[CQ-Contest] Use of CW decoders in contests - a contrarian opinion

VE2TZT ve2tzt at arrl.net
Mon May 31 11:35:13 PDT 2010

> Again, the key issue is about the operator skill to tune around and find
> stations to work in the Single-Op Unassisted category.  That's why CW
> decoders of a single frequency that the operator has tuned, is OK.  By
> comparison, it is not OK to use spotting capability or Skimmers that 
> decode
> all frequencies on the band to effectively do the tuning for the operator.
> Ed - W0YK
Yes but now add to that on the second radio a SDR/panadapter or a Flex 3000 
display, you will just have to click on the peaks of the spectrum display to 
tune and have the callsign decoded by your ''single channel decoder''. This 
way, within few minutes you are able to fill a full bandmap without 
listening. We are very close to a skimmer functionnality...

Gilles VE2TZT


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