CQ" and "5NN" may be the most recognized 
CW phrases at any speed.


On 7/21/2010 12:16 AM, James Cain wrote:
> "Thanks for the tip on how to defeat the skimmer.  You may rest assured I'll be changing speeds between test and call this November.  Since you all are so into 'technology upgrades', any further SDU (Skimmer Defeat Upgrades) will be gratefully received by many." -- N6TJ
> Excellent. Coincidentally, in the recent IARU activity, I set my NA software to send "599" at lightning speed, followed by a more sedate "8." Then it occurred to me that, duh, the op at the other end is expecting "8," too, so I turned up the speed on that. No problema. Not a single person asked me to repeat the 8. My whole exchange was just a machine-gun-like blur of dits and dahs.
> For years I have spaced out, my call sign that is ... K1 space T space N ... So I've been ahead of the curve on that.
> Jim Cain
> At The K1TN Superstation
> Atlantic City
> (New 125 foot centerfed, goodbye end-fed wire as of today.)
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